This vinyl LP captures the Small Faces at their rawest and earliest, a far cry from the group's finer, hard-hitting R&B or their late-period pastoral psychedelia. The band's career endured two phases: their tenure at Decca Records and their subsequent departure to Immediate Records. This collection captures the very early part of their Decca period, which in its entirety only lasted from 1965 to 1967. Therefore, these are early efforts, including the first Small Faces single "What'cha Gonna Do About It?" and covers of Del Shannon's "Runaway" and Sam Cooke's "Shake." In this early phase, it's hard not to notice that the group had a whole lot more intensity and enthusiasm than they did chops. The Small Faces also make their earliest, most awkward stab at psychedelia with "My Mind's Eye." Oddly enough, the collection doesn't include the single that preceded "My Mind's Eye," "All or Nothing," which happens to be one the finest tracks from this period (and their first chart-topper). In this age of the CD, a listener would be better served by picking up the two-CD set Anthology: 1965-1967 in order to get a more complete overview of the Decca years. This paltry, ten-track collection is for collectors only.
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AllMusic Review by Erik Hage