Faces

All Shapes & Sizes Family Album

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As an archival release of historical note, this album is commendable. As a listenable album, it is not nearly as praiseworthy. The problem is that in attempting to sum up the careers of every member who ever played in the Small Faces and their equally influential follow-up, the Faces, it becomes a wildly uneven hodgepodge. For every unearthed gem, such as Ronnie Lane's "How Come," there are numerous obscurities that should have remained buried, including a forgettable single from Ron Wood's first band, the Creation, and an uninspired mid-'80s recording of ex-Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott. Collectors will be intrigued to find the solo single released by drummer Kenney Jones in 1974 (a cover of Jackson Browne's "Ready or Not") as well as a cut from one of keyboardist Ian McLagan's solo albums, but these are more worthy as historical recordings than as enjoyable songs in their own right. What's more, the album is padded with tracks that have only a tangential relevance to the Faces, such as Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You" (which features Rick Wills, the bassist who replaced Lane in an ill-fated late-'70s Small Faces reunion) and the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again," which was ostensibly included to commemorate Jones' stint in the band, but which is actually included in a version recorded in 1990, years after he left. The liner notes do contain one of the most detailed histories of the Faces ever written, and also include a comprehensive family tree by noted rock historian Pete Frame. Nonetheless, this collection will be valuable mainly to historians and collectors.

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