- Audio CD (March 31, 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: Mercury
- ASIN: B00000612P
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,752 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Every Picture Tells A Story
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, March 31, 1998
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ROD STEWART - EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY - CD
Once upon a time, Rod Stewart was not vamping indiscriminately about "Hot Legs" and asking "D'ya Think I'm Sexy?" He was a singer with a gravel-voice approximation of Sam Cooke and excellent taste in cover material. Here, he's toned down with folksy covers of Tim Hardin ("Reason to Believe"), Bob Dylan ("Tomorrow is Such a Long Time"), and Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (via Elvis, "That's All Right Mama"). He tops his interpretive abilities with two originals that have since become standards ("Maggie May, " "Every Picture Tells A Story"). Quite a different Rod from the one the world has come to know. --Rob O'Connor
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That voice; none other like it. You always know when it's him and he pretty much always sounded that way. To those who did know him before this album, he was the voice of The Faces, and before that the voice on the harder and bluesy numbers on The Jeff Beck Group's first two albums; on those two a real shouter. And if you have any of the collections that contain some early rarities you know even then, he sounded like Rod Stewart. There have been other ragged voices, but none with the effect of Rod's. How he does it is a mystery. Sinatra would read the lyrics of a song as if they were a play and act them out. Rod Stewart seems to get deep inside the lyrics somehow so they flow through him and come out with a depth and sincerity beyond a mere vocalist's intonation. It's a mystery.
Everything he had done before came miraculously together in this album, the band perfectly together, the material a perfect mix of folk, rock, country and soul and the singer giving his all in every song. It became a monster of a success, reaching number one and becoming one of the year's biggest albums. From the rocking opening of the title song through the delicate breeziness of Mandolin Wind to the intense soulfulness and fully rocking Faces backup of the Temptations' hit (I Know) I'm Losing You, every song is unique and memorable. It was one of those albums whose huge success was matched by its artistry.
It's no surprise that an album like this contained a single that was one of the biggest hits of the decade and even of the whole era, and it's also no surprise that the single had its own rather miraculous story. Maggie May was almost dropped from the album since it had no chorus to hook a listener, had downer lyrics and was long on top of it all. But then someone noted the album would be awfully short without it and there was no time to record new material. Tim Hardin's Reason To Believe was chosen as the single and Maggie May was thrown on the "B"-side. Then the Legend began. The "A"-side got some airplay, then a disc jockey in Cleveland played Maggie May and there was a big response and others followed suit. By Fall it was one of the biggest hits of all time.
Maggie May was one of those hits, like Downtown, like Satisfaction, like Hey Jude, that transcend even the term Monster Hit and become practically a phenomenon of its own. You couldn't go anywhere in the Fall of '71 and not hear Maggie May. Everybody was playing it: AM Top 40 radio, AM Adult-Contemporary radio and FM where the announcer didn't talk through Martin Quitenton's beautiful classical guitar introduction. Every friend seemed to have the album. And it had one other special thing going for it. More than most any other big hit song, Maggie May seemed to go with, accompany and even encapsulate the season of the year when it was a hit. It was luminous. The country fiddles, acoustic guitars, organ, Rod's voice and the exuberant mandolin playing of Ray Jackson all created the perfect Autumn song, a song that went so well with sunny October days, autumn colored leaves and chilly nights that it's never been equaled in this way. The song sounded like a Harvest Festival in full swing, despite the unhappy lyrics.
The album sounds as fresh today as it ever did, and probably always will because it went with a sound that was already old in its way and avoided anything that was new and hip in 1971. True, it so magnified Rod's career and presence that it led to the breakup of The Faces, but that was bound to happen anyway. His long career would have many high points but I don't think he ever topped this.
About the only questions I have concerning this album are : how is this the "classic edition"( how many versions are there of this CD ) ? And, What is meant by Vocal abrasives ? Is that like a fricative on sound patterns ? Enough banter, for an album released in 1971, for any time, this is a great CD. Excellent mix of originals and covers. Whether it is Rod who picks his material, someone else, or just something that worked out from records he has enjoyed, he sure puts his mark on the songs. Some of these were on the tape I had obtained in the late 70's, and so were a good reason to get the CD, and from start to finish its great. Even the credits are worth a read ( I hope that Mandolin player got paid, more to the point, if he or she was eligible for royalties, that is a tricky situation.Long John Baldry is in this album ( another appearance ? ) and earns his pay.
Every track is great, clear and works well, so I will not list them, love em all.
1. "Every Picture Tells a Story" (Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood) - 6:01 ( a favorite of mine)
2. "Seems Like a Long Time" (Theodore Anderson) - 4:02
3. "That's All Right" (Arthur Crudup) - 3:59
4. "Amazing Grace" (Traditional, arranged by Rod Stewart) - 2:03
5. "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" (Bob Dylan) - 3:43 ( an outtake from Dylan's "The Freewillin' Bob Dylan)
6. "O. Henry" (Martin Quittenton) - 0:32
7. "Maggie May" (Rod Stewart, Martin Quittenton) - 5:16 (Who doesn't love this song)
8. "Mandolin Wind" (Rod Stewart) - 5:33 (My favorite on the album, a really great song)
9. "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (Norman Whitfield, Eddie Holland, Cornelius Grant) - 5:23 (Again,another great song)
10. "Reason to Believe" (Tim Hardin) - 4:06
Pressed at RTI on heavyweight vinyl. Most likely the best maker of Vinyl album in the US. Limited number of productions will make this a very good investment down the road.I think this is pressed on 140 gram vinyl as it is part of the new silver series. Can't wait to see what else they give the MFSL treatment.
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