Small Faces, “Tin Soldier”

Dig those 1960’s outfits!

Small Faces, “Tin Soldier”, released in 1967 on the US album There Are But Four Small Faces. That album was a redo of their first British release, The Small Faces. That’s Ronnie Lane on guitar. He died of multiple sclerosis in 1996. I never got into these guys much, but they sound pretty good. I’m not even sure what sort of music that is. Sounds almost glam but this was before glam even started. I didn’t think I was going to like this song, but I like it a lot!

Supposedly they started out as a rhythm and blues band. The very first proto-rock music in the early 1950’s was done by Blacks, and it was indeed rhythm and blues, which grew straight out of the blues, which was also started by Blacks. I used to have a bunch of those very early records. They were 78 rpm’s! Anyone remember those big fat 78’s from the old, old days? So Black people absolutely started rock and roll! But then they quit playing it! Why, oh why, oh why?

This music was actually called pop or better yet, Britpop. Never heard of that movement but it sounds pretty cool. It had a comeback in the UK in the 1990’s.

Looks like they were already into their psychedelic phase here. No wonder I like it so much. This music is also called psychedelic pop (cool!) and mod, after the mod movement which started up in the UK and got going pretty big around the punk rock era.

It’s also called freakbeat, which is something I never heard of!

Cool, I’ve got a bunch of whole new music genres from half a decade ago to check out.

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