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  • Audio CD (June 3 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002P6R
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. You Better You Bet
2. Don't Let Go The Coat
3. Cache Cache
4. The Quiet One
5. Did You Steal My Money
6. How Can You Do It Alone
7. Daily Records
8. You
9. Another Tricky day
10. I Like Nightmares
11. It's In You
12. Somebody Saved Me
13. How Can You Do It Alone (Live)
14. The Quiet One (Live)

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Face Dances went platinum and became the #2 album of 1981. This 14-track reissue includes five previously unreleased bonus tracks.


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Format: Audio CD
This is one of the Who albums that many believe shouldn't have been made. It's true that the songs on here lack a bit of energy, especially compared to their early 70's records. But I can't help but think the songs on Face Dances are some of the Who's most well-written and memorable collection of songs.
Hearing Face Dances for the first time you can tell that, by this point in their career, the Who seem really exhausted. The songs that do have some energy feel more like the members of the Who are forcing themselves to rock out, to keep up with the times. The harder rocking songs just don't sound very convincing. However, I don't think the Who lost a step at all in terms of writing excellent music.
The main reason I love this album so much is because I think every song (excluding the bonus tracks) is written very carefully and every song is easy to remember and fun to listen to. Plus I have a lot of memories connected to all the songs, especially "You Better You Bet". Memories of when I was only a few years old and hearing that song on the radio as my mother drove us to Delaware to do some shopping. I feel like I'm back in the mid-80's once again whenever that song comes on. The rest of the songs give me the same memories.
But I think all the songs are excellent. Even "Another Tricky Day" which is most people's second favorite song (behind "You Better You Bet"). I couldn't get into that song for the longest time but now I think I finally hear what everyone else loves about it.
There are some moments that especially interest me such as in "How Can You Do It Alone" when the melody switches in another direction and the line "I need your help, so I can do it by myself" comes in, man that's great!
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Many people don't like this album because it is a later-period, post-Moon Who album. I think it's a great album because it introduced me to the Who back in the early 80s (along with the acoustic guitar performance of "Won't Get Fooled Again" on Secret Policeman's Ball). "You Better You Bet", and the rest of the album, show Townshend branching away from the Who formula to integrate new-at-the-time developments in rock music. Basically, it's their 'new wave' album.
There's an element of humor and worldliness in some of the lyrics ("Cache Cache", "Did You Steal My Money", and "How Can You Do It Alone", plus bonus track "I Like Nightmares") that was mostly missing from earlier-70s Who albums (except Odds And Sods).
Also, Townshend plays guitar in a different manner than on previous recordings (save for Rough Mix , Who Are You, and Who Came First). That is, he plays individual notes in addition to the power chords (in a 'new-wave' mode on this album). Of course, I cannot fault his rythmn-guitar-playing on any album (it's among the best!), but it was nice to see him branch-out from his signature style on this one.
The album is a bit short; there's about 6 great songs. The two Entwistle songs were not among his best, and didn't fit the rest of the album. I would probably rate it 3 stars, but give an additional star for "moving with the fashions, or be outcast" (Quadrophenia).
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The Who, especially Pete Townshend, had been unhealthy in dwelling on the fact that they were getting older ("older" being your 30s in rock and roll) since the mid 1970s on albums like "The Who By Numbers" and "Who Are You." In 1978, legendary madcap drummer Keith Moon died, an event that forever shattered the band, and two years later, "Face Dances" reveals a group in a state of uncomfortable maturity and a yearning for wisdom.
Other albums, such as "Who's Next" allowed for The Who's growing maturity to be seen, but in those days, it was still with youthful arrogance. This is what makes "Face Dances" so unique. The Who are found in a frantic daze of disillusionment, unleashing track after track of enthralling energy.
The sound within packs a solid punch, in a vaguely pop-oriented feel, such as that of 'Cache Cache' and the excellent Top 10 single 'You Better You Bet,' as the mood is generated in a much more frenetic fashion in 'Daily Records,' 'You,' and 'Another Tricky Day.' Other songs like bassist John Entwistle's ironic self-portrait 'The Quiet One' and 'Somebody Saved Me' are minor Who classics. Kenney Jones, Keith Moon's replacement, proves himself to be a competent drummer, while Roger Daltrey's angry cries punctuate the album with essence.
Though it is without the pinnacles of other albums, "Face Dances" is definitely a worthy set. This album was the next-to-last studio album for The Who however, revealing the band's loss of desire, a fact which bitterly attaches itself to the songs here.
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I've liked this album since I bought it in 1986, but when it was released with bonus tracks in 1997, I was shocked how good it could have been. The bonus tracks "I Like Nightmares", "Somebody Saved Me", and "It's In You" make this a very strong album. It's hard to believe they decided to leave these songs on the shelf in favour of some of the others which were included on the original album.
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