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The first Faces LP was recorded shortly after the formation of the band, which was comprised of former members of the Jeff Beck Group and the Small Faces. Instead of sweet and loose rock ’n’ roll, First Step pursues a type of organ-driven hard rock similar to what Deep Purple were building at the same time. Even though the Faces had yet to hit upon their own unique style, the playing packs plenty of punch, and the band’s dynamics were determined even at this early stage. As it would be for all subsequent Faces albums, Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood provide the swaggering, macho blues-rock (“Around the Plynth,” “Flying”), while Ronnie Lane brings a touch of sweetness and vulnerability (“Devotion,” “Nobody Knows”). “Wicked Messenger” is a powerful, if slightly heavy-handed, adaption of an overlooked Bob Dylan song, but “Three Button Hand Me Down” is the song that points the way to the group’s future. A lot of groups could play R&B-infused rock ‘n’ roll, but none — not even the Rolling Stones — could match the Faces for freewheeling charm.

Customer Reviews

Great album!

You do not have to buy the entire CD, but if you like early Rod Stewart and the Faces, get these songs in this order: *Three Button Hand Me Down - a must have in the vein of "An Old Raincoat," "Bad N' Ruin," "Every Picture Tells a Story" and "You Wear It Well." *Shake, Shudder, Shiver - a great hard-rock song. *Nobody Knows - a good rock ballad. *Flying - ends with a good melody. *Around the Plynth - kind of rambling acoustic. *Pineapple and Monkey - catchy instrumental. *Wicked Messenger - Bob Dylan cover heavy on the organ. *Stone - Decent acoustic, honky-tonk song. I view Devotion and Looking Out the Window as unnecessary and as exercises, but others may appreciate them. A final word. The sound quality is not that great, probably because it had to be transferred from analog to digital. Still, it is adequate and the quality of the music compensates for it. This is one album that deserves to be remastered.

previous post is correct ...

...I really want this album, but the sound is really muddled. I will be the first in line
to purchase when it is remastered. At least we know it is available.

these guys are great

never really liked rod stewart too much but i never looked back in time to his beginnings.didnt know ron wood was in faces either.these guys were so damn good its a shame they were so overshadowed by the other big name bands of that time.this is great jammin tunes!


Formed: March, 1969 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

When Steve Marriott left the Small Faces in 1969, the three remaining members brought in guitarist Ron Wood and lead singer Rod Stewart to complete the lineup and changed their name to the Faces, which was only appropriate since the group now only slightly resembled the mod-pop group of the past. Instead, the Faces were a rough, sloppy rock & roll band, able to pound out a rocker like "Had Me a Real Good Time," a blues ballad like "Tell Everyone," or a folk number like "Richmond" all in one album....
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