First Step (Faces album)

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First Step
Studio album by Faces
Released March, 1970
Recorded August 1969-January 1970
Genre Rock
Length 47:13
Label Warner Bros.
Producer The Faces
Faces chronology
First Step
Long Player
Singles from The First Step
  1. "Flying"
    Released: 1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

First Step was the first album by the British group Faces, released in early 1970. (The album is credited to the Small Faces on all North American issues and reissues[2])) The album was released only a few months after the Faces had formed from the ashes of the Small Faces (from which Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan hailed) and The Jeff Beck Group (from which Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood hailed.)

It is generally regarded as their weakest studio effort, recorded too soon after the group's formation, and reached no higher than #119 on the Billboard charts.[3] Highlights include "Stone", "Three Button Hand Me Down", "Shake, Shudder, Shiver" and the album's centerpiece, "Flying".

The album cover shows Ronnie Wood reading a copy of seminal guitar tutor "First Step" by Geoffrey Sisley.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wicked Messenger" (Bob Dylan) - 4:05
  2. "Devotion" (Ronnie Lane) - 4:54
  3. "Shake, Shudder, Shiver" (Lane, Ronnie Wood) - 3:14
  4. "Stone" (Lane) - 5:38
  5. "Around the Plynth" (Rod Stewart, Wood) - 5:56
  6. "Flying" (Lane, Stewart, Wood) - 4:15
  7. "Pineapple and the Monkey" (Wood) - 4:23
  8. "Nobody Knows" (Lane, Wood) - 4:05
  9. "Looking out the Window" (Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan) - 4:59
  10. "Three Button Hand Me Down" (McLagan, Stewart) - 5:44



  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Faces: First Step > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Small Faces* – First Step". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "First Step > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 August 2014.

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