On June 12th, the Who will release an expanded 40th anniversary edition of their 1981 Face Dances collection for Record Store Day. “LP 1” is the original album with its nine tracks. “LP 2,” entitled “Face Dances Part 3” — with a nod to the 1982 Pete Townshend solo hit “Face Dances, Part 2” — has another nine tracks. The album was remastered and cut at half speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road.
The second disc features alternate versions of Face Dances tracks and outtakes, along with four of the album’s songs performed on March 28th, 1981 live in Essen, Germany.
According to TheWho.com: “The album cover features the original Peter Blake design front and back. LP 1 is on blue heavyweight vinyl with colored labels and LP 2 is on yellow heavyweight vinyl with colored labels. In addition, there are four 12-by-12 fine art prints included in the package with four portraits on each print.”
The Who’s expanded ‘Face Dances‘ Record Store Day set features:
The Original Album
“You Better You Bet”
“Don’t Let Go The Coat”
“The Quiet One”
“Did You Steal My Money”
“How Can You Do It Alone”
“Another Tricky Day”
Face Dances – Part 3
“I Like Nightmares”
“It’s In You”
“Somebody Saved Me”
“Dance It Away” (previously unreleased)
“Don’t Let Go The Coat” (previously unreleased) with Pete Townshend on lead vocals
Side Four – All tracks live at Grugahalle, Essen, 28 March 1981 and broadcast live for Rockpalast:
“Don’t Let Go The Coat” (previously unreleased)
“You Better You Bet” (previously unreleased)
“The Quiet One” (previously unreleased)
“Another Tricky Day” (previously unreleased)
- The Who released Face Dances on March 16th, 1981, marking the group’s first studio album since the 1978 death of drummer Keith Moon and first of two with Kenney Jones behind the kit.
- The album peaked at Number Four on the Billboard 200 — spending eight weeks in the Top 10. The album’s lead single, “You Better You Bet,” hit Number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the magazine’s Mainstream Rock list.
- “You Better You Bet” was the fourth video played on MTV the day the network was launched on August 1st, 1981. In Britain, Face Dances peaked at Number Two.
- The album is best remembered for the success of “You Better You Bet” and the two other tracks — “Don’t Let Go The Coat” and “Another Tricky Day” — which became MTV mainstays that earned the band a whole new generation of fans.
CHECK IT OUT: The Who’s 1981 Face Dances track “Cache Cache”: