Five Guys Walk into a Bar...

Five Guys Walk into a Bar...

by FacesFaces


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Brash, boozy, and always ready to bash out another tune, the Faces rank among the greatest bar bands of all time -- a characterization the surviving members obviously embrace, given the title of this rarity-packed four-disc box. Naturally, Five Guys... contains all the enduring radio staples the band churned out over its lifespan -- the wistful "Ooh La La" and the dissipated groupie kiss-off "Stay with Me" chief among them -- but the real draw is the dozens of live, demo, and alternate cuts strewn across the set. Rod Stewart, then just another one of the boys in the band, exudes a remarkable amount of soul on songs like a cover of Luther Ingram's soul chestnut "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" and an embryonic version of "Maggie May," while Ron Wood struts his stuff skillfully on showcases like a BBC session version of Jimi Hendrix's "Angel." Interestingly enough, the wide selection of cover tunes provides the best barometer of just how sweeping the band's talent really was. A live take on Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," with Stewart and Ronnie Lane trading lead vocals, easily outstrips the original in terms of poignancy, while a slithery reading of Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain" evokes the crossroads with the best of the British blues busters. Often, material is left in the vaults for good reason, but the curios dusted off here are good for more than just a novelty listen; they serve to reaffirm the often-overlooked legacy of one of the '70s' greatest bands.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2004
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227823320
catalogNumber: 78233

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Faces   Primary Artist
Rod Stewart   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ronnie Wood   Guitar,Harmonica,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Harry Beckett   Trumpet
Ian McLagan   Organ,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Memphis Horns   Horn
Neemoi Acquaye   Percussion
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Ronnie Lane   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Dobro,Bass Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Group Member
Andrew Love   Saxophone
Tetsu Yamauchi   Bass,Trombone,Bass Guitar
Kenney Jones   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Harry Fowler   Steel Drums

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Solomon Burke   Composer
Faces   Producer,Audio Production
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Paul Rodgers   Composer
Rod Stewart   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Ronnie Wood   Composer
Andy Fraser   Composer
Paul Kossoff   Composer
Mike Love   Composer
Ian McLagan   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Barrett Strong   Composer
Paul Westerberg   Author
Homer Banks   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Martin Birch   Engineer
Mike Bobak   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Dick Cooper   Composer
Bill Foster   Composer
Glyn Johns   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Cornelius Grant   Composer
Carl Hampton   Composer
Keith Harwood   Engineer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Ronnie Lane   Composer
Glen Matlock   Author
Ron Nevison   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Eddy Offord   Engineer
John Peel   Contributor
Martin Quittenton   Composer
Pete Ritzema   Producer
Don Sciarrotta   Engineer
Jeff Tweedy   Author
Wayne Walker   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Tom Wright   Writer
Tetsu Yamauchi   Composer
Gary Kellgren   Engineer
Kenney Jones   Composer
Bill Lazarus   Engineer
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Rachel Gutek   Art Direction
Patrick Milligan   Executive Producer
Bob Conduct   Engineer
Stanley Dorfman   Producer
John Griffin   Producer
Ernie Shelby   Composer
Hugh Barker   Engineer
Damien Shannon   Cover Photo
Rich Robinson   Author
Paul Williams   Producer
Gaz Coombes   Author
Roger Penzabene   Composer
Ellington Jordan   Composer
Beth Beatty   Composer

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