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Small Faces

Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake

May 1968

Band members went on to form the Faces and Humble Pie

Sixties Pop, Rock, Psychedelic and Mod

Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake took the Small Faces from pop sensation to proto rockers with an ear for melody, the mods were turning into rockers.

It’s a measure of how far rock had gone by 1968 that not only would the British public embrace these cheeky chappies and their mod, psych musical lunacy – but they put an album with the bizarre ramblings of Stanley Unwin between tracks at No. 1.

Cut by Matt Cotton and overseen by Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones at Air Studios in February 2012 – the mono LP reissue feels like a work of art and a labour of love. The Stereo CD in its mock Ogdens’ tin (with copious extras) is the same.

The band consisted of nascent rock starts: Steve Marriott (Humble Pie), Ronnie Lane (The Faces) and Ron Wood (Rolling Stones). Kenney Jones (The Faces, The Who) while Ian McLagan (The Faces, Rolling Stones). The seventies would not have been the seventies without them.

But it’s the music that draws, Ogdens’ was where the band hit their sweet spot. When Afterglow, Rene and the “got no mind to worry” of Lazy Sunday hit your speakers, the late sixties vibe fills the room. The B side throws up the fantastic blues rock of Rollin Over while Mad John is a song of melodic and lyrical genius. The recording is classic double mono with splashy cymbals, experimental panning and compressed crescendos, but this does nothing to undermine the intensity of the work.