Music Box, Billboard Charts Albums at Odimusic
Release Info: SMALL FACES - THERE ARE BUT FOUR SMALL FACES [US LP] (IMMEDIATE/ODE 1968) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve + 15 bonus
The Small Faces' first album for Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label originally appeared in two different forms, in England (where it was known as Small Faces) and America (There Are but Four Small Faces). The music here is much more fully developed and experimental than their preceding album, still largely R&B-based (apart from the delightfully trippy "Itchycoo Park," the band's sole American hit) but with lots of unusual sounds and recording techniques being attempted.
Their mid-1967 single "Itchycoo Park" is one of Small Faces' best-remembered songs and was also the first of the band's only two charting singles in the United States, reaching No. 16. "Itchycoo Park" was the first British record to use flanging, the technique of playing two identical master tapes simultaneously but altering the speed of one of them very slightly by touching the "flange" of one tape reel, which yielded a distinctive comb-filtering effect; it was an effect developed by Olympic Studios engineer George Chkiantz in 1966. "Itchycoo Park" was followed by "Tin Soldier" (originally written by Marriott for American singer P.P. Arnold, who can be heard clearly on backing vocals); it remains one of their best-known singles. However, when the song only reached No. 73 on the US Hot 100 chart, Immediate Records was said to have abandoned its short-lived effort to establish the act in America...Here