The Faces - Open To Ideas (1969-1975)

The Faces were a British rock band active in the early 70s. 

The Faces were together from 1969 to 1975, by which time Rod Stewart's solo career had become much more successful, causing problems in the group which finally led to their breakup. Over those six years they released four studio albums, a live album, and a number of singles. In 2004 a box set was released called Five Guys Walk Into A Bar..., which featured most of their original album tracks with an array of bonus material. I have compiled the best of this bonus material into this 14-track album.
With outtakes, rehearsal recordings, non-album singles, b-sides, and material from their last ever studio sessions, it makes for an excellent compilation. Among the highlights are covers of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy", The Beach Boys' "Gettin' Hungry" and a live version of The Temptations' "I Wish It Would Rain", plus "Tonight's Number", a stunning instrumental Ronnie Lane and Ron Wood recorded for the film Mahoney's Last Stand. It also includes three singles which can't be found on their original albums, including their non-charting cover of Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" (a different recording to the live version that appeared on Long Player) and the raucous "Pool Hall Richard" (which actually got to #8 on the UK singles chart). The most exciting inclusion is their last ever single - the brilliant "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything", together with its b-side "As Long As You Tell Him". These could be argued to be their very best two songs, and a perfect A and B side pairing. As they weren't included on any of their original albums, they are generally forgotten today, though the single was a #12 UK hit at the time.
The material here is easily as good as that of the original albums, and shows that if the band had stayed together they could have maybe released another classic record. I haven't put every last bonus track from the box set here - I left out lots of live recordings, rehearsal recordings that were just too rough, and bland instrumentals (including some b-sides).

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snakeboy said...

Always a favorite band of mine. Thanks for going to the trouble of making this.

Anonymous said...

thanks. love your comps ....

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for this, great stuff!

mirrortime said...

I am always amazed at the lack of recognition to Faces. Although a few hits and Rod Stewart & Ron Wood does make them a bit of a super group but not the Faces name for some weird reason. I've always pictured them as an album band more than a singles band. Truly of thee great bands in history.