The third album from The Faces, 1971's A Nod Is As Good As A Wink... To A Blind Horse, turned out to be both their most consistent and also their commercial breakthrough. Their first two albums could perhaps be accused of being uneven, but A Nod was consistently strong throughout, and saw them hone their distinctive style of boozy rock & roll to perfection, through eight fanastic original songs and a cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee". The best-known track is "Stay With Me", which when released as a single got to #6 in the UK and #17 in the US. Elsewhere, the album featured both some of their best rockers and their most stirring ballads.
Also notable for three excellent songs written and sung by bassist Ronnie Lane. Though he was obviously not as talented a singer as Rod Stewart, he was a great songwriter and a vital part of the band's sound.
The album itself was a #2 hit.
Long Player (1971) <|> Ooh La La (1973)
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