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Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance - Ooh La La: An Island Havest

  by Nick Dent-Robinson

published: 29 / 5 / 2014

Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance - Ooh La La: An Island Havest
Label: Island Records
Format: CD


First-rate double CD compilation from the Small Faces and the Faces' Ronnie Lane's often overlooked solo career

It is sometimes forgotten that one of the best-loved bands of the Sixties were the Small Faces - and the Faces were amongst the really outstanding live acts of the Seventies. At the heart of both was Ronnie Lane as song-writer and bass player. Ronnie Lane's key role was, however sometimes rather overlooked, even at the time - perhaps not surprisingly when he was on stage with front men with the talent (and egos) of Steve Marriott and Rod Stewart. When Lane opted to walk away to showcase his own songs with Slim Chance, the Faces never fully recovered from his departure and the loss of a master songsmith who had brought a uniquely sensitive folk-country, almost rustic dimension, making the band far more than just another booz and drug-fuelled, over-sexed rock outfit. This new compilation album 'Ooh La La: An Island Harvest' brings alive the magic of Ronnie Lane's early solo career, with great songs played by a free spirit, lovingly laced with mandolins, violins, squeeze boxes and guitars and with band members including Gallagher & Lyle. The favourite singles are all here – like 'The Poacher', 'How Come' and 'Don't Try and Change My Mind' along with live performances of Faces classics 'Debris' as well as 'Flags and Banners'. This two-CD set is a reminder of what a great song-writer Ronnie Lane was and its release is timely, too, marking the 40th anniversary of 'The Passing Show' tour.

Track Listing:-
1 Ooh La La (Alternative Studi
2 Don't Try & Change My Mind
3 One for the Road
4 Buddy Can You Spare Me a
5 Steppin' and Reelin'
6 Harvest Home
7 32nd Street
8 Give Me a Penny
9 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (A
10 You Never Can Tell (Take 1)
11 Back Street Boy (Jam version
12 Snake
13 Burnin' Summer
14 Anniversary
15 Country Boy (Alternate Take)
16 What Went Down (That Nigh
17 Tin and Tambourine
18 Little Piece of Nothing
19 The Poacher (Take 2)
20 Street Gang
21 Nobody's Listenin'
22 Stone
23 G'morning
24 Bottle of Brandy
25 Single Saddle
26 Lovely (Single Version)
27 Ain't No Lady
28 Blue Monday
29 Anniversary (Alternate Mix)
30 Last Orders (BBC In Concert
31 Done This One Before (BBC I
32 Flags and Banners (BBC In Co
33 Tell Everyone (BBC In Concer
34 How Come (BBC In Concert 2
35 I Believe In You (BBC In Conc
36 Debris (BBC In Concert 23 A
37 Ooh La la (BBC In Concert 23

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