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Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (1968)

October 14, 2019

[Album 677/1001]

Added to my if-only-disposable-income-were-infinite wish-list: an original copy of Small Faces’ Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.

The reason? I gather the packaging was designed to look like a tobacco tin, and thus, was both round & metal.

Which was, regrettably, an impractical design for record packaging.

As circular objects tend to roll, I understand these LPs were prone to rolling off the shelves. And in this case, not in a desirable, selling quickly / flying off the shelves idiom kind of way!

So they were replaced with regular (and less likely to roll) quadrilateral packaging on subsequent printings.

But how great would it be to have that original packaging in the collection!

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I get a real Abbey Road vibe when listening to Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.

Or I suppose, vice versa, given the release dates.

The running orders are consistent, with 6 tracks on side 1 and a marathon medley on side 2.

This side 1 features a couple of upbeat ditties, Rene & Lazy Sunday. I imagine if someone was looking to complain about something, those would likely be the offending tracks (though they likely aren’t quite as polarizing as Maxwell’s Silver Hammer & Octopus’s Small_Faces_-_Ogdens'_Nut_Gone_Flake (1)Garden).

If you ask me however, I’ve always loved Maxwell & Octopus, so Rene & Lazy Sunday were the side 1 standouts for me!

Side 2’s medley is a neat journey as well, even if I don’t have the foggiest idea what the narrator is saying between the tracks.

Now is it as good as Abbey Road?

It’s probably too early in my Small Faces education for it to be a fair comparison.

But considering that Abbey Road is in my All-time Top 15, hopefully Small Faces would interpret being repeatedly mentioned in the same sentences as high praise!

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Verbalize the Positive

Happy Thanksgiving Monday to all!

From → 1960s

21 Comments
  1. I owned a copy of this years ago – a CD copy, not a cool LP tin one. I never really connected with it, but maybe I should revisit it one day.

    • The tunes I mentioned reminded me of early/mid 90s Blur, very Sunday Sunday/Parklife!

      • I should give it another chance sometime. I struggle with psychedelia sometimes – doesn’t always age that gracefully.

  2. I love this one! I think René is maybe my least favourite on it but it is a great album. Song Of A Baker is tremendous. And the way Marriot’s voice shifts from cockney to soul at the end of Lazy Sunday is really understated and masterful.

    • I hadn’t picked up on the transition at first – now that you mention it, that is an admirable shift!
      I remember chatting with you HMO about A Nod is as Good as a Wink, I’m pleased both Faces & Small Faces deliver the goods!

  3. jprobichaud permalink

    Gobble, gobble!

  4. Reckon you’re right Geoff. I’ve never seen an original that wasn’t trashed. I do, however, have a facsimile reissue I bought in the UK a few years back and which did the job—photo-wise—when I wrote on this classic.

    • Was that part of the 50 year anniversary series? I’ll have to revisit now that I’m familiar with & fond of the album!

  5. That sounds like a great one to have for the novelty of it at the very least. I will keep a look out! And Happy Thanksgiving…a day late.

  6. I’ve never heard this, although I came very close to buying it on picture disc recently.

  7. I have the CD version in the tin. It’s such a fun packaging trip both the tin and the multi-circular sleeve notes, photos and artwork inside. The music is top notch including Afterglow which is one of my fave SF songs. Can testify the CD tin is also prone to rolling off the shelf, and when laid flat it sort of spins in your fingers when trying to get at it. A completely bonkers rolling-tobacco related album package!

    • THat’s great to hear the CD package is equally impractical for storing on a shelf!
      The CD may also prove to be much less expensive for me to find somewhere, bonkers sounds right up my alley, TVTA!

  8. Abby Road… not many albums can live up to that comparison!

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