1970-1975: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything ... (Rhino / Warner Bros.)
Reviewed by Michael Toland, Fri., Dec. 25, 2015
Ronnie Wood's slashing guitar, Rod Stewart's joyful vocal lust, and Ian McLagan's descending Rhodes line herald the iconic "Stay With Me," the Faces' only hit and still a classic rock radio staple nearly 35 years after its original release. There's more to the story of England's greatest bar band. Containing the band's four studio LPs, plus a fifth disc of non-album singles and B-sides, You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything ... chronicles the bluesy Small Faces evolving into a no-bullshit rock & roll band rivaling their pals the Rolling Stones. A live surety in the Me Decade, the Faces boasted a knockout performing prowess, but also complementary writing styles: brash raucousness ("Cindy Incidentally," "Borstal Boys") and soulful balladry ("Debris," "Glad and Sorry"), the latter often from bassist/secret weapon (and, along with McLagan, once and future Austinite) Ronnie Lane. From the tentative blues-rock of First Step and exploratory spelunking of Long Player to the streamlined groove & roll of A Nod Is as Good as a Wink ... to a Blind Horse and Ooh La La and the rocking funk of final single "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything ...," the tale of one of rock & roll's most protean acts endures.