Saturday, February 5, 2011

JDIZZY's 365 # 267: Itchycoo Park

Itchycoo Park - The Small Faces (1967)

Three things you should know about The Small Faces:

1.) They spawned the two kings of British pub rock, The Faces ( starring a young Rod Stewart ) and Humble Pie.

2.) They made one of the best albums you have never heard in Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, a concept album so English in nature that it gives this anglophile chills. Seriously, it's right up there with The Pretty Thing's S.F. Sorrow, which is a WHOLE 'nuther blog post!

3.) They gave us one of the greatest psychedelic RAWK songs of the late 60's in today's cut. It is a ballad, a stoner anthem, and a precursor for all the British hard rock bands of the 70's.

In a word, what you are about to hear is essential to our understanding of the progression of this music we all know and love. It even made a dent in America, piercing the top twenty at number 16. On a yucky winter morning here in the Northeast, this song will put a sunny summer day in your heart, I guarantee!

See, I told you, RAWK!!! This is surprisingly good. Are covers all Quiet Riot are known for?

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