This reissue centers on the original British release. As was the norm at the time, it was issued in the United States under a different title, There Are But Four Small Faces, and with a number of different tracks. Many of these U.S. songs have been included as bonus tracks.
Two of the tracks are the aforementioned “Itchycoo Park” and “Tin Soldier.” The first was one of the defining singles of the era in the United States. It featured Marriott’s distorted guitar runs and an odd sounding lead vocal that was a trip in and of itself. The melody, however, made it commercially successful. “Tin Soldier” is just as interesting but lacks the melodic quality. Other songs making a return are “Here Come The Nice,” “I’m Only Dreaming,” and “I Feel Much Better.”
As with all the albums in the series, the rest of the release is filled in with alternative versions of a number of songs. While they are interesting, they are only for the person who wants everything by the band from this era.
Small Faces is one of the great lost albums of its generation. This deluxe edition should please both fans of the band and people who appreciate creative music.