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Welcome to our summary page of musical artists that we profile. This is our high level snapshot. Many of the bands mentioned on the page we have more detailed profiles, which include topics ranging from reviews, commentary, discography, cd recommendations, photos, and related subjects. 

We're always adding new recommendations so stop back frequently.

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The Faces
Michael Falzarano
Fleetwood Mac
Peter Frampton
Aretha Franklin
Free
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The Faces

Rod Stewart & Faces - The Final Concert Best of Rod Stewart and Faces: Legends in Concert 

The Faces are unquestionably an all star line-up of musicians; Rod Stewart, Ian McLagan, Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, and Kenney Jones. Upon disbanding in 1975 Stewart went on to a solo career (many of the faces play on his early records) and Wood was recruited into  The Rolling Stones. While Kenny Jones would go on to fill the shoes of Keith Moon in The Who, and McLagan and Lane went on to solo projects and session work.  

Below we list compilations, and we've highlighted some videos available too. 

Fans of the Faces will certainly be interested Jeff Beck's two albums with Stewart and Wood (bass) in the band, Truth and Beck-Ola and Rod's early career that is well represented in Gold and even better, the out of print The Mercury Anthology

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The Faces Compilations

In 2004, a four disc Faces box-set, Five Guys Walk into a Bar was released. Its quantity of music is generous where each disc runs between 74 - 79 minutes. Further, a 64 page booklet with essays, track details, and photos is included. The music is not sequenced chronologically and many of the tracks were previously unreleased.

There are plenty of great cover songs included such as: McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," Lennon's "Jealous Guy," Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain," performed a la The Rolling Stones.

One draw back to the Five Guys Walk into a Bar is that some of the material is not of the best sonic quality. Also, if they had a live disc instead of spreading the songs hear and there it would be more to my liking. 

Single Disc
Casual fans may prefer the 19 track compilation The Best Of Faces: Good Boys When They're Asleep.

Double Disc
In 2007, The Definitive Rock Collection was released. This is the best value. All of this material is on the box set. This release takes 1999's The Best of the Faces, and adds to it.

 

Five Guys Walk into a Bar The Definitive Rock Collection The Best of the Faces: Good Boys... When They're Asleep
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Michael Falzarano

We Are All One Where I Come From

Rhythm guitarist Michael Falzarano has a vast musical resume including stints in Hot Tuna, over 20 years, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage, for the past four. His third solo release is entitled We Are All One. Before spinning the CD I was expecting a heavy blues tone to the recording. While there are a few blues tracks and patterns it is much more of a rock album. The mood is very upbeat and positive. 

The review is continued on our Michael Falzarano page

New Riders page - Michael Falzarano plays a key role in the New Riders superb 2009 studio album Where I Come From.

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Fleetwood Mac

Rumors Rumors 
2 Discs
Fleetwood Mac has several worthwhile cd's to choose from. Their album Rumors as well as their self-titled debut would be our top recommendation. 

Supplement those with their live album or DVD, The Dance, to pick up some of their missing key tracks as well as hear different arrangements of some of their treasures. This release captures the classic line-up in fine form. CD or DVD

Their two-disc, The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac is a good compilation. While its song selection is excellent as well as it having nice photos, essays, and in-depth song credits, it has two faults. First, the songs are not sequenced chronologically and a few songs are the single rather than album versions. 

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After Rumors, the self-titled is our favorite Fleetwood Mac listening experience. 
Fleetwood Mac The Dance The Dance
DVD
Fleetwood Mac compilation selections
The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac
2 discs
Fleetwood Mac: Greatest Hits
1 Disc
25 Years: The Chain
4 Discs
Peter Green with Fleetwood Mac
Meanwhile back in England as a blues band. 
The Essential Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
2 discs
The Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
1 Disc
Live at the BBC
2 Discs
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Peter Framptom

Frampton Comes Alive! Frampton Comes Alive! (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
The classic album Framptom Comes Alive is the best listening experience for Peter Framptom in our opinion. I saw the tour promoting Frampton Comes Alive! He was sandwiched between the Beach Boys and Gary Wright. Peter Frampton was so well received, but I was shocked to see the Beach Boys gather even more cheers. The deluxe edition has four more songs and a different sequence.

According to Wikipedia, Framptom Comes Alive was recorded in 1975, primarily at Winterland in San Francisco, California and the Long Island Arena in Commack, New York.

If your seeking a collection, Peter Frampton - Gold grabs 32 songs at a reasonable price. This spans 1972 through 2003 and is good career overview of his solo material. 

Meanwhile, Anthology: The History of Peter Frampton grabs a song from The Herd, five from Humble Pie, within its 16 tracks, which fill the disc completely. Only one song from Frampton Comes Alive so this doesn't duplicate that. 

Peter Frampton - Gold Anthology: The History of Peter Frampton
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Aretha Franklin

Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul

Because Aretha's single and double collections miss several of my very favorite tracks we highly suggest her box-set, Queen of Soul. It includes most of her songs through This Girl's In Love With You as well as a fair sampling of material after that, of which that I am less interested in. It may cost more, but it is worth it, and used copies on Amazon can be very reasonably priced. The package includes a book with detailed credits with musicians, an Atlantic discography, photos, essays, etc. This is an excellent box-set! 

Our Aretha Franklin page has a discography of her early material and other recommendations. 

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Fire & Water
Deluxe
Fire & Water
Fire & Water Deluxe
Product Description
2008 digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the British Blues-Rock quartet's career-defining 1970 outing, now featuring a total of 23 bonus tracks. Fire & Water was the band's third album and features the hit 'All Right Now'. Disc One contains the original album plus seven bonus tracks including alternate versions, mixes and live performances. Disc Two gathers together 16 alternative versions of songs from the album including live and alternate mixes. Island. 


 Fire and Water 
 Oh I Wept 
 Remember 
 Heavy Load 
 Mr Big 
 Don't Say You Love Me 
 All Right Now 

 Fire and Water 
 Mr Big 
 All Right Now 
 Remember 
 Mr Big 
 Don't Say You Love Me 
 All Right Now 
 Fire and Water [Us Album Mix] 
 Oh I Wept [Alternate Vocal Version]
 Remember [New Mix] 
 Don't Say You Love Me [New Mix] 
 All Right Now [First Version] 
 All Right Now [Single Version] 
 Fire and Water 
 Fire and Water [Alternate Stereo Mix] 
 Fire and Water 
 Don't Say You Love Me 
 Mr Big 
 All Right Now 
 Mr Big [Live #2] 
 All Right Now [Audio at Video Recording Take #1] 
 All Right Now [Audio at Video Recording Take #2] 
 All Right Now [Audio at Video Recording Take #3] 

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Free compilation selections

The Molten Gold: Anthology has been around for some time and the other two are more recent. I'm quite fond of the song "Goin' Down Slow"; both Walking in My Shadow: The Free Collection and Chronicles include it. I love Howlin Wolf's classic original, and Duane Allman tears it up on his take on Anthology Volume 1, but this version is smoking too. 

Walking in My Shadow: The Free Collection
2 Discs
Chronicles
2 Discs
Molten Gold: Anthology
2 Discs
1. All Right Now (Single Version) 
2. Don't Say You Love Me 
3. Fire And Water 
4. Remember 
5. Oh I Wept 
6. Songs Of Yesterday 
7. Woman 
8. I'll Be Creepin (Original Version) 
9. Mouthful Of Grass 
10. Child 
11. Goodbye 
12. Little Bit Of Love 
13. Sail On 
14. Soldier Boy 
15. Travelling Man 
16. Catch A Train 
17. Magic Ship 
18. Get Where I Belong 
19. Come Together In The Morning 
20. Heartbreaker 
21. Muddy Water (Original Version) 
22. Travellin' In Style 
23. Wishing Well 
24. Easy On My Soul 
25. Be My Friend 
26. Bodie 
27. Mr Big 
28. On My Way 
29. Sunny Day 
30. Stealer (Single Version) 
31. My Brother Jake 
32. Ride On A Pony 
33. Love You So 
34. Soon I Will Be Gone 
35. Highway Song 
36. Goin' Down Slow 
37. I'm A Mover 
38. Hunter 
39. Walk In My Shadow 
40. Wild Indian Woman 
41. Worry 
Disc 1
  1. Walk In My Shadow
  2. Goin' Down Slow
  3. I'm A Mover
  4. Moonshine
  5. Sugar For Mr Morrison
  6. I'll Be Creepin'
  7. Lying In The Sunshine
  8. Woman
  9. Songs Of Yesterday
10. Mouthful Of Grass
11. All Right Now
12. Don't Say You Love Me
13. Heavy Load
14. Oh I Wept
15. Fire And Water
16. Mr. Big
17. Be My Friend

Disc 2
  1. The Stealer
  2. The Highway Song
  3. Soon I Will Be Gone
  4. Ride On A Pony
  5. My Brother Jake
  6. Trouble On Double Time
  7. Mr Big
  8. The Hunter
  9. Fire And Water (Live At Croydon)
10. Crossroads
11. Magic Ship
12. Travelling Man
13. Catch A Train
14. Little Bit Of Love
15. Muddy Water
16. Wishing Well
17. Easy On My Soul
18. Heartbreaker
Disc 1
  1. I'm A Mover
  2. The Hunter
  3. Walk In My Shadow
  4. I'll Be Creepin'
  5. Songs Of Yesterday
  6. Woman
  7. Broad Daylight
  8. Mouthful Of Grass
  9. All Right Now
10. Oh I Wept
11. Heavy Load
12. Don't Say You Love Me
13. The Stealer
14. The Highway Song
15. Be My Friend
16. Soon I Will Be Gone

Disc 2
  1. My Brother Jake
  2. Fire And Water
  3. Ride On Pony
  4. Mr. Big
  5. Time Away
  6. Molten Gold
  7. Catch A Train
  8. Travelling Man
  9. Little Bit Of Love
10. Sail On
11. Wishing Well
12. Come Together In The Morning
13. Travellin' In Style
14. Heartbreaker
Free studio releases and a single compilation, as well as our top Bad Company recomendation.

The third Free album, Fire and Water, is highlighted above. 

Tons of Sobs Free Highway
Over the Green Hills, Pt. 1 
Worry 
Walk in My Shadow 
Wild Indian Woman 
Goin' Down Slow 
I'm a Mover 
The Hunter 
Moonshine 
Sweet Tooth 
Over the Green Hills, Pt. 2 
I'm a Mover [BBC Session] 
Waitin' on You [BBC Session] 
Guy Stevens Blues [Blues Jam] 
Moonshine [Alternative Vocal] 
Sweet Tooth [Early Take and Alternative Lyrics] 
Visions of Hell [Unreleased Master Mix] 
Woman by the Sea [Alternative Version] 
Over the Green Hills [BBC Session] 
I'll Be Creepin' 
Songs of Yesterday 
Lying in the Sunshine 
Trouble on Double Time 
Mouthful of Grass 
Woman 
Free Me 
Broad Daylight 
Mourning Sad Morning 
Broad Daylight [Single Version] 
The Worm [Single Version] 
I'll Be Creepin' [Single Version] 
Sugar For Mr. Morrison [Single Version] 
Broad Daylight [BBC Session] 
Songs of Yesterday [BBC Session] 
Mouthful of Grass [Solo Version] 
Woman [Alternative Version] 
Trouble on Double Time [Early Version] 
Mourning Sad Morning [Alternative Version] 
The Highway Song 
The Stealer 
On My Way 
Be My Friend 
Sunny Day 
Ride on a Pony 
Love You So 
Bodie 
Soon I Will Be Gone 
My Brother Jake [Single] 
Only My Soul [Single 'B' Side] 
Ride on a Pony [BBC Session] 
Be My Friend [BBC Session] 
Rain [Alternative Version] 
The Stealer [Single Version] 
Heartbreaker The Best of Free: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection Original Bad Company Anthology
Wishing Well 
Come Together in the Morning 
Travellin' In Style 
Heartbreaker 
Muddy Water 
Common Mortal Man 
Easy on My Soul 
Seven Angels 
Wishing Well [US Mix] 
Let Me Show You [Single 'B' Side] 
Muddy Water [Alternative Vocal] 
Hand Me Down/Turn Me Around [Prospective Album Track] 
Heartbreaker [Rehearsal Version] 
Easy on My Soul [Rehearsal Version] 
  1. I'm A Mover
  2. Walk In My Shadow
  3. I'll Be Creepin'
  4. Fire And Water
  5. All Right Now
  6. Heavy Load
  7. The Stealer
  8. Mr. Big
  9. Catch A Train
10. Wishing Well
11. Come Together In The Morning
Disc: 1 
1. Can't Get Enough 
2. Rock Steady 
3. Ready for Love 
4. Bad Company 
5. Movin' On [Single Mix] 
6. Seagull 
7. Superstar Woman [Original Unused Track] 
8. Little Miss Fortune [Single Mix] 
9. Good Lovin' Gone Bad 
10. Feel Like Makin' Love 
11. Shooting Star 
12. Deal with the Preacher 
13. Wild Fire Woman 
14. Easy on My Soul [Single Mix] 
15. Whiskey Bottle [Single Mix] 
Disc: 2 
1. Honey Child 
2. Run With the Pack 
3. Silver, Blue and Gold 
4. Do Right by Your Woman [Previously Unused Mix][#] 
5. Burnin' Sky 
6. Heartbeat 
7. Too Bad 
8. Smokin' 45 [Original Unused Track] 
9. Rock & Roll Fantasy 
10. Evil Wind 
11. Oh, Atlanta 
12. Rhythm Machine 
13. Untie the Knot 
14. Downhill Ryder 
15. Tracking Down a Runaway [New Song] 
16. Ain't It Good [New Song] 
17. Hammer of Love [New Song] 
18. Hey, Hey [New Song] 
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