Snakes and Ladders / The Best of Faces
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|Snakes and Ladders / The Best of Faces|
|Compilation album by Faces|
|Genre||Rock and roll, boogie rock|
Snakes and Ladders / The Best of Faces was an October 1976 best-of album (the 7th album and 2nd compilation album) by British rock group Faces, an attempt to collect all of the popular songs from the group that had disbanded the previous year. Featuring photography by Tom Wright and cover art by guitarist Ronnie Wood, it was superseded by the compilation Good Boys... When They're Asleep in 1999. This compilation is unique in that "Pineapple And The Monkey" did not appear on either Good Boys or the four disc box set, Five Guys Walk Into A Bar....
The selections are biased in favour of Rod Stewart's lead vocals, with only one track featuring Wood on vocals, and none featuring Ronnie Lane, the group's secondary vocalist, who sang on several tracks on each of the group's four studio albums. Lane's songwriting is also under-represented, and Lane is nowhere pictured in the many snapshots featured on the cover. Strangely, Jesse Ed Davis, who was hired on for the group's final tour in fall 1975, does appear in some of the snapshots, despite not playing on any of the tracks recorded by the group.
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- "Pool Hall Richard" (Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood)
- "Cindy Incidentally" (Ian McLagan, Stewart, Wood)
- "Ooh La La" (Ronnie Lane, Wood)
- "Sweet Lady Mary" (Lane, Stewart, Wood)
- "Flying" (Lane, Stewart, Wood)
- "Pineapple and the Monkey" (Wood)
- "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog For a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away the Ironing Board, or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)" (Kenney Jones, McLagan, Stewart, Wood, Tetsu Yamauchi)
- "Had Me a Real Good Time" [45 single edit] (Lane, Stewart, Wood)
- "Stay with Me" (Stewart, Wood)
- "Miss Judy's Farm" (Stewart, Wood)
- "Silicone Grown" (Stewart, Wood)
- "Around the Plynth" (Stewart, Wood)
- Kenney Jones - drums, percussion
- Ronnie Lane - bass, guitar, percussion, backing vocals (except tracks 1, 7)
- Ian McLagan - piano, organ
- Rod Stewart - vocals
- Ronnie Wood - guitar, harmonica, backing vocals, lead vocals (track 3), bass (track 1)
- Tetsu Yamauchi - bass (track 1, 7)
- Harry Beckett and Bobby Keyes - horns (track 8)
- Tracks 5, 6 and 12 from First Step (1970), and produced by the Faces.
- Track 4 from Long Player (1971), and produced by the Faces.
- Tracks 9 and 10 from A Nod Is as Good as a Wink... to a Blind Horse (1971), and produced by the Faces with Glyn Johns.
- Tracks 2, 3 and 11 from Ooh La La (1973), and produced by Glyn Johns.
- Track 1 from the 1973 single, and produced by the Faces.
- Track 7 from the 1975 single, and produced by the Faces.
- Track 8 from the 1971 single, and produced by the Faces (an unedited version appears on Long Player).