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Never a Dull Moment [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Rod StewartAudio CD
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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 31, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B00000612Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. True Blue
2. Lost Paraguayos
3. Mama You Been On My Mind
4. Italian Girls
5. Angel
6. Interludings
7. You Wear It Well
8. I'd Rather Go Blind
9. Twistin' The Night Away

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Rod's huge 1972 follow-up to Every Picture reached #2 and produced three more hit songs: You Wear It Well; Angel (written by Jimi Hendrix), and Twistin' the Night Away . Nine tracks in all.

The fourth Rod Stewart album to contain his trademark acoustic-electric mix of instruments and bluesy vocals, Never a Dull Moment feels anything but formulaic, kicking off with the aw-shucks modesty of "True Blue" and rollicking on through the enduring original "You Wear It Well." Some of the best tunes here are covers--Bob Dylan's searching "Mama You Been on My Mind," a soulful reading of Sam Cooke's "Twistin' the Night Away," and a scorching take on Etta James's "I'd Rather Go Blind"--but, as always, Stewart manages to make them sound of a piece with his own compositions. Unlike the promises proffered by some album titles, Never a Dull Moment (ironic though it was, given the cover painting of a terminally bored Stewart) proved to be dead-on. --Daniel Durchholz

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my personal favorite August 28, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Many people under the age of 45 are unaware that until the mid-70's, Rod Stewart was taken quite seriously. He rather lost his way after that (as did most everyone else), but his first four albums were remarkably original and enduring syntheses of folk, rock, soul and R&B. "Every Picture" and "Never A Dull Moment" stand as his peak achievements. Because "Every Picture" was such a watershed, "Never" tends to get overlooked, but it offers similar rewards and is my personal favorite. Stewart's sublime cover of "I'd Rather Go Blind" alone is worth the price of admission. If you're a Rod Stewart fan, you shouldn't miss it. Enjoy.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Albums of 1972: No. 4 June 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
On NEVER A DULL MOMENT, Rod Stewart did not stray from the formula of the hugely successful EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY. This is another stunning collection of Faces-style rockers, British folk and soul.

The album kicks off with the raucous "True Blue," which is the only track to feature all of his his Faces' mates. The other two Stewart/Ron Wood-penned songs are the folk rock of "Lost Paraguayos" and the rocker "Italian Girls." The final original is "You Wear It Well," co-written with guitarist Martin Quittenton, his collaborator on "Maggie May." While "You Wear It Well" topped the U.K. charts, it only reached No. 13 in the U.S. The other single (No. 40) was a touching rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Angel." Other covers include Dylan's "Mama, You Been on My Mind," "I'd Rather Go Blind" and Sam Cooke's "Twistin' the Night Away."

While Stewart would go on to bigger commercial success and superstar status in the late-Seventies, EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY and NEVER A DULL MOMENT are the twin pillars of his career. If you ever wondered why the critics were so unmerciful when he recorded songs like "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" it's because they remembered what an amazing singer/songwriter/interpreter he could be. ESSENTIAL
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ****1/2. A(nother) forgotten classic September 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Before entering the realm of spiky, bottle-blonde hair and pink jumpsuits, Rod Stewart turned out a handful of magnificent folk-rock records, beginning with "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down" (titled "The Rod Stewart Album" in the US), and ending with 1972's "Never A Dull Moment".

"Never A Dull Moment" is essentially a reprise of "Every Picture Tells A Story" with its eclectic mix of rock, folk, blues and country. It may contain fewer recognized classics, but song for song it is almost as sublime as its predecessor.
It is Stewart's hardest-rocking album up to that point, opening with the tough electric "True Blue", and featuring the Stonesy "Italian Girls", a swaggering, bluesy take on Hendrix's "Angel", and the "Maggie May"-follow-up "You Wear It Well". But Rod Stewart is equally magnificent on the driving, acoustic folk-rock of "Lost Paraguayos" and a superb, soulful cover of Dylan's "Mama You Been On My Mind".
"I'd Rather Go Blind" is a masterful interpretation of the Etta James-tune, and the album finally winds down with a great, swinging cover of one of Sam Cooke's best songs, "Twisting The Night Away".

The originals and the covers are equally effective, making "Never A Dull Moment" a masterful record with plenty of highlights and precious few let-downs.
4 1/2 stars. Rod Stewart never got quite this good ever again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars make a solo album,call your mates April 15, 2006
By Mini T
Format:Audio CD
How do you make a solo album? Call your band mates. How do you follow up a serious classic album? Make a fun classic album! Step 1: call the Faces, Step 2: Add some awesome studio musicians, Step 3: Rock'n'Roll. One of the most underrated,unabated albums ever recorded, it never disappoints from song 1 to song end. True Blue kicks off the album in a raw and rythmic jam followed by one of the greatest exiles of FM radio the loose rockin' "Lost Paraguayos" where all guitars,vocals,horns,bass & sloppy drums SHINE! Next The Faces make Dylan their own with "Mama You Been on My Mind" and then roar through the infectious riff rock of Italian Girls". A simplified soulful garage rock version of Hendrix's "Angel" keeps the good times rolling. The classic " You Wear it Well" starts the second half of the album which concludes with 2 smokin' remakes: Etta James would be proud of the boy's take on her classic "I'd Rather Go Blind" and next is a get up and party version of Sam Cooke's "Twistin' the Night Away". WARNING this album makes you want to play it over and over again!!!
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50 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Review for the Audio Fidelity release AFZ 058 November 23, 2009
Format:Audio CD
UPDATE: I used to agree with two stars, but now one. The artwork, while an attempt to recreate the LP, is stretched. So glad I jumped off the AF train!!

I actually think the packaging is pretty cool as it recreates the style of the original LP. However, I rip all of my CDs to FLAC, so I don't need to take the disc out every time I want to hear the music. The packaging almost made me think AF was kicking it up a notch and starting to release some high quality products. That was prior to discovering the clipped peaks on this disc.

I was a member on Steve Hoffman's forum (under the name Dream Operator) and I noticed posts from people wondering if this release sounded better than the Dennis Drake master. I decided to put up some samples from this version so people could get an idea of the sound. I opened the first track (True Blue) in a sound editing program and created a 30 second sample. Then I opened the second track (Lost Paraguayos) to make a sample of that. It was then that I noticed the end of the song had consistently leveled peaks. I zoomed in and found the peaks are actually clipped (flat-topped). Other songs on the album have clipped peaks as well, but Lost Paraguayos was the worst offender.

I sent Steve Hoffman a private message about this (after issues with other discs, he asked me to contact him about AF issues in the future)and he told me they don't have peak limiters at RTI. He said he would have his copy in a week.

I then emailed Marshall Blonstein (President of Audio Fidelity), but I did not receive a reply. After a few days, I posted on Steve Hoffman's forum about the clipped peaks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Rod at his Faces best....
Published 3 days ago by flyingburitto
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good item, fast shipping!!!!!!
Published 24 days ago by Antoine Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE!
This was the first Rod Stewart album I ever bought so I had to replace it with the cd! His version of Jimi Hendrix's Angel is the greatest treat in the world but, all in all, this... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Beth Rainbow-Moonchild
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a Dull Moment
Not to be confused with the Walt Disney film starring Dick Van Dyke. I got this for a friend of mine who does not have a computer.
Published 9 months ago by Jeff Colson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rod is Rockin
Great songwriting, tunes and a pleasure to listen to. This brings me back to a time before he became a pop star and there was real substance to his work.
Published 10 months ago by spiervregistered dietitian
2.0 out of 5 stars Packaging!
My copy of this album was intact as far as the quality of the recording. But, the jewel case was BADLY cracked and I have had to try to repair it with tape. NOT satisfactory!!!
Published 14 months ago by grizman
4.0 out of 5 stars If Only This Title Were True For Rod's Career
If his previous recording, Every Picture Tells a Story, is a 5 Star effort, then this gem ranks 4.5-4.75 Stars. Taken as the last chapter of a whole (i.e. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Axis, Bold As Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing it again Rod!
Buy it for 'Italian Girls' alone.

'...she was tall, thin and tarty and drove a Maserati...'
'... I must have looked a creep in my army surplus jeep... Read more
Published 16 months ago by GB
5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Fine Wine
This is "Every Picture .... " part II -maybe that album should have been a double? Raw & Garage sounding at its dirty best (all the talk of "sound quality" not withstanding), this... Read more
Published 17 months ago by L. Tucker
3.0 out of 5 stars Replacement
I purchased the whole MP3 album which I had lost the cd when we moved to our new home in a different state.
Published 22 months ago by James A Pettyjohn
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