The SMALL FACES – ” Ogden’s Nutgone Flake! ” Released May 24th 1968

Posted: May 24, 2020 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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Released this day May 24th, 1968: The Small Faces third and final studio album “Ogden’s Nutgone Flake!” Watch this one time only Small Faces theatrical performance of this amazing concept album on the BBC’s Colour Me Pop . Songs featured: “Song of a Baker”, “Happiness Stan”, “Rollin’ Over”, “The Hungry Intruder”, “The Journey”, “Mad John” and “Happydaystoytown”, narrated by ringmaster Stanley Unwin!.

Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake is the third (and final) studio album and the first concept album by English rock band Small Faces their Ogdens’LP peaked at number one on the UK Album Charts on June 29th, ​where it remained for a total of six weeks. Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake only reached No. 159 in the US.

Widely regarded as a classic album, and featured an innovative round cover, the first of its kind, designed to resemble an antique tobacco tin. The title and the design of the distinctive packaging was a parody of Ogden’s Nut-brown Flake​, a brand of tobacco that was produced in Liverpool from 1899 on wards by Thomas Ogden.

The two-act concept album consisted of six original songs on side one and a whimsical psychedelic fairy tale on side two relating the adventures of “Happiness Stan” and his need to find out where the moon went when it waned. It was narrated by Stanley Unwin, after original plans to have Spike Milligan narrate the album went awry when he turned them down.

Critics were enthusiastic, and the album sold well, but the band were confronted by the practical problem that they had created a studio masterpiece which was virtually impossible to recreate on the road.

Because of the album’s complexities, it was never performed live. It was performed as a whole once on the BBC’s television programme “Colour Me Pop” on Friday 21st June 1968.

​Although the band mimed to the studio recordings, their microphones were left on to capture ad libs.

Find more fab Ogdens’ Nutgone Flake facts at…

The Small Faces on the UK TV Program ‘Colour Me Pop’ in 1968.

Set List: 01. Song Of A Baker 02. Happiness Stan 03. Rollin’ Over 04. The Hungry Intruder 05. The Journey 06. Mad John 07. Happydaystoytown From 1968.

The Small Faces set is a mix of live performance, studio material and video. The centrepiece is the performance of songs from Ogden’s Nutgone Flake, complete with appearance from Stanley Unwin.

Small Faces Ogdens 1968 Image credit Gered Mankowitz

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