[Alternate History] Reconstructing the lost Small Faces album, 1862

[Alternate History] Reconstructing the lost Small Faces album, 1862
The Small Faces released their landmark album, “Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake”, in early 1968, to critical and commercial acclaim, and the album is to this day considered one of the masterpieces of the summer of love. But despite all that acclaim and success, not all was well between the members of the band: Steve Marriott, the lead guitarrist and singer, was dissatisfied that the band could not play the “Happiness Stan” suite, from Ogden’s side b live, and had tried to bring Peter Hampton, his future bandmate at Humble Pie, to “keep things fresh”, failing to do so. Ronnie Lane was also tired of only singing a couple of tracks on the albums and wanted a larger input in the group. And finally, after a disastrous new-year’s eve concert in 1968, Steve called it quits and left, forming Humble Pie with the afomentioned Frampton. The rest of the band, however, joined Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart, ex-Jeff Beck Group and ceased to be Small. But soon before Steve finally had enough of it all, they recorded a couple of tracks, including a Tim Hardin cover, for a fourth album, provisionally titled “1862”. The songs, about nine, were released across a single (“The Universal” & “Donkey Rides…”), a b-side (“Wham Bam…”), and in the compilation The Autumn Stone, titled after one of the unreleased songs, along with some horrid live tracks, from which we’ll keep distance! Also available are songs from the Faces’ first album written by Lane, and Humble Pie’s “As Safe as Yesterday Is” tunes written by Marriott, to fill the other 3/4 necessary tunes for an album. Not included are “Don’t Burst My Bubble”, “Picaninny”, “Take My Time” or “War of the Worlds”, the first three because they were recorded in February 1967, a whole two years befoure the album would start taking shape, and “WOTW” because I consider it some instrumental filler. So here’s what I came up with:The Small Faces – 1862Side AWide Eyed Girl On The WallCall it Something NiceRed BalloonWrist JobHello the UniversalWham Bam Thank You Ma’amSide BButtermilk BoyEvolutionDonkey Rides, A Penny, A GlassEvery Little Bit HurtsGrowing CloserThe Autumn StoneWe kick things off with the fantastic “Wide Eyed Girl On The Wall”, serving the same purpose as “Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake”, the song, on the album of the same name. It has some incredible horns, and is a great start to an album. Following it is the Lane composition “Call It Something Nice”, which only has that title because the engineer asked it’s title, to which Lane and Marriott responded “call it something nice!”, and he apparently took it literally. It’s a great folksy tune, that shows Ronnie was right in asking for more input. The third tune is the Tim Hardin cover “Red Balloon”, which doesn’t differ a lot from the original, appart from McLagan’s great organ playing. After that is the first non-SF tune, “Wrist Job”. The reason it is included is that it started off as “The Pig Trotters”, a 1862-era instrumental, to which Marriott added lyrics and released with HP, giving us a good reason to think that if he hadn’t stormed out of the group it would be done the same way. The fifth tune, “Hello the Universal”, most of you know simply as “The Universal”, which was an error in the single’s title, “Hello…” being the original name, so we stick with it. Another folk number, it was recorded mostly in Marriott’s backyard, and we can hear his dog, Seamus (that’s the dog) barking. Their last authorised single, it would also be a single here, the only thing changing would be it’s b-side. Closing off our album side is “Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am”, a great rocker that was the b-side to their “real” last single, “Afterglow”. A crashing rocker, it finishes side a with style, and is a classic Marriott vocal. Side b starts with the second of three Humble Pie tunes, “Buttermilk Boy”, included here because of it’s similarrity with other SF material from that era, and because it is a personal favourite of mine. Track No.2 is “Evolution”, first released in Pete Townshend’s “Who Came First” album/compilation, being an embryonary version of “Stone” from “First Step”, and simply put, great. The second reason Plonk shouldn’t have been that put aside. Following is “Donkey Rides, A Penny, A Glass”, with lyrics that would confuse any American, and also a great tune, which I still don’t get. Next up is “Every Little Bit Hurts”, a fantastic piano-driven cover that reassures the Small Faces’ roots on Rn’B, with Ian McLagan shining. The second-to-last track, we have Humble Pie’s Growing Closer, that was actually written by Ian, who was in doubt between joining the Faces or the Pie (now THAT’S a tough decision). The reason in picking the tune is just that, and the fact that it sounds similar to other tunes from the era, and even sharing the flute player with the next track, which is “The Autumn Stone”. One of my favourite SF tracks ever, it’s fantastic from start to finish, and great enough to finish off their career. A giant mix of hard-edged rock n’ roll and folk, passing by Rn’B and instrumental rock by the way, 1862 would be a fantastic LP, ending a great career in a great way. The album’s singles would be The Universal (since it was in real life), and Wham Bam (because it’s damn awesome), with their b-sides being respectivelly Collbosher (the ninth SF track, kept out because there already was an instrumental), and “Wrist Job”, mainly because it was one when released by the Pie. With it clocking at about 42 minutes, common in that time’s LPs, I consider that the album would have a similar, if not better, acclaim with this compared to Ogden’s, with its afomentioned mixture of hard rock and folk, bringing up the best of both worlds in the Small Faces universe. Any opinions? Criticism, requests (I plan on making more posts like this), anything at all is welcome. Be sure to make any change you want to the tracklist, and see you next post!Edit: excuse any errors, because English isn’t my first language and this was written via mobile
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