It's fun and you can dance to it...
David Kinney | San Francisco, Ca. United States | 01/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had real high hopes for this band when I was a 15 year old in 1970.Being a devoted Small Faces and Jeff Beck Group fan I truly believed the musical marriage of McLagen,Lane and Jones with Mr. Stewart and Mr. Wood would result in a "supergroup" that was actually both super and a group.I guess what I ended up with was more like a minor league Stones without all the drama and baggage those guys were totin' around at the time. But it's okay because, just as attending a minor league baseball game can be a more intimate and enjoyable experience than watching the big leagues sometimes,The Faces are just out to entertain you here.No serious messages(not even the Meher Baba inspired "Stone" should be taken too seriously).They're just four very talented journeyman musicians and one soon -to- be- superstar peacock havin' some laughs and lager. Listening to the CD these days makes me very nostalgic for those innocent first days of this band ,and truth be told, nostalgia probably made me add a star to the rating. But I can wholeheartedly recommend the following cuts on the record ;"Wicked Messenger","Three Button Hand Me Down" "The Monkey and the Pineapple"(as close to Booker T. as any limey band ever got), and the aforementioned Ronnie Lane ditty "Stone".The rest of the album is merely good early seventies British rock which means it is better than 90% of the stuff coming off of of that island these days...so Faces fans, Stewart fans(this is when he was good ya'll)...buy this record and take that first step with me."
MaxGomez | 08/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Around the Plynth alone makes this disc worth the purchase price. Suggested companion disc: Rod Stewart's Gasoline Alley."
The Sound That Launched the 70's
MaxGomez | 02/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When Rod Stewart joined the Small Faces on this album, who would have guessed what was to come. This is the mixed birth of Honky Tonk, Blues, early Funk and a smidgen of Folk music. There are heavy riffs, honky tonk piano's and a gravely blues voice that would become as big a part of rock music as any has so far.Anyone who loves to shimmy and shake across the floor to later Rod Stewart " Hot Legs" or Ronnie Wood and the Stones needs to score this CD and see where it originated. A must have."