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Posted: 27 Jun 2006, 11:09
There's almost a frustration about The Faces, in that you wonder how much more they could have done, and yet it was their lax attitude that created the special atmosphere of the band.
Best album is " A Nod........."-short and sweet.
Fave tracks would be "Wicked Messanger" and "Miss Judys Farm", were it not for the superb "Debris".
Posted: 27 Jun 2006, 13:15
I Still don't understand how Ronnie Wood ended up singing Ooh La La. The story goes that he didn't even want to do it but stepped up because neither Ronnie Lane or Rod Stewart could hit the notes or something. Not only does that seem unlikely but I'm sure I've seen Rod do it on TV and there was footage of Ronnie singing it on that BBC 4 documentary recently.
Posted: 27 Jun 2006, 13:21
Maybe the other two were pissed. No wait, Ronnie Woods the sober one? That doesn't make sense. Never mind.
Posted: 27 Jun 2006, 13:30
I don't think Wood or Lane gave Rod the chance to sing it. Ronnie Lane was meant to sing it but for some reason or other Wood sang it.
That's why Rod covered it, terribly I might add, on an album around seven or eight years ago.
Posted: 28 Jun 2006, 00:15
Rod couldn't be arsed to sing it and fucked off to the pub so Woody had a go as there were already 3 Plonk leads on the album already.
That is why I love Ooh La la so much - It has more Lane vocals on it than usual.
The original studio run through had lane's lead vocal on it, and the fact that it has gone missing (and will never be found now) was what delayed the faces box set for so long. They were trying to find it.
I'd still like them to have taken the vocal from one of his many live versions and fitted it onto the studio backing track - just to hear it.
I thought Rod's version was pretty faithful actually. He always did say he regretted not doing it at the time.
Posted: 28 Jun 2006, 00:21
I haven't got around to getting any proper albums, but I have the Essentials comp they put out a couple of years ago that has served as a pretty good primer. On that, I'd have to go with "Miss Judy's Farm". Otherwise, my favourite song of theirs is (I know) I'm Losing You, which I'm not even sure was released under the Faces name. It might have been solo Rod, with the band backing him.
Posted: 28 Jun 2006, 10:56
Is the boxset worth getting?
Posted: 28 Jun 2006, 11:40
Album - A Nod.....
Song - Wicked Messenger
Posted: 28 Jun 2006, 20:38
Bob Loblaw wrote:Is the boxset worth getting?
Second hand copy on Amazon going for £26 at the moment.
At that price i woulod say 'yes'.
or, you know..just like ask..
Posted: 28 Jun 2006, 20:52
Bob Loblaw wrote:Is the boxset worth getting?
You know, as a fan, I would say no. There just seemed to be too many demos and live tracks with verying audio quality that prevents me from recommending it to someone that is curious or new to the group. You can get all the albums proper rather cheaply and I would highly recommend going that way first.
There are a lot of treasures on there to make it a worthy purchase for a fan but it seems, at least to me, that there is not enough context to show that they truly were a great band. I even have a hard time listening to a disc from that box set straight through. Their albums are damn near perfect though and a great way to immerse yourself in the band.
I'm sure most disagree with me though.
Posted: 29 Jun 2006, 08:50
No. I would agree with you in the circumstance you describe - ie to someone who hasn't already got the four albums.
Posted: 29 Jun 2006, 10:08
I have all four albums and a couple of live boots, I'm very much a fan of The Faces. I think I'll get it, for the completist in me if nothing else. Thanks guys.
Posted: 15 Jul 2006, 02:35
I covet the box set.
they jumped WAY up in my estimation listening to it. (keep in mind I hadn't listened to them in a while)
it seems a nice way to deal with that band - they show up and stay for way too long. it works. I think the demarkations of what starts and ends where and what album it's from...
I mean who really gives a fuck with this sort of music?
Faces ablum: nod is as good as a wink
song: Stay with Me
Rod: never a dull moment
song: mandolin wind
Posted: 10 Aug 2006, 10:52
although I do like some stuff off of each of the Faces' albums, I have to go with Rod Stwart for album and song.
ALBUM: Every Picture Tells a Story
SONG: Every Picture Tells a Story
Posted: 17 Aug 2006, 09:02
Rod's early run of LPs (plus of course his work with the Faces) was undeniable in its quality, I suppose it's whether you're inclined towards the rootsy warm, loose sound that he and his band conjured then. Me, I love it, and actually I enjoy Gasoline Alley the most, there's something about the sound of that, it's very...generous, I suppose. Totally at ease with itself, relaxed, effortless, and just enough rawness to stop it being too polished. The way he reworks that Dylan obscurity ("Only A Hobo"), extracting pretty much all the pathos and sensitivity inherent in the material is a masterclass in interpretation. Absolutely no over-emoting whatsoever, just absolute composure in terms of his voice and delivery.
It's the calm, collected tracks on those early records that seem the most affecting, something like "Mandolin Wind" off Every Picture... is similar in both its approach and results. When he wanted to be, he could be a very assured narrative storyteller, not just in the words, but the way he got the right sounds out of them (the offhand 'chuckle' after the line "I was never much for romantic words"). Of course, there's cheekiness in those LPs, too- Los Paraguayos, is, to a degree, pretty dodgy lyrically, but the swing that the band give it is pretty irresistable. It sounds like a ball, really.
As for the Faces, are they one of the great "could have beens"? Recording-wise, they never quite got it totally together, I suppose that was part of their charm, but certainly the best bits on A Nod's As Good As A Wink (as well as the sloppier moments) suggest that for them, the feel of the music was all, as opposed to the actual arrangement and composition. Still, there's no denying that they were an often great band, even if they didn't always bring everything to the table (apart from the liqour of course)
We can discuss Rod's fall from grace all we want, but I think he just wanted to have fun. It's hard to think of an artist who has spent so long willingly prostituting himself, but then again, he gets to spend his money on Yachts and supermodels, and we don't !
Posted: 17 Aug 2006, 19:10
The Right Scarfie Profile wrote:We can discuss Rod's fall from grace all we want, but I think he just wanted to have fun. It's hard to think of an artist who has spent so long willingly prostituting himself, but then again, he gets to spend his money on Yachts and supermodels, and we don't !
Speak for yourself there, Scarf!!
Re: BCB 100 - The Faces/Rod Stewart
Posted: 02 Jul 2010, 05:17
album: Nod's as good as a wink
song: Flags and banners