Real Good Time (The Swingin’Pig-TSP-CD-039)
Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA – March 7th, 1975
(46:14): (I Know) I’m Losing You, Bring It On Home To Me, Fly In The Ointment, Every Picture Tells A Story, Stay With Me, Motherless Child, Gasoline Alley, Maggie May, Twisting The Night Away
The date listed on this show is from Detroit, 1974, yet i have been informed it is actually from san bernadino,ca 3-7-1975 originally a KBHS show.
Anyway; this has to be the finest performance I’ve heard the Faces play.
The band is in tip top form tight and highly energized.
Ronnie Wood’s guitar playing is the best I’ve ever heard him; making me a bit more appreciative of his talents.
The show begins with I Know I’m Losing You with Rod Stewart in fine form the band in perfect time behind him Ian McLagen spilling out sweet rolls from his keyboard and Woody’s laid back smooth rhythm guitar. Following is Bring It On Home To Me a superb rendition of the old Sam Cooke track.
Next is my favorite of this show Sweet Little Rock’n’Roller, the old Chuck Berry track with a superb Ian McLagan piano boogie along with Woody’s excellent guitar playing with Kenny Jones and Tsetsu Yamauchi providing a hot rhythm section; showing how tight the band is on this night. Moving right along through Fly in the Ointment and Every Picture Tells A Story with splendid balance and the notes getting hotter and hotter. Stay With Me follows with Ian’s bogie piano and Ronnie’s guitar meshing with Rod in a splendid way. I can visualize the girls dancing rather intensely to this great track!
Motherless Child follows; the blind Willie Johnson track performed by Eric Clapton and others through the years. Ronnie Wood is absolutely on fire here; a wicked slide performance (in my opinion the best I’ve heard Woody play) having seen Woody play many times over the years this sticks as the smoothest I’ve ever heard him. This track reminds me of sitting in a juke joint in Mississippi hearing Son House play. Woody and Ian open Gasoline Alley with a wonderful version of Gasoline Alley, Rod in great form, soulful and the band swinging; then Ronnie goes back into his slide performance; smooth as a wet hummingbird; delicate, yet powerful and suddenly the band rips into Stay With Me Ian opening with some hot piano Tsetsu providing some deep bass runs with Ronnie’s rhythm and Kenny’s backbeat.
Maggie May follows with a boogie opening with Rod singing as if his life depended on it. Perfect rhythmic flow here, quite different from the studio version (Every Picture Tells A Story). This show ends with Rod asking the audience for applause for Foghat “A Magnificent Band” then says thank you, good night we’ll see ya and goes into Twistin’ The Night Away, another Sam Cooke tune with the band spot on, perfect flow with Ronnie on slide and Ian’s piano picking up the tempo faster and faster the band on fire to close this show! If you are a faces fan or just a music lover this one is a MUST have. Great sound along with a stellar performance for the ages!!
Get this one if you can as it is a brilliant show!