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Never A Dull Moment Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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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.

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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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  • Audio CD (July 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B00000612Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on August 28, 2002
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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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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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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By Larry on August 11, 2001
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It's not his last great album (that was Smiler). It's his greatest. Rod can be the best rock singer of them all with his ability to be the "guy in the song" (like Sinatra did with pop). That changed with his sex symbol identity in the 70's (sorry, Rod). Give a listen to these songs. He was at the top of his form singing from his soul and not his image. "Mama, you've been on my mind" is the pinacle of his sensitivity (his greatest gift) and with the more fun songs like "Twistin' the night away" he made the song a party (his other gift). This collection of performances showed the best that Rod could be and that's pretty darn good.
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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!!
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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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