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Five Guys Walk Into A Bar.
This four CD box set is a comphrehensive collection of one of the GREATEST and most talented bands of the early 70s. These five guys were rowdy, soulful and raw. The Faces had a party attitude but they also had some very serious musicianship backing that attitude up. Despite his dabbling in cheesy standards, Rod Stewart is with few peers when it comes to singing bluesy rock and roll. Ron Wood shows why he is so under used in The Rolling Stones with spectacular guitar work that is drenched in blues feeling. Ian Mclagan brings tasteful keyboards while the late Ronnie Lane adds a completely different vocal texture along with steady bass playing. The fifth member is drummer Kenny Jones, who attacks the drums in true Keith Moon fashion. (NOTE: Jones later replaced Moon in The Who but may have been a little intimidated because he didn't play with quite the same fire).

Some of my favorite Faces classics on this CD set include: "Bad 'n' Ruin," "Cindy Incidentally," "If I'm On The Late Side," "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing, Or Anything" and "Open To Ideas." Fate couldn't keep this band together with solo success beckoning Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones calling to Ron Wood... BUT we have GREAT soulFUL blues and rock that stands the test of time.

posted: December 2006.


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