It’s hard to believe, but it has been four decades since the release of The Angels sophomore album Face to Face. The seminal release firmly put the band on the map – both in Australia and internationally – spawning tracks that still hold an iconic place in Aussie music history such as Take A Long Line, Marseilles, After The Rain and Be With You, to name a few. The multi-platinum release was described as a ‘watershed’ for the band and changed the way Australian bands toured.
Take A Long Line is one of The Angels most loved songs. It was a smash for the Face to Face album, peaking in the national single charts at #26 and remaining there for a massive 29 weeks. The album itself remained in the charts for a year-and-a-half – an impressive achievement for a band on their second release, and one who, unbeknown to them at the time, would create the musical soundtrack of a generation.
“It was 1978, our Face The Face album was released and could be heard in backyards all over the country,” says Rick Brewster. “The era of ‘pub rock’ had begun. Bands like Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil, Divinyls, Flowers, Rose Tattoo, Mi-Sex, we were all playing venues around the country filled to overflowing, seven nights a week – punters hanging from the rafters, queues around the block. Take A Long Line was roaring up the charts, and Face To Face was up to triple platinum sales. We never even stopped to think about it. Only years later did we reflect on what an incredible, never-to-be-repeated, slice of rock history we were caught up in.”
There was something about The Angels music that stood them apart. The songwriting partnership of Brewster/Neeson/Brewster, creating great rock songs – timeless in both lyrics and melody – written for the band and for the live audiences. This true grit, something that inherently appealed to the Australian market, created a legend that has stayed with the band until today. Laying down the tracks for the Face The Face album in the famed Alberts’ studios, was the start of something fresh. “The music stood out as something new, raw and brooding with provocative lyrics,” says Rick. “The album totally complemented the live shows we were presenting.”
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