It's strange how things change. When Rod Stewart & the Faces first appeared in the early '70s, it was applauded as a window (albeit an only vaguely official one) into the darkest corners of newborn superstar Rod Stewart's back catalog. Comprising early demos and outtakes, a couple of super-rare singles, and even an obscure Small Faces B-side, Rod Stewart & the Faces was a one-stop shop for anybody who couldn't quite face sinking a small fortune into what were already some highly priced recordings. Skip forward a few decades and fans are sick to death of the sight of the same material wandering out on uncountable budget labels, to try and lure one more sucker into earshot in the hope that they'll hear something new and exciting by the man who brought the world "Maggie May," "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," and "Downtown Train." Because they won't. Indeed, though the music itself is priceless from a historical point of view, everything else about this album, from the shoddy cover art down to the absolute lack of any worthwhile annotation, renders it nothing more than a cheap cash-in -- which, thanks to the modern collector's market, is no longer as cheap as it should be. Believe it or not, Springboard albums are now almost as avidly sought after as the music they contained!
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