A regular Psychobabble reader by the name of Pete recently asked me if there are any updates on that long-gestating Small Faces box set we were hoping might see a late 2012 release. Well, Pete, you inspired me to do a little research, and a little research was all it took to bring up a message recently posted on Mick Taylor's Small Faces facebook page (not that Mick Taylor, of course). The message, which I read second-hand on the Steve Hoffman forum (posted this past November 14), apparently came from reissue producer Rob Caiger, who informed Mick that the box is still in the works and he's "still recovering tapes" (!). Disc One is to "cover all the Immediate worldwide singles A, B's, and EP's" and Disc Five will feature alternate takes and live recordings. The set will also include a hardback book, "red, white and blue coloured vinyl, facsimile 'Mystery' acetate, a facsimile Ogdens’ press kit, poster, art prints, postcards." No word yet on what Discs Two through Four have in store, nor is there a release date.
If this message is legit, then the set definitely sounds like a work in progress, so let's be patient and allow the team to give us the very best and most comprehensive Small Faces set imaginable. In the meantime, there will be special vinyl releases for this coming Record Store Day as well as a double-disc reissue of The Autumn Stone, which will also appear on 180g vinyl. Here come the nice, indeed!