- Audio CD (July 3, 2012)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Label: Snapper Music Group
- ASIN: B007OA0VX0
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,574 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
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Ultimate re-mastered limited 3CD edition of the 1968 Small Faces classic
2012 is a momentous year in the history of the Small Faces. On April 14th the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The year also sees the results of the first ever complete upgrade of the band s catalogue.
With the full co-operation of both surviving members, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan, the last five years have seen a massive programme of tape recovery and upgrading. Masters have been pulled in from all over the world, including Immediate label multi-tracks from the Kenney Jones and Charly Records archives. Using these, it is now possible to represent all of the Small Faces original albums sounding better than at any time since the sixties and to add a whole host of newly discovered tracks and alternative versions. The new editions will also feature original artwork and contemporary photos and publicity material alongside comprehensive new notes by band experts.
Ogdens Nut Gone Flake, recorded in late 1967 and early 1968, and released in the summer of that year, is by far and away the Small Faces best-known and most successful album. Alongside classic tracks like Lazy Sunday , Afterglow and Rollin Over , it even added a conceptual twist with the story of Happiness Stan and the narrations of Stanley Unwin. Loved also for its crazy round packaging, the record represents the bands finest hour, though soon after its release the Small Faces were no more, having morphed into the Faces and Humble Pie.
This is the Ultimate CD edition of Ogdens, strictly limited to 5000 copies worldwide.
Within a round box, mirroring the original vinyl release is the following.
Three CDs being remastered editions of the historic mono and stereo records plus a third disc of previously unreleased rarities and alternate versions.
A round 10 page booklet replicating the original vinyl sleeve.
A new 24 booklet written by noted journalist Mark Paytress.
6 colour coasters.
An individually numbered certificate for this limited edition of just 5000 copies.
Top customer reviews
This has totally grown on me. At first I was a little worried, as "Happiness Stan" is just weird, but "Afterglow", "Lazy Sunday" and especially "Song Of a Baker" got me hooked bad.
The stereo mix is all over the place, as I must conclude that is how it originally sounded. To my ears there's a little more sonic focus of the mono version, but now after listening to both of them I really like them both. These guys could rock! I have to say I LOVE the story in the liner notes about how after going on tour with the Who, they said that the Who slaughtered them, and Marriot knew they had to step it up if they were going to leave a mark. Well they certainly did. Great, classic, perfect British Psychedelic record. Almost sorta makes me wish I was there.
As far as the packaging goes, it's groovy and all, but not knowing anything about them, I would've been fine with just a regular package. Still I don't regret the purchase.
I definitely won't be taking the boxed set on any long road trips. It's too nice for that.
This record is the mono limited edition packaging. It comes basically exactly like the original with a few extras. One thing which would have been nice would be for the record itself to have come in a more protective inner-sleeve which would have protected it a bit better during shipping, yet one cannot flaw a company that remasters and recreates the original to the tee. The recording sounds amazing and the packaging is out of this world.
This Small Faces album is them at their best. If you like vinyl and can afford to buy it (well worth every dime) I suggest you pick it up.
Anyway fast forward to 2012 and this oversight has now been corrected. All I can say is, "What a treat Ogdens is, and I am glad I missed it the first time around because I find it to be delightfully entertaining 40 plus years later. The music doesn't sound dated like some of the music from the era and it is as strong an album as compared to contemporary British releases like "Village Green Preservation Society", "Beggars Banquet", and the "White Album". Yes it is that good."
As to the box set, for the money, this is a great value and much care went into this package. The mono disc actually sounds better to my ears than the stereo versions. I will say that the "hat-box-like paper tin replica" could have been thicker and a nice embossed cover as opposed to just an applied label would have been nice.
To the music, as I already said, it is delightful. I do enjoy both sides, but I do find side 2 to be a little less enjoyable mostly due to the nonsensical narration, but I do give the band a thumbs up for the tale of Happiness Stan as it is cohesive and all the elements work, even the narration as it does have its own charm.
I'm happy with it nonetheless...but hope to save to get the regular album.
REMEMBER!!! PICTURE DISC....NOT THE ALBUM SHOWN IN PICTURE!
The package is thoughtfully put together with comprehensive notes and a swag of period pictures.
Any fan of late 60's British pop music must own a copy of this delightful work.
PS if you require the "Round Covered Package : it is available fron the USA via Amazon.(I got both!!!!!).