This thorough compilation tracks the Small Faces through its entire career in the late-1960s, including the hit "Itchycoo Park" and other classics like "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" and "Eddie's Dreaming."
Superlatives are attached to compilations with an alarming frequency, but Sanctuary's Ultimate Collection comes quite close to deserving the adjective in the title. While most Small Faces wrap-ups ignore either of the band's major phases (their early amphetamine-fueled R&B on Deram and their later acid-soaked British psychedelia for Immediate) or give short shrift to both, Ultimate Collection compiles 25 tracks from each and makes great selections. Among the highlights: from the first disc, "What'cha Gonna Do About It?" and "Sha-La-La-La-Lee," while the second boasts every one of their best from post-1967, including "My Way of Giving," "Green Circles," "Itchycoo Park," "Tin Soldier," and "Lazy Sunday." ~ John Bush
Q - 5 stars (indispensable)
Uncut (6/03, p.118) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...An obvious concept, a great coup and one hell of a 50-track, two-CD set....The pioneering influence on display here almost goes without saying..."