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two live tracks (recorded at New York's Filmore East); two tracks recorded on the Rolling Stones mobile unit with the remainder being recorded at Morgan Sound Studios. This album is good, not brilliant but, shows lots of potential and was soon to be eclipsed by "A Nod's As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse" which WAS the pinnacle of their short-lived success and life as a band. Music is highly subjective to each individuals taste so trying to rate this as the best "Faces" album is just silly! Two tracks, "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "I Feel So Good", were recorded live at the Fillmore East, New York on November 10, 1970.

The album was released only a few months after the Faces had formed from the ashes of the Small Faces (from which Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan hailed) and The Jeff Beck Group (from which Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood hailed. Ronnie Lane made his final concert appearance in 1992 at a Ronnie Wood show with Ian McLagan on keyboards. Faces are an English rock band formed in 1969 by members of Small Faces after lead singer and guitarist Steve Marriott left to form Humble Pie. That's why each of our records is first meticulously cleaned and then not just inspected once, but twice, before a sample is play-tested to make sure it sounds as good as it looks.

Folks look at Stewart as the Faces front man and that's certainly true, but to me Lane was always the band's heartbeat and that was seldom as obvious as on the folk-blues number 'Richmond'. This was borne out by the success of the album, which served as the Faces’ first proper foothold in America when it climbed into the top 30 of the Billboard 200, and it also proved to be the band’s most successful album in the UK up to that point.

The Faces’ second is a frustrating affair, beginning like it’s going to improve on the debut before a half-baked second act brings it crashing down into forgettable mediocrity. Apart from that the bar there was open 24 hours a day so anytime anything went wrong it was, ‘Let’s go down and have a drink while they’re mending it,’ and that went on for months. Recorded during an era in which many albums were knocked off in a matter of weeks, the group's sophomore set took months to finish — including plenty of downtime that didn't really do any favors for the infamously rowdy quartet. Having listened to the back catalog of the Small Faces, and knowing that Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood went on to massive success in their own individual paths after this, it's so disheartening to me to listen to this album and find it so painfully generic. The percussion free Sweet Lady Mary is even better, one of The Faces’ best songs, uneventful across its near-six minutes but terrific anyway thanks to the relaxing vibe created by McLagan’s subtle organ and Wood’s beguiling pedal steel.Meanwhile, "Woody was the guy's guy, with a cigarette stuck in his mouth or between the fingers of his right fist, eyes blinking continually with concentration as he worried the guitar, and sang and camped it up with Rod. That was particularly true on side two where the track listing included almost nine minutes dedicated to a pedestrian blues number ('I Feel Good') and a throwaway country-blues instrumental ('Jerusalem').

The same line-up reunited once more (minus Lane) in 1993 when Rod Stewart was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the Brit Awards. box set of 2004, the different early mix of the A-side remains confined to the single and early vinyl editions of Snakes and Ladders / The Best of Faces in 1976. I can then make it happen because I am all powerful, can change my clothes in a phone box and can fire spider webs from places I didn't know I even had. A unique early mix of "Had Me a Real Good Time" appeared as a single ahead of the LP in November 1970, backed with the non-album instrumental "Rear Wheel Skid".

My money's on Stewart, who whilst recording this album was also on the side crafting his solo masterpiece Every Picture Tells a Story. A number of partial reunions of the Faces were rumoured throughout the 2000s, with various one-off performances involving surviving members occurring.

After introducing themselves with 1970's appropriately titled First Step, the Faces sought to build on that success with their follow-up effort — and they pulled it off in a big way with Long Player. to a Blind Horse, bolstered by the success of Stewart's solo work, became a worldwide hit, peaking at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart and number 6 on the U. In 2020, Rod Stewart reunited with Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones to perform "Stay With Me" as the finale of that years Brit Awards Ceremony. Long Player" is the "Faces" 2cnd studio album finding the new line up more comfortable playing together, if they were uncomfortable on the 1st you certainly can't hear it! Later that summer Wood and Stewart parted ways with Beck and joined Lane, McLagan and Jones full-time.Like, don't get me wrong, this is a fine enough listen and there's nothing on here I can say I didn't like. I have said elsewhere that I could make a cracking double album out of the best tracks of The Faces. Tell Everyone" (a much better version covered later by its composer Lane on his first solo album "Anymore For Anymore" [1974]) is a slow blues dominated by a lovely mellow guitar solo from Wood, with McLagan again showing just how good he is on the Hammond B3 with another trademark finish. Rating metrics: Outliers can be removed when calculating a mean average to dampen the effects of ratings outside the normal distribution. With the addition of Wood and Stewart, the "small" part of the original band name was dropped, partly because the two newcomers (at 5'9" and 5'10" respectively) were significantly taller than the three former Small Faces.



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