Kenney Jones should have never been asked to do Keith Moon. Both he and The Who are still paying for that decision. BUT...Keith Moon could NEVER do Kenney Jones.
The two songs here are both from the Faces classic "A Nod Is As Good As A Wink," and both exemplify Kenney Jones doing what he does best. His playing is perfectly imperfect. You can dance to the music and still drive a car through the space left in his groove. At times, you can feel the band speed up and at times, slow down. While that may sound wrong, it instead creates a pocket and a vibe that feels authentic, as if the band pulled this off in one live take. The Faces were professionally ragtag and that is not an easy task. Few bands could pull that off, and a lot of the credit should go to the rhythm section of Ronnie Lane & Kenney Jones.
With The Who, Jones was a metronome. The blame could be placed on Pete Townshend, who often wished that Keith Moon would just stop playing so much. But even live, The Who with Kenney Jones is a flat, Who tribute band. Even Zak Starkey, who was famously tutored on the drums by Keith Moon, injects life and excitement into the current Who live shows.
Are there other musicians who shined in their original element but failed in a new setting?