In the backwash of the 1969 Beatles breakup, a lot of the UK’s finest played musical chairs. Jeff Beck’s first group, which included Ron Wood and Rod Stewart, splintered about the same time as mod heroes the Small Faces, which included Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones. They joined forces, re-named themselves the Faces , and became a bluesy (and boozy) boisterous wonder. As Five Guys Walk Into a Bar (Rhino) displays over four CDs, there wasn’t much this band couldn’t do. Despite his recent output, Stewart was one of rock’s great front men. Wood filled the Keith Richards role nicely, and while Lane was the group’s soul, McLagan was its affable orbit. The band put out four albums before crumbling under the weight of Stewart’s more successful solo career. What do a bunch of besotted Brits have to do with Texas? Remarkably, two of the Faces became Austinites. Lane, wheelchair-bound and suffering from multiple sclerosis, moved to Houston for medical treatment in 1984, and on to Austin in 1985. There he played with Austin’s finest, and married in 1988. He’d stay in Austin for nearly a decade, before moving to Colorado (he died in 1997). Seduced by Lane’s enthusiasm for the city, McLagan followed a decade ago, rooster haircut intact. He plays with his Bump Band and still lives in Austin, where he painstakingly assembled the box set, an overdue tribute to five guys who rocked with unpretentious abandon.

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