FACES - CD
LIVE IN SYDNEY 1974

LABEL:
Oz Master CassetteOz Master Cassette
SOURCE:
Randwick Racecourse, Sydney 1 February 1974Randwick Racecourse, Sydney 1 February 1974
FORMAT:
1 downlioad cdr
RUNNING TIME:
77.48
SOUND/SOURCE:
Audience stereo
PACKAGING:
single slimline jewel case
 


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SOUND 8 / PACKAGING 8 / PERFORMANCE 8

 
TRACK LIST:

1. The Stripper Intro, 2. It’s All Over Now, 3. I’m Losing You, 4. Angel, 5. True Blue, 6. Stay With Me, 7. I’d Rather Go Blind, 8. Memphis Tennessee, 9. My Fault (Ron Wood On Lead Vocals),

10. Too Bad > Kenny Jones Drum Solo > Every Picture Tells A Story, 11. You Wear It Well, 12. Maggie May, 13. Band Introductions, 14. I Wish It Would Rain, 15. Borstal Boys Medley > Plynth > Amazing Grace > Gasoline Alley > Borstal Boys, 16. Twisting The Night Away.

 
REVIEW:

This concert was the first one in Australia for the Faces and the first on Sydney on their 1974 tour and is almost complete missing just the band’s encore Pool Hall Richard that was not taped. This is a new 2021 transfer and mixing by audiowhore. The Band consisted of Rod Stewart on vocals, Ron Wood on guitar & backing vocals, Ian McLagan on keyboards & backing vocals, Kenny Jones on drums and Tetsu Yamauchi on bass.

 There should have been another show the day before in Brisbane which was cancelled because of floods. The other show that was taped of the Australian part of the tour was the 9th February one at the Hordern Pavilion again in Sydney.

From the uploader liner notes: “The Faces weren’t that well known in Australia. They achieved a low charting hit with Stay With Me in 1971 and the album that came from A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse obtained a higher chart placing. Like most other overseas music markets, it was Rod who was the more well-known, he was extremely popular here. I think it’s fair to say that a good percentage of Australian Faces audiences were there because of Rod.

Once again I was exposed early to the Faces thanks to my older cousin in London who’d sent me their early LP’s plus some cassettes he’d taped of the band live on various BBC Radio shows.

I’d also acquired locally some Faces bootleg LP’s like TMOQ’s Plynth & Had Me A Real Good Time. By the time they’d arrived in Australia in January 1974 they were a different band, losing the original bass guitarist Ronnie Lane who was replaced by a Japanese fellow by the name of Tetsu Yamauchi. The set lists I’d heard on the live tapes & bootleg LP’s had also changed; older songs were dropped in favour of a mixture of songs from the Faces last album Ooh La La, topped off with a heavy sprinkling of tracks from Rod’s solo LP’s & the odd unrecorded cover songs. The Faces first show in Australia was to be held in Brisbane but that city was suffering severe floods.

The inner city as well as the venue they were to play at the Milton Tennis Courts were underwater so Sydney became the Faces debut show. But before going into details about the show I must tell you the story leading up to attending the concert.

The Faces amps were all white, it looked like they had white plastic cladding around them.

By the time the Faces were due on we three youngsters were crammed in like veritable sardines.

Although those around us were a tad taller we still had a good view of the stage.

It became an even tighter squeeze when the Faces introduction music The Stripper blasted out of the speakers.

People started pushing forward, unlike the Stones 1973 gig at the same venue, where the sit down, stand up chants happened, it didn’t get to that point this night but you can hear a guy yell out “Sit down you bitch” during the intro. I was bumped during It’s All Over Now, I’m surprised that there weren’t more bumps in the recording seeing the conditions this was recorded under.

The sound that February night was rather clear but throughout the gig the amps gave off a loud buzz which disappeared at times only to return again. It can be heard in quieter parts of the recording.

Rod's mic cuts out during the opening lines of You Wear It Well.

My memories of the Faces 1st Sydney show were that this outdoor audience was far more male orientated whereas their 2nd concert which was indoors was heavily populated with females.

So, a good deal of the clapping & singalong at this show are by males, but it doesn’t compete with the music as the audience participation does on the 9th February recording.

However, there were a group of schoolgirls not far from us & their collective shrieking can be heard at times on the recording.

Ron Wood sing lead vocal on My Fault from the Faces Ooh La La album. When that song winds up, Mr Stewart gushes “Your applause will be much prosecuted”. He then lets out a small laugh probably realizing he’d meant to say appreciate instead of prosecuted. If you listen closely to Maggie May you’ll hear Rod sing that Maggie not only done broke his heart but his leg, arm & neck as well!

At this gig Rod kicked several footballs into the audience, most received good kicks that sent them way over us travelling further out into the audience but one I remember fell a bit short.

I think one of the times Rod kicked the footballs into the crowd was near the end of True Blue as when the song ended he said that that he nearly fell over. I think he nearly lost his balance when kicking one. Rod did his microphone stand thing, tossing it into the air & catching it, singing into it while it was upside down. Rod mentions that a lone shoe is on the stage, to this day I wonder whose shoe it was, why it was thrown up on stage & who went home with one shoe!

Anyway, this is a pretty good recording with Ron Wood's guitar coming through loud & clear.

Sadly, the encore song Pool Hall Richard wasn’t taped, even though there was enough tape left on the 90-minute cassette to record the song; all I can think of is that the mic lead had accidentally been pulled out or I had hit the stop or pause button. Unfortunately, before we made a safety copy the original cassette suffered a small case of tape chew which occurred in Memphis & in Borstals Boys. Thankfully they only last a few seconds.

This recording has done the rounds over the years, even making it to a Japanese Silver disc on the Weeping Goat Label entitled Live At Randwick Racecourse (minus the Stripper Intro).

I remember trading this with a guy who came across as somewhat dodgy. There were rumours he sold other folk’s recordings so the cassette copy I gave him I had dubbed & re-dubbed to buggery.

He did sell it hence Weeping Goats 'release is below par. Once again this is the best version you’ll find of this show so you can dispose of your previous copies.”

This concert was the first one in Australia for the Faces and the first on Sydney on their 1974 tour and is almost complete missing just the band’s encore Pool Hall Richard that was not taped. This is a new 2021 transfer and mixing by audiowhore. The Band consisted of Rod Stewart on vocals, Ron Wood on guitar & backing vocals, Ian McLagan on keyboards & backing vocals, Kenny Jones on drums and Tetsu Yamauchi on bass.

 There should have been another show the day before in Brisbane which was cancelled because of floods. The other show that was taped of the Australian part of the tour was the 9th February one at the Hordern Pavilion again in Sydney.

From the uploader liner notes: “The Faces weren’t that well known in Australia. They achieved a low charting hit with Stay With Me in 1971 and the album that came from A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse obtained a higher chart placing. Like most other overseas music markets, it was Rod who was the more well-known, he was extremely popular here. I think it’s fair to say that a good percentage of Australian Faces audiences were there because of Rod.

Once again I was exposed early to the Faces thanks to my older cousin in London who’d sent me their early LP’s plus some cassettes he’d taped of the band live on various BBC Radio shows.

I’d also acquired locally some Faces bootleg LP’s like TMOQ’s Plynth & Had Me A Real Good Time. By the time they’d arrived in Australia in January 1974 they were a different band, losing the original bass guitarist Ronnie Lane who was replaced by a Japanese fellow by the name of Tetsu Yamauchi. The set lists I’d heard on the live tapes & bootleg LP’s had also changed; older songs were dropped in favour of a mixture of songs from the Faces last album Ooh La La, topped off with a heavy sprinkling of tracks from Rod’s solo LP’s & the odd unrecorded cover songs. The Faces first show in Australia was to be held in Brisbane but that city was suffering severe floods.

The inner city as well as the venue they were to play at the Milton Tennis Courts were underwater so Sydney became the Faces debut show. But before going into details about the show I must tell you the story leading up to attending the concert.

The Faces amps were all white, it looked like they had white plastic cladding around them.

By the time the Faces were due on we three youngsters were crammed in like veritable sardines.

Although those around us were a tad taller we still had a good view of the stage.

It became an even tighter squeeze when the Faces introduction music The Stripper blasted out of the speakers.

People started pushing forward, unlike the Stones 1973 gig at the same venue, where the sit down, stand up chants happened, it didn’t get to that point this night but you can hear a guy yell out “Sit down you bitch” during the intro. I was bumped during It’s All Over Now, I’m surprised that there weren’t more bumps in the recording seeing the conditions this was recorded under.

The sound that February night was rather clear but throughout the gig the amps gave off a loud buzz which disappeared at times only to return again. It can be heard in quieter parts of the recording.

Rod's mic cuts out during the opening lines of You Wear It Well.

My memories of the Faces 1st Sydney show were that this outdoor audience was far more male orientated whereas their 2nd concert which was indoors was heavily populated with females.

So, a good deal of the clapping & singalong at this show are by males, but it doesn’t compete with the music as the audience participation does on the 9th February recording.

However, there were a group of schoolgirls not far from us & their collective shrieking can be heard at times on the recording.

Ron Wood sing lead vocal on My Fault from the Faces Ooh La La album. When that song winds up, Mr Stewart gushes “Your applause will be much prosecuted”. He then lets out a small laugh probably realizing he’d meant to say appreciate instead of prosecuted. If you listen closely to Maggie May you’ll hear Rod sing that Maggie not only done broke his heart but his leg, arm & neck as well!

At this gig Rod kicked several footballs into the audience, most received good kicks that sent them way over us travelling further out into the audience but one I remember fell a bit short.

I think one of the times Rod kicked the footballs into the crowd was near the end of True Blue as when the song ended he said that that he nearly fell over. I think he nearly lost his balance when kicking one. Rod did his microphone stand thing, tossing it into the air & catching it, singing into it while it was upside down. Rod mentions that a lone shoe is on the stage, to this day I wonder whose shoe it was, why it was thrown up on stage & who went home with one shoe!

Anyway, this is a pretty good recording with Ron Wood's guitar coming through loud & clear.

Sadly, the encore song Pool Hall Richard wasn’t taped, even though there was enough tape left on the 90-minute cassette to record the song; all I can think of is that the mic lead had accidentally been pulled out or I had hit the stop or pause button. Unfortunately, before we made a safety copy the original cassette suffered a small case of tape chew which occurred in Memphis & in Borstals Boys. Thankfully they only last a few seconds.

This recording has done the rounds over the years, even making it to a Japanese Silver disc on the Weeping Goat Label entitled Live At Randwick Racecourse (minus the Stripper Intro).

I remember trading this with a guy who came across as somewhat dodgy. There were rumours he sold other folk’s recordings so the cassette copy I gave him I had dubbed & re-dubbed to buggery.

He did sell it hence Weeping Goats 'release is below par. Once again this is the best version you’ll find of this show so you can dispose of your previous copies.”


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