- Audio CD (19 April 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
THERE'S A COUPLE OF 'PROMO' PICS I'VE PUT IN THE PICS FOR DECORATION - THEY'RE NOT PART OF THE CD...THEY WERE JUST ADVERTS AT THE TIME. CHEERS.
- HIGH & HAPPY
- NEVER TOO LATE
- FIND IT
- LOOKIN' FOR A LOVE
- THIS SONG'S JUST FOR YOU
- DRIVE-IN ROMANCE
- SMILIN' IN TUNE
THE SMALL FACES 1977:
- STEVE MARRIOTT [GUITARS, VOCALS, HARP]
- IAN McLAGAN [KEYBOARDS, VOCALS]
- KENNEY JONES [DRUMS, VOCALS]
- RICK WILLS [BASS, VOCALS]
THE LEGEND THAT 'IS' RONNIE LANE STARTED THE "REUNION" BUT WALKED NOT LONG INTO IT!
ALSO APPEARING ON THE ALBUM WERE:
Thanks Max Tomlinson from 2005:
While this is not a stellar effort by the Small Faces, particularly when stacking it up against their earlier work, there are a few great tracks (especially if you like Steve Marriott's trademark vocals): "Find it", a rock-and-soul number with an infectious riff, great drums, Marriott's classic soul-shout, all topped off by a blistering guitar solo, "Never Too Late", with tasty gospel backing a la Blackberries, and "Lookin' for a Love", another rock-soul number that shows Marriott really wanted to be an R-n-B singer (that's the real R-n-B BTW).
If you're new to The Small Faces, forget Playmates and get their first Decca album (simply titled 'Small Faces' - not to be confused with their first Immediate album by the same name) then get Ogden's Nut Gone Flake. Each album showcases the Small Faces at their best, the Decca years (R-n-B + power-pop) and the Immediate years (psychedelia). Their original 60s work was their best, complemented by Ronnie Lane's songwriting.
This album was pretty much a money thing with none of the band members feeling too great about it if one trusts Ian McLagan's account in his book 'All The Rage'. Humble Pie's Rick Wills fills in for Ronnie Lane - an impossible act to follow. The cover alone makes it a bargain bin special. But anyone who has the 60s catalogue and still hungers for more of Marriott's terrific vocals will want to pick up Playmates. Even in reduced circumstances the man could sing like no one else and - let's face it - he was the Small Faces.
Thanks Steve Vrana from 2005:
In the early Sixties, the Small Faces were a mod band in the same vein as the Who. They would eventually release such classic albums as THERE ARE BUT FOUR SMALL FACES and OGDEN'S NUT GONE FLAKE. By 1969, the original band dissolved.
On paper, this 1977 reunion had promise. With Rod Stewart going solo and Ron Wood joining the Stones, the Faces were left with Ian McLagan (organ) and Kenney Jones (drums). With the reissue of two Small Faces' classics in 1976 just having gone Top 40 in the UK ("Itchycoo Park," #9 and "Lazy Sunday," #39), Steve Marriott joined McLagan and Jones along with former Peter Frampton bassist Rick Wills.
The album opens with the Marriott-penned "High and Happy" and certainly invokes the old Small Faces' sound, but it is weakened by throwaway lyrics: "Been on the road for about ten long years/I've seen spring in Des Moines, I've seen laughter and tears/But I'm still around to say to you today/I'm high, I'm happy and I hope to stay that way." Another Marriott tune, "Saylarvee," attempts to capture the bloozy sound of the Stewart-era Faces and is one of the album's more engaging tracks. The lone cover, a remake of the Bobby Womack hit "Lookin' for a Love," isn't bad, but my expectations for this album were much higher. While Marriott may have been the front man of the original band, Ronnie Lane was its heart and soul. Without him, this effort is average at best. I purchased this on vinyl when it was first released, and it had since gone out of print. For completists only.
Thanks John Garcia III from 2014:
Steve Marriot still in his prime! Glad that I got to see him play live.
He had a voice that kicked!
I have all of his music in my collection.
I suggest you buy Playmates, Made in the Shade, On to Victory, Go for the Throat.
If you still don't get enough get Humble Pie, Eat It, Thunder Box, Etc.
You will not be sorry!
Thanks Richard Regier from 2012 saying it all..........?:
this cd smokes !!!
shame on previous reviews !!!
this is STEVE MARRIOTT, nothing else needs to be said !!!
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