Mammal’s Merry Memories: The Small Faces – Happiness Stan (1968)
I dug down through the vinyl in the Metal State catacombs this morning until I found the album in the round cover. The cover unfolded into six circular sections. Unless you left in its plastic sleeve, it used to roll off the shelf, which was annoying.
The album is Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake, an archetypal psychedelic rock classic of the 1960s. The Small Faces recorded it in 1968 and it was one of my three favourite albums that year. The second side, a whole 19 minutes long, is a single story called “Happiness Stan”. The narration between songs was written in the garbled style of English that John Lennon wrote in his books of nonsense.