Had Me a Real Good Time
Faces Before, During, and After
In Had Me a Real Good Time: Faces Before, During, and After (Omnibus 2011) Andy Neill provides a detailed account of Faces, one of the most popular and critically acclaimed groups of the early seventies. Neill begins his story with biographies of those who would become Faces including, of course, sections about each of their early bands: Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Ian “Mac” McLagan with Small Faces; Rod Stewart and Ron Wood with the Jeff Beck Group. The book’s mid-section details Face’s career through four albums and countless tours of England and, essential for their commercial success, the United States. Also included is an analysis of the balance that was sometime kept and sometimes not, between Face’s career and the career of their superstar sfront man, Rod Stewart. Neill devotes the final part of his story to the band’s break-up and the individual members’ post-Faces careers. All-in-all, Neill provides a richly researched history of a band and all the people who went into making their tenure possible.
Andy Neill is a music writer, researcher and historian who co-wrote Anyway Anyhow Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the Who as well as compiling Across the Universe: John, Paul, George, and Ringo on Tour and on Stage. He contributes liner notes for archive projects including the Who’s back catalogue, and is a consultant on numerous music biographies and documentaries. His writing has appeared in Mojo, Record Collector, and Ugly Things.