THE FACES Five Guys Walk Into A Bar… (2004) & ROD STEWART Reason To Believe: The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings (2002)

THE FACES Five Guys Walk Into A Bar… (2004)
ROD STEWART Reason To Believe: Complete Mercury Studio Recordings (2002)
All You Need To Know

Sure, you could whittle Rod’s Complete Mercury years down to a truly indispensable double disc (though, that would undermine the concept), and The Faces were never always on their game, but between these two collections is a cornerstone of rock history that is frequently overlooked for its creativity and uniqueness. I’m guilty myself of once treating The Faces like a substitute for The Stones, but this 4 disc box is an astounding listen, offering plenty of live rehearsals and live in-the-studio recordings (it’s mostly very live), mixed with a few hits, a few hit & miss covers and just enough chatter to tie it all together into a living, breathing, historical document. The BBC stuff is priceless, and since it’s all pre-’75, you can’t go wrong. Rod’s Mercury material includes all of The Rod Stewart Album, Gasoline Alley, Every Picture Tells A Story, Never A Dull Moment, Smiler, material from the Handbags and Gladrags collection and some rarities. Except for his work with Jeff Beck, pretty much all you’ll ever really need from him.

On The Beach
Too Bad
If I’m On The Late Side
Jealous Guy *
Evil (Rehearsal) *
As Long As You Tell Him
Maggie May [Live/BBC] *
Cindy Incidentally (Alternate Mix) *
Maybe I’m Amazed [Live/BBC] *
I Came Looking For You (Rehearsal) *
Last Orders Please
Wyndlesham Bay (Jodie) *
I Can Feel The Fire [Live] *
Tonight’s Number
Come See Me Baby (The Cheater) *

Pool Hall Richard
You’re My Girl (I Don’t Want To Discuss It) [Live/BBC] *
Glad And Sorry
Shake, Shudder, Shiver [Rehearsal] *
Miss Judy’s Farm [Live/BBC] *
That’s All You Need
Rear Wheel Skid
Maybe I’m Amazed
(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right *
Take A Look At The Guy [Live] *
Flags And Banners
Bad ‘N’ Ruin [Live/BBC] *
Around The Plynth
Sweet Lady Mary
Had Me A Real Good Time
Cut Across Shorty [Live/BBC] *

You’re So Rude
(I Know) I’m Losing You [Live/BBC] *
Love Lives Here
I’d Rather Go Blind [Live] *
Hi-Heel Sneakers/Everybody Needs Somebody To Love *
Gettin’ Hungry *
Silicone Grown
Oh Lord I’m Browned Off
Just Another Honky
Open To Ideas
Skewiff (Mend The Fuse)
Too Bad [Live/BBC] *
Rock Me *
Angel [Live/BBC] *
Stay With Me [Live/BBC] *
Ooh La La

The Stealer [Live/BBC] *
Around The Plynth/Gasoline Alley [Live/BBC] *
You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything
I Wish It Would Rain [Live]
Miss Judy’s Farm [Live/BBC] *
Love In Vain [Live/BBC] *
My Fault [Live/BBC] *
I Feel So Good [Rehearsal] *
Miss Judy’s Farm
Three Button Hand Me Down
Cindy Incidentally
Borstal Boys
Flying [Live/BBC] *
Bad ‘N’ Ruin
Dishevelment Blues
Stay With Me
* Previously Unreleased

(Rod Stewart Album/Gasoline Alley)
Street Fighting Man
Man Of Constant Sorrow
Blind Prayer
Handbags And Gladrags
An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down
I Wouldn’t Ever Change A Thing
Cindy’s Lament
Dirty Old Town
Gasoline Alley
It’s All Over Now
Only A Hobo
My Way Of Giving
Country Comforts
Cut Across Shorty
Lady Day
Jo’s Lament
You’re My Girl (I Don’t Want To Discuss It)
It’s All Over Now [Single Version]

(Every Picture Tells A Story/Never A Dull Moment)
Every Picture Tells A Story
Seems Like A Long Time
That’s All Right/Amazing Grace
Tomorrow Is A Long Time
Maggie May
Mandolin Wind
(I Know) I’m Losing You
(Find A) Reason To Believe
True Blue
Lost Paraguayos
Mama You Been On My Mind
Italian Girls
You Wear It Well
I’d Rather Go Blind
Twistin’ The Night Away
What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me)

(Smiler/Gladrags & Handbags)
Pinball Wizard
Oh! No Not My Baby
Sweet Little Rock `n Roller
Bring It On Home To Me / You Send Me
Let Me Be Your Car
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man
Dixie Toot
Hard Road
I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Girl From The North Country
Mine For Me
Missed You
You Put Something Better Inside Me
Crying Laughing Loving Lying
Every Time We Say Goodbye
So Tired



  • Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2010 - 21:17 | Permalink

    Get it all HERE.

  • grifftrain
    November 20, 2010 - 16:22 | Permalink

    a better post will never be found.

  • drfeelgoed
    April 1, 2011 - 14:10 | Permalink

    thanks for the opportunity to broaden my musical knowledge!

  • April 19, 2012 - 16:27 | Permalink

    I saw the Faces @ Madison Square Garden on the Nod is as Good as a Wink tour….a geat show, filled with alcohol fueled frenzy and handshake friendship…Rod got the crowd up and dancing during “I’m Losing You’ when he and his fellow band members kicked two dozen soccer balls in to the crowd whilst Kenny Jones banged away on his drum kit. Ahhh….

    • Willard
      April 19, 2012 - 16:45 | Permalink

      One of my great regrets is never seeing those guys live.

  • Rude Stoowart
    September 1, 2012 - 17:18 | Permalink

    Great post. but the following songs are missing from disk 3:

    “Flags and Banners” (Ronnie Lane and Rod Stewart) [D]
    “Bad ‘N’ Ruin” (Ian McLagan and Rod Stewart) [Live/BBC, 1971]
    “Around The Plynth” (Rod Stewart and Ron Wood) [A]
    “Sweet Lady Mary” (Ronnie Lane, Rod Stewart and Ron Wood) [B]
    “Had Me A Real Good Time” (Ronnie Lane, Rod Stewart and Ron Wood) [B]
    “Cut Across Shorty” (Marijohn Wilkin and Wayne Walker) [Live/BBC, 1971]

    Thanks :)

  • Rude Stoowart
    September 1, 2012 - 17:22 | Permalink

    Sorry… senior moment LOL I meant they are missing from disk 2

    • Willard
      September 1, 2012 - 17:30 | Permalink

      I can only assume it’s a download quirk. I checked the original rip and all tracks are intact. So, I’m downloading it now to check, but the file size seems correct. So the only thing I can imagine is you had a bad download and should try it again. I’ll know better in a few minutes. You might try listening to the last song from that disc that DID make it OK. Sometimes those tracks can be corrupted if D/L got abbreviated. But, I’ll get back to you in a few… probably to suggest you try it again. Thanks.

    • Willard
      September 1, 2012 - 18:20 | Permalink

      Just downloaded it and it had all the tracks, so you must have gotten a bum d/l. Just give it another shot.

  • May 11, 2014 - 11:36 | Permalink

    Oh man what a post; just noticed it. I’m not rubbing it in, since I saw what you wrote above, but I saw the Faces at Nassau Coliseum, with Frampton opening (it was the tour from which “Comes Alive” was culled). We were 15, had never heard a note of Frampton’s Camel, so the songs were brand new to us and we loved him (I mean, we WERE 15). And then the Faces came out to thunderous applause. They were loud, sloppy, and amazing (I know those are hardly new descriptors for them). Thanks!!

  • May 11, 2014 - 14:22 | Permalink

    :-). I was blessed with very permissive parents. Of course, this proved to have negative effects in other ways over the years, but it made for a lot of good music seen and heard when I was young.

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