The album cover of Face Dances features sixteen square paintings four of each band member that were commissioned by artist Peter Blake of Sgt. Your email address will not be published. Skip to content. Share this article. Share and Enjoy! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Meanwhile, they're still touring now and sounding great almost 40 years later and without Entwistle too. Listening to this now and it's not as bad as I remember.
Lot's of big 70s bands didn't do this well transitioning into the 80s. Don't forget, the song "Who Are You" from the previous album was written at a time when bands like The Who were already being called "dinosaurs" in the face of the punk movement -- that's the whole background story of the song where Townshend met two of The Sex Pistols and was kind of disappointed to find they revered him.
So after LP death, it was that much more so -- there were people who were very angry at Townshend for continuing the band. But I love the songs on this album, even some of the goofier ones like "Cache, Cache" "There ain't no bears in there!
It's probably less impressive instrumentally than a lot of their earlier stuff, though, so if that's what you loved best about The Who, I can see where you might be disappointed with this effort, You Better You Bet - The Who - Face Dances (Vinyl. The band's sound has softened considerably with this album, but it's enjoyable and inoffensive.
I remember not having listened to it for almost a year, thank you for giving me the desire and interest to hear it again. Also, I believe at that time the band still owed music to its label, so if they decided to quit after Keith's death I think they would have financial problems. I don't know if you have this album's reissue, it has five bonus tracks. I didn't know the former was a performance, or at least that's what I read. It has a little more power than the LP version.
Good review, pos. Will give it a spin. I probably only know you better you better you bet. I did read your first para, will read the rest later. I don't have the reissue, RippingCorpse, but I listened to it on Spotify. You might be right about the financial considerations, but while I'm sure that was a factor, I think the decision to continue was more of an emotional one. Album Rating: 3. Definitely an underappreciated album in the Who's discography, and the last great one, to boot.
I found It's Hard to be rather lacking and Endless Wire was only somewhat interesting. I think "It's Hard" is a little underrated, but not as much as this one. And I agree completely about "Endless Wire". The Who Face Dances 4. Review Summary: This is an underappreciated classic from perhaps the greatest band in rock history. When Keith Moon died inWho Fans were crushed. It shouldn't have been a surprise -- Moon was known for living a mad lifestyle, filled with drugs, excessive drinking and demolished hotel rooms.
Yet somehow, it was still a shock. For all of his self-destructive behavior, there was something about him that seemed invincible. Consequently, after his death, no one could agree on what should come next. Should The Who even try to replace him, or should they just call it a day as a band? To their credit, they decided to continue, hiring a friend, former Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones as their new percussionist.
Many of their fans were thrilled to see the band find a way to go on. Others, however, resented it. They believed Album) The Who weren't The Who without Keith Moon, and at times, it seemed like the remaining members of the band agreed with them. It didn't help that Jones played drums in a completely different style than Moon. Where Moon was wild and creative, Jones was simply solid and workmanlike. Many fans and critics alike never forgave The Who for moving on without Moon.
So when they released Face Dances intheir first LP of new music subsequent to Moon's passing, it was received in an environment less than conducive to a sober, dispassionate assessment of the music. And the album's reputation wasn't helped by the fact that after Moon's death, The Who's fan base mostly wanted to see the band play their greatest hits during their live shows, a desire the band complied with.
Even during their tour, which was theoretically undertaken to support the new album, The Who only performed five of the then-new LP's nine songs. Unfortunately, the result of all this is that through the years, Face Dances has become an almost criminally underrated album. But honestly, very few albums are -- they are rightly considered three of the greatest albums in rock history.
And I can understand, to a certain extent, why Face Dances is undervalued -- in addition to the emotion involved in being the first Who album released without Keith Moon, and the fact that much of the its material wasn't promoted by the band's live shows, there's also a subtlety to this LP. It's not a great album for in your face rock anthems. The only really driving songs are "You Better You Bet", the album's most enduring track, "The Quiet One", which LP an Entwistle number, and "Daily Records", which for some reason has never been performed live.
Add to all of this the fact that bythe music scene itself had changed, and arena rock bands such as LP Who were considered to be past their shelf lives, and you can see why this album didn't catch on the way it should have. Nevertheless, if you judge the album solely by the music and the quality of its songs, there's a lot to like here.
Daltrey is in superb voice throughhout the album, as is Townshend. It's the song from this album that received the lion's share of the airplay, and it has almost always been performed in their live shows since the LP's release.
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