FACES - CD
LIVE…FOR ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY IN NEW ZEALAND

LABEL:
Jerkin Gherkin
SOURCE:
Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand 27th Juanuary 1974
FORMAT:
1 downlioad cdr
RUNNING TIME:
38.28
SOUND/SOURCE:
Audience mono
PACKAGING:
single slimline jewel case
 


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SOUND 8 / PACKAGING 8 / PERFORMANCE 8

 

TRACK LIST:

1. You Wear It Well , 2. Maggie May, 3. Medley: Borstal Boys Medley (Around The Plynth/Gasoline Alley, 4. Amazing Grace/ Borstal Boys-Band Introductions, 4. I Wish It Would Rain, 5. Twistin The Night Away, 6. Pool Hall Richard/We ll Meet Again.



 
REVIEW:

This Faces concert was thought lost, however just a little more than half an hour survives and here it is, the Auckland, New Zealand first concert of the Faces Australasian tour that will bring the band into Japan for the first and last time. It is the final lineup of the group with Tetsu Yamauchi on bass replacing Ronnie Lane, the whole band relying more and more on Ron Wood guitar prowess and on Rod Stewart raunchy vocals. The first song listed is a short version of You Wear It Well and then the band jumps into Rod s latest hit single Maggie May, which was cut in the studio with the Faces but just credited to the singer, this being one of the reason for the break up that occurred later in the year. Then follows the Rhythm ‘n Blues classic I Wish It Would Rain which performance is full of energy and the show ends with the band s latest single Pool Hall Richard as an encore after Rod Stewart s comment : see you again next year, something even the audience seems to hardly believe. Too short for sure, it is a pity the whole show has not survived, but there are so many gaps in the Faces recorded history that even this half an hour concert will be precious for collectors. Now here is the story of this remastered tape that has recently appeared on a famous torrent from the uploader words: sometime in 2006 a friend sent me this recording from someone he knew in Auckland New Zealand, I was told it was one off from the master tape; unfortunately, for some reason this recording is incomplete but on the upside it does contain the only complete version of Pool Hall Richard from this tour. Auckland was the first show of the 1974 Australasian Tour.
Try as I could I wasn’t able to find any info, photos, reviews regarding this one-off Faces New Zealand show. From Rod Stewart s comments it seems that this show took place in daylight as he refers: Ah, I wish I had your suntan. You look a healthy load of people. I haven't seen faces like that since the war. And later just before I Wish It Would Rain he says This is for everyone still sitting in the sun. The front cover artwork is the cover of the Australia 1974 Tour Program.
This montage was also used for the inside record sleeve of the Faces Live LP Coast To Coast.
The Red & Black Paul Dainty Faces Australasian Tour advertisements are also from the Tour Program. The back artwork is the Australian Faces 1974 Poster by Ian McCausland who also designed the famous 1973 Stones Australian Tour poster.
I usually hate audience members talking loudly during shows, but if it occurs during encore breaks I don t mind & this recording has some dead set funny comments between the taper & his mates such as: Cant wait till the beer cans are on the stage, wait till everyone starts chucking beer cans and there go the beer cans. You can just hear the metallic sound of the beer cans hitting the stage.
This must be a Kiwi ritual during the encore break as the bloke mentioned it before it happens.
Then some sort of audience aggro starts because he states: kicked in the face, followed by: he deserves it. Auckland 1974 quality wise is one of the best 1974 Faces audience recordings which makes even more upsetting that it is incomplete.
This show has been out on the pro cdr Long White Cloud on the Evacuation label  (which was 38 seconds shorter) plus other various cdrs but this remastered, pitch & speed correction version makes those versions obsolete, it is good sounding although in mono and unfortunately only part of the concert, but definitely an upgrade.

 


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