Almanac Music: ‘Tin Soldier’ – Small Faces


I love the music from the 60s, particular the sounds emanating from the birth of the Beatles and the Stones and others of that ilk. Those sounds formed ‘The British Invasion’ of music that swept the world and changed music forever.


As a baby boomer born in 1950 my contemporaries and myself were fortunate to be a part of a changing culture in music, fashions, and social attitudes. To grow up with these wonderful sounds and changing times was an incredible experience for us all. Incredibly these sounds are still played today and more than hold their own with anything produced today.


One such band I enjoyed were the Small Faces. They  were founded in 1965, originally consisted of Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Jimmy Winston, with Ian McLagan replacing Winston in 1966. The band are recognised as a quintessential  group from the 1960s reflecting the sounds and the fashions of the mod scene. They  recorded many hit songs such as ‘Itchycoo Park’, ‘Lazy Sunday’, ‘All or Nothing’, and ‘Tin Soldier’, as well as their concept album Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake.


The career of Small Faces was relatively short-lived culminating with their break-up in 1969. Steve Marriott formed Humble Pie, and the remaining three members eventually joining up with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart to became the Faces. As the Small Faces they left a catalogue of classic pop/mod music still enjoyed today.


‘Tin Soldier’ is a classic pop song and one of the greats standing the test of time. The intro is one of the best intros of any song, please enjoy the clip below.



‘Tin Soldier’ – Small Faces


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About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.


  1. Ian Hauser says

    Col, The short career of The Small Faces coincided with my years at boarding school, so their various songs listed above are part of the soundtrack of that era of my life. It brought back lots of memories. I looked at a couple of their other clips this morning to relive the times. Their demise and the evolution of Rod Stewart and the Faces seemed a suitable progression. Then it very soon became all about Rod. Good luck to him. (Remember, we looked at ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ a little earlier in the year?)

    Keep them coming, Col, as I’m enjoying the trips back in time.

  2. Great stuff Col. As soon as I saw the headline to your story I could hear the shimmering intro to Tin Soldier in my head. There is a Springsteen intro in a live concert song where he talks about staying up all night to hear his favourite song of the time on his tiny, tiny transistor radio 3x. (Lonnie Donegan – Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavour on the Bedpost Overnight – it was the 50’s). Tell that to the kids of today when any song in recorded history is a Spotify/ITunes click away.
    Kevin Densley’s drummer piece got me on a 60’s revival bender yesterday. Also inspired by the promo clip for Kenneth Branagh’s magnum opus movie soon to be released “Belfast”. Wow.

  3. Tony Forbes says

    Yes I love the Small Faces and Tin Soldier (PP Arnold sang backing vocals and it was going to be her song originally but they backed her on ‘If you think I’m groovy’. There is a great doco on YouTube about them and Marriot.The original Odgens Nutgone Flake album was round. Also, Lazy Sunday was just a demo and the Smsll Faces were furious when Immediate released it as a single!

  4. Enjoy these 60’s pieces – they sit hauntingly close to the edges of my memories;. I came across a compilation 60’s album (60 Hits from the Sixties) in just a few clicks early in lockdown, so it’s kept me company at various stages out driving or walking etc. this song not on it surprisingly.
    Thx Col

  5. Richard Griffiths says

    My next door neighbour had the single and we just kept, playing it and playing it. Its a true classic and captures the essence of the time. It is timeless and It still holds up today. Great stuff Col.

  6. This song is a classic. It still stands up so well.
    I reckon McLagan’s keyboards are the backbone of the track.

  7. Trevor Blainey says

    The thing about singles is that they were affordable whereas LP’s weren’t. So I had Tin Soldier and Pictures of Lily by The Who (both of which more than stand up today) and Midnight Confessions by The Grass Roots and Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations which now seem … less essential. Still for less than a buck you got 3 minutes of gold to punish your parents with. True value.

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