6/5/14 – Faces – Maybe I’m Amazed Live – 1972 / Faces Anthology – 2012

Faces PicThe Faces are the reason why Rock & Roll as raw material succeeds so readily. Here they are performing a live version of Maybe I’m Amazed, one of Paul McCartney’s many high points as a songwriter. It begins with Ian McLagan’s keys and despite having an incredible lead singer in Rod Stewart, it’s Ronnie Lane that sings the opening verse, contributing a magical meaningful layer to the band. Stewart explodes into the song with Lane’s bass and Kenney Jones’ drums. Throughout the song they have a lazy comforting warmth, falling apart and losing a little tuning, missing the odd beat but this has absolutely no bearing on their magic. The sound of  McLagan’s whirling Hammond, Jones’ driving drums, Lane’s bright and vibrant bass and last but not least Ronnie Wood’s special touch on the fretboard and the feel that made him the first choice for the Stones vacancy after Mick Taylor left.  Listen to the anthology and buy vinyl copies of all their albums immediately.