The Autumn Stone is a posthumous retrospective double album, and the second compilation album released in the UK by Small Faces in 1969 on the Immediate label.
The double album contains most of the Small Faces’ Immediate and Decca original 7″ single releases, together with live recordings from a concert at Newcastle City Hall and previously unreleased material, some of which was possibly intended for the band’s projected but unrealised fourth LP, 1862.
Alongside the title track, the album contained an alternate version of “Afterglow Of Your Love” (which had been released as the Small Faces’ final single earlier in the year), covers of two Tim Hardin songs (“If I Were A Carpenter” and “Red Balloon”) and the instrumentals “Wide Eyed Girl On The Wall” and “Collibosher” (both of which are claimed to be unfinished backing tracks by the compilers of the Here Comes The Nice box set).
The title track “The Autumn Stone” and “Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am” (its correct title, according to composer Steve Marriott – ‘Wham Bam Thank You Man’, as it was titled on the Afterglow single where the song first found release in March 1969, was apparently a label misprint) had originally been recorded on 11 September 1968 as the A and B sides of a projected (but ultimately unreleased) single. This recording session proved to be the band’s final studio work together aside from some session work in Paris with Peter Frampton for a Johnny Hallyday album in December.