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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: 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Umvd Special Markets
  • ASIN: B00000612N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Freshly split from the hard-edged Jeff Beck Group and about to join the anarchic Faces, Rod Stewart rocked out on his solo debut, but did so largely with the backing of acoustic instruments, reinventing songs like the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" and Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town" with an appealing mix of rootsy, bluesy slide guitars and his own gravelly vocals. Backed with French horn and flutes, Mike D'Abo's "Handbags and Gladrags" has a gorgeous chamber-pop feel, and Stewart contributes five original tunes, including "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down" (the title track of the album's original English edition). Clocking in at only 33 minutes, The Rod Stewart Album is brief, but it's a brilliant kick-off to the singer's long and storied solo career. --Daniel Durchholz

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The sound is very good, and the musicianship is never less than excellent.
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A nice mix of ballads and rockers, worth buying for "Blind Prayer" (I love that song) and "Street Fighting Man" alone.
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THE ROD STEWART ALBUM is an exceptional debut from the English/Scottish rock singer/songwriter/interpreter.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on September 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Rod Stewart's first solo album, and the first in a tour-de-force of four sublime records, was retitled "The Rod Stewart Album" in the US, apparently because Stewart's American distributors felt that the original title ("An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down") was too quirky and "British".

Opening with an acoustic rendition of the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man", "The Rod Stewart Album" presented a raw combination of primarily acoustic folk, rock, blues and country which rocked harder than any other folk-rock or country-rock, and Stewart would continue in the same vein for another three albums. Three albums which, along with this one, remain the best in his career: "Gasoline Alley", "Every Picture Tells A Story", and "Never A Dull Moment".

The sound is very good, and the musicianship is never less than excellent. Michael Waller pounds the drums. Ron Wood plays bass and guitar (including some excellent slide work) alongside guitarists Martin Pugh and longtime Stewart-ally Martin Quittenton. And another Faces member, the great Ian MacLagan, lends a hand (or two), adding his sublime piano playing to several songs.

It's hard to point out any particular highlights, because almost everything is great. With this album, Rod Stewart established that rock can sound as rich and timeless as folk, and that folk music can be just as vigorous as rock. And he did this not only as an interpreter, breathing new life into the traditional "Man Of Constant Sorrow", Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town", and Mike D'Abo's "Handbags And Gladrags", but also as a songwriter, penning the tough rockers "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down" and "Cindy's Lament".

Did you see (or hear) Rod Stewart's "unplugged" session? If you did, and if you liked it, pick up this album right away.
4 ½ stars - highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Edward A. Lorah on March 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Twenty-five years ago, before he squandered his talent and reputation, Rod Stewart had an extraordinary gift for songwriting and for selecting other songwriters' material that showcased his vocal abilities. The songs on this album are some of the best he ever produced-powerful, sensitive, and nuanced. He also knew how to pick a band-the rhythm section of Ron Wood and Mick Waller (from the first Jeff Beck album) provided the incredibly tight but slightly boozy-feeling rhythm section that would carry the next several albums. This album rates four stars-there are very few five star albums-but you might also check out Gasoline Alley, Stewart's masterpiece and arguably a five star record.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PATHERSON on August 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing solo debut by Rod Stewart, released in 1969 in England as "AN OLD RAINCOAT WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN" (in the US, it received the title "The Rod Stewart Album" - go figure why...).
The band here is tight and focused, Rod sings like never, it blends some very good originals by Rod with some covers. The singing here is full of passion a spontainety, something Rod would come to lose along the way...
Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colin Spence on November 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Once upon a time in Merrie Englande, there was an ordinary young bloke who did what most ordinary young blokes do - raved about popular music, went to football matches, tried it on with the birds and, together with his best mates, had a few scoops and got wrecked most Saturday nights. Then lo!, he became a rock superstar - joined the jet-set, fled from the clutches of the taxman, dated an assortment of actresses/models, went a bit camp and started wearing Spandex tights (an ordinary bloke no more). Alas and alack, the fairy tale finally ended and, to make matters worse, with his attempts to re-invent himself, he succeeded only in becoming a caricature of himself (a phrase borrowed from another reviewer because it is so very apt). He now seems content to release endless albums of popular American music dredged up from the 30s and 40s. I can almost see him now - sitting in his rocking (no pun intended) chair, with his pipe and slippers.

Yes, Rod Stewart was an ordinary bloke, except for one thing - he had an extraordinary voice; and on this album, you can hear that voice, with its velvety rasp (a slight contradiction in terms, I know) and its unmitigated raw energy and soul. When I first bought it, it was called 'An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down', but for reasons best known to themselves, his record company execs decided to rename it (in an obvious fit of brain-storming originality) 'The Rod Stewart Album'. The music is a combination of folk, blues, soul and rock - semi-acoustic in parts, but beefed up with some gutsy playing from his band.

There's no filler on this album, not only did Rod have an ear for a good song, but he was a pretty decent songwriter himself (5 of the songs are written by him).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Footpath Cowboy VINE VOICE on August 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
THE ROD STEWART ALBUM is an exceptional debut from the English/Scottish rock singer/songwriter/interpreter. The songs here and on the next three albums feature lyrics about misfits, survivors, and downtrodden individuals that only cut deeper as the years go by. "Handbags And Gladrags" features Stewart as a grandfather concerned about his granddaughter's behavior, but also expresses how I've felt when I saw that friends of mine have exhibited self-destructive tendencies, while "I Wouldn't Ever Change A Thing" could just as well be me saying that I've done what I felt was necessary to keep myself in good physical condition, even if it meant refusing to go back to my old school for food-related functions and thus alienating myself from some of my old friends. There are numerous other treasures here, and I heartily recommend that you get this album, the next three, and/or THE MERCURY ANTHOLOGY.
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