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Written in 1969 and featured on his debut album McCartney just one year later, Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” is the love letter to end all love letters, a gracious thank you to wife Linda for helping him find his way through the dissolution of The Beatles. It’s been reinterpreted and reimagined in a million and one ways throughout the years, but our favorite cover comes from British rock legends Faces, who covered the song in the early seventies and worked it into their setlists between 1970 and 1973.
Where McCartney’s original is as soulful and big as the love he carried for his wife, Faces’ interpretation added an earthiness to “Maybe I’m Amazed” that wasn’t present before – the gritty soul of a then 27-year-old Rod Stewart’s voice contrasting beautifully with the honey smooth bassist and co-lead vocalist Ronnie Lane, bandmates Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones bringing a special kind of heaviness to the table that turns “Maybe I’m Amazed” into something brilliant, wonderful, and uniquely their own.
Fun Fact: Although the original recording of “Maybe I’m Amazed” has never been released as a single, a live performance by McCartney’s later band Wings, from the live album Wings over America, was.
It’s not everyday that a band can serve up a cover that competes on an even playing field with its well-renowned masterpiece of an original without taking anything away from it or its success, but that’s exactly what Faces did and more than 40 years later, theirs remains a stellar example as to how covers should be approached: truthfully, fearlessly, and respectfully.