Faces / Rod Stewart

Changing Faces: The Very Best of Rod Stewart & the Faces

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Issued less than half a year before Rhino's definitive Faces box set (Five Guys Walk into a Bar), this double-disc collection is pretty much a cynical cash grab by Warner marketing. For starters, it should be duly noted that it's the name of Rod Stewart and not the Faces that appears here first and the reason is simple: there are only four tracks from the course of the Faces' studio run. A far better choice for those marginal or economically challenged fans not predisposed to buying an entire box set is the single-disc Good Boys When They're Asleep, which gives a much more well-rounded picture of perhaps the greatest pure rock & roll band in history. Right, Rolling Stones notwithstanding. What this set does accomplish is difficult to say, as it jumbles less than a handful of Faces tunes with a slew of more well-known Mercury recordings and saturates the rest with Warner material. Yawn. This is a rather dodgy excuse for a marketing department to justify earning their salaries and little more. This is hardly a "very best of" anything.

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