Review: Long Player

By the time 1971 came around, The Faces were becoming quite a success and so was their charismatic front man Rod Stewart. The band was a pool of extreme talent and you can see where that talent went in an album like Long Player.

This album is quite an unsung classic in that it has absolutely nothing bad about it. The song selection is spot on, they are placed in a way that it creates a good amount of momentum and generally makes it a very easy album to listen to. The quality of song writing is fantastic,  so much so that personally speaking I don’t think Rod Stewart or members of The Faces managed to improve on it. In fact the band’s follow up A Nod Is As Good As A Wink is not better but more of an equal to Long Player.

It is really hard to argue with the quality behind songs like Bad ‘n’ Ruin, Sweet Lady Mary and Had Me A Real Good Time. They are solid and very well performed. There is a cracking cover of Paul McCartney’s Maybe I’m Amazed which stands out not just for the quality of the song but the fact it is a live track. It is a great sounding song and the live setting really shows what the band could do on stage. It seems fitting to mention the album climax. There is a fantastic near nine minute jam in the track I Feel So Good. A great feel good number that sound like the band is having a great time in the studio as they work their way through this bluesy tune. When that track is all done and dusted, The Faces finished Long Player with a nice two minute rendition of the traditional piece Jerusalem. An interesting choice for an album closer but it works. It takes a hard hitting album and rounds it off peacefully and quietly.

It seems that at this point each member of The Faces were on fire in terms of creativity. Not only was the follow up album an equally impressive record but Rod Stewart (with a little help from his friends) was also releasing some fantastic solo material. It seems that Long Player was the start of their creative peak. One that would continue on to the previously mentioned follow up album, A Nod Is As Good As A Wink.

Rating : 10 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. Bad 'n' Ruin
  2. Tell Everyone
  3. Sweet Lady Mary
  4. Richmond
  5. Maybe I'm Amazed
  6. Had Me a Real Good Time
  7. On The Beach
  8. I Feel So Good
  9. Jerusalem

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