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Monday 02 August 2021

Here Come The Nice: Drumming Legend Kenney Jones Aims To Beat The Bootleggers Via New Independent Record Label

Surrey resident and Small Faces/Faces/The Who rock legend Kenney Jones has launched his own independent record label, Nice Records, through which he plans to issue previously unreleased rare and exclusive recordings spanning his whole career in music.

The new label imprint will kick-off this autumn with the release of a very special previously unreleased Small Faces live recording taken directly from Kenney's own archive.

Small Faces – Live 1966 is available to stream or download now across all major UK & EU digital platforms, with CD & 180g heavyweight coloured vinyl 2LP formats (plus a 1000 copy website exclusive coloured vinyl 2LP with alternate cover artwork print signed by Kenney Jones) available to pre-order now via the official Small Faces website

Whilst the 1CD format is set for release on 3rd September 2021, the Small Faces Shop will ship all pre-orders of the signed coloured vinyl 2LP edition in October 2021, ahead of release of the standard coloured vinyl 2LP format on 5th November 2021.  

"I am so pleased there is a record of us performing at this time," says Kenney 

"We were a great live act then and even though we started to have hits, our live act was never the same again. This gig is really what the Small Faces were all about."

The Small Faces formed in East London in 1965, with band members Steve Marriott (vocals/guitar), Ronnie Lane (bass), Kenney Jones (drums) and Jimmy Winston (keyboards) sharing a passion for US R&B music (Ian 'Mac"'McLagan was to replace Winston on keyboards within the year).  

The band enjoyed chart success with eight UK Top 10 singles as well as spending six weeks at No.1 album with their ground-breaking 1968 psychedelic rock masterpiece LP Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake.

Uniquely influential on both mod & punk scenes alike (Paul Weller, John Lydon & David Bowie are amongst many to have pledged allegiance), Small Faces were also an important touchstone for a new generation via the advent of Britpop in the mid-Nineties.  

Following recent vault discoveries unearthed in various countries across the globe (as well as unreleased material found tucked away in Kenney's attic archive), a series of further new album releases are already in the advanced planning stages and being put together right now by Kenney and his Nice Records team.


These will feature unreleased and rare Small Faces material plus much sought-after music from a variety of associated acts. 

Fans now have the opportunity to sign-up to a new mailing list in order to receive first news of future Nice Records releases and special exclusive editions.

Small Faces – Live 1966 is taken direct from Kenney's own archive and features the very earliest known live concert recording of the band at the height of their powers, playing two live sets at the Twenty Club in Mouscron, Belgium on 9th January 1966.  

Whilst a number of these live tracks have previously circulated in lesser quality amongst collectors in recent years as an unauthorised CD recording (included with a book on the band), this is the first time that fans will be able to hear both the band's full matinee and evening shows as recorded on the night by the Twenty Club.  

As well as familiar favourites, the album also includes tracks never recorded by the band in the studio, all now fully restored by Tosh Flood and newly mastered by Nick Robbins (who have worked on all previous acclaimed Small Faces remasters projects for Immediate & Decca Records).

Kenney is on a mission to 'beat the bootleggers' in one of the first examples of its kind in the modern 21st Century music industry, as well as ensuring band members and their dependents receive the royalties they are rightfully due.

Talking about this initiative, the setting up of Nice Records and its ethos, label boss Kenney Jones said;

"It's great to launch Nice Records and to be able to take back control of the Small Faces products and recordings. 

"I have assembled a first class team who understand the importance of the Small Faces legacy."

All formats available to pre-order now via the Small Faces Shop 

by: Mike Cobley


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