From the Beginning [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Small Faces split from manager Don Arden to sign with Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label and, in retaliation, Decca and Arden rounded up the remaining recordings the group made for the label and released them as From the Beginning. Appearing just months before their Immediate debut -- entitled The Small Faces, just like their first album for Decca -- From the Beginning includes early version of "My Way of Giving" and "Tell Me Have You Ever Seen Me," and it reprises songs that were on the 1966 Decca LP "Sha La La La Lee," "What'cha Gonna Do About It", moves that muddy an already confusing situation. And From the Beginning really doesn't play as a cohesive ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Small Faces split from manager Don Arden to sign with Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label and, in retaliation, Decca and Arden rounded up the remaining recordings the group made for the label and released them as From the Beginning. Appearing just months before their Immediate debut -- entitled The Small Faces, just like their first album for Decca -- From the Beginning includes early version of "My Way of Giving" and "Tell Me Have You Ever Seen Me," and it reprises songs that were on the 1966 Decca LP "Sha La La La Lee," "What'cha Gonna Do About It", moves that muddy an already confusing situation. And From the Beginning really doesn't play as a cohesive album by any stretch of the imagination, as it opens with a burst of burgeoning psychedelia then doubles back to the group's early R&B, flaws that matter less as years pass by because, on a track by track basis, there is a lot of wondrous material here. Like many of their peers, the Small Faces began to dabble in LSD in 1967, and their sonic horizons broadened considerably, something that is evident on "My Mind's Eye," "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," and "That Man," swirling songs that hint at the band's developing pop inclinations without abandoning their hard R&B underpinning. Other songs -- "Tell Me Have You Ever Seen Me," "All or Nothing," "My Way of Giving" -- arrive at the midway point between the psych-pop and Mod R&B, just as the Immediate Small Faces LP would just a few weeks later, and these are nervy, energetic gems that find a nice counterpart with the pure soul songs bunched at the end. It's an odds-and-ends record to be sure, but From the Beginning offers too much top-notch material to be dismissed; in fact, in many ways, it's a flawed gem from the swinging '60s. [Universal's double-disc 2012 deluxe edition of From the Beginning contains the mono mix of From the Beginning and adds the B-sides "Almost Grown," "Understanding," and "I Can't Dance with You," plus the "I Can't Make It"/"Just Passing" single to the first disc, while the second disc rounds up 16 alternate takes, stereo mixes including some electronically processed stereo mixes, and backing tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2012
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602527813417
  • Catalog Number: 2781341
  • Sales rank: 52,657

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Small Faces Primary Artist
Steve Marriott Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ian McLagan Organ, Piano, Background Vocals
Ronnie Lane Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Kenny Lynch Background Vocals
Jimmy Winston Organ, Vocals
Kenney Jones Percussion, Drums
Don Arden Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Del Shannon Composer
Small Faces Arranger, Producer
Mort Shuman Composer
Don Covay Composer
Steve Marriott Composer
Ian McLagan Composer, Executive Producer
John Pantry Engineer
Max Crook Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Glyn Johns Engineer
Barry Green Memorabilia
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Ronnie Lane Composer
Kenny Lynch Composer
Brian Potter Composer
Nick Robbins Remastering
Lewis Steinberg Composer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
Kenney Jones Composer, Executive Producer
Mark Paytress Liner Notes
Phil Smee Artwork
Michael O'Sullivan Composer
Rob Caiger Reissue Producer, Memorabilia, Tape Research
Derek Johnson Liner Notes
Ian Ralph Samwell Composer, Producer
Ronald Norman Miller Composer
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