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Year: 2004 | Label: Warner Bros. Records / Rhino Entertainment Company | Catalog Box: 8122-78233-2
Genre: Rock / Classic Rock


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England's Faces (1970-1975) wound up playing stadiums, but they always had a compact, pub-band feel. They were proud boozers, tuning up wasn't a major obsession, and Rod Stewart (in pre-disco prime) always sounded like he'd sung himself hoarse the night before. They kept the mood light, but ensemble work was deceptively tight, thanks to drummer Kenney Jones (later Keith Moon's replacement in the Who) and guitarist Ron Wood (post-Jeff Beck, pre-Stones), who'd switch between raunchy lead and raunchy rhythm roles between beats. Wood's blues-drenched slide work snuffed most of his rock competition, and helped define the band's wiry sound. But Faces offered more than teapot blues. Tuneful bassist Ronnie Lane's sweet voice and countryish melodies - think "Ooh La La," revived as the movie Rushmore's closing theme - both lightened and deepened the texture. Keyboardist Ian McLagan picked and sequenced 67 tracks, programming them out of chronological order, to flow like concert sets. Included are abundant rarities - out-takes, b-sides, rehearsals, BBC-broadcast excerpts - including live takes of songs Faces recorded under Stewart's name, like "Gasoline Alley" and "Maggie May." (A few tunes are heard in live and studio versions.) It's a very good selection of music that wears remarkably well. Kevin Whitehead 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.

Faces - Five Guys Walk Into A Bar...(4CD Box Set) (2004)


en.wikipedia.org / Biography
Faces (The Faces) are an English rock band formed in 1969 by members of the Small Faces after Steve Marriott left that group to form Humble Pie. The remaining Small Faces - Ronnie Lane (bass guitar), Ian McLagan (keyboards) and Kenney Jones (drums & percussion) - were joined by Ronnie Wood (guitar) and Rod Stewart (lead vocals), both from The Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed Faces. Faces released four studio albums and toured regularly until the autumn of 1975, although Stewart simultaneously pursued a solo recording career, and during the band's final year Wood also toured with The Rolling Stones, whom he later joined. In May 2010, Faces announced plans to reform with former Simply Red vocalist Mick Hucknall as their guest vocalist.

allmusic.com / Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When Steve Marriott left the Small Faces in 1969, the three remaining members brought in guitarist Ron Wood and lead singer Rod Stewart to complete the lineup and changed their name to the Faces, which was only appropriate since the group now only slightly resembled the mod- pop group of the past. Instead, the Faces were a rough, sloppy rock & roll band, able to pound out a rocker like "Had Me a Real Good Time," a blues ballad like "Tell Everyone," or a folk number like "Richmond" all in one album. Stewart, already becoming a star in his own right, let himself go wild with the Faces, tearing through covers and originals with abandon. While his voice didn't have the power of Stewart, bassist Ronnie Lane's songs were equally as impressive and eclectic. Wood's rhythm guitar had a warm, fat tone that was as influential and driving as Keith Richards' style. Notorious for their hard-partying, boozy tours and ragged concerts, the Faces lived the rock & roll lifestyle to the extreme. When Stewart's solo career became more successful than the Faces, the band slowly became subservient to his personality; after their final studio album, Ooh La La, in 1973, Lane left the band. After a tour in 1974, the band called it quits. Wood joined the Rolling Stones, drummer Kenny Jones eventually became part of the Who, and keyboardist Ian McLagan became a sought-after supporting musician; Stewart became a superstar, although he never matched the simple charm of the Faces. While they were together, the Faces never sold that many records and were never considered as important as the Stones, yet their music has proven extremely influential over the years. Many punk rockers in the late '70s learned how to play their instruments by listening to Faces records; in the '80s and '90s, guitar rock bands from the Replacements to the Black Crowes took their cue from the Faces as much as the Stones. Their reckless, loose, and joyous spirit stayed alive in much of the best rock & roll of the subsequent decades.

* Kenney Jones: drums, Percussion (June 1969 - December 1975)
* Ronnie Lane: Bass, Acoustic Guitar, dobro, Tambourine, vocals (June 1969 - June 1973)
* Ian McLagan: organ, electric pianos and Acoustic, harmonium, clavinet, harmony vocals (June 1969 - December 1975)
* Rod Stewart: Lead vocals; Rhythm Guitar on "Flags and Banners" and "I Feel So Good" (July 1969 - December 1975)
* Ronnie Wood: Lead, Slide, and pedal steel guitars, Bass, Harmonica, vocals (June 1969 - December 1975)
* Tetsu Yamauchi: Bass (June 1973 - December 1975)

Faces - Five Guys Walk Into A Bar...(4CD Box Set) (2004)
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en.wikipedia.org / Review

Five Guys Walk into a Bar ... is a four-disc retrospective of the British rock group Faces released in 2004, collecting sixty-seven tracks from among the group's four studio albums, assorted single A-and B-sides, BBC sessions, rehearsal tapes and one track from a promotional flexi -disc, "Dishevelment Blues," which was never actually intended for release. Eight of ten tracks from 1973's Ooh La La appear, as do eight of nine from 1971's A Nod Is as Good as a Wink ... To a Blind Horse, five of nine from 1971's Long Player (with an additional two in alternate versions) and three of ten from 1970's First Step (Small Faces) (with one extra track appearing in an alternate version). Every single A-and / or B-side that had never appeared before on compact disc appeared on the set, such as the single version of their take on Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" and the dobro-driven B-side " Skewiff (Mend the Fuse). " Many tracks from BBC sessions appear throughout, including takes on Rod Stewart's own "Maggie May" and "Gasoline Alley," the latter as part of a medley including Faces' own "Around the Plynth." From rehearsal tapes come Faces 'earliest recordings from the summer of 1969, including covers of Big Bill Broonzy's "I Feel So Good" (featuring Stewart on guitar) and Howlin' Wolf's "Evil." The set was compiled by the group's keyboardist, Ian McLagan, who had previously compiled in 1999's Good Boys ... When They're Asleep. Five Guys Walk into a Bar ... has received a largely positive response from critics since its release. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic praised the box set as the best of its type: "There has never been a better box set than the Faces' Five Guys Walk into a Bar .... There has never been a box that captures an artist so perfectly, nor has a box set taken greater advantage of unreleased and rare material, to the point where it seems as essential and vital as the released recordings. "
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01 Flying
02 On The Beach
03 Too Bad
04 If I'm On The Late Side
2005 Debris
06 Jealous Guy *
2007 Evil (Rehearsal) *
08 As Long As You Tell Him
09 Maggie May (Live / BBC) *
10 Cindy Incidentally (Alternate Mix) *
11 Maybe I'm Amazed (Live / BBC) *
12 Insurance
13 I Came Looking For You (Rehearsal) *
1914 Last Orders Please
15 Wyndlesham Bay (Jodie) *
16 I Can Feel The Fire (Live) *
17 Tonight's Number
18 Come See Me Baby (The Cheater) *

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allmusic.com / Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

There has never been a better box set than the Faces' Five Guys Walk into a Bar .... There has never been a box that captures an artist so perfectly, nor has a box set taken greater advantage of unreleased and rare material, to the point where it seems as essential and vital as the released recordings. Simply put, there's never been a box set as necessary as this, since it tells the band's entire tale and explains exactly what the fuss is all about. Unfortunately, some explanations are in order, since the Faces never made it big, resigned to cult status in America and Britain alike. Nevertheless, if you love rock & roll with an all-consuming passion, you may consider the Faces the greatest rock & roll band ever. And you'd be right. Other bands were certainly bigger and plenty wielded a stronger influence, but the Faces were something unique, an endearingly ragged quintet that played raw, big-hearted rock & roll as hard as the Rolling Stones, but with a warm, friendly vibe that would have sounded utterly foreign coming from the Stones. At the turn of the '60s, that warmth was unusual in rock & roll, since most of the big bands were larger than life; even the Kinks, the quaintest and quietest of the titans of the late '60s, had a theatrical bent that lent them a mystique. In contrast, the Faces were utterly without mystique. They were unpretentious to a fault, coming across like the lovable lads from the neighborhood who were always out for a good time, whether it was before, during, or after a gig. They were unassuming and mischievous, with their raggedness camouflaging a sweetness that flowed throughout their music; they were charming rogues, so endearing that even the infamously cranky, trendsetting British DJ John Peel had a soft spot a mile wide for them. That raggedness resulted in exhilarating music, but also made the Faces inconsistent on-stage and in the studio. At their peak, nobody could touch them, but even their greatest albums were sloppy, never maintaining their momentum. They would also throw away great songs on non-LP singles, and their live performances - including BBC sessions for Peel - often had a raucous energy not quite captured on their albums. All of these elements taken as a whole add up to a great band, but no single album, not even the first-rate 1999 compilation Good Boys When They're Asleep, captured each of these elements. Five Guys Walk into a Bar ... does. Produced and sequenced by their keyboardist, Ian McLagan, the set throws all conventional rules of box sets out the window. It's not assembled in a chronological order. A grand 43 of its 67 tracks are non-LP cuts and rarities, including a whopping 31 previously unreleased tracks. It has all the B-sides never released on CD. Several songs are repeated in alternate live or studio versions. Such a preponderance of rarities would usually mean that a box set is only for the devoted, but that's not the case here - these rarities are the very reason why Five Guys Walk into a Bar ... succeeds in a way none of their original albums do, since they fill in the gaps left behind on their four studio albums. This does mean that it features several Rod Stewart solo cuts that worked their way into the Faces' repertoire (partially because the band backed him on his solo albums, too), but that was an important part of their history (plus, the BBC version of "You're My Girl [I Don't Want to Discuss It]" is blistering hot), and while this showcases Stewart at his best - he never was better than he was in the early '70s, whether it was fronting the Faces or on his solo records - he never overshadows his mates on this box. The focus is on the band as a whole, which means that the spotlight is shone on the late, perpetually underappreciated Ronnie Lane numerous times on each of the four discs, and that Ronnie Wood has his turn at the microphone on a wonderful live "Take a Look at the Guy. " McLagan's song sequencing may appear to have no logic behind it, since it doesn't group recordings together by either era or scarcity, yet his seemingly haphazard approach makes musical and emotional sense, flowing like a set list yet remarkably maintaining momentum through its four lengthy discs. While it may sound like hyperbole, there's never a dull moment here, not a bad track among these 67 songs - it's consistent in a way the Faces never were when they were together. It's a joyous, addictive listen, too. It sounds like a party, one where everybody's invited and where the music doesn't stop playing until the break of dawn. That makes a perfect tribute for a band that never got the respect they were due, and never made the great album they should have made. With Five Guys Walk into a Bar ..., the Faces finally have that great album and not just that, they have a box set that's as infectious and satisfying as any classic rock & roll album and a box set that's quite possibly the greatest box set ever made. Plus, it's just one hell of a good time.

01 Pool Hall Richard
02 You're My Girl (I Don't Want To Discuss It) (Live / BBC) *
03 Glad And Sorry
04 Shake, Shudder, Shiver (Rehearsal) *
05 Miss Judy's Farm (Live / BBC) *
06 Richmond
07 That's All You Need
08 Rear Wheel Skid
09 Maybe I'm Amazed
10 (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right *
11 Take A Look At The Guy (Live) *
1912 Flags And Banners
13 Bad 'N' Ruin (Live / BBC)
14 Around The Plynth
15 Sweet Lady Mary
16 Had Me A Real Good Time
17 Cut Across Shorty (Live / BBC) *

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rollingstone.com / Review by Rob Sheffield

The Faces were the ultimate bar-band boogie animals, five London lads boozing it up onstage through the early 1970s. They were all-star mates on a bender: Rod Stewart on vocals, Ron Wood on guitar, Ronnie Lane on bass, Kenney Jones on drums and Ian McLagan on keyboards. But for all their crazy grins and sloppy bluster, they made some of the friendliest-sounding rock & roll ever. They could tear it up with a fabulously scuzzy rocker such as "Stay With Me", or slow down for the tender folky ballads that were Lane's specialty, such as "Glad and Sorry", "Love Lives Here" and "Debris." The Faces always played too loose for US radio - the first time most Americans got to hear them was probably during the closing credits of Rushmore, when Max Fisher turned the party out with "Ooh La La." Five Guys Walk Into a Bar. . . is the loving box set the band deserves, four CDs of hits, rarities and previously unreleased tracks. For the newcomer, a simpler starting point might be the 1999 single-disc hits collection, the clumsily titled but excellent Good Boys. . . When They're Asleep. But Five Guys is an even wilder party, with the Faces stretching out their boozy rock jams and endless blues covers until you can't believe any of them are still standing up. You can hear the freewheeling spirit that inspired bands from the Replacements to Guns n 'Roses - as Slash himself says in the liner notes, "Trust me, we all wanted to be the Faces!" The party broke up by 1975: Wood joined the Stones, Jones joined the Who, Stewart spiked his hair and became a solo superstar, and Lane died of multiple sclerosis. Lane was never the most famous of the Faces, but he's the heart of this box set. When he was a lad, his father told him, "" Son, learn to play something, and you'll always have friends. "" What Lane did with those wise words is what you hear on Five Guys Walk Into a Bar. . . . Ooh la la, indeed.

01 You're So Rude
02 (I Know) I'm Losing You (Live / BBC) *
03 Love Lives Here
04 I'd Rather Go Blind (Live) *
05 Hi-Heel Sneakers / Everybody Needs Somebody To Love *
06 Gettin 'Hungry *
07 Silicone Grown
08 Oh Lord I'm Browned Off
09 Just Another Honky
1910 Open To Ideas
11 Skewiff (Mend The Fuse)
12 Too Bad (Live) *
13 Rock *
14 Angel (Live / BBC) *
15 Stay With Me (Live / BBC) *
16 Ooh La La

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rhino.com / Review
"... This four-disc Dumpster of album tracks, rehearsals, and live takes circa 1969 to 1975 may be a truer picture than any single album." - SPIN
"... A first-rate round-up." (5 stars + Reissue of the Year) - Mojo
Ooh La La, it's the first-ever Faces boxed set! Produced by Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, this four-disc set features 67 essential selections, including 31 previously unreleased tracks. Rarities include a live BBC performance of Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," an outtake romp through John Lennon's "Jealous Guy," and a BBC rendition of Rod's "Maggie May." Includes a massive booklet jammed with rare photos, testimonials (Rich Robinson, Jeff Tweedy, Paul Westerberg), and an essay by Rolling Stone editor David Fricke. From 1969 to 1975 the Faces - Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, and Kenny Jones - played their loose, swaggering blues and soul-steeped 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 since found its way into countless acts, from the Sex Pistols to The Replacements to The Black Crowes.

01 The Stealer (Live / BBC) *
02 Around The Plynth / Gasoline Alley (Live / BBC) *
03 You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Hold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Short Comings) (Live)
04 I Wish It Would Rain (Live)
05 Miss Judy's Farm (Live / BBC) *
06 Love In Vain (Live / BBC) *
07 My Fault (Live / BBC) *
08 I Feel So Good (Rehearsal) *
09 Miss Judy's Farm
10 Three Button Hand Me Down
11 Cindy Incidentally
12 Borstal Boys
13 Flying (Live / BBC) *
14 Bad 'N' Ruin
15 Dishevelment Blues
16 Stay With Me

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