Bassist Ronnie Lane, organist Ian McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones had been members of the successful British mod-rock band Small Faces. Singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood had played together in The Jeff Beck Group (the latter on bass), and when frontman Steve Marriott left the Small Faces, Stewart and Wood replaced him and the band became simply the Faces. Stewart had also released a solo album by the time their debut First Step came out. It consisted of nine band originals (mostly raw bluesy rockers but also including a few tender ballads and a moment of light-hearted folk) alongside a powerful reworking of Bob Dylan’s “The Wicked Messenger”. However, despite a distinctive sound emerging, and the album including some positively first-rate material (in particular Ronnie Lane's ballad "Devotion") by the inclusion of two mediocre instrumentals it was clear the band were still finding their feet.
|> Long Player (1971)
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