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A Nod is As Good As a Wink to a Blind Horse

FacesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)


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When Steve Marriott left the Small Faces in 1969, the three remaining members brought in guitarist Ron Wood and lead singer Rod Stewart to complete the lineup and changed their name to the Faces, which was only appropriate since the group now only slightly resembled the mod-pop group of the past. Instead, the Faces were a rough, sloppy rock & roll ... Read more in Amazon's Faces Store

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KDW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sixties Britpoppers the Small Faces begat the Faces, the reshaped '70s version. Of course, the latter-day incarnation of the band was best known for its lead singer, Rod Stewart, and his unique, squalling voice. The players, meanwhile, displayed Stones-ish sensibilities, which makes sense given that guitarist Ron Wood left the group to join Jagger, Richards, and the boys. Faces didn't release a great number of albums, but during their tumble on the rock charts, they made some truly great songs, several of which are found on this, their consensus classic. "Stay with Me" sounds like a barroom brawl set to music, and "Miss Judy's Farm" puts one in mind of a garage band that lucked out and found a studio and a (somewhat) sober producer. A Nod... is the most representative recording of a band that helped shape hard rock and punk for years to come. --Lorry Fleming

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Faces at the Top of Their Form January 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Not to take anything away from the vocal pipes of Rod Stewart or the other rooster-do'd newcomer to the previous Small Faces, but the real star of this band was the late Ronnie Lane.
His rollicking "Last Orders Please" and the heartbreaking "Debris" were classic Faces (and songs that would stay in Lane's solo repertoire until MS finally claimed him in 1997).
Ron Wood's no-frills guitar playing helped propel rockers like "Miss Judy's Farm," "Too Bad," "That's All You Need" and the band's only Top 40 hit "Stay with Me" (#17). The band also does a nice turn on Chuck Berry's "Memphis."
This album, along with Long Player--both released in 1971, show why this was one of the few bands that really mattered in the wake of the dissolution of the Beatles. This is plain and simple rock 'n' roll, and nobody could rock like the Faces. If you weren't around to hear it when this album was first released, you owe to yourself to get it now to find out what you missed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Engineering March 20, 2005
By G. Kok
Format:Audio CD
This album has been around for a long time. What makes this one different?

It's the sound quality. Steve Hoffman of DCC fame has continued his legacy of audiophile quality remastering.

It's like you've never really heard this lp before. It's that well done. The sound quality will blow you away.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C'mon... August 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
...what are you reading this for? You know what to expect when you buy a disc produced by Rod Stewart's Faces: at least four or five hard-rocking party numbers ('Miss Judy's Farm', 'Stay With Me', 'Memphis', 'Too Bad', and 'That's All You Need') featuring Rod's raspy vocals, and heavy, pulsing guitar and bass lines courtesy of Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane; two or three irresistible love ballads ('Love Lives Here', 'Debris'); and to top it all off, some honky-tonk or boogie numbers ('You're So Rude', 'Last Orders Please'). 'A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse...', released in November of 1971, charged up to number six on the US album charts, and stands as the most commercially successful of the bands' four albums.

While there isn't always great depth to the lyrics offered up by the three R's... Rod, Ron, and Ronnie, no one can deny that they often cut straight to the chase. On 'Miss Judy's Farm', Rod paints vivid scenario's such as "I was just eighteen and all I needed was to get my way". Ironically, on 'That's All You Need', Stewart sings, "...my kind of music... you knew it wasn't gonna be simple..." when "simple" is exactly the form of music this band revels in. That particular song drifts along on a masterful lead guitar riff that makes it one of the most under-appreciated epic rock tracks. The second side of 'A nod...' (on the original vinyl version) opened with one of the bands' most successful single releases, 'Stay With Me', which climbed to number eight on the national charts in January of 1972. Despite being mercilessly overplayed on both the AM and FM frequencies, 'Stay With Me' has proven powerful enough to overcome overexposure. Stewart's barroom delivery takes lines like "I hear you're a mean old Jezebel" and transforms them into terms of endearment.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By M. McM
Format:Audio CD
The Faces were underappreciated in their time, so much that their records were allowed to fall in and out of print. This album is arguably their best. It includes their biggest hit, "Stay With Me," but tracks like "You're So Rude" and "Memphis" are every bit as good.

This was a great, rollicking band, with a reputation built on raucous, sloppy, and fun rock n' roll; the Faces often backed Rod Stewart on his own solo albums, particularly Rod's first four classic albums, but on their own records, they cut loose even more. On A NOD IS AS A GOOD AS A WINK...TO A BLIND HORSE, their playing is actually a bit tighter compared to other Faces albums, but it's still got the right amount of slop, and they play GREAT.

Ronnie Lane does a fine job singing lead on some of the tracks, but Rod is even better. In the early days, his singing was described as the male-equivalent of Janis Joplin, and this album is further proof of what he could accomplish before turning to mainstream, adult contemporary pop.

This gold CD is better than WEA's budget CD issue, and at $19.98 retail, it's not a bad deal (most gold CD's run about $30). The CD is HDCD encoded, so if you have an HDCD decoder in your CD player, it'll sound ever better, but even if you don't, this disc will sound GREAT. It sounds even better than Rhino's remastered box set, FIVE GUYS WALK INTO A BAR..., and like I said, this is a great album.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version Great Album! March 29, 2005
By DanG
Format:Audio CD
That Ron Wood slide guitar on the last track, That's All You Need, so big and beefy, you can hear every nuance. Just great guitar, another wonderful example of classic Ron Wood guitar licks on some of the best classic rock 'n roll of all time.

The whole ablum is filled with great vocals, and great instrumental tone. Really a treat.

The great mastering, cutting, production- it lets you get swept away by the great music! Audio Fidelity 24K Plus is a success, if you love this album you must hear this version!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album at a great price.
This is a great album(and a great price) from the best decade for music. Straight forward rock n' roll. Sometimes that's all you need.
Published 3 months ago by Randolph O. Saluga
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Music from Classic Rock Musicians
Classic music from Ronnie Lane, Ron Wood and Rod Stewart. What a combination of musicians and music. This is one of those must have classics from the 70's rock library.
Published 4 months ago by Mark Gertenbach
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Faces album
One of my favorites since I was a kid. A very special record for me. I've heard it a million times and I will hear it a million more.
Published 8 months ago by Carl Otto Hallbauer
3.0 out of 5 stars Less Than the Sum of Its Parts
So much talent in this band. It seems they were wondering would they would be when then grew up. Once they figured it out, they parted ways. Read more
Published 11 months ago by P. Stump
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Rod Stewart.
Bought this for my husband he has wanted this for many years and now he has it in his cd collection one very happy hubby thank you.
Published 12 months ago by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic rock album.
Faces was a great band, and this is maybe their best album.
If you are a fan of early Rod Stewart, or appreaciate rock music such as Beatles or Rolling Stones, you'll probably... Read more
Published 14 months ago by H. Costa
4.0 out of 5 stars like it
i'm 56 my sister had this and I used to listen to it good 60's album if you are into 60's stuff I obiously am.
Published 20 months ago by W. Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Older Rod Stewart music is the best!
Purchased this album for the classic "Stay with Me" tune. The rest of the album did not disappoint! Ronnie Lane is great on this album!
Published 24 months ago by Briann773
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!!!!
Every song here is great and shows the Faces in top form. Rod is actually trying on this one. Get this and Oh La La and you have 2 amazing albums that highlight the Faces at... Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Imperfection...Faces Style....
At this point, because of Rod Stewart's paralleled solo career that was gaining momentum, thus giving the Faces' even more momentum as a successful live act, Nod finally broke the... Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by Thirty-Ought Six
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