Faces fans will have their ears full on Friday with the release of Faces: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (1970-75), a five-disc box set that includes expanded editions of the group’s four studio albums — including the unreleased “Whole Lotta Woman” added to 1971’s Long Player — and a bonus disc of other rarities. And there may be more to come from the group’s vaults in the future, according to drummer Kenney Jones.
“Yeah, there’s lots of stuff that we all have individually, especially live stuff,” Jones tells Billboard. “Ronnie Wood’s got a lot, I’ve got a lot, I think Rod (Stewart) has got some. We also have some old backing tracks that would take awhile to dig out. Any time we recorded something I used to get a copy of what we did, even without vocals. And there’s some gems in there as well, with us talking, that really captures the humor of the band in the studio. So there’s something more to look forward to — we’ve just got to find the time.” Billboard is exclusively premiering the Faces’ previously unreleased “Whole Lotta Woman.” Listen to it below.
The new box set will give Faces fans plenty to digest with its treasure trove of outtakes, alternate and rehearsal versions, and live tracks from both concerts and BBC sessions. But given the passage of time, don’t bother asking Jones for too many specifics about the unreleased material — “Whole Lotta Woman,” written by Morgan Rainwater and recorded at Morgan Sound Studio in London, being a case in point. “I can’t really remember recording it,” he says with a laugh. “We used to play it live as well. It was a great song to play live. But, y’know, that’s about it; people ask me all the time, ‘What was it like in the ’60s.’ I dunno, you had to be there. It’s kind of strange.”
Nevertheless, Jones — who was also deeply involved in putting together the 2014 Small Faces box set Here Comes the Nice — is happy that there’s interest enough to merit You Can Make Me Sing’s release.
“It really is an ongoing thing,” Jones notes. “I’m still amazed by not only the Faces but the Small Faces. We’ve got fans 15, 16 (years old), even younger. It’s just nice that another product has come out which enables the Faces music to be heard and for younger people who have heard about the Faces and don’t really know anything about it, for them to get the whole history of the Faces in a box.”
The Faces legacy will add another chapter on Sept. 5, when Jones, Stewart and Wood reunite to play at a benefit concert for Prostate Cancer UK after joining forces for a jam at Stewart’s birthday party back in January in Los Angeles. It marks Stewart’s first public performance with the Faces in more than 40 years, and it comes after keyboardist Ian McLagan passed away unexpectedly in December.
“Mac and (late Faces bassist) Ronnie Lane will be sorely missed, but it should be great fun,” says Jones, a prostate cancer survivor himself. “Y’know, Ronnie Wood is touring with the (Rolling) Stones all the time and Rod gets booked up two years in advance, so we had to wait for a time. We always get together anyway, a couple of times a year, and go out to dinner and have a laugh, so it’s not as if we don’t see each other. But it’ll be cool to actually get together and play the old songs again.”