Small Faces

Formed 1965. Disbanded 1978.
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Kenney Jones - Interview with Mark Radcliffe

Mark chats to Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones about the re-issue of some of the band's classic albums.

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Small Faces were an English rock band from London. The group was founded in 1965 by members Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston, although by 1966 Winston was replaced by Ian McLagan as the band's keyboardist.

The band is remembered as one of the most acclaimed and influential mod groups of the 1960s. With memorable hit songs such as "Itchycoo Park", "Lazy Sunday", "All or Nothing", "Tin Soldier", and their concept album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, they later evolved into one of the UK's most successful psychedelic acts before disbanding in 1969. After the Small Faces disbanded, with Marriott leaving to form Humble Pie, the remaining three members were joined by Ronnie Wood as guitarist, and Rod Stewart as their lead vocalist, both from The Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed Faces. A revived version of the original Small Faces existed from 1975 to 1978.

Small Faces are also acknowledged as being one of the biggest original influences on the Britpop movement of the 1990s. Despite the fact the band were together just four years in their original incarnation, the Small Faces' music output from the mid to late sixties remains among the most acclaimed British mod and psychedelic music of that era.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of From the Beginning – Deluxe Edition

    From the Beginning – Deluxe Edition 2012

    Reviewed by Sean Egan
    A cynically motivated product saved by the Small Faces’ extraordinary talent.
  2. Review of Ultimate Collection

    Ultimate Collection 2003

    Reviewed by Rob Webb
    If all you know is ''Itchycoo Park'', bunk off school with this collection. Its all...
  3. Review of Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake

    Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake 1968

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The Wapping wonders' masterpiece remains a psychedelic classic...