Monday, November 22, 2010
A Nod Is As Good As A Wink...And Better Than Sticky Fingers. (There, I've Said It.)
Everyone loves the Faces, yet I've run into very few who take them as seriously as the Stones. I get that. The Faces only released four albums to the Stones thirty four, and really, The Faces didn't take themselves too seriously.
If you don't know "A Nod Is As Good As A Wink...To A Blind Horse," I suggest you make it your next purchase and discover one of the great rock and roll records of all time.
It is Rod Stewart when Rod Stewart was arguably the best singer in the game. It is Ronnie Wood before he became a parody of Ronnie Wood. It is Ronnie Lane and Kenny Jones, a rhythm section that could effortlessly pound you into the ground, give up the funk, and swing lightly, most of the time during the same song. And it's Ian McLagan, adding just the right amount of barrelhouse piano and church-ified organ to keep these rockers legit.
Songs like "Miss Judy's Farm," and "You're So Rude" were FM staples back in the day of real radio, while the hit "Stay With Me" remains in heavy rotation. But that's not all you need. Their cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis" does not let up and both "Love Lived Here" and "Last Orders Please" show a soulful side of this band that rarely gets props.
But the winner, the song that did it to me last night, was Ronnie Lane's gorgeous "Debris." Rod plays Mick to Ronnie Lane's Keith. It's a bit " Wild Horses" and a precursor to the equally gorgeous "Glad & Sorry" from the boys' final LP "Ooh La La."
A week from now, I may no longer feel that this record is better than "Sticky Fingers," but right now I am still on that high. At the very least, "A Nod Is As Good As A Wink" will remain in my Top 5 of Greatest Rock Albums Of All Time.