Face to Face (The Angels album)

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Face to Face
Face To Face (Album Cover).jpg
Studio album by
Released1 June 1978 (1978-06-01)
RecordedAlbert Studios, Sydney
GenreHard rock
LabelAlbert Productions
ProducerThe Angels, Mark Opitz
The Angels chronology
The Angels
Face to Face
No Exit
Singles from Face to Face
  1. "Comin' Down"
    Released: March 1978
  2. "Take a Long Line"
    Released: July 1978
  3. "Straight Jacket"
    Released: 26 August 1978
  4. "After the Rain"
    Released: 27 November 1978

Face to Face is the second studio album by Australian hard rock band, the Angels, which was released in June 1978.[1][2] It was co-produced by the band with Mark Opitz,[3] which peaked at No. 18 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart.[2] For shipment of 280,000 copies, it was accredited as 4× platinum.[1]

The international version was released in March 1980 under the band name, Angel City, as a compilation of tracks from both the Australian version of Face to Face and from their third studio album, No Exit (June 1979).[1][3] It also included a re-recorded version of "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again", which had been issued as their debut single in March 1976 from their first album, The Angels.

The album cover was designed by Peter Ledger and won the King of Pop award for 'Best Album Cover Design' in 1979.[4][5] In October 2010, Face to Face was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[6] The international version of album was reissued on CD by Rock Candy Records in 2011.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[7]

Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described Face to Face as a "watershed" release for both the group and Mark Opitz.[1] Ed Nimmervoll of Howlspace website opined that it "delivered a tough blend of punk and metal. The band brought it home on stage behind their theatrical lead singer, jumping and gesturing maniacally, highlighting the drama in the lyrics. In every way they were one of the most exciting bands in the country, and exhaustive touring brought the band a generation of loyal fans."[8] John Floyd of AllMusic rated the international version at three out of five stars and declared, "This roaring Australian combo displays their AC/DC-cum-punk hearts on a powerful US debut."[7]

Track listings[edit]

All tracks written by John Brewster (as John Carrington Brewster-Jones), Rick Brewster (as Richard Brewster-Jones), and Doc Neeson (as Bernard Patrick Neeson)[9][10].

1978 Australian version (Albert Productions APLP-031)
1."Straight Jacket"3:17
2."After the Rain"3:08
3."Love Takes Care"3:40
4."Take a Long Line"2:58
6."Live It Up"3:49
7."Be with You"3:41
9."I Ain't the One"2:29
10."Comin' Down"3:19

All tracks written by John Brewster (as John Carrington Brewster-Jones), Rick Brewster (as Richard Brewster-Jones), and Doc Neeson (as Bernard Patrick Neeson)[9][10].

1980 International version (Epic Records JE 36344 )
1."Take a Long Line"2:58
3."After the Rain"3:08
4."Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again"3:40
5."Shadow Boxer"2:44
6."Comin' Down"3:19
7."Out of the Blue"3:17
8."Can't Shake It"4:49
9."Waiting for the World"3:13
10."No Exit"6:44

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report[2] 18 Aus: 4× platinum[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'The Angels'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  3. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus; Senatore, Tony. "The Angels". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  4. ^ Jeff, Ron. "Australian Music Awards". Rock N' Roll: The First 50 Years. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  5. ^ Peter Ledger webpage accessed 12 August 2008.
  6. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.
  7. ^ a b Floyd, John. "Face to Face – The Angels". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  8. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed. "The Angels". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music. White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd (Ed Nimmervoll). Archived from the original on 29 July 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  9. ^ a b "ACE Repertory – Title 'You're a Lady Now'". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 5 January 2017. Note: user may have to enter the title/performer for other tracks to access further information.
  10. ^ a b "'Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 5 January 2017. Note: For additional work user may have to select 'Search again' and then 'Enter a title:' or 'Performer:'