Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Everything I Need To Know

The current post over at the PowerPop blog reminded me just how much I love The Small Faces. Just as they reached their peak with Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, they splintered when lead singer Steve Marriott left to join Humble Pie. That album has a unique construction, with hard rockers and music hall tunes on side one, while the flip is a philosophical journey of a character named Happiness Stan, and is told as a fairy tale.

Here is the fabulously soul-drenched Afterglow from side one. I love everything about this song - the initial comical acoustic opening, the Hammond organ sound, Marriott's vocal pyrotechnics from a whisper to a scream, Kenny Jones' powerful drumming, and the way the song builds each time to the furious chorus. They were an amazing band at this point in the career.

1 comment:

Holly A Hughes said...

Mmmm...I love everything about this song too. I still can't get into the flow of ONGF, but the standout songs (Rene, Lazy Sunday, Afterglow, and of course Itchycoo Park) are utterly charming.