Faces Five Guys Walk Into A Bar (4-CD Box Set)
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- Number of Discs: 4
- Released: July 5, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Rhino
Description by OLDIES.com:
From 1969 to 1975 the Faces - Rod Stewart, Ian McLagan, Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, and Kenney Jones - played their loose and joyful blues and soul-inflected rock 'n' roll with reckless abandon, consummate skill, and immeasurable charm. For those few years they were arguably the greatest band on the planet, and their influence has resonated ever since through the music of countless acts, from the Sex Pistols to The Replacements to The Black Crowes, and on and on. After the Faces dissolved in 1975, Stewart went on to solo superstardom, Wood to the Stones, Jones to The Who, McLagan to world - class session work and his own recordings, and Lane to acclaimed solo projects before he succumbed to multiple sclerosis in 1997. Greater than the sum of its parts, the Faces made now - immortal music for which there will never, ever be a last call.
Rolling Stone - p.1244 stars out of 5 - "[T]hey made some of the friendliest-sounding rock & roll ever."
Spin - p.106"[The compilation] may be a truer picture than any single album."
Entertainment Weekly - p.77"One of their decade's warmest, scrappiest and most joyful acts, they were capable of both folkie intimacy and pranksterish raunch..." - Grade: A-
Q - p.1375 stars out of 5 - "[They] suffused their rock with a wonderfully contagious roll....[With] an underlying grasp of the same influences that defined the early -'70s Stones..."
Uncut - p.1063 stars out of 5 - "[T]he Faces were the perfect post-mod/blues-boom gang of good-time charlies, deeply steeped in American soul but also in English folk-rock."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1225 stars out of 5 - "[A] cover of The Beach Boys' 'Getting' Hungry,' from the group's final recording sessions, reveal a band still with much to offer..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 2.On The Beach
- 3.Too Bad
- 4.If I'm On The Late Side
- 6.Jealous Guy
- 7.Evil (Rehearsal)
- 8.As Long As You Tell Him
- 9.Maggie May
- 10.Cindy Incidentally
- 11.Maybe I'm Amazed
- 13.I Came Looking For You
- 14.Last Orders Please
- 15.Wyndlesham Bay
- 16.I Can Feel The Fire
- 17.Tonight's Number
- 18.Come See Me Baby (The Cheater)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Pool Hall Richard
- 2.You're My Girl (I Don't Want To Discuss It)
- 3.Glad And Sorry
- 4.Shake, Shudder, Shiver
- 5.Miss Judy's Farm
- 7.That's All You Need
- 8.Rear Wheel Skid
- 9.Maybe I'm Amazed
- 10.(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Right
- 11.Take A Look At The Guy
- 12.Flags And Banner
- 13.Bad 'N' Ruin
- 14.Around The Plynth
- 15.Sweet Lady Mary
- 16.Had Me A Real Good Time
- 17.Cut Across Shorty
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.You're So Rude
- 2.(I Know) I'm Losing You
- 3.Love Lives Here
- 4.I'd Rather Go Blind
- 5.Hi-Hell Sneakers / Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
- 6.Gettin' Hungry
- 7.Silicone Grown
- 8.Oh Lord I'm Browned Off
- 9.Just Another Honky
- 10.Open To Ideas
- 11.Skewiff (Mend The Fuse)
- 12.Too Bad
- 13.Rock Me
- 15.Stay With Me
- 16.Ooh La La
Tracks on Disc 4:
- 1.The Stealer
- 2.Around The Plynth / Gasoline Alley
- 3.You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ir
- 4.I Wish It Would Rain
- 5.Miss Judy's Farm
- 6.Love In Vain
- 7.My Fault
- 8.I Feel So Good
- 9.Miss Judy's Farm
- 10.Three Button Hand Me Down
- 11.Cindy Incidentally
- 12.Borstal Boys
- 14.Bad 'N' Ruin
- 15.Dishevelment Blues
- 16.Stay With Me
Faces: Ron Wood (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, pedal steel guitar, harmonica, bass guitar); Ian McLagan (Wurlitzer piano, keyboards); Ronnie Lane (bass guitar); Kenney Jones, Rod Stewart.
Personnel: Ronnie Lane (vocals, acoustic guitar, dobro, tambourine); Rod Stewart (vocals, electric guitar); Andrew Love, Bobby Keys (saxophone); Harry Beckett, Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Tetsu Yamauchi (trombone); Ian McLagan (piano, electric piano, harmonium, organ, Wurlitzer organ); Kenney Jones (drums, percussion); Neemoi Acquaye (percussion).
Additional personnel: The Memphis Horns (horns); Tetsu Yamauchi (bass guitar); Harry Fowler (steel drum); Harry Beckett, Neemoi Acquaye, Bobby Keys.
Audio Mixers: Ian McLagan; Gary Kellgren.
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Authors: Ian McLagan; David Fricke.
Recording information: Air Studios, London, England (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); BBC Studio 4, Maida Vale, London, England (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); BBC Television Centre, Studio B, London, England (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); BBC Television Theatre, Shepherd's Bush, London, Englan (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); De Lane Lea Recording Studios, London, England (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); Morgan Sound Studios, London, England (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes, London, England (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); Reading Festival, Reading, England (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); Rolling Stones Rehearsal Studio, South London (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); Ronnie Lane's House, Richmond (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); Stargroves, Hampshire, England (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); Sunset Recording Studios, Torrance, CA (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); Swing Auditorium, San Bernadino, CA (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); Tampa Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); The Camden Theatre, London, England (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); The Marie Antoinette Hotel, New Orleans, LA (??/??/1969-03/07/1975); The Paris Cinema, London, England (??/??/1969-03/07/1975).
Authors: Gaz Coombes; Glen Matlock; Jeff Tweedy; Paul Westerberg; Rich Robinson.
Photographers: Rod Stewart; Damien Shannon; Ian Dickson; Charlie Auringer; Robert Matheu; Tom Wright; Charles Daniels .
Unknown Contributor Role: John Peel.
Released at a time when lead singer Rod Stewart was exploring the Great American Songbook, the music presented on FIVE GUYS WALK INTO A BAR... reinforces the argument that the Faces were one of rock's great overlooked bands. The quintet's ease around a bar never diminished the organic musicianship that found them easily melding their love of rock & roll, blues, and soul.
Fueled by Ron Wood's stellar guitar work, Ian McLagan's fluid keyboard playing, and the rock-solid rhythm section of Ronnie Lane and Kenney Jones, the Faces shared space with Stewart's burgeoning solo career, but still managed to crank out four excellent studio albums in less than six years. Not only are these records all included in their entirety in this four-disc collection, but the band's official output is practically doubled here by way of numerous live BBC performances, alternate versions, and rehearsal tapes. Along with the soaring passion of "Flying," fall-down raucousness of "Stay with Me," and unheralded Lane-penned classic "Debris" are loving covers of tunes by John Lennon, Luther Ingram, Free, and Robert Johnson. Words can't do justice to the wealth of musical manna to be found in this wonderfully annotated and compiled package.
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