60s soul fans always had a soft spot for the SMALL FACES. The London band became mod icons and in Steve Marriott they possessd a magnificent blue-eyed soul singer long before that phrase was ever coined. The quartet – Marriott, drummer Kenney Jones, bassist Ronnie Laine and organ grinder Ian McLagan weren’t half bad instrumatlists either and you can hear their collcetive instrumental skills on a new four track vinyl EP from Acid Jazz Records.
The tunes on the mini collection are ‘Grow Your Own’, ‘Almost Grown’, ‘Own Up Time’ and ‘Plum Nellie’ and on each one the band play with real energy as McLagan channels his inner Booker T.
Interestingly, Acid Jazz is a fitting home for the collection – you see, label boss Eddie Piller’s mum was in charge of the Small Faces fan club in the 60s! More to the point, the release has the full aproval of Kenney Jones (the only surviving member); indeed Kenney has pened the sleeve notes while the cover photo is a classic 1966 Tony Gale pic.
Aptly titled ‘Four To The Floor’ the EP is out on 25th October on Acid Jazz Records.