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Faces
United Kingdom

Years: 1969 - 1975
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock

Founder

Ronnie Lane - Acoustic guitar , Bass Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals (in band: 1969 - 1973)
Kenney Jones - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1969 - 1975)
Ian McLagan - Backing vocals, Harmonium, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer Electric Piano (in band: 1969 - 1975)
Rod Stewart - Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Lead vocals (in band: 1969 - 1975)
Ron Wood - Acoustic guitar , Bass Guitar, Bouzouki , Guitar, Harmonica, Lead guitar, Pedal steel guitar, Slide guitar, Vocals (in band: 1969 - 1975)

Members

Tetsu Yamauchi - Bass Guitar (in band: 1973 - 1975)
Jesse Ed Davis - Guitar (in band: 1975)

Biography

RockBoar.com Picture     After Small Faces split with Marriott flouncing off to form Humble Pie. Meanwhile Kenny Jones, Ronnie Lane and Ian McLagan ditched the psichedelic overtones, Recruited Ron Wood andd Rod Stewart, renaming the band The Faces, lad-rock was born! The Faces peddled a disttinctive strain of ramshackle, boozy, bluesly rock thatwas apparently best heard in a live setting surrounded by sweet males.[1]

     Stewart, alredy becoming a star in his own right, let himself go wild with the Faces, tearing through covers and orginals with abandon. Notoriousfor their hard-playing, boozy tours and ragged concerts, the Faces lived the rock @ roll life-style to the extreme.[2]

     They never sold that many recordsand were never considered as important as  the Stones, yet their music has provrn extremely influential over the years. Many punk rockers  in the late ‘770s learned how to play their instruments by listeniing 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 reckles, loose and joyous spirit has stay alive much of the best rock and roll of the past two  decades.[2]

     Faces released their début album "First Step" in early 1970 with a rock and roll style similar to the Rolling Stones. While the album did better in the UK than in the US, the Faces quickly earned a strong live following. . Ater his second solo album, Stewart launched a US tour with the Faces.[3]

     The second Faces album,"Long Player", was released in early 1971 and enjoyed greater chart success than "First Step". Faces also got their only US Top 40 hit with "Stay With Me" from their third album "A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...To a Blind Horse" released in late 1971. This album reached the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. Steve Jones from The Sex Pistols regarded the Faces very highly and named them as a main influence on the British punk rock movement.  The Faces released their final album "Ooh La La", which reached number one in the UK and number 21 in the US in 1973.[3]

  RockBoar.com Picture As Rod Stewart's solo career became more successful than that of the group, the band became overshadowed by their lead singer., A disillusioned Ronnie Lane left the band in 1973; one reason given later for his departure was frustration over not having more opportunities to sing lead vocals. Lane's role as bassist was taken over by Tetsu Yamauchi (who had replaced Andy Fraser in Free). Released just months before Lane left the band, the Faces' final studio album was "Ooh La La".[3]

     The following year a live album was released, entitled "Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners"; it was criticised by reviewers for being poorly recorded and thought out. It featured selections from their late 1973 tour, the first featuring Yamauchi. They recorded a few tracks for another studio album, but had lost enthusiasm and their final release as a group was the late 1974 UK Top 20 hit "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything". In 1975 Wood began working with the Rolling Stones, which brought differences between Stewart and the others to a head, and after a troubled fall US tour (with Jesse Ed Davis on rhythm guitar), in December the band announced that they were splitting.[3]


1.The Great Rock Discography - Martin C.Strong, Four Edition, by Canongate Publishing, Ltd. Edinburgh,  p. 760
2.All Music Guide to Rock. The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop and Soul. 3rd Edition 2002. Edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Published by Backbeat Books, page 385 - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
3.This biography is from Wikipedia, the free collaborative encyclopedia. Used under licence and subject to disclaimers.


Albums

The First Step (Mar, 1970)
Long Player (Feb, 1971)
A Nod's As Good As A Wink...To A Blind Horse (Nov 17, 1971)
Ooh La La (Mar, 1973)

Singles & EPs

Flying (Feb 20, 1970)
Had Me A Real Good Time (Nov 13, 1970)
Maybe I'm Amazed (Apr 6, 1971)
Stay With Me (Dec 3, 1971)
Stay With Me / You're So Rude (Dec, 1971)
Cindy Incidentally (Feb 16, 1973)
Fly In The Ointment (Apr 7, 1973)
Ooh-La-La / Borstal Boys (Jun 6, 1973)
Pool Hall Richard (Dec 7, 1973)
Stay With Me (Jun, 1974)

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