Various Artists: One For The Road: Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert

Star-studded tribute to late, great (Small) Faces hero.

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Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall on April 8 2004, seven years after Lane’s death, and clocking in at three-and-a-half hours, this well-intentioned tribute favours quantity over quality. Opening turns – East End Small Faces tribute act Small World, Mollie ‘daughter of Steve’ Marriott and Steve Diggle – offer a surfeit of enthusiasm but little finesse.

The quality lifts with the arrival of Ocean Colour Scene, quickly followed by Lane’s rustic associates Slim Chance, who ably shift into knockabout form for Pistol Glen Matlock taking the vocal lead and The Clash’s Mick Jones doing his best guitar posing on a touching version of The Faces’ Debris and suitably raucous You’re So Rude.

Pete Townshend’s rough-edged acoustic slot is a low-key oddity, hardly essential, so, almost inevitably, its left to Modfather Weller to hit the high spot, teaming with Slim Chance for The Poacher and Ronnie Wood for a singalong Ooh La La. Thereafter it’s a slog through to a finale featuring the ungainly Chris Farlowe lumbering through All Or Nothing. Likely to appeal to diehards only, and liberal use of the fast-forward button is advised.

Gavin Martin

Late NME, Daily Mirror and Classic Rock writer Gavin Martin started writing about music in 1977 when he published his hand-written fanzine Alternative Ulster in Belfast. He moved to London in 1980 to become the NME’s Media Editor and features writer, where he interviewed the Sex Pistols, Joe Strummer, Pete Townshend, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Ian Dury, Killing Joke, Neil Young, REM, Sting, Marvin Gaye, Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone, James Brown, Willie Nelson, Willie Dixon, Madonna and a host of others. He was also published in The Times, Guardian, Independent, Loaded, GQ and Uncut, he had pieces on Michael Jackson, Van Morrison and Frank Sinatra featured in The Faber Book Of Pop and Rock ’N’ Roll Is Here To Stay, and was the Daily Mirror’s regular music critic from 2001. He died in 2022.