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Faces Live BBC2 1971

February 27, 2022

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Side One

1. (I Don’t Want To Discuss It) You’re My Girl (Cooper, Beatty, Shelby)
2. Bad ‘n’ Ruin (McLagan, Stewart)
3. It’s All Over Now (Womack, Womack)

Side Two

1. Had Me A Real Good Time (Lane, Stewart, Wood)
2. (I Know) I’m Losing You (Whitfield, Holland, Grant)
3. Richmond (Lane)
4. Bad ‘n’ Ruin (McLagan, Stewart)

Recording Details

Side One Tracks 1-3 and Side Two Tracks 1 & 2 recorded live for BBC Radio John Peel’s Sunday Concert on May 13th 1971 and broadcast May 23rd 1971

Side Two Tracks 3 & 4 Live vocals over a backing track, recorded for BBC TV Top Of The Pops April 28th 1971 and broadcast April 29th 1971


Rod Stewart – lead and backing vocals

Ronnie Lane – bass, backing vocals, lead vocals

Ron Wood – lead guitar, slide guitar, backing vocals

Ian McLagan – Hammond organ, pianos, backing vocals

Kenney Jones – drums and percussion


1971 was a fantastic year for the Faces, as critical acclaim and commercial success coincided. The profile of singer Rod Stewart was also in the ascendant, which would prove helpful to begin with but a problem in due course. Our previous two LPs (R&B 71 and R&B  ??) documented the band’s live activities in 1970. As we move into 1971 we see more reliance on the band’s own material and greater self-confidence onstage. The band’s progress continued to be documented through their close relationship with BBC TV and radio and with DJ John Peel in particular.

Sunday Concert kicked off with a lengthy rendition of live staple I Don’t Want To Discuss It (Rhinoceros via Delaney & Bonnie via Little Richard), which they had recorded for Stewart’s second solo album Gasoline Alley, released in June 1970. Here Stewart repeated the call-and-response vocal style he had used in the Jeff Beck Group with Ron Wood’s guitar doing the responding. The same LP provided a rousing version of It’s All Over Now with McLagan’s bar-band piano introducing a strutting version of the Valentinos / Stones classic with Wood on slide and solo spots for Lane and McLagan. Sandwiched between the two was Bad’n’Ruin, a highlight of second Faces LP Long Player, released in February 1971. Stewart announced that it was the first time the band had played the song live and that “it might fall apart in the middle”: it didn’t, even during the tricky decelerating ending. Had Me A Real Good Time was by now the band’s anthem, with some of Stewart’s wittiest lyrics and a snatch of Auld Lang Syne in the middle. The Faces version of the Temptations (I Know) I’m Losing You would eventually appear on Stewart’s third solo LP in July 1971, the massively successful Every Picture Tells A Story. Stewart announces it as “one of the best standards that we ever do” and he’s right, even a Kenney Jones drum solo cannot derail the song’s momentum.

The two bonus tracks are from BBC’s popular TV chart programme Top Of The Pops. Although focussed on singles, by April 1971 an Album Of The Week feature had been introduced, giving the Faces a chance to plug Long Player.  Opening track Bad’n’Ruin was an obvious choice with Rod cavorting in a pink jacket, Kenney Jones sporting a questionable moustache and Ronnie Wood playing a guitar made out of a toilet seat complete with toilet roll. A less obvious track was Ronnie Lane’s singing his acoustic ballad Richmond, written on tour in the US on how he would sooner be at home. This too would cause problems in the future.

But let us leave the Faces in Spring 1971, very much on the way up, making wonderful music and knowing there was more to come…


Deborah Ree


From → Music, Vinyl

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