To me, Ronnie Lane was the heart & soul of the Small Faces & Faces. And if you ever found yourself drawn to the evocative, pastoral-esque ballads on the Faces records, then you owe it to yourself to give this debut from Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance a listen. The other day, after watching a film, I left Netflix on autoplay and it picked an awful-looking romantic comedy staring Jimmy O. Yang which I proceeded to tune out while washing dishes or something, until I heard a song off this album. I think it was a cover version and not actually Ronnie Lane. I could find by skipping to the credits but life is short, you know.
I waited an awful long time to see this album reissued. It finally happened, albeit only in the UK — much like the original run of Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance, I guess the label suits don’t think it has much appeal outside of Britain? Which is weird for a few reasons, such as a) it’s not as if Ronnie Lane is an obscure figure to music fans, and b) these albums draw deeply from Americana (as well as English Music Hall and some blue-eyed soul). There was a 1975 album credited to Lane and titled ‘Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance’ that has a similar vibe, but it is a different band. (It did reuse the tracks ‘The Poacher’ and “Chicken Wired” from this album, though). In this iteration, Lane had help from the folk-rock duo Gallagher & Lyle, among others.
Backing Vocals – The Tanners Of Montgomery
Bass – Steve Bingham
Bass, Guitar, Accordion [Squeeze Box] – Benny Gallagher
Engineer – Andy Knight
Fiddle – Ken Slaven
Guitar – Kevin Westlake
Keyboards – Billy Livsey
Lacquer Cut By – Melvyn Abrahams
Percussion, Co-producer – Bruce Rowland
Producer – Glyn Johns
Saxophone – Jimmy Jewell
Slide Guitar [Bottleneck Guitar], Twelve-String Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo – Graham Lyle
Vocals, Guitar, Producer – Ronnie Lane
Pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Includes poster and download codes.
Made in Germany on back of sleeve & on labels.
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