Just got this in the mail from Mac. Lots of great stories about Small Faces, Faces, and Stones. Anybody else enjoy this as much as me? Mac will sign if you buy through his website. A must-have for Stone-freaks (any of those here?).
bruno Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > It's ` > > You can buy the Faces boxset signed, too. > > "There´ll be no wedding today..." I ain't gonna > work on Meggie's farm no more...(PS)
Elmo! Ian mclagan's site has always been one of my favorites. Glad you have shined a spotlght on this one for all the faithful. Check-out all the cool links. Enjoy it! Maybe we will finally see the re- release of the Faces CDs with extra tracks.
Man, in my part of the world I thought I was the only Faces fan alive! My friends know Ronnie is a Stone and Rod's hits, but have no idea about some of the Faces treasure (Glad and Sorry, Poolhall Richard, many others). Mac's site is just the ticket for a Faces fan.
Mac's description of trying to squeeze $15,000 rather than $14,000 out of Mick for two weeks' work is a hoot, and his portraits of the Stones (Charlie at the beach, etc) are all priceless, plus of course his heartfelt memories & complex relationship w/ Ronnie Lane, and scores of encounters w/ rockstars great and small...Anybody with the Faces box liner notes knows Mac's 'voice', and this is truly one of a small handful of great rock n roll memoirs... Then as I wrote a couple weeks back I've more or less finally moved on to the last 2 discs of the Faces box: disc 4: Love In Vain (8:21 of scorching slide & soulful, understated vocals), Around the Plynth (BBC - whoa!), Stealer, Flying (BBC version) disc 3: Gettin Hungry (Brian Wilson remade/remodeled), Open To Ideas (a lost, great ballad), Hi-Heeled Sneakers/Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Rock Me (all from an unfinished '75 album), a classic, live I'd Rather Go Blind, Skewiff Mend the Fuse (guitars galore), Angel
His solo work is great. His 1980 album, Bump In The Night, is incredible. If you love the Stones, you will love that record.
I myself thought it was much, much better than Emotional Rescue (also 1980).
Years ago I told him, "You kicked the Stones' ass that year!" He couldn't believe it, but it was true.
Regarding the book: it's been a few years since I read it, but I do recall being surprised about his candor surrounding drug use by some of the Stones. Not that I was shocked (Shocked!!) by the news, only that it came from an insider.
I don't remember him discussing how or why he didn't tour with them again after '81. There was a coffee table book that the Stones put out a few years ago with a lot of tour pics of the various players. Not one to be found of Mac.
Mac seemed like a perfect fit from '78-'82. Having 2 Faces in the Stones was cool, too. Perhaps his coke problem was seen as a negative given Ron W's serious addiction to freebase in the '80s. Perhaps like Joey Spaminato he was seen as a Keith/Ron person, Leavell (not to mention Clifford) a Mick choice, but one Keith liked or could deal with if they got rid of Matt... Mac as has been written here many times before also issued the only existing studio New Barbarians recording, 'Truly' and a 12-minute version is included on the expanded "Here Comes Trouble" (basically his 1979 "Troublemaker" debut plus extra tracks). Most of his solo albums have Ron Wood on them as well (and vice-versa)...Also dig the great Dylan lineup with McLagan and Mick Taylor that produced the 1985 live album "Real Live"...my favorite live Bob along with his stuff w/ the Band
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