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5.0 out of 5 stars First Steps
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3.0 out of 5 stars First Step in the right direction
In hindsight debut albums can provide a tantalizing insight into what might have been, musical styles that were and those that could have been developed, avenues that the group could have explored etc.
The Faces debut album "First Step" has all the components of a seasoned sixties R&B mod-pop band in the Small Faces who were capable of crafting the perfect pop song...
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3.0 out of 5 stars First Step in the right direction, 7 Feb 2009
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In hindsight debut albums can provide a tantalizing insight into what might have been, musical styles that were and those that could have been developed, avenues that the group could have explored etc.
The Faces debut album "First Step" has all the components of a seasoned sixties R&B mod-pop band in the Small Faces who were capable of crafting the perfect pop song (minus Steve Marriot here of course) and half of the Jeff Beck Group from which Ron Wood and Rod Stewart got the sack.
"First Step" has all band members writing material in various combinations of partnerships - Ronnie Lane's sole compositions, the folkie "Stone" and "Devotion" a soulful bluesy low number and "Nobody Knows" written with Ron Wood are amongst the strongest melodies on the album. On the manically mixed "Around the Plynth" Ron's slide guitar playing sounds like he has thoroughly read "First Step - How play to the Guitar" (see album cover) and made a successful transition from playing bass with Jeff Beck to lead guitar with the Faces - never likely to better Jeff Beck but good enough for the Faces and the Stones!
It's all here on this debut: bluesy ballads, folk, pop, funky Booker T and the MG's- type instrumental workouts all played tighter and with a lot more muscle than some of their later work, in particular the Faces treatment of Bob Dylan's "Wicked Messenger".
Well the Faces went on to massive success, especially stateside, and became the boozy party band, OK live but sloppy at times, their recorded output became uneven affair and suffered from a lack of quality tunes.
The Faces ended up being billed as Rod's backing band in the States, Ronnie Lane saw the writing on the wall and left to tour the English countryside with a circus big top tent!
Rod's first four (some would say ultimately divisive) solo albums had the better songs and earned him the "Prince of Folk Rock" crown - until the formula became tired and he took that transatlantic crossing, went big-haired leotard disco, then schmaltzy and ended up singing American song books (don't want to think about that too much!). But it all started here!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not For Me, 20 April 2014
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I am a massive fan of the Faces.

I still occasionally play long player, A nods as good as a wink and to a lesser extent, Ooh la la and love them as much as when as I did when they were icons of my youth.

I had never heard the first album so bought it on impulse expecting a raw but innovative sound.

Given the (already) accomplished and experienced musicians on here and the later efforts - this is very disappointing. Not quite a demo but not much better.

Would not bother unless it was only a case of completing the set of "official" albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Steps, 17 Mar 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great faces album, 29 Oct 2013
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its a great album ive been after this album since i lost mine to finnish my faces collection i happy now
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3.0 out of 5 stars FIRST STEPS A GOOD TITLE, 13 Aug 2013
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Moments of this are sublime but it does feel a little like they're finding their feet. It's a long way from A Nod or Ooh La La but still worth a listen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old times revisited, 30 May 2000
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This is what made the Faces a band to listen to and a welcome return to my collection.
Not the pasteurised rock of todays standard just good honest jamming with Rod at his rasping best
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply the best album this line-up released, 13 Aug 2014
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Mr. Richard Robinson "Rich Robinson" (Birkenhead UK) - See all my reviews
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Quite simply the best album this line-up released, it was all Rod Stewart and down-hill from here, this is a great album...unles of course you're into "Sailing" or such like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 July 2014
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