The Who - Face Dances

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Face Dances
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Studio album by The Who
Released 16 March 1981
Recorded July – December 1980
Studio Odyssey Recording Studios, London
  • Rock
  • new wave
Length 40:57
Label Polydor, Warner Bros.
Producer Bill Szymczyk
The Who chronology
Face Dances
Singles from Face Dances
  1. "You Better You Bet / The Quiet One"
    Released: 21 March 1981
  2. "Don't Let Go the Coat / You"
    Released: 5 May 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars
Robert Christgau B+
MusicHound 1.5/5
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars

  "Face Dances" is the ninth studio album by English rock band The Who. It was released in 1981 on Warner Bros. Records in the United States (it was the band's first release on that label) and on Polydor Records in the United Kingdom. It was one of two Who studio albums with drummer Kenney Jones, who had replaced Keith Moon after his death three years earlier.

Despite middling reviews from Rolling Stone and other critics, Roger Daltrey went on record saying he liked this album in a 1994 interview. Some critics, notably in the Boston Globe in a review in April 1981, said it was the Who's best album since 1973's Quadrophenia.

The album peaked at #4 on the US Billboard album charts and #2 on the UK album charts.

The album cover features paintings of the members by many British painters, who were commissioned by Peter Blake, designer of the cover of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.


Track listing

All songs written by pete Townshend except where noted.

Original LP Release and Sincer Records 1992 CD re-release

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "You Better You Bet"   5:36
2. "Don't Let Go the Coat"   3:44
3. "Cache Cache"   3:57
4. "The Quiet One" (John Entwistle) 3:10
5. "Did You Steal My Money"   4:11
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "How Can You Do It Alone"   5:26
2. "Daily Records"   3:27
3. "You" (John Entwistle) 4:31
4. "Another Tricky Day"   4:55


The Who
  • Roger Daltrey - lead vocals
  • Pete Townshend - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals on "I Like Nightmares", "Somebody Saved Me" and live edit of "How Can You Do It Alone"
  • John Entwistle - bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "The Quiet One"
  • Kenney Jones - drums
Additional musicians
  • John "Rabbit" Bundrick - keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Allen Blazek - engineering
  • Chris Charlesworth - executive producer
  • Bill Curbishley - executive producer
  • Greg Fulginiti - mastering
  • Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC - mastering
  • Bob Ludwig - remastering
  • Jimmy Patterson - assistant engineering
  • Teri Reed - assistant engineering
  • Robert Rosenberg - executive producer
  • Bill Szymczyk - production, engineering
  • Jon Walls - Demos at AIR Studios, engineer


Sales chart performance

Year Chart Position
1981 The Billboard 200 4
1981 UK Chart Albums  
1981 Canada RPM100 Albums 1
Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Another Tricky Day" Billboard Mainstream Rock 6
"Daily Records" Billboard Mainstream Rock 36
"Did You Steal My Money" Billboard Mainstream Rock 38
"Don't Let Go The Coat" The Billboard Hot 100 84
"How Can You Do It Alone" Billboard Mainstream Rock 50
"You Better You Bet" Billboard Mainstream Rock 1
The Billboard Hot 100 18
UK Singles Chart 9
"You" Billboard Mainstream Rock 51

Sales certifications

Organization Level Date
RIAA – US Gold 20 May 1981
Platinum 18 September 1981




The Who - Face Dances

Polydor 2302 106 stereo (1981)

Album manufactured in Malaysia.

Album produced by Bill Szymczyk.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

The albums laminated cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong spine, displaying clear, printed script.

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