Small Faces ‘Ogden’s’ Gets 50th Anniv. Deluxe Box

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Immediate Records and Charly Records are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Small Faces’ third album, Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, with the release of a variety of new deluxe editions across various formats (including a deluxe triple 180-gram red, white and blue colored vinyl LP boxed set and a 3-CD+1-DVD earbook set). The release came out in the U.S. on Oct. 5 and the U.K. on Oct. 26.

“On Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake you can still hear it’s a real band firing on all cylinders, great dynamics and everyone equal in their musicianship. The story within concerned an amazing journey and it was exactly the same for us too–a fantastic journey,” said surviving band member Kenney Jones.

The other Small Faces members were Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane and Ian McLagan. Listen to several of the tracks below.

“From memory, this was taken on an old bombsite somewhere near Lugdate around 1966.” – Kenney Jones (via the Small Faces Facebook page)

The 180-gram vinyl LP formats have been newly mastered at half-speed for optimum sound quality and pressed in conjunction with Optimal: Media in Berlin and the Vinyl Factory in London from restored original Immediate Records tape sources. Originally recorded during 1967 and 1968 by Glyn Johns at Olympic Studios, Trident and Pye Studios, the expanded editions of Ogdens also feature rare material from the archive of Jones.

Related: Our tribute to the Small Faces’ Ian McLagan

All editions have been prepared under the supervision of Small Faces reissue producer and Immediate Records label manager Rob Caiger with remastering engineer Nick Robbins (Soundmastering Ltd) and vinyl cutting engineer Matt Colton (Alchemy Mastering) and approved by Kenney Jones.

Listen to an early session version of the title track

The red, white and blue colored vinyl 180-gram half-speed mastered 3-LP boxed set boasts a new softback 12” x 12” 72-page book full of Gered Mankowitz photos, original artwork, rare memorabilia, in-depth sleevenotes and interviews conducted with band members over many years by journalist and writer Mark Paytress, plus introduction by Jones. LP 1 consists of the original mono mix of Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, LP 2 features the album’s original stereo mix, while LP 3 boasts a plethora of rare tracks released for the very first time on vinyl.

The new 3-CD+1-DVD earbook set comprises both original mono and stereo versions of the album together with a third CD that boasts an expanded version of the vinyl box’s bonus LP disc, additionally featuring the rare American single versions of “Mad John” and “The Journey” plus the mono “Afterglow of Your Love” (Alternate Single Mix), previously only released as a long sold-out 7” vinyl single for Record Store Day 2015 and made available here on CD for the first time.

The contents of the vinyl book are also reproduced while this edition’s DVD boasts a real gem; although Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake was never attempted live, the band did perform seven of the album’s 12 tracks on one occasion, the June 21, 1968, edition of BBC-TV’s Late Line-Up Colour Me Pop show. This BBC TV studio performance is included on the new box’s DVD. Previously only available in grainy quality on a long-deleted VHS video release and as part of a hard-to-find DVD compilation, this new boxed set’s audio and visual DVD content has been cleaned-up and is presented here in the best quality possible.

Watch the video for “Lazy Sunday”


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