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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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Rating

2.96

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5238

Genres

  • Rock
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Sat Apr 24 2021
5

Really great

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Bueno! Interesante

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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 Sep 23 2022
5

Awesome

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Wed Dec 21 2022
5

Nice!

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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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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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Wed Dec 09 2020
4

Smooth

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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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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Muy Rod Stewart.

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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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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

I enjoy Rodney

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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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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

Lekker album

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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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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Fun album.

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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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Sun May 15 2022
4

Scrappy

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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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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

Great

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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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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

Heerlijk een Rod-zondag

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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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Sun Nov 13 2022
4

Rod is amazing! He manages to sound like a jazz, folk, blues, and rock musician at the same time. I loved the range of songs on this album.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Is it the strings and mandolin? It's probably the strings and mandolin. It doesn't break the ceiling that British blues groups do, but as a solo effort Gasoline Alley is eminently authentic and doesn't have a weak tune. The mixing is strange, but Stewart has a voice that is impossible to lose. Covers and originals blend perfectly, a concert developing out of acoustic guitar and barroom piano.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

The further along in the album I got, the more I enjoyed it. Really good vibes. Folk rock.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

Actually really enjoyable. dance worthy music

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

det är rätt bra emellanåt alltså. inte fy skam. och en bra längd på albumet. basen på sista låten (you're my girl) är magisk

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Wed Dec 21 2022
4

You know what, not half bad...not a big Rod fan, but he has a hell of a band behind him at thus point

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Wed Jan 04 2023
4

Damn, Rod, I was diggin’ it.

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Thu Jan 05 2023
4

Really a great, spunky album.

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Mon Oct 19 2020
3

this was a whole lot better than i expected, like it kinda rocks in a folksy bluesy way and rod stewart sounded haggard (in a good way) even back when he was like 25. i'll probably never listen to it again but 3/5 all the same lol

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Wed Dec 09 2020
3

I should listen to more rod stewart

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Good fun, great voice.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Better than I thought it would be.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

A vision for things to come with his next album but some good jams on this one

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

The other side of the "oh that's where that song is from" coin: A name that's totally familiar but I don't know any of this music. I liked not just fine.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Wel redelijk album van rod, niet zoveel hits erop

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

C - 4 S - 3

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

luv rod my man

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

I'm liking this album of mostly covers way more than the first Rod Stewart record I got here.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Good songs.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

I like a the juice. I know Rod is English but something about this feels like Americana. Great title track, final track of the album reminds me of "I'm Losing You" by the Faces. Good old fashioned guitar driven rock. Rod's raspy voice is iconic. Country Comfort had me thinking I actually like the country for a few minutes. I want to give this a four... but can't imagine revisiting this. As we dig into this I think to get a four it has to be something I'm going to come back to...

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

I like better some of the other stuff by Stewart

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Nice, not too exciting.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Decent rock stuff, lots of songs about women, it's ok

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

It's ok, decent for a bit of background but I wouldn't say there's anything stand out. Rods voice gets a bit grating

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

I have always enjoyed rod stewart and the faces but haven't listened through their albums much. I'm especially excited to be listening to an unknown album from 1970, an excellent year for rock albums. Immediately this sounds more like the 70's then the 60's. Which makes sence to me when I see Ronnie Wood listed on guitar. He was so important for giving the stones their sound in the early-mid 70's. The acoustic and sometimes irish folk sounding song really remind me of Led Zeppelin 3. I thought most of the fast songs sounded like 3am drunk music to stammer to. They all have that driving drum beat and piano banging away.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Couple of decent tunes, the last one especially.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Lots of good Rod Stewart songs I've not heard before.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Pretty good.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

La verdad no entiendo porqué está incluido en esta lista. Soy de la idea que este men es un artista de singles y uno que otro deep cut pero no discos completos. Este disco no merece estar acá. Es desigual. Tiene unas 3 o 4 canciones bastante olvidables. Pero las otras, las que están bien, están muy bien. Es como country y blues, la voz rasposona de Rod es increíble, muy efectiva. Singular. Chido.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Rip roarin cum guzzlin good time

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Took this one in on i5 to Skamokawa and am perplexed by the heavy traffic during COVID, and how this album made it among the 1001. Perhaps I don't grasp how truly big of a number 1001 is. There must be so many albums that do folk, do folk rock, do ballads, do the James gang thing on the last track, and do it better. We're gonna see so many more British white guys doing this and doing it better. Rod himself did it much better on his next album, for which I will throw down ample stars. Only a hobo is a great song. Maybe I just get grumpy in traffic. B-

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