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Released: June 1968

Rating: 4.250 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: classic rock

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Album Tracks:

  1. Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
  2. Afterglow of Your Love
  3. Long Ago and Worlds Apart
  4. Rene
  5. Song of a Baker
  6. Lazy Sunday
  7. Happiness Stan
  8. Rollin’ Over
  9. The Hungry Intruder
  10. The Journey
  11. Mad John
  12. Happy Days Toy Town


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 159
peak on U.K. album chart 1 6

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Lazy Sunday (4/17/68) #2 UK
  • The Journey (11/68) --
  • Afterglow of Your Love (3/19/69) #36 UK

Notes: This album has been reissued multiple times, most notably in 2003, when six tracks were added, including “The Autumn Stone,” and live versions of “Rollin’ Over,” “If I Were a Carpenter,” “Every Little Bit Hurts,” “All or Nothing,” and “Tin Soldier.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Q Magazine’s Top 100 Albums

Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
The Small Faces
“There was no shortage of good psychedelic albums emerging from England in 1967-1968, but Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake is special even within their ranks. The Small Faces had already shown a surprising adaptability to psychedelia with the single ‘Itchycoo Park’ and much of their other 1967 output, but Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake pretty much ripped the envelope” (Eder).

“British bands had an unusual approach to psychedelia from the get-go, often preferring to assume different musical ‘personae’ on their albums, either feigning actual ‘roles’ in the context of a variety show (as on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album), or simply as storytellers in the manner of the Pretty Things on S.F. Sorrow, or actor/performers as on the Who’s Tommy. The Small Faces tried a little bit of all of these approaches on Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake, but they never softened their sound” (Eder).

“Side one’s material, in particular, would not have been out of place on any other Small Faces release – Afterglow of Your Love and Rene both have a pounding beat from Kenny Jones, and Ian McLagan’s surging organ drives the former while his economical piano accompaniment embellishes the latter; and Steve Marriott’s crunching guitar highlights Song of a Baker” (Eder).

“Marriott singing has him assuming two distinct ‘roles,’ neither unfamiliar – the Cockney upstart on ‘Rene’ and Lazy Sunday, and the diminutive soul shouter on ‘Afterglow of Your Love’ and ‘Song of a Baker.’ Some of side two’s production is more elaborate, with overdubbed harps and light orchestration here and there, and an array of more ambitious songs, all linked by a narration by comic dialect expert Stanley Unwin, about a character called Happiness Stan” (Eder).

“The core of the sound, however, is found in the pounding Rollin’ Over, which became a highlight of the group’s stage act during its final days – the song seems lean and mean with a mix in which Ronnie Lane’s bass is louder than the overdubbed horns. Even Mad John, which derives from folk influences, has a refreshingly muscular sound on its acoustic instruments” (Eder).

“Overall, this was the ballsiest-sounding piece of full-length psychedelia to come out of England, and it rode the number one spot on the U.K. charts for six weeks in 1968, though not without some controversy surrounding advertisements by Immediate Records that parodied the Lord’s Prayer. Still, Ogden’s was the group’s crowning achievement – it had even been Marriott’s hope to do a stage presentation of Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake, though a television special might’ve been more in order” (Eder).

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Last updated April 16, 2008.