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The Faces: Good Boys....When They're Asleep

David Cavanagh, MOJO, September 1999

WHEN THE FACES got together in the summer of 1969, they were not expected to amount to much. Three of them – Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones – had been abandoned by Steve Marriott, who'd left The Small Faces to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton. The other two, Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, were refugees from The Jeff Beck Group with only moderate profiles in their homeland. Signed to Warner Bros for £30,000, the Faces were faced with a further obstacle in Stewart's solo deal with Mercury in New York, who wanted two albums a year from him. And so a tricky balancing act began.

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