Saturday, 17 November 2012

Small Faces Box Set & The Autumn Stone

GREAT news on the new Small Faces box set and the Autumn Stone (many thanks
to Mick Taylor): -

Hi Mick,
its been silent because we’ve been working flat out on the mixes for CD2 and 3 of the box set – provisionally titled Small Faces in session at IBC and Olympic Studios. And I’m still recovering tapes…

For the box set, Disc 1 will cover all the Immediate worldwide single A,B’s and EP’s – this is mastered (and for the first time, all the correct versions / edits etc are being used) as is Disc 5, which is comprised of original alternate takes and mixes plus live material from Newcastle. Mac and Kenney monitored these recently at Air Studios in London. We’re were also
cutting lacquers for some special vinyl Record Store Day releases for 2013,
including ‘There Are But Four Small Faces’.

The box-set packaging will be elaborate, including a hardback book containing definitive sleeve notes (10,000 plus words) and a track-by-track breakdown for every song on the boxset. There will be red, white and blue coloured vinyl, facsimile “Mystery” acetate, a facsimile Ogdens’ press kit, poster, art prints, postcards – can’t remember what else but the mock-up looks fantastic! Its all being put together by Rachel Gutek who did fine work on the recent Charly and Universal editions.

‘The Autumn Stone’ will appear later as a 2-CD edition with bonus material exclusive to that release plus a 180g 2LP vinyl.

I’ll also be writing something about the history of the tapes and the injustices they (and the band) have suffered over the years until we pulled everything together over these last 5 years or so. It’s been an interesting but worthwhile journey – no less than this incredible band deserves!

We’ll be previewing some previously unheard session takes on the Small Faces website shortly and they’ll be a special promo CD featuring highlights from the boxset which I want to make available to fans as part of a pre-order bonus. More details soon.

All the best ...Rob Caiger (Small Faces Remaster Series producer)

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