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« on: November 25, 2006, 12:26:00 AM »
I found this little gem whilst browsing YouTube.For the younger viewers, this is The Faces featuring Rod Stewart with Ron Wood, the late great Ronnie Lane on bass, Ian MacLagan on keyboards and Kenney Jones on drums.  This song, when I first heard it, caused me to want to learn bass.Ronnie Lane was a legend and I had the pleasure of meeting him. The Faces were always boozed up and you will hear many mistakes and you can see then all watching each other for the changes and missing cues.Some fancy 1970's visual effects-real  class. Ron Wood is playing is Dan Armstrong guitar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei-L_AuuaxI&mode=related&search=
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2006, 01:16:10 AM »
I saw billy bragg not that long ago with ian mclagen. Would have been a good show if the sound guys had thought to unplug the bragg's mic between songs. Someone should mention that to them. Anyway, the faces do indeed rock, I've always loved rod stewart's voice. As much as any straight male should.

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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2006, 09:17:29 PM »
how about some 'Small' Faces...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mm5VxFR0KA

Tin Soldier - hell yeah!!!

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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2006, 10:10:06 PM »
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Tin Soldier - hell yeah!!!

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Love both bands, but prefer the Small Faces (ahhh the days when Kenny Jones could drum).

Tin Soldier is a song that can randomly either take me to utter happiness or complete sadness. Obviously I take some somgs too seriously.

Actually I heard a great cover version of Tin Soldier by Dave Gregory

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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2006, 10:49:00 PM »
That bass is nice Rob. Plonk had a Dan Armstrong see through bass too at one point. I love the Small Faces and the (not so small)Faces about the same.I am in touch with Mac now and again and I used to see Marriott at the Bridge House Canning Town.Ronnie was, as many have said, the heart and soul of both bands.You Tube has a few clips of Ronnie with SF's, F's and Slim Chance. What Rod did to his career was awful and embarrassing-I almost feel ashamed to admit that I once liked him but those first 3 or 4 albums were fantastic and some of Rod's Dylan covers were superb and they stand up today but I can see why Ronnie wanted out.
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2006, 10:55:47 PM »
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I found this little gem whilst browsing YouTube.For the younger viewers, this is The Faces featuring Rod Stewart with Ron Wood, the late great Ronnie Lane on bass, Ian MacLagan on keyboards and Kenney Jones on drums.  This song, when I first heard it, caused me to want to learn bass.Ronnie Lane was a legend and I had the pleasure of meeting him. The Faces were always boozed up and you will hear many mistakes and you can see then all watching each other for the changes and missing cues.Some fancy 1970's visual effects-real  class. Ron Wood is playing is Dan Armstrong guitar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei-L_AuuaxI&mode=related&search=


Never actually listened to The Faces before for some reason.. sounds great to me! Any albums in particular you can recommend with songs like this one?

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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2006, 07:33:17 AM »
Hey Tom- their albums where a bit patchy-they were better known as a great live band fuelled by booze. There is a compilation that has most of the relevant stuff-it is called "Good Boys While they're Asleep". If you buy one album I would say "A Nod is as good as a wink ..to a blind horse ".It has "Stay With Me" and another favourite of mine "Miss Judy's Farm".The compilation though would be my suggestion. In my band we do a Small Faces track "All Or Nothing" though my vocal is not a patch on Marriott's. It is tragic to think that Rod went on to "Sailing" "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy".
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2006, 10:59:25 AM »
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I love the Small Faces and the (not so small)Faces about the same.I am in touch with Mac now and again and I used to see Marriott at the Bridge House Canning Town.Ronnie was, as many have said, the heart and soul of both bands.

Definitely -- one immediately notices the difference when Lane's bass playing isn't there holding things down.  

My exposure to this stuff came when I was a teenager watching a TV documentary on late-60s psych that included a "video" of "Itchycoo Park". I think I later read that the "video" part was mimed some years later, but I was (and am) a sucker for all that Austin-Powers-style flower-power music stuff! :)  "Tin Soldier" doesn't have the same over-the-top psychedelic vibe (a band only needs so many "Listen to the Flower People" hits, after all ;)) but is surely a justifiable classic!
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2006, 09:18:19 PM »
'A Nod Is As Good As A Wink...' is certainly the one to start off with but I like all of the Faces albums - 'First Step' has some great slide playing from Ronnie Wood.

Even Rod Stewart's first solo LP (Every Picture Tells A Story) is really cool - same vein as The Faces before Rod went shitee.

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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2006, 11:56:24 PM »
Agreed HTH.Rod's first 4 albums were excellent-a bit raw and the better for it.Ron Wood plays bass on many tracks (including Maggie May-a superb job he did too) and Wood also is a fine slide player.He may not be the greatest player in the world but he plays from the heart. The Faces were essentially a live band-their albums being a bit patchy-"Nods" is the best-First Step is exactly that-a band finding it's feet. The weakest Faces album imho is Ooh La La but it has its great moments and the great moments tend to involve Ronnie Lane who left shortly after it was released. I was then a huge fan as I am still.Sadly I was around 11 or 12 and my parents were not prepared to let me go see them-even with my elder sister but I saw Ronnie Lane in Slim Chance quite a few times.
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2006, 12:42:24 PM »
Saw the Faces with Rod at a Reading Festival in the 70's. As mentioned they were a great live band - even though Rod sang a whole song in a different key to the band :oops:  :oops:

It's sad (but I suppose inevitable) that many artists of this period like Rod lose that edge/excitement as they get older (and richer). I was an ardent Clapton fan but I remember going to see him in the Albert Hall just after Blind Faith had imploded and he was with Delanie & Bonnie and he had switched from his Gibsons to Fender (no offence to Fender intended) and I came out and turned to my friend and said "Well that's it - it's all over." The skill was still there but the fire had gone and it just didn't excite me like his earlier work - still feel the same now.
One notable exception I think is Jeff Beck who not only has increased his mind-boggling talent but also still sounds exciting to me, even if I don't like all his work.
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