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Foot Loose & Fancy Free [Original recording remastered]

Rod StewartAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Grammy Award®-winning, two-time Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Rod Stewart proudly releases his first Christmas album of his career, MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY. Award-winning producer and songwriter David Foster serves as producer and arranger of the album.

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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B00004Y6O2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hot Legs
2. You're Insane
3. You're In My Heart
4. Born Loose
5. You Keep Me Hangin' On
6. (If Lovin' You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right
7. You Got A Nerve
8. I Was Only Joking

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Out-of-print in the US. 2000 remasterd pressing. Kicking off with the swagger and machismo of one of the quintessential 70's anthems, "Hot Legs", FOOT LOOSE AND FANCY FREE is a blistering joyride, a swaggering period piece that, like all of Rod's best work, immerses itself in the prevalent style of the time-- by 1977, funk-tinged rock was all the rage, and FOOT LOOSE is a carnival of wah-wah guitars ("You're Insane"), epic arrangements ("You Just Keep Me Hanging On"), and unabashed earnestness (the nostalgic and confessional "I Was Only Joking".) FOOT LOOSE's greatest contribution to the Stewart canon has to be "You're In My Heart", a timely, sensitive classic that stirs in just enough breathy whimsy to its strangely down-home feel (bluegrass violins and U.K. football references not being one of your more common pairings in pop music) to create yet another milestone in Stewart's varied and timeless career. Warner.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 20, 2008
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Rod Stewart's "Foot Loose and Fancy Free" has so much variety, a newcomer would be excused for thinking it's a greatest hits package. There are two big radio hits here, but the rest of the CD consists of solid songs that are usually overlooked by classic rock archivists. There's 'Hot Legs' (which was a concert highlight and which features some great Keith Richards-like guitar riffing)followed by the funky 'You're Insane' (easily as good as any of the disco rock the Stones served up in the late 1970s). There's also the great ballad "You're in My Heart" and good but unlikely covers of both "If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want to Be Right" and "You Keep Me Hanging On." Of course, "I Was Only Joking" is one of the finest things Rod recorded in the late 1970s. The sheer variety of material, along with the high caliber of musicianship among Rod's sessionmen, make this a very entertaining CD that holds up to repeated listenings.

Rod Stewart is usually overlooked by critics and rock-and-roll historians because he was an extremely successful and commercial force in mainstream rock music in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Almost anything he recorded before 1990 is ripe for rediscovery and reappraisal, and this CD is an excellent place to start your Rod Stewart collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rod Stewart's Footloose and Fancy Free December 13, 2004
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You think John Mayer is groundbreaking? You think Sarah MacClachan can rend your heart strings?You think Evanessence' lyrics are haunting? It is difficult to imagine now, but there once was a time when Rod Stewart made soulful, daring, cutting edge music with a heart and passion that are timeless. I love "The Crossing" and "Every Picture tells A Story" but this album is right up there. What other artist uses a mandolin for crying out loud and gets away with it? I love "I Was Only Joking", I adore "Heart and Soul" but my all time favorite Stewart gem is "You Got A Nerve" a song that gets into your blood and lingers there forever. Are you a Stewart fan- buy this album! Or are you a person who's wondered why the fuss over Stewart? Buy this album and see WHY he is the legend that he is. A voice that caresses the emotions like this one comes along once in a generation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rod's best for Warner Bros. Records! October 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I fell in love with this record the first time I heard it. This cd has many hits, but I enjoy the other tracks just as much. His rendition of (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to be Right is a classic. This is a must have for any Rod Stewart fan!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rod's best solo album since Never a Dull Moment December 6, 2008
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Rod Stewart released his eighth solo album entitled Foot Loose and Fancy Free in November of 1977.
The album came hot off the heels of his huge blockbuster, 1976's A Night on the Town. When Rod toured for A Night On the Town, Rod put himself together a dynamic new band for the album which consisted of Jim Cregan and Gary Grainger (all of whom would be in Rod's band for next decade) and Billy Peek, bass player Phil Chen, keyboard player John Jarris and legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice. Rod was so impressed with his new solo band that he and his band plus legendary producer Tom Dowd (Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers), engineer Andy Johns (work with The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and others) plus help from guitarists Steve Cropper and Fred Tackett and keyboard players Nicky Hopkins and David Foster went in the studio to record what was Rod's best solo album since Never a Dull Moment.
The album begins with the classic rocker "Hot Legs" (which was released as a single and was a huge hit) and is still a great rocker today. Next is another stellar rocker "You're Insane" which just plain old rocks out. We slow down for the hit ballad "You're In My Heart" which was an ode to Rod's love of English football (soccer to us Americans) and a great ballad and a huge US hit. Then we end the first side with another rocker out of "Born Loose" which has the legendary John Mayall on some scorching harmonica and sounds like an outtake from Rod's old band The Faces.
Side two starts with Rod's take on The Supremes' hit "You Keep Me Hanging On" which was done in the arrangement that Rod's drummer Carmine Appice did it a decade earlier when Carmine was in his band Vanilla Fudge and a great rocking version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Another Guy In LA? September 8, 2010
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Dayglow glare on Stewarts face staring back at you from this album cover says it all; since his cross continental journey began three years earlier Rod Stewart had gradually become part of of the 70's LA rock sound which,for all reasons was rather being despised at the time since other musics such as punk and disco were creating much more of a stir in the music world. None of this seemed to effect Rod Stewart much. His previous recording A Night On The Town is justly regarded as one of the best overall offerings of his musical career and all of his Warner Brothers recordings in the 70's found him doing something he'd begun to leave behind during his final Mercury years: looking for new ways to express himself musically and keeping things fresh overall creatively. In this case we're dealing with one of the most lyrically and musically eclectic releases Rod Stewart ever did on the label. With musicians such as Steve Cropper,Carmine Appice and David Foster onboard this album is important because it emphasizes more Stewart orginals as opposed to exercising his talents as an interpretive vocalist. The rockers "Hot Legs",one of the best known hits from this album and "Born Loose" are quite different in flavor than Stewarts manic,fast paced rock numbers of yore. These songs have slower tempos and a sassy,happily decadent atmosphere that showcases how similar a path Stewart was taking with the Rolling Stones in terms of rock n roll at this particular time. "Your Insane" again takes an influence from the Stones but on a different level as the song presents a rocking,powerful funk groove to it that is definately in the league of "Hot Stuff" from Black and Blue. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rod kicks!
The last great Rod Stewart album, with an exceptional cover of "If Loving You Is Wrong" and the warm original, "I Was Only Joking."
Published 4 months ago by Lonas Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars The rock tunes kick it and the slow songs are familiar!
To those critics who claim Rod can not rock, they are very wrong. This album has the typical soft rock covers of the classics but when it rocks it rocks. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mirthandir
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
One of my favorite CDs of all time!!! I have it in vinyl but haven't played it for years with no turntable..wonderful to hear again!!
Published 9 months ago by Pamela Drake
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
Have it on vinyl, got it for Christmas way back when.I think I was 13 at the time. Great then and even better now
Published 10 months ago by John McIlhone
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my fave albums growing up
I played this vinyl until I wore the grooves so deep the needle arm ground on the record. Then I had to start singing the songs. I loved this album. Still do. Read more
Published 13 months ago by steve brown
5.0 out of 5 stars kerr
had the original album when it was released played it to death brought back all the memories when listening to it on cd forgot how good it was
Published 14 months ago by jenny kerr
3.0 out of 5 stars Why Won't Warner/Rhino Issue The Deluxe Edition?
Warner/Rhino began a reissue campaign a few years ago of Rod's Warner catalog, starting with Atlantic Crossing and A Night On The Town. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rod Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Still awesome after all these years.....
I have owned this album for years, but just started listening to it again... I loved this in my teens, but it's just as awesome today. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Julius
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not joking, this IS Rod's best album ever!!
I can't tell you how often I've got laid while this (8 track tape at the time) played in my car. This is Rod Stewart's most cherished album ever. Read more
Published on September 19, 2009 by Rykre
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favorite after all these years...
There's not a song on this album that doesn't have heart - some of his best rock and his best ballads, in my opinion. Read more
Published on June 6, 2008 by SemiMental Fool
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