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Ogdens Nut Gone Flake Import

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Digitally remastered and expanded three CD edition of the British band's 1968 album including 26 bonus tracks. Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake is widely regarded as a classic album that stayed #1 in the UK Albums Chart for six weeks. The two-act concept album consisted of six original songs on side one and a whimsical psychedelic fairy tale on side two relating the adventures of "Happiness Stan" and his need to find out where the moon went when it waned. Critics raved, and the album sold well, but the band were confronted by the practical problem that they had created a studio masterpiece which was virtually impossible to recreate on the road. Ogdens' was performed as a whole just once, and memorably, live in the studio on the BBC television program Colour Me Pop. The surviving members Kenny Jones and Ian McLagan have overseen the remastering of this album.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sanctuary UK
  • ASIN: B006Z476J8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 15, 2012
Format: Audio CD

Monday 7 May 2012 sees the UK release of a whopping four DELUXE EDITIONS for Small Faces fans (15 May 2012 in the USA) - and for many their 1968 masterpiece "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" (a Number 1 album in the UK) will be 'the' jewel in a very tasty set of crowns.

Here are the finite details for Universal/Sanctuary 276 523-5:

Disc 1 (38:30 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 12 are the MONO version of "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" - their fourth studio album released 24 May 1968 in the UK on Immediate Records IMLP 012

Disc 2 (41:17 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 14 are all PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED (Track 8 Previously Unreleased on CD)
1. Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake (Early Session Version - Mono)
2. Afterglow (Alternate USA Mix - Stereo)
3. Long Agos And Worlds Apart (Alternate USA Mix - Stereo)
4. Rene, The Dockers Delight (Early Session Mix - Stereo)
5. Song Of A Baker (Alternate USA Mix - Stereo)
6. Lazy Sunday (Alternate USA Mix - Stereo)
7. Happiness Stan (Backing Track - Mono)
8. Bun In The Oven (Early Session Mix - Mono)
9. The Fly (Take 4 - Instrumental Version - Stereo)
10. Mad John (Take 7 - Early Session Version - Stereo)
11. HappyDaysToyTown (Alternate USA Mix - Stereo)
12. Kamikhazi (Take 7 - Backing Track - Mono)
13. Every Little Bit Hurts (Early Session Mix - Mono)
14. Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake (Alternate Take - Phased Mix - Stereo)

Disc 3 (38:21 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 12 are the STEREO version of "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" - on Immediate Records IMSP 012
[Note: in advance of the album "Lazy Sunday" b/w "Rollin' Over" was released 5 April 1968 as a 7" single in the UK on Immediate IM O64 (mono mixes above).
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With all the changes happening in music in the late '60's this classic was a BIG hit in the U.K. but for a variety of reasons(they liked to be in the studio as opposed to touring, label on verge of bankruptcy) it got buried in the U.S. Great songs, Steve Marriott just before he left to help form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton as the next super group. This release was on the level of some of the great entries in the psychedelic period(Sgt. Pepper, Moby Grape, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix,). The story line on side 2 is great, in conjunction with some really great songs. Side 1 is no slouch. You miss it, your loss. I re-bought it in every format it's ever been released they remix it.
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First of all, I will repeat what others have said about how great this album is. I am lucky enough to have the original UK LP in the round sleeve, and various versions over the years on cassette and CD (including the one in the metal can).

I'm writing here today to US readers. I have been meaning to get all 4 of the new Small Faces remasters and was checking the prices (and versions) on Amazon US & Amazon UK. I see that only one of those available through A-US is the UK version. As of today, the US price of the imported UK set is $40.54. WTF?

Meanwhile, on A-UK, the price is £13.00 (which as of today is $20.14). Wanting the UK editions I ordered all 4, and the postage was £7.00 ($10.85). Note that if you add that postage (which was for all 4 sets) to the cost of just 'Ogden's', the total is $30.99 (and presumably the postage on only 'Ogden's' would be less than £7.00). Almost $10.00 less (before tax).
So if you don't care about waiting a few weeks longer, it definitely pays to order this set from Amazon UK.

And meanwhile, if you want to order all 4 sets, if you order from Amazon US, as of today, it will cost you $105.46 before tax, and if you live in a taxable state like mine, it would be be more - in my case $8.44, for a total of $113.90. And 3 of those sets will be the US versions! It cost me $82.27 total for all 4 UK sets from Amazon UK. This was a savings over A-US of $31.63!!!

So, again, if you don't mind waiting longer (and saving a scheißeload of money), your best bet is to buy all the Small Faces remasters from Amazon UK. Sorry Amazon US!
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I have had this album in several different formats over the years. First there was the LP with the famous round cover that unfolded into a pop art extravaganza. Then there was an 8 track tape which my friends and I listened to while riding around in an old 1950 Studebaker Champion. Then came the cassette version and finally the CD. My first CD was the original Castle release which was not sonically ideal but hey...I knew the songs so well that it didn't matter but the time has come for an upgrade and so I purchased this. There are many different versions out there but this one will serve my needs. I didn't need the 3 disc set as all I wanted was the original album. Often I have found that the extra material thrown in on many re-issues seems more like filler than anything else.

While I have always loved the songs on Side 1 from the instrumental title cut through RENE (Reeny not Rene'), SONG OF A BAKER, and LAZY SUNDAY, it is the side 2 HAPPINESS STAN saga that I keep returning to. As an American who had never heard of Stanley Unwin, I cannot tell you how many times my friends and I played the LP over and over trying to figure out what the hell it was that he was saying. Most of us had read A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (the movie was just around the corner) and were familiar with its language but this was something else. We never did figure it all out. Today we have the internet and you can google (a word Professor Unwin would have loved and used) the words to HAPPINESS STAN and there they are. Not half as much fun though.

I was inspired to revisit this album recently after hearing from the widow (since remarried) of a good friend of mine who died 20 years ago.
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