The Who – Face Dances (1981/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:42 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source:HDTracks | Front cover
© Geffen Records | Recorded: July to December 1980 at Odyssey Recording Studios, London, UK
The Who’s first album since the untimely passing of drummer Keith Moon, Face Dances could have been rejected as a token project by a dated band. Thankfully that’s not the case and, never the victims of circumstance, The Who shine in the face of adversity.
Face Dances was not only The Who’s debut album of the ’80s, it was their first without the manic force of drummer Keith Moon, who passed away in 1978 and you can see the effect it has on the tight-knit, yet disorderly band.
„You Better You Bet“ is hit material from the off, while „Another Tricky Day“ and „How Can You Do It Alone“ pay note to impending middle-age and dreaded responsibility.
And with this new maturity comes Pete Townshend’s thoughtful lyrics and Roger Daltrey’s emphatic vocal. Meanwhile John Entwistle’s bass is heavier than ever and Kenney Jones’s drumming fills Moonie’s manic void.
While a mood of introspection lurks throughout, it is clear The Who’s fire still burns bright and no less furious. Face Dances went platinum and became the #2 album of 1981.
Without Keith Moon, the Who may have lacked the restless firepower that distinguished their earlier albums, but Face Dances had some of Pete Townshend’s best, most incisive compositions since Quadrophenia. “Don’t Let Go the Coat” was one of his better odes to Meher Baba, “You Better You Bet” was a driving rocker, as was the rueful “Cache Cache,” while “How Can You Do It Alone” was a solid ballad. While Townshend’s songs were graceful and introspective, Roger Daltrey delivered them without any subtlety, rendering their power impotent. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine
1. You Better You Bet 05:37
2. Don’t Let Go The Coat 03:45
3. Cache Cache 03:56
4. The Quiet One 03:09
5. Did You Steal My Money 04:17
6. How Can You Do It Alone 05:28
7. Daily Records 03:28
8. You 04:31
9. Another Tricky Day 04:58
10. I Like Nightmares 03:10
11. It’s In You 05:12
12. How Can You Do It Alone 08:12
13. The Quiet One 03:59
Roger Daltrey – lead vocals
Pete Townshend – guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals on “I Like Nightmares”, “Somebody Saved Me” and live edit of “How Can You Do It Alone”
John Entwistle – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “The Quiet One”
Kenney Jones – drums
John “Rabbit” Bundrick – keyboards, synthesiser, backing vocals