on November 7, 2001
Highly recomended, I really enjoyed this rocker CD which
features Ronnie Wood on some tracks. Obviously aside "Mac's"
great vocals, his work on the piano and keyboards is brilliant.
"Warm rain" stands as one of the most beautiful ballads I've
ever heard, "Hello old friend" is pure fun with a great
accustic guitar solo with slide. "She stole it" is typical
Faces or Stones Rocker. Great CD.
on October 10, 2001
Ian Mclagan went and got a few of his old friends together, including his old Small Faces mate Ronnie Wood, to make this good old fashioned rock and roll record. It's a nice album that sounds as if they had a great time making. Mclagan's a very good keyboard player who's first album "Troublemaker" I remember owning back in the late 70's. As for his sound, he hasn't changed a whole lot in these last 20 years between solo albums. But his songwriting is a little better on here. Some of my faves are the opener "Best Of British", which lays the foundation for the rest of the album and says "we're not goin' to get very serious here". Just play and have fun. I also like the rockin' closer "This Time", where Ronnie Wood offers up some old Faces style guitar work. A couple of honorable mentions go to "Don't Let Him Out Of Your Sight" and the hilarious "She Stole It", about a girlfriend who steals his record collection because he couldn't choose between having his music or her. Like I said, this is pretty much straight ahead good time music that fans of Mclagan's old bandmate Ronnie Lane, who he dedicates this album to, should enjoy. It's similar in style in some ways to Lane's carefree music of the 70's. Nice stuff.
on October 11, 2000
. . .infinitely more invigorating, articulate, and immediate (no pun intendended) than the critically-lauded junk that seems to clog the pipeline these days, this album is funky, raw, and just TOO MUCH FUN! Ian's a great singer, raspy and full of character, and the songs chug along in the classic Faces/Stones manner. Check it out before it slips out of print!!!!! The other album ("Turn Faces") is an import version of this album, FYI. . .
on April 4, 2001
It's been many-a-year since Rod the Mod put out Faces-sounding album, so thanks to Mac for keeping the flame alive! This should appeal to any fan of the Faces. Ian has a voice that is somewhere between Rod and Ronnie. The only "dog" is She Stole It, which is just a little too cute. That aside, this is a very entertaining an musically strong set. Ronnie makes an appearance on 3 songs. I'm definitely now in the mood for the new Ronnie/Rod work that's said to be in the works.
on January 17, 2001
You may not know the name Ian McLagan, but you've surely listened to his music. As keyboard player for The Small Facesand their more well-known offshoot The Faces, McLagan tickled the ivories behind the likes of Steve Marriott, Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart. McLagan has spent the better part of the past twenty-five years playing sessions and live dates behind legends such as Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.
McLagan again steps out to the forefront (for his third solo release) with Best Of British. If you're a fan of The Faces or early Rod Stewart, you will not be disappointed. Best Of British is pure good time Rock n' Roll. Backed by guest guitarist Ronnie Wood, the album's unquestioned highlight is "She Stole It," a rant against an ex-girlfriend who took his collection of Elvis, Beatles, Ray Charles, Rolling Stones, Aretha and Little Walter records. Other notable tracks are "Hello Old Friend," the rocking "Suzie Gotta Sweet Face" and the love song "Warm Rain." If you want a real Rock n' Roll album or if you miss the good-time sound of The Faces, buy Best Of British.
on January 11, 2000
This CD is great from the first song "Best Of British"which will have you boppin your head in your car or wherever you are to the song "Hope Street"with the outstanding organ.Songs about life ,songs about loss some very heartfelt songs and some tunes with a little humor.very melodic songs, even a tune about Ronnie Lane with a little help from Woody.You should find this CD most enjoyable.Each time I listen to it it gets better and better. But if your expecting the good ol'rough rock and roll of the Faces this is not it. Its more along the line of "Debris" with a touch of very good friends getting together and playin' music they truly love and feel.If Ronnie Lane was still with us I think he would have loved to be part of this CD