David Browne
July 23, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Five Guys Walk Into a Bar...

Current Status
In Season
Warner Bros.

We gave it an A-

Sadly, Rod Stewart’s ’70s pub-rock gang is best known nowadays for the remake of ”Ooh La La” in a car commercial. But these four discs of album tracks and rare stage and radio performances make the case that the Faces should be remembered as more than just a defunct band. One of their decade’s warmest, scrappiest, and most joyful acts, they were capable of both folkie intimacy (thanks to the late Ronnie Lane) and pranksterish raunch, and Stewart never sounded so human as he did on forgotten gems like ”Just Another Honky.” A vault-exhumed live take of the thundering ”You’re My Girl (I Don’t Want to Discuss It)” is enough to melt his wobbly standards albums.

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