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Gasoline Alley

Rod Stewart

1970

Gasoline Alley
Album Summary

Gasoline Alley is the second solo studio album by the British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart. It was released on 12 June 1970. Originally released in the UK by Vertigo Records, it was re-mastered and re-issued in 2008 by Russian reissue label, Lilith Records Ltd. It is a collection of covers combined with Stewart's own compositions. Like many of Stewart's solo albums from the period, it featured significant musical contributions from the other members of his band Faces.

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2.95

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Mon Oct 19 2020
3

I don't know, man. Rod Stewart. He's just... Rod Stewart. He's nothing special and he's never been something special. He's just a dude with a scratchy voice who can play piano but is only so-so when it comes to songwriting. This debut album... it's 110% a product of the time and hasn't aged well. I find it inoffensive with nothing realy exciting to recommend it. A little on the boring side, honestly. Just really middle-of-the-road background rock.

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Thu Mar 07 2024
1

“Rod Stewart’s success and popularity is the greatest mystery of our time.” - Grover Cleveland

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Sun May 22 2022
2

Stewart’s voice is a great rock voice, for about half a song, then it starts to grate.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

Rod Stewart, the man of many genres, had humble beginnings as a roots rock guy with a tinge of soul. It's not very good. It's like, he's definitely performing rock music, but it has no oomf to it. It's hard to describe but I find the whole sound so mundane and unoriginal. He does barely anything interesting with the music he's writing. There's a few good songs on here, I'll give him that, but Rod Stewart does not inspire much in the rock field.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

This is Stewart's golden era. Given the personnel and the sound it is basically a Faces record. And that is a good thing.

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Sun May 22 2022
2

With a name like Rod Stewart, a raspy voice, and a rowdy personality, Rod Stewart is very rock-'n'-roll. I discovered him as a soft-rock figure, however. Kinda like Barry Manilow and Elton John. I discovered his popular live videos in Youtube such as his versions of "I Don't Wanna Talk About It" and "Sailing". This album is his second. Early Rod Stewart. Bland and generic Rod Stewart. To be fair, I didn't really expect anything surprising when I saw that cover. I expected it to be boring, and it is. Country-folk covers of "rock-'n'-roll" (according to critics) tracks. A few interesting instrumental feats here and there. Rod's raspy voice. I didn't find it captivating at all. It's dull, it's uninteresting, and I could die without listening to this album.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

This is just ok. I don’t get the appeal of Rod Stewart’s voice. Not sure why this was included on this list of albums.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

This was a new one for me. I really liked it, and helped change my view that Rod Stewart isn't as much as a fuck boy as I thought.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

What do have against Rod Stewart? What did he ever do to me to deserve such ire (I think it was the feathered bleach tipped short hair like an Arizona golf retiree lady)? Anyhow, this album is great. Jumps back and forth between genres, folk, rock, a little blues, a little funk. Most impressive is the layering of string instruments, namely guitars. It seems almost all the songs have a depth imbued by the layers of guitars, 12 strings and mandolins, a few songs create a soundscape without a rhythm section. Every now and then he’ll throw in a rocking song with a bang in’ breakdown. Then at the end, sticking out like a sore thumb amongst all the folksy vibes is a funky electrified rock song to add a period to the album. Only strike against it is I found the lyrics a bit milk toast. It pains me to say it, but this album was dope. Giving it a well deserved 4.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
2

The interesting thing about Rod Stewart is that it sounds like he has a sore throat.

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Mon Jul 17 2023
2

Pull up to the pump, sailor and welcome to Gasoline Alley! Hope you’ve got the stomach for the adventures that await!

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Sun Jan 31 2021
1

Not vibing with this at all. Bland/repetitive country-esque fare.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
1

Boring, pedestrian, uninteresting boogie-woogie/blues rock that is made nearly unlistenable by Rod's horrible voice. Honestly only made it halfway through before I gave up.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

2nd Solo album for post faces Sir Roderick. A lovely mix of raucous blues and Mandolin tinged songs that touch his personal experiences. Lovely version of Womack & Womack's "It's All Over Now" which I think is better than the 'Stones version. Ronnie Woods guitar throughout this album is spot on and some lovely stuff throughout. Outstanding tracks the aforementioned "It's all over now" "Cut Across Shorty" and the eponymous "Gasoline Alley"

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Same folky sound you attribute to Stewart. There's a retrospective feel to this, which is unexpected for a 1970 album by a guy who has made only his second solo album. The writers on this thing are epic though, Ronnie Wood, Bobby and Shirley Womack, Bob Dylan, and Elton John/Bernie Taupin. So cool! The album moves and feels like a compilation. That comes at the cost of cohesiveness, but it's still a great listen and great collaborations.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

It's been a while since I've been served up a good old rock and roll album on here, and this was such a refreshing change. This album is vintage Rod, laid back, warm and bluesy. It's a joy to listen to. Stewart is in perfect voice and has an outstanding band backing him up, including all of his mates from the Faces. I mean really, this sounds like a Faces album. No complaints here. Gorgeous sound, with some top notch guitar and mandolin work. Fave Songs: Gasoline Alley, It's All Over Now, Jo's Lament, My Way of Giving, You're My Girl (I Don't Want to Discuss It), Cut Across Shorty

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Stewart at his most soulful and before he become so calculated. From what we know now, the earnestness can seem like a put-on, but maybe that's just one beign jaded. Four very good songs – title cut, "County Comfort," "My Way of Giving," and "Lady Day" – the soulful ones basically. Much else feels disposable, replacement level rock of the era. His tone and phrasing are authentic, as the long-ago RS review had it, and well-judged, but few – if any – singers have had a voice better suited to rock. And to his credit, he works it well and versatilely and in many different styles. Perhaps that makes him a bit too chameleon-like but here the effect is coherent because of the marterial and mostly effective.

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Mon Mar 18 2024
4

It is a well-done blend of dynamic, folksy instrumentation and raspy yet gratifying vocals from Rod.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

It's a music theory exercise solved in an uninteresting way. You can see flashes of cleverness in the way he covers songs, but once you get past the novelty, who cares? Best track: Only A Hobo

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Fri Jun 30 2023
3

I wasn't like pumped when I saw the album for today but it wasn't too bad!

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

It’s okay folky rock. The story songs wear a bit thin after the first few tracks. Nothing super memorable or great to latch on to.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

This sounds less like a cohesive album, and more like Rod Stewart throwing various songs and genres at the wall to see what sticks. I've never been a huge fan of Rod Stewart, this isn't doing much to change that. Favorite track: "You're My Girl"

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

A very middle-of-the-road album - it seems like Rod Stewart was made to play in the background of a shop? My top pick is 'Country Comfort' but upon looking it up, it's an Elton John original (who did it way better). I have nothing good to say, nothing bad to say.

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Fri May 27 2022
2

Not bad! Just not good either. This album is just there, not really doing much at all. It’s perfectly fine but why would you listen to this album when you can listen to literally anything else?

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Sun Jul 17 2022
2

I was quite bored by this. It's the typical early 70s "rock" sound. The songs are nothing to write home about, except for Country Comfort, which is a cover. 2/5

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Wed Feb 15 2023
2

I've had a visceral dislike of Rod Stewart since I was a kid. I just never liked the look of him nor the sound of his voice. A lot of his songs have grown on me over the years, but I'm still not completely over it. This album was pleasant to listen to, but I'm still not won over by any of it either. Even among Rod Stewart work, this feels like lesser R-stew.

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Tue May 09 2023
2

Rod Stewart singing a bunch of covers? Really? We all need to hear this before we die? I mean, COME ON! I don't need to hear the demo tape he was desperately peddling to try and get a record deal. I have no beef with Rod, and I like his raspy vocals, so I can sit through it. But this one makes me seriously question the integrity of this list and its list makers. Bad judgement call here.

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Fri Sep 29 2023
2

I have a hard time believing that this is anyone's favorite album. It's so incredibly middle-of-the-road, bland. Everything it does well, a thousand other artists have done better and more interesting. It's generic background music. It's fine, I guess.

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Thu Mar 07 2024
2

Some string instrument that I cannot name is annoying me.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
5

Discazo. Desde los primeros acordes de "Gasoline Alley" al crudo retrato en "Only A Hobo", pasando por ese final de "My Way of Giving" y el desenfado de "Cut Across Shorty", disfruté todo lo que escuché. Más pretencioso, acaso, diría que me gustaron todas las "texturas". La canción final estaría cancelada hoy, pero qué bien suena, por cierto, este cierre de repente me dio vibras de los RHCP. En fin, un renovado respeto por Rod Stewart y su peculiar voz rasposa. 10/10

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Rod is one of my all time favorites! Loved every minute

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

It’s quite a good album. The main selling point is Rod’s extreme vocal delivery.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Fascinating album from start to finish.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

Rollicking! I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did, but either Stewart's vocals have grown on me, or they are a particularly good fit here (or both).

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Fri Dec 23 2022
5

This reminds me of Carole King's Tapestry with the heartbreak songwriting. It's so tender, with the lyrical sensitivity of country music. I love it, especially the songs Jo's Lament and the title track.

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Wed Mar 15 2023
5

Some country, some rockabilly and some songs that I'd be shocked if they weren't written by Yusuf / Cat Stevens. Rod Stewart is one of the best at covering songs and making them sound and feel like his.

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Tue May 30 2023
5

10/10 holy shit, the vibes are phenomenal

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Fri Jun 09 2023
5

I think it's interesting that my first exposure to Rod Stewart was probably Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? at the age of 10. Or maybe Hot Legs, the year prior. I can imagine that songs like that felt like a huge betrayal to fans of these earlier records. I've since filled in a lot of the gaps but I'd not heard any of these particular songs except those I knew by other artists (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elton John). A lot of the songs have a country tinge to them that I wasn't sure would work for me but they absolutely do. I feel lucky that Rod Stewart became a singer instead of a professional footballer.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
5

I very much appreciated this early Rod Stewart. I am not very familiar (it at all) with the originals of the covers, so there was nothing loss for me in comparison. It all sounded pretty stinking good to me.

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Mon Oct 02 2023
5

Album 184 of 1001 Rod Steward - Gasoline Alley Rating : 5 / 5 Favorite Track : My Way of Giving I surprise myself with this rating. Had listened to this in the playlist about 550 albums ago and just gave it a 'meh'. Was listening in the area of 10 albums a day at that time, so that isn't really giving one enough time to give it the attention intended. Today, I listened to it during an early morning drive and then, when I started yardwork, it was stuck on repeat and I just didn't bother changing it as I listened through it twice more. This is a really top notch album. With Ronnie Wood backing and Ronnie Lane on a couple of tracks (whose base just kicks ass on 'My Way of Giving', it is practically a Faces album....and I like a Faces album. Good bluesy tunes with excellent musicianship and arrangements. This is one to keep.

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Wed Oct 04 2023
5

No hits on the album, and no songs I recognized, yet a gem of a record.

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Thu Oct 26 2023
5

Delightfully jammy and informal without losing the polished production of a mainstream artists. That tone on “My Way of Giving” is tasty.

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Fri Oct 27 2023
5

Didn’t think I’d like Rod Stewart but that was pretty dope

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

A rootsy mix of covers and originals deftly mixing folk, blues and even soul into a nice stew.

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Fri Nov 17 2023
5

Jeg ved ikke hvorfor jeg gik ind med lave forventninger til det her album, men jeg synes det var pisse godt. Det vil jeg lytte til igen

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Mon Dec 18 2023
5

Never heard this before - in fact, I never listened to Rod Stewart outside his hits - damn, what an album. Lots of great rockers (It's All Over Now, My Way of Giving, Cut Across Shorty, You're My Girl) and some nice chill tracks (Gasoline Alley, Only a Hobo, Lady Day, Jo's Lament). Six of the nine tracks are covers and I think each sounds better than the original. Plus, the musicians are top notch and Rod Stewart sounds great. Easy 5.

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Thu Feb 15 2024
5

Favourite songs: It's All Over Now, You're My Girl (I Don't Want To Discuss It), Country Comfort, Cut Across Shorty, My Way of Giving, Jo's Lament, Lady Day Least favourite songs: if forced to pick.... Only A Hobo 5/5

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Thu Mar 21 2024
5

What a great album. Rod was the best before he decided he was a sex symbol. The great rock critic Greil Marcus once said about Rod Stewart that “ Rarely has a singer had as full and unique a talent as Rod Stewart; rarely has anyone be­trayed his talent so completely.” This was a great album. Too bad he stopped making albums like this a few years later.

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Fri Apr 05 2024
5

I really don’t believe this is the best Rod has to offer. And that being said this album is still pretty solid. I personally didn’t have any 👍s even though almost on a couple tracks. Reason being is I heard Rod on Faces albums and other tracks. AGAIN, that being said I don’t believe Rod ever gets enough credit for the music he has put out there. Being a fan of his work I give it a 3.5⭐️ It is a 3.5⭐️ gonna give it 5 to help Rod. He doesn’t get enough love and this is the first album I got on this adventure and like I said, Faces specifically “Ooh La La”⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

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Fri May 10 2024
5

This is a great record! I'm going out on a limb and giving it a 5. I wouldn't normally feel like e record with no real memorable 'hits' would be worthy of a 5 but this is just so solid top to bottom and I love the jamming - and besides Rod Stewart is such a fantastic vocalist. I just really loved this. Cut Across Shorty is prob my fave track but the last one You're My Girl is also really stellar.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

3/17 3.5/5. Great Country-Blues-Rock album. Standout Tracks: It’s All Over Now, My Way Of Giving, Jo’s Lament,

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Pegada blues abrindo o caminho sinais do que seria o hard rock. Destaque para Only a Hobo e Cut Across Shortly (as duas são cover)

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Man, early Rod Stewart was so good! Not quite as good as his next album, but this is a really easy, fun listen

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Early Rod Stewart and the Faces were amazing. Beautiful songs, well produced. 4 stars.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Good album, love the songwriting. I'm just personally not a big fan of Rod Stewart's vocals.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

This is the kind of stuff I wanted to find doing this. I'm a slut for slide guitar. Album cover sucks. Songs are great.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

Chido en general, pero no puedo evitar sentirme algo underwhelmed. A comparación del primer disco de Rod que escuchamos, este no menparec wque tiene trabajos de guitarra tan emocionantes. Aun así divertido y a gusto. Mi favorita fue: Cut across shorty. Mood: can't stop, won't stop

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Rod Stewart's always catchy!

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

Tough one to rate - really enjoyed it but upon discovering after listening that it's mostly a covers album then it almost feels like a bit of a cheat? Rated solely for that initial listening but I'm still none the wiser to any talent Stewart may or may not have. Best track: Gasoline Alley

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Good album, never listened to it. More rock than I thought was going to be on there

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Sun May 30 2021
4

A pretty decent rock album with some nice ballads. 8.0/10

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Really good album. Only a hit or two, but even the non-hits are catchy and well written. Good road trip tunes.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Short album of pretty decent covers. I wasn't expecting to like this going into it, but Rod won me over with his smooth vocals like every woman over 70.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

This is a very good album, the song selection is near perfact for Rod's gravely voice. I vacilate between this album and his debut as to which is my favorite. 4.5 stars

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Fedt album med mange gode numre. Skal lige have en genlyt mere. Tror det kan et eller andet

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

When Rod was nearing his peak. His love of folk shines through here and his obviously good taste. Backing band is Faces. Just a great 70's folk/rock album. Best Tracks: Gasoline Alley; Country Comfort; Cut Across Shorty

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

This is a very good album, the song selection is near perfact for Rod's gravely voice. I vacilate between this album and his debut as to which is my favorite. 4.5 stars

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

I love his music. This is a really easy listen and gives a glimpse of how good is songwriting was, and would become. Good stuff.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Great album. Loved it and needed it today 4.4

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Love Rod Stewarts hits, but none on this album. Still good, some really catchy songs even on a first listen. Would listen again. 4

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

((I didn't expect to like this as much as I did))

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Very interesting to know some musics I listenned belonged to him.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Sabía que debía haber algún álbum de Rod Stewart, pero se me hace curioso que sea este (de entre los 32 discos de estudio que tiene) porque, aunque es muy representativo de su primera época, no tiene más que quizá una de sus canciones realmente populares: Country Comfort (que por cierto es de Elton John). El disco en general me gusta mucho, pero imagino que debe ser un gusto adquirido porque esa voz rasposa que tiene desde hace 50 años no a cualquiera, y lo mismo el acompañamiento con mandolinas, pero creo que es justo lo que lo hace especial. Lo que no sabía a detalle es que en realidad casi todo son covers… Y de hecho así es en un montón de su discografía.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Nunca había escuchado un disco de Rod Stewart y fue una grata sorpresa. Muchas melodías agradables, arreglos sencillos pero bien ubicados y letras introspectivas hacen de este un muy buen disco.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

There is something about this album that makes me want to get drunk. Would be a fine album to put on during a good drinking session with friends. Has an easygoing earthy soulfulness to it that feels very natural and genuine.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

These are nice friendly songs. Rod has a great rock voice.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Decent, but it's the next two which are stellar.

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Sun May 15 2022
4

Honestly, I didn't know that Rod Stewart is so folky/country. That's not a bad thing though. I enjoyed the album. Songwriting, singing and musicianship are very solid. It's not an album I'd play on repeat though.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

-Generally solid rock+ piano with a nice blues feel -Generally solid tracks with good energy dynamics (maybe a little low for my taste) up until "Cut Across Shorty" -"Cut Across Shorty" is probably my favorite track on the album. Really high energy with a great guitar/piano riff/jam -Right after "Cut Across Shorty," there was "Lady Day" and Jo's Lament" which were both mega boring and slow -Luckily the album finished off well on "You're My Girl (I Don't Want To Discuss It)," which is second best to "Cut Across Shorty" -Probably not as strong as the other Rod Stewart album I had, "Every Picture Tells A Story" -Probably a sketchy 4

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

I dunno, that 70’s blues rock sound still does it for me. And it helps that Rod’s still largely backed behind the Faces, who are a great band. The less plugged-in tracks don’t do much for me, but when Ronnie kicks in his iconic tone, this is a good time. B-

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

Liked this more than I expected. I was surprised when I learned it was from 1971. It sounded a lot newer to my ear than that. 4/5

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

I just love his voice. Didn’t know any of the songs. But loved this listen nonetheless. I do feel like it was a bit repetitive at times. However for the most part it was great.!

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Goed plaatje. Zowel de covers als de eigen nummers

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

I’ve never given much time to Rod Stewart, the music he has charted with has never really appealed to me so when this landed on my playlist I was fairly ambivalent towards it. It’s a lot better than I had given credit for, and I can now see why People rate him as an artist. I still haven’t truly changed my mind about his chart music, but this album as an individual piece was an interesting and enjoyable Listen

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

a British singer-songwriter who doesn't suck! hallelujah! (also enlightening to an 80s kid who mostly knew "Do Ya" and "Forever Young" growing up)

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Sun Nov 13 2022
4

Entertaining rock & Roll album with some nice guitars and easy listening pop/rock

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