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The death of drummer Keith Moon left the Who without one of its key components. The Who were that rare band that depended on each member equally and adding Kenney Jones of the Faces changed things forever. Where the band once went for near anarchy, they now had to settle for disciplined, scripted pop. Which is why Face Dances is a brilliant Pete Townshend album. Moon’s absence meant Townshend could rethink his relationship with his band of nearly twenty years and he responds with several of his finest songs in years. “You Better You Bet,” “Don’t Let Go The Coat” and “Another Tricky Day” stare down Townshend’s own mortality with an unflinching look. Townshend often replaces death with the quirks of love and sends lead singer Roger Daltrey out there to play the stud to his own more meditational self. Bassist John Entwistle contributes two tough rockers with “The Quiet One” and “You.” The expanded edition of the album contains five bonus cuts, including three studio cuts and two live versions of album tracks.

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I've been reading the same reviews on this album for 25 years. Everyone says essentially the same thing: It's not Keith Moon, ...the band misses Moon's drumming, ... Kenny Jones is no Keith Moon, ...etc. I bought this when it was originally released on vinyl in 1981. Kenny Jones is BRILLIANT on this album. I can appreciate the legions of fans loyal to Moon, but... HE"S GONE! I would rather have this version of the Who than no Who at all. Considering the Who's circumstances during this period it's amazing we saw any output at all. The songs are expertly crafted and well executed. This album easily exceedes their first four albums and is among the ranks of By Numbers and Who Are You. The only way this could've been better is if Townshend added the tracks from Empty Glass. That would have made Face Dances a classic Who double album to kick off the 80's, establishing them as a still strong and viable musical force for the decade ahead. The material was there, but the choice was not, and the music changed.


Have you people listened to this CD? The loss of Moon makes practically NO DIFFERENCE to the quality of these songs. The band evolved, the times have changed. "How can you do it alone", "Another Tricky Day", "You Better You Bet", would you rather have seen the who quit and never seen these unbelievable tracks? One of the Who's best, although not as consistent or fluid as Quadrophenia or Who's Next.


Stop giving Kenney Jones so much crap! Yeah, sure, he isn't as good as Moon, but was it possible for the Who to get someone who was? Moon was a legend, and any drummer the who picked would be worse. Besides, Kenney JOnes is a pretty good drummer. It's not like he can do anything about the fact that no one could ever measure up to Keith. All in all, the music of the album is still very good, and only the biased who fans will think that Kenney JOnes makes it a bad Who album.


Formed: 1964 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few rock & roll bands were riddled with as many contradictions as the Who. All four members had wildly different personalities, as their notorious live performances demonstrated: Keith Moon fell over his drum kit while Pete Townshend leaped into the air with his guitar, spinning his right hand in exaggerated windmills. Vocalist Roger Daltrey prowled the stage as bassist John Entwistle stood silent, the eye of the hurricane. They clashed frequently, but these frictions resulted in a decade's worth...
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