Issued in mid-1968, Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake was a truly groundbreaking album in so many ways. Quite apart from containing some of the Small Faces' finest moments, it was one of the first 'concept albums', side 2 featuring a novel narration from comic Stanley Unwin which punctuated songs following the quest of Happiness Stan to find the missing half of the moon! In packaging terms, too, it broke new ground, housed in a lavish foldout circular LP sleeve, inspired by an old tobacco tin.
Now Sanctuary pays homage to this seminal album by releasing a new 3-CD Deluxe Edition; featuring the stereo mix, a companion mono version (previously unavailable on CD) plus a further CD of BBC Radio 1's 'Classic Albums' documentary on the making of the band. Originally transmitted in 1989, this last bonus disc features interviews with all four band members: singer/guitarist Steve Marriott, bassist Ronnie Lane (along with Steve, the band's songwriting backbone), organist Ian McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones.
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An important enough release in the 1960s to rival Sgt Peppers or Pet Sounds, Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake broke musical ground and put Small Faces where they belonged at the pinnacle of British music. Indeed, the album knocked The Beatles off #1, remaining there for five weeks. Across the Atlantic, the album had a similar impact in the US where it debuted at the much coveted #1 position. From the perennial hit single 'Lazy Sunday' to rockers like 'Song Of A Baker' and 'Rollin' Over' and the ambitious instrumental title track, Ogden's is a masterpiece.
It remains one of the most important albums of the 60s.