Check Out Our Turntable Store
Need a new record player? Check out our turntable store for a great selection of turntables, needles, accessories, and more.
Rod Stewart Album
|New from||Used from|
Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, June 20, 2006
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Special Offers and Product Promotions
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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...
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).Read more ›
Maybe Rod's early succes had something to do with his supporting cast. After all, Mick always had Keith to keep him musically focused. Ron Wood could have played that part for Stewart, but that did not come to pass. For whatever reason, Rod opted for superstardom, and oh the difference to us. (For a five-star album, check out "Every Picture Tells a Story").
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Executed shortly after leaving the original Jeff Beck Group, this recording is probably the finest solo work Mr. Stewart has ever made. Read morePublished 1 month ago by @llen w.
My first exposure to Rod Stewart's work was on a double cassette sometime in the mid to late 70's. Read more
Always one of my favorite albums. I'd lost my original CD and could only find it on this site. ThanksPublished 21 months ago by Muse fan
Classic Rod, with full participation of the rest of the Faces.Published 21 months ago by flyingburitto
This was ROD STEWART first solo album after leaving JEFF BECK. His career began with this record, following many others. His voice and style is one of a kind. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by El Cubanito
I purchased the whole MP3 album which I had lost the cd when we moved to our new home in a different state.Published on December 14, 2012 by japetty