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Face Dances (Remastered) Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Face Dances went platinum and became the #2 album of 1981. This 14-track reissue includes five previously unreleased bonus tracks.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Remastered ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000002P6R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Some of the people below can complain all they want and slag the band for carrying on without Keith. They can also tell you how dreadful they think this album is because everyone has an opinion, but the truth is they are wrong. If Face Dances doesn't agree with your musical taste, then fine, but the problem doesn't lie in the quality of the songs or musicianship.
As along time Who fan, I'm not going to try and convince anyone that this album is as good or better than Tommy or Who's Next,but it is as good or better than some of their work. Despite what other's may say, all the songs here, both Pete and John's, are great songs. You Better You Bet, Cache Cache, Don't Let Go The Coat, and Another Tricky Day are as catchey and well contructed as anything Pete has done and the Quiet One and You are definitely two of the best songs Entwistle has ever written. The Quiet One and You are also as abrasive and raw as any studio tracks the Who ever did. Those songs come as close to the claasic Who live sound as anything.

I would also like to say that I was as sad as any other true fan when Keith Moon died,but I don't feel the rest of the band betrayed his memmory by carrying on. I also think that trashing Kenny Jones is pretty childish as well. I don't know if any of the other critics below are musicians or not, but I am and I thought Kenny's playing on both Face Dances and It's Hard was very impressive. He may not have had the frenzied , almost out of control style that made Keith so great, but his inventive use of varied rhythms and beats had alot of impact on the songs here.
The bottom line here is, Face Dances may not be the best Who album, but it is a very good one.
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I love this album. That may have something to do with the fact that it was the first Who album I ever bought (I was 14). But I also think the songs are great. They remind me a bit of the mid-sixties "Pop Who" as they bounce, snip and snipe. Kenney Jones does a fine job, and it's unfortunate that he's gotten so much flack for accepting the bands offer to join. Of course he's not Keith Moon! No one is.
The only issue I have with this album is in the production. If they'd taken off even just a bit of the gloss it would have made a vast improvement I think. There's something a bit flat about the production. Though Bill Symczek (or however you spell his name) shouldn't necessarily take the blame either. The Who must have been familiar with his work - and for California rock such as The Eagles his production worked - but for The Who not so much. The band chose him though, so it's on their shoulders. Still though, I consider this a very underrated album. Songs like Don't Let Go The Coat, Another Tricky Day, You Better You Bet, and Entwistle's The Quiet One. There's a lot of humor to much of the material as well. It's the Who getting back to the more Pop approach they'd had early in their career. If the production hadn't taken the balls away from the sound then I think fans would have been more forgiving. Anyway, great album cover too! Enjoy!
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I know, this is supposed to be the start of The Who's decline - even Pete & Roger might say so. But I think this is a fascinating album - the perceived weaknesses make it even more so.

There's no need to get into the scuttlebutt regarding Kenney Jones, the irreplaceable Keith Moon's replacement. In many ways, he's the anti-Moon, as the opening track demonstrates - Jones' drumming is staid and professional, almost defiantly so, as if to proclaim the insane percussion that helped define the band's sound (a drummer friend of mine says "Keith's drumming sounds like he fell down the stairs and landed on 1") is gone for good. The drums on Face Dances are actually something of a non-factor, which lets us focus on the songs themselves.

And there's so much good stuff to mine in the songs! So much pain, uncertainty, insecurity, dark humor, even awkward pathos. The album is bookended with two smart rockers of stunning confidence; "You Better You Bet" and "Another Tricky Day" offer some of Townshend's finest lyrical side journeys ("I'm not into your passport picture/I just like your nose") and straightforward, delicious rock n' roll licks. But it's the odd songs in the middle - tunes that manage to be both overwrought and understated ("Don't Let Go of the Coat"), frustratingly teasing ("Cache Cache," "Daily Records"), embarrassingly awkward ("How Can You Do It Alone"), and, when Entwistle takes the pen, aggressive and confrontational as all hell while still retaining that wry humor ("You," "The Quiet One.") It's quite a showcase of talent.
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It's kind of hard to realize sometimes this album came along a decade after one of The Who's classic albums Who's Next. The interesting thing about this album to me is I've often used it as an example of an album that's been issued a lot when a lot of other albums that are truly lost classics remain just that-lost. Now that doesn't exactly change my opinion of this album within it's place in The Who's catalog. It's hard not to hear this album and realize that the last time they hit the studio and the record racks with Who Are You Keith Moon was still alive and still with the band. Well by now he was gone and Kenney Jones,who'd been working with the band live for the past three years or so finally joined them on their first studio outing since Moon's passing. More than a member of the band had passed;an era had too. In the early 80's any pop music form perceived as extravagent in any way,from disco to progressive rock were more or less being frozen out of the mainstream in favor of new wave and other,more sussinct styles of music. Weather or not one chooses to look at The Who as a prog rock or hard rock band is beside the point;this just wasn't really the time for any of that. One thing in their favor was both Pete Townsand and John Enstwistle's abilities at crafting great pop songs and coming up with musical ideas that rocked with a sense of genuine emotion,intelligence and creativity. What's interesting here is that while their are some harder edged guitar rockers here such as "The Quiet One","Don't Let Go The Coat","How Can You Do It Alone" and "You" (Pete has to have something to smash guitars to,right?Read more ›
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