The Faces’ Long Player at 50 – An Underrated Gem

The Faces’ Long Player at 50 – An Underrated Gem

Ronnie Wood & Rod Stewart from Faces. Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns.

Following up their very aptly titled debut, 1970’s First Step, the Faces were a supergroup in the making when they released their second studio album, Long Player in February 1971. 

The band, made up of the Small Faces’ core trio, bassist Ronnie Lane, keyboard player Ian McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones, former Jeff Beck Group guitarist (and future Rolling Stone) Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart, on the cusp of solo superstardom at the helm, both found their groove with their second album and confirmed their place in the classic rock archives.

Long Player is – in the best way possible – loose and bluesy, highlighted by uptempo rockers like, "Bad 'n' Ruin” and “Had Me a Real Good Time,” wistful ballads "Sweet Lady Mary” and “Richmond,” plus a soulful live cover of Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed,” recorded live at the New York’s Fillmore East in November 1970 with the Rolling Stones' Mobile Recording Unit. 

Faces may have achieved modest success compared to their legendary contemporaries like The Rolling Stones and The Who, but their underrated gem of a second album captures the moment a group of future icons truly hit their stride.

Celebrating 50 years since Long Player was released, let’s enjoy some classic live performances of the album’s singles below. 

The Faces | “Bad 'n' Ruin’”

The Faces | “Maybe I'm Amazed”

The Faces | “Sweet Lady Mary”

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