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An­thol­ogy: Stay with Me

Warn­ers/Rhino It was formed out of the re­mains of Small Faces (bassist Ron­nie Lane, key­boardist Ian McLa­gan, and drum­mer Ken­ney Jones) in 1969, and two new mem­bers from the Jeff Beck Group (singer Rod Ste­wart and gui­tarist Ron­nie Wood). Faces may not have had the same im­pact of other 1970s Bri­tish rock acts (typ­i­cally The Rolling Stones and The Who), but their loose-legged, lim­ber­ing and liquor-laden mu­sic sure knew how to de­liver a good time. They were never a taut propo­si­tion in a live set­ting, so this an­thol­ogy sets the stu­dio work straight: Faces were a fine ’70s rock act that welded rough’n’ ready tunes onto a ragged, justabout sta­ble sur­face. The re­sult was of­ten as much clas­sic 1970s rock/pop (Stay with Me, Pool Hall Richard, Cindy In­ci­den­tally) as sweet bal­ladry ( De­bris, Gaso­line Al­ley). the-faces.com

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