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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Brash, boozy, and always ready to bash out another tune, the Faces rank among the greatest bar bands of all time -- a characterization the surviving members obviously embrace, given the title of this rarity-packed four-disc box. Naturally, Five Guys... contains all the enduring radio staples the band churned out over its lifespan -- the wistful "Ooh La La" and the dissipated groupie kiss-off "Stay with Me" chief among them -- but the real draw is the dozens of live, demo, and alternate cuts strewn across the set. Rod Stewart, then just another one of the boys in the band, exudes a remarkable amount of soul on songs like a cover of Luther Ingram's soul chestnut "(If ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Brash, boozy, and always ready to bash out another tune, the Faces rank among the greatest bar bands of all time -- a characterization the surviving members obviously embrace, given the title of this rarity-packed four-disc box. Naturally, Five Guys... contains all the enduring radio staples the band churned out over its lifespan -- the wistful "Ooh La La" and the dissipated groupie kiss-off "Stay with Me" chief among them -- but the real draw is the dozens of live, demo, and alternate cuts strewn across the set. Rod Stewart, then just another one of the boys in the band, exudes a remarkable amount of soul on songs like a cover of Luther Ingram's soul chestnut "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" and an embryonic version of "Maggie May," while Ron Wood struts his stuff skillfully on showcases like a BBC session version of Jimi Hendrix's "Angel." Interestingly enough, the wide selection of cover tunes provides the best barometer of just how sweeping the band's talent really was. A live take on Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," with Stewart and Ronnie Lane trading lead vocals, easily outstrips the original in terms of poignancy, while a slithery reading of Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain" evokes the crossroads with the best of the British blues busters. Often, material is left in the vaults for good reason, but the curios dusted off here are good for more than just a novelty listen; they serve to reaffirm the often-overlooked legacy of one of the '70s' greatest bands.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There has never been a better box set than the Faces' Five Guys Walk into a Bar.... There has never been a box that captures an artist so perfectly, nor has a box set taken greater advantage of unreleased and rare material, to the point where it seems as essential and vital as the released recordings. Simply put, there's never been a box set as necessary as this, since it tells the band's entire tale and explains exactly what the fuss is all about. Unfortunately, some explanations are in order, since the Faces never made it big, resigned to cult status in America and Britain alike. Nevertheless, if you love rock & roll with an all-consuming passion, you may consider the Faces the greatest rock & roll band ever. And you'd be right. Other bands were certainly bigger and plenty wielded a stronger influence, but the Faces were something unique, an endearingly ragged quintet that played raw, big-hearted rock & roll as hard as the Rolling Stones, but with a warm, friendly vibe that would have sounded utterly foreign coming from the Stones. At the turn of the '60s, that warmth was unusual in rock & roll, since most of the big bands were larger than life; even the Kinks, the quaintest and quietest of the titans of the late '60s, had a theatrical bent that lent them a mystique. In contrast, the Faces were utterly without mystique. They were unpretentious to a fault, coming across like the lovable lads from the neighborhood who were always out for a good time, whether it was before, during, or after a gig. They were unassuming and mischievous, with their raggedness camouflaging a sweetness that flowed throughout their music; they were charming rogues, so endearing that even the infamously cranky, trendsetting British DJ John Peel had a soft spot a mile wide for them. That raggedness resulted in exhilarating music, but also made the Faces inconsistent on-stage and in the studio. At their peak, nobody could touch them, but even their greatest albums were sloppy, never maintaining their momentum. They would also throw away great songs on non-LP singles, and their live performances -- including BBC sessions for Peel -- often had a raucous energy not quite captured on their albums. All of these elements taken as a whole add up to a great band, but no single album, not even the first-rate 1999 compilation Good Boys When They're Asleep, captured each of these elements. Five Guys Walk into a Bar... does. Produced and sequenced by their keyboardist, Ian McLagan, the set throws all conventional rules of box sets out the window. It's not assembled in a chronological order. A grand 43 of its 67 tracks are non-LP cuts and rarities, including a whopping 31 previously unreleased tracks. It has all the B-sides never released on CD. Several songs are repeated in alternate live or studio versions. Such a preponderance of rarities would usually mean that a box set is only for the devoted, but that's not the case here -- these rarities are the very reason why Five Guys Walk into a Bar... succeeds in a way none of their original albums do, since they fill in the gaps left behind on their four studio albums. This does mean that it features several Rod Stewart solo cuts that worked their way into the Faces' repertoire partially because the band backed him on his solo albums, too, but that was an important part of their history plus, the BBC version of "You're My Girl [I Don't Want to Discuss It]" is blistering hot, and while this showcases Stewart at his best -- he never was better than he was in the early '70s, whether it was fronting the Faces or on his solo records -- he never overshadows his mates on this box. The focus is on the band as a whole, which means that the spotlight is shone on the late, perpetually underappreciated Ronnie Lane numerous times on each of the four discs, and that Ronnie Wood has his turn at the microphone on a wonderful live "Take a Look at the Guy." McLagan's song sequencing may appear to have no logic behind it, since it doesn't group recordings together by either era or scarcity, yet his seemingly haphazard approach makes musical and emotional sense, flowing like a set list yet remarkably maintaining momentum through its four lengthy discs. While it may sound like hyperbole, there's never a dull moment here, not a bad track among these 67 songs -- it's consistent in a way the Faces never were when they were together. It's a joyous, addictive listen, too. It sounds like a party, one where everybody's invited and where the music doesn't stop playing until the break of dawn. That makes a perfect tribute for a band that never got the respect they were due, and never made the great album they should have made. With Five Guys Walk into a Bar..., the Faces finally have that great album and not just that, they have a box set that's as infectious and satisfying as any classic rock & roll album and a box set that's quite possibly the greatest box set ever made. Plus, it's just one hell of a good time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227823320
  • Catalog Number: 78233
  • Sales rank: 1,352

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Flying (4:18)
  2. 2 On the Beach (4:19)
  3. 3 Too Bad (3:15)
  4. 4 If I'm Late on the Side (2:39)
  5. 5 Debris (4:36)
  6. 6 Jealous Guy (6:44)
  7. 7 Evil (6:38)
  8. 8 As Long as You Tell Him (4:20)
  9. 9 Maggie May (5:32)
  10. 10 Cindy Incidentally (2:46)
  11. 11 Maybe I'm Amazed (6:12)
  12. 12 Insurance (4:04)
  13. 13 I Came Looking for You - Ronnie Lane (3:16)
  14. 14 Last Orders Please (2:36)
  15. 15 Wyndlesham Bay (Jodie) (3:08)
  16. 16 I Can Feel the Fire (5:38)
  17. 17 Tonight's Number (3:14)
  18. 18 Come See My Baby (The Cheater) (4:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pool Hall Richard (4:25)
  2. 2 You're My Girl (I Don't Want to Discuss It) (5:21)
  3. 3 Glad and Sorry (3:07)
  4. 4 Shake, Shudder, Shiver (3:39)
  5. 5 Miss Judy's Farm (4:38)
  6. 6 Richmond (3:03)
  7. 7 That's All You Need (5:07)
  8. 8 Rear Wheel Skid (4:45)
  9. 9 Maybe I'm Amazed (3:39)
  10. 10 (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right #] (4:54)
  11. 11 Take a Look at the Guy (4:53)
  12. 12 Flags and Banners (2:02)
  13. 13 Bad 'N' Ruin (5:25)
  14. 14 Around the Plynth (5:55)
  15. 15 Sweet Lady Mary (5:51)
  16. 16 Had Me a Real Good Time (5:53)
  17. 17 Cut Across Shorty (6:25)
Disc 3
  1. 1 You're So Rude (3:43)
  2. 2 (I Know) I'm Losing You (7:07)
  3. 3 Love Lives Here (3:06)
  4. 4 I'd Rather Go Blind (6:03)
  5. 5 Hi-Heel Sneakers/Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (5:08)
  6. 6 Gettin' Hungry (5:12)
  7. 7 Silicone Grown (3:08)
  8. 8 Oh Lord I'm Browned Off (3:50)
  9. 9 Just Another Hunky (3:34)
  10. 10 Open to Ideas (3:59)
  11. 11 Skewiff (Mind the Fuse) (5:16)
  12. 12 Too Bad (5:53)
  13. 13 Rock Me (4:41)
  14. 14 Angel (4:16)
  15. 15 Stay With Me (5:50)
  16. 16 Ooh la La (3:31)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Stealer (3:17)
  2. 2 Around the Plynth/Gasoline Alley (7:34)
  3. 3 You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk, (4:31)
  4. 4 I Wish It Would Rain (4:45)
  5. 5 Miss Judy's Farm (4:00)
  6. 6 Love in Vain (8:22)
  7. 7 My Fault (3:23)
  8. 8 I Feel So Good (6:27)
  9. 9 Miss Judy's Farm (3:41)
  10. 10 Three Button Hand Me Down (5:46)
  11. 11 Cindy Incidentally (2:39)
  12. 12 Borstal Boys (2:54)
  13. 13 Flying (3:58)
  14. 14 Bad 'N' Ruin (5:25)
  15. 15 Dishevelment Blues (4:58)
  16. 16 Stay With Me (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Faces Primary Artist
Rod Stewart Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Ron Wood Guitar, Harmonica, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Harry Beckett Trumpet
Ian McLagan Organ, Piano, Harmonium, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Wurlitzer, Group Member
The Memphis Horns Horn
Neemoi Acquaye Percussion
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Bobby Keys Saxophone
Ronnie Lane Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Dobro, Bass Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Group Member
Andrew Love Saxophone
Tetsu Yamauchi Bass, Trombone, Bass Guitar
Kenney Jones Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Harry Fowler Steel Drums
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Solomon Burke Composer
Faces Producer, Audio Production
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Paul Rodgers Composer
Rod Stewart Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Ron Wood Composer
Andy Fraser Composer
Paul Kossoff Composer
Mike Love Composer
Ian McLagan Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Barrett Strong Composer
Paul Westerberg Author
Homer Banks Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Martin Birch Engineer
Mike Bobak Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Dick Cooper Composer
Bill Foster Composer
Glyn Johns Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Cornelius Grant Composer
Carl Hampton Composer
Keith Harwood Engineer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Eddie Holland Composer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Robert Johnson Composer
Ronnie Lane Composer
Glen Matlock Author
Ron Nevison Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Eddy Offord Engineer
John Peel Contributor
Martin Quittenton Composer
Pete Ritzema Producer
Don Sciarrotta Engineer
Jeff Tweedy Author
Wayne Walker Composer
Jerry Wexler Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Marijohn Wilkin Composer
Tom Wright Writer
Tetsu Yamauchi Composer
Gary Kellgren Engineer
Kenney Jones Composer
Bill Lazarus Engineer
David Fricke Liner Notes
Rachel Gutek Art Direction
Patrick Milligan Executive Producer
Bob Conduct Engineer
Stanley Dorfman Producer
John Griffin Producer
Ernie Shelby Composer
Hugh Barker Engineer
Damien Shannon Cover Photo
Rich Robinson Author
Paul Williams Producer
Gaz Coombes Author
Roger Penzabene Composer
Ellington Jordan Composer
Beth Beatty Composer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    5 More For The Road....

    This is Rock and Roll. The Highs and the Lows with everything in between. I don't think you'll find a band that had more fun than this lot. Now you'll hear why Ronnie Lane was such a treasure, and Ron Wood was so DAMN Good ! This is everything a box set should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sure beats Prozac

    Without a doubt this box set is a must listen on my death bed. I feel so alive when I listen to it. I appreciate my youth even more. OOH LA LA

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