Every Picture Tells a Story is the third studio album by Rod Stewart. It was released on 28 May 1971. It incorporates hard rock, folk, and blues styles. It went to number one on both the UK and US charts and finished third in the Jazz & Pop critics' poll for best album of 1971. It has been an enduring critical success, including a number 172 ranking on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.Wikipedia
Much less grandma-pleasing than I had been led to believe (by literally no-one). There’s a real thump to Rod’s music, a driving energy, a sense that he has to get these tunes out. That he does so with one of the most satisfyingly impossible-to-mimic-because-you’ll-end-up-coughing voices in music is much to his credit.
another album where only half the songs are good but like... I think all of us had the simultaneous realization that Rod Stewart kind of slaps and we're unsure how to handle this information.
Man... apologies to the folks who love the guy but Rod Stewart is just so daggum mediocre. There's literally nothing special about 99% of his songs. Even "Maggie May" his big break-out song is just... meh. It starts with some weird chamber music piece which doesn't even segue into the main song. It just stops. Then starts a relatively bland song. Just not a fan.
I was not put on this earth to "get" Rod Stewart.
I listened to this album a couple times and I’d be happy to hear it again although I’m not going to seek it out. Rod Stewart has a unique voice with all his raspiness. I dig it. I found out that Rod Stewart had 15 albums in a 20 year period (1969-1988) with no gap greater than 2 years. Even though he’s not “my guy,” that’s impressively consistent production.
Before listening to this album, Maggie May was the only Rod Stewart song I liked...it still is.
I'm gonna try to recreate my train of thought while listening to this yesterday, because it was all over the place... -This is kinda boring -This seems like a very, very long time. It says 4:02, but it's clearly been 20 minutes of repeating that line. -It's trending more towards blues and bluegrass? That's kind of unexpected. -I don't remember "Maggie May" starting like that? Have I never heard the whole song before? -This came out in 1971!? Never would have guessed that. Rod's been around a long time. The folk elements make more sense in that context. Would have guessed early 80s if you asked me about the two singles on this record. -A lot of bluegrass/folk vibes, but in a boring way... how is he making bluegrass that boring? -These last two songs do not fit on this album. Much more electric guitar and piano. Overall uninspiring. A lot of classic songs have a nostalgia factor that makes me like them more now than I would if I heard them today for the first time. But I actually liked "Maggie May" less than the version stuck in my deep memory circuits.
Every pictures tells a story and damn was this a story. Just a great folk aesthetic I really appreciated :)
I've had a lifelong dislike of Rod, so was dreading this. It was actually reasonably harmless and there has certainly been a lot worse included in this quest so far!
“Every Picture Tells a Story” by Rod Stewart (1971) Oooo, this is a gem! This album excels from start to finish, with no bumps in the road. Sir Roderick’s voice is proof that one can be a great singer without the natural gifts of a Pavarotti or a Crosby (Bing, not David). Stewart’s (in)famous raspiness enhances the soulfulness of his melodies, à la Janis Joplin. Ronnie Wood (with The Rolling Stones for the past 30 years) shines on guitar, and who knew in 1971 that mandolin could rock? Now youngsters listening to this album for the first time will likely be struck by the initial thinness of the mix (and subdued bass), but please notice how this engineering choice enhances the individual instrumental performances. You’ve got to listen to this album with headphones. Lyrics are second only to Dylan. Flaws? Well, sure. Bass is seriously out of tune at the end of “Seems Like a Long Time” (but strangely not at the beginning). Recording on “Amazing Grace” is not clean—a lot of distracting background noises. Some tracks have wobbly tempo. There are even a few embarrassing vocal flourishes. “Maggie May” is a classic love ballad about a teenage boy who has regrets about falling for a significantly older bimbo. What 16-year-old boy (me) could resist this tune? “Mandolin Wind” is epic. Still brings tears. And Stewart’s cover of “(I Know) I’m Losing You” rocks and rocks and rocks. Better than The Temptations or Rare Earth. Complete your education. Listen to this one. 5/5
Brilliant. Proper rock from when Rod could sing and before it all went gooey (ie everything from Atlantic crossing onwards). Absolutely love The Faces. I haven't played Maggie May for decades because I thought I was bored of it, but the shit this list has put forward so far reminds me that I am so not. It is a world apart and brought a tear to my eye - and what a guitar solo! Mandolin wind, Reason to believe, Every picture... track after track top quality. Just wonderful, wonderful, music. Joy from start to finish. Get in, get up, get out!
As working-class rockers go, this is the British equivalent of prime Bruce, and I'm in two minds about which I prefer, pulled in one direction by the anthemic pomp and literary chops of Springsteen, and in another by the Britishness of Stewart's act. And act being the operative word here, because the spiritual birthplace of Stewart's persona and style is the British Legion or Working Man's Club. I can picture his less talented brethren standing up in front of my nan this weekend, giving it some welly while she makes short work of her Bacardi and black. He even sounds like half the audience, throat racked from smoking. These roots also bear out in the meanings he extracts from his lyrics (whether his own or others'): simple, everyday truths to live by, even if their provenance is grander (Dylan, say, or Amazing Grace). “I couldn't quote you no Dickens, Shelley or Keats / Cause it's all been said before” he sings on the opener, just as my mum’s Auntie Jo might, before also telling you “Make the best out of the bad, just laugh it off”, or “we all need a reason to believe”, or “every picture tells a story”, or “hard times are only the other side of good times”. As for the chief quality of working class music, the one that gets the local greasers down to the disco to dance themselves into puddles of sweat on the floor, he’s a master. I’m talking, of course, about rhythm. The Big Beat. Even the gentler songs provide a kick up the ass. This alchemy might sound simple when divided into its constituent parts but it’s magic when all bubbling together, especially as Stewart’s really an epicure in disguise – just check out the mandolin, celeste, violin and other embellishments.
That was amazing, a great artist. I have to listen sober this album now.
Great rock album. Classic Rod Stewart that launched him from the Jeff Beck years. Long before he became Rod 'The Bod' and the disco years, this album shows why he was great.
Love the mandolin.
Maggie may is een prachtig nummer, mandolin wind is ook tof. voor de rest, gewoon een goed album, denk wel dat ik nog eens iets van hem wil beluisteren.
No real stand-outs. Mandolin Wind do be kinda nice doe
Gotta respect the Rod and his impact on music. He was my second concert ever. Mom was a little bummed because was supposed to be my first, which she was pretty excited about to bring me to my first one but then my sister picked up some Yes tickets which ended up being before Rod. I remember Rod had a hell of a lot of energy, running all around the stage and kicking soccer balls into the crowd. I also remember the group next to my dad smoking weed and my dad asking me if I wanted to switch seats. Kind of a lot of slower songs on this album. Every Picture Tells a Story is classic rock and roll, Maggie May used to be one of my favorites and always liked Reason to Believe.
Another man I've been senselessly prejudiced against for years, I'm glad to get a chance to listen to him. I Like his raspy voice, a bit like CCR's John Fogarty. Enjoyed Maggie May, probably the only one I was properly familiar with. Class mandolin section near the end. Similarly liked Mandolin Wind. Shit I didn't know Rod did I Know I'm losing you! Great Song and great cover.
Maybe I just take this kind of music for granted, but I couldn’t imagine a more unremarkable album.
Ugh. Sounds like a mediocre bar band - you know the one... they have some raw talent but they're either too lazy or too drunk to bother learning the songs. My overwhelming impression while slogging through this sloppy set was "Geez - how much longer is this song?". Not without charm, but certainly lacking in execution.
Great album! Love the slide guitars and of course, Rod Stewart's gritty voice.
Such a perfect album.
Rod Stewart the man I like rhis
Buen disco con temas icónicos
Variadito, medio ecléctico. Qué bueno que escuché a Rod Stewart pa ver de qué va todo el fuss en torno a él. Me gustó ese inicio de laud isabelino en Maggie May (lo que le sigue también divertido) y lo movido de That's Allright, hasta me puso de buen humor. Mood: country alegre
Rod is great. Awesome album.
Cuando llegué a este juego me gustaban dos rolas de este wey. Ahora salgo fan. Gran mezcla de Rhythm and Blues, folk inglés, country y Dylanesquerías.
Freaking awesome; never listened to it... loved it
Fantastic. T to B
Quite enyoable. I like it. 3/5 Oh fuck you Rod Stewart, "(I know) I'm Losing You" and "(Find A) Reason To Believe" fucking broke me. The lyrics are heart wrenching after losing someone you hold dear. 5 stars from my broken heart :))
If this excitement has taught me anything it’s that I guess I like Rod Stewart
Own this album because it's the #1 album on another "must have" list. And it really is great: melodic, lyrical, listenable. Highly recommend it. Found Rod's new 2021 album while loading up this one. Didn't need to add - already own.
This album honestly blows my mind. Growing up for some reason I was taught that listening to Rod Stewart had to be a somewhat ironic activity - taught that he was on one hand a relic of an older period of crooners and cheese and yet somehow also not a legitimate legend in the same vein as the other crooners before and after him. They were wrong. This album is pure genius start to finish, it holds up to anything attributable to any of those other artists that seem to be treated as more authentic in some way. 1971 - consider the productions going on at the same time and you'll find yourself comparing this album favourably to the most lasting classics (maybe not equal to some of those in some respects, but certainly in the playing field). Maybe it's just my experience and other people were shown from the start he is a legitimate classic artist, but this really is a revelation to me. It holds up to any other album of the late 60s early 70s without a doubt, but also unlike many of those contemporary records, fifty years on, it feels immediate and current throughout. This is why I joined the site! I would have never known.
Preconceptions are a terrible thing. I first heard this album last year, having had no interest in Rod Stewart for most of my life. He just seemed one of those performers from a distant era and of little relevance nowadays. Then I discovered that this album is quite rated, so I gave it a spin. And I was totally blown away. It turns out old Rod's a excellent interpretor of songs, capable of delivering real warmth and sentiment. Now, Rod was still in Faces at the time, and Every Picture Tells A Story is compabale to the excellent A Nod Is As Good..., but Every Picture Tells A Story just manages to pip its half-brother by the sheer weight of the songs. In particular, (I Know) I'm Losing You is surely one of the best covers of a Motown song out there. An unalloyed delight.
This is the album where it all came together folk with gospel with blues and it ROCKS! The title track, Mandolin Wind and Maggie May ensure its all time classic status, but the choice of covers are all spot on especially I Know I'm Losing You. 5 🌟
fantastic album. literally every song is amazing. Maggie May is a top 10 song all time for me.
Rod Stewart. Varios megahits. Vinilo.
Classic old rod Stewart, Maggie may.
I like Rod Stewart. This is really good songwriting and a very soulful performance.
This is Rod Stewart's third album where all members of his current band at the time, Faces, appeared. The music on the album is described as rock, folk, blues, country and soul. All those styles are easily heard throughout the album. The album is essentially classic Rod Stewart orginal songs and great cover versions of other songs. There is a looseness to the playing that almost gives it a jam band feel. Stewart's vocal delivery is pretty much phenomenal; is it his best career moment? All of these songs are about girlfriends, former lovers, current lovers or relationships. The title track, "Every Picture Tells a Story," has always had an urgency in the music and his vocals that I've really liked and never really heard again from him. It's loose but it rocks. "Maggie May" was a B-side to "Reason to Believe" and became the albums' biggest hit. Just great vocals and an iconic song. Another B-side song, " Mandolin Wind" is the highlight of the album for me with its mandolin, slide guitar and heartbreaking lyrics about sticking with his lover/wife/girlfriend through sickness. Just a masterpiece. I also really like the rockin" Temptations cover "I'm Losing You." So, this is what Rod Stewart can be and was...a pretty high achievement.
I knew I was going to love it and I did.
Vraiment trop bon vhaque chanson est bien produite. Ca a ca plave dans cette liste absolument et je reecouterai certainemebt. Une belle note merité
This is a fucking masterpiece. Every single song.
I love this album.
Yeah, this is pretty great. What a great band. Probably a lot of people think Rod Stewart is kind of cheesy from his 80s power-ballad output. This shows he is one of the great rock vocalists. Also from a time when records meant you had 8 great songs and no room for filler. (If I was able to type something for Siamese Dream, that was my only complaint). Classic!
Really enjoyed the album some great songs, and one that I listened to throughout my life with my parents and grandparent big fans.
Rod Stewart (and the Faces -- sort of) at their best. The mix of covers and originals work beautifully together with Stewart's rasp to pull it all together. Just so many great songs on this record. For me, this is the Apex of his work.
When I was young I read an article that asserted no musician squandered God-given gifts more than Rod Stewart. These early discs and the descent to Do Ya Think I'm Sexy are, obviously what gave rise to that comment. Rod blends folk, blues and hard rock in a mix of self-penned and covers at a level few have achieved. The material was so deep that Maggie May was a B-side (Reason to Believe was the A-side until DJs had their way). A tremendous achievement and for me, the highlight of a long career.
All time classic. Have love this one since I was a teenager in the late 70’s
WTF happened to Rod Stewart? With this album he makes the quintessential rock/folk album and then just a few short years later he's dressing in spandex and singing Do Ya' Think I'm Sexy. Oh well, at least we have these early years. Just a beautiful album full of beautiful songs beautifully produced. 5 stars.
You know how you remember some albums from the party you were at where that was the only album that got a spin all night. I remember the Abbey Road party in Sefton when I was 19 & a local thug named Harold Smith did a job on my mate Geoff & we ended up in Emergency at Fairfield Hospital. I remember the Hot August Night party at Ultimo when I was 23. And in-between those two, I remember the Every Picture Tells A Story party at Dulwich Hill when I was 21 & the party’s host, Glenn, was sniffing around my girlfriend. I think I was totally familiar with this album by night’s end. I have to say it still sounds great. And I have to agree with Robert Christgau that “ it's the mandolin and pedal steel that come through sharpest.\" So true. Ronnie Wood and “the mandolin player in Lindisfarne” are terrific. Stewart was always great at choosing material & it’s no different here, but I reckon the best 3 tracks are the 3 originals. This is Rod at his peak. A winner.
Definitely, this is the highlight of Rod Stewart's long and illustrious career, at least artistically. Recorded with his mates from, The Faces this could also be considered the best Faces record, as well. Quality songs and excellent musicianship, Every Picture Tells A Story is an essential listen, especially if you only know Stewart from his later work and god forbid, the disco era.
Rod Stewart. Varios megahits. Vinilo.
God Bless Rod Stewart!
I think this one might be Peak Rod Stewart. While the voice is clearly an iconic element, there is also tons of understated, subtle mastery in how the music is produced and engineered.
No voy a dar explicaciones 😡
Classic rock is classic. My wife would give this 10 stars.
Un álbum agradable, nunca había escuchado un disco completo de Rod Stewart, pero la pasé bien, aunque no sea tanto mi género. La voz me gusta mucho y todo el álbum me da vibras gringas, aunque él sea británico, pero pues son los sonidos, ¿no? Medio folk y esas cosas. Creo que no hay canción que me aburriera, tienen buenas variaciones, suenan bien, pero "Every Picture Tells A Story", "That's All Right" y "Mandolin Wind" me gustaron más. En fin, 8.5/10
“Maggie May” and “(Find A) Reason To Believe” make it pop
One of those albums that is probably on the list because of its most popular song. Maggie May is classic and some others are alright but it got kinda boring by the last 3 songs. 7
En su línea. Ameno y con ritmo
Classic Rock classic! Not a masterpiece, but an astounding strong record, with some of best rock tracks of the decade: Maggie May, Mandolin Wind... It would be 4.5 stars if possible
I’ve not heard this album before and I’m not a Rod Stewart fan. This combined with the lyrics of the first song were guaranteeing a low score, but then Maggie Bell’s vocals kicked in near the end and saved the day. I hear he’s also re-written the lyrics. I like the rambling, rootsie, guitar-jam, gospel-feel to the album, especially the slide & violin. Fortunately, only a few tracks are credited to Rod. The last two songs are great covers. I couldn’t bear to listen to Maggie May one more time but the acoustic intro on the album version is nice.
Great album.I loved Rod in this era before he became a ''pop star''
this was alright. it was a little boring but a nice listen and the songwriting was decent. 7/10
Really nice surprise. One of the best albums here so far. Some songs are maybe unnecessarily long though.
Brilliant. Even know a lot of the words.
You dont have a friend in me
not as bad as I was expecting.
Sounds like an album good for a backyard get together with friends on a hot summer evening
I know I listened to this, and I thought I rated it, but I guess not. I like it, thought it was something that dad would listen to.
I liked it
Not totally surprised this is as good as it is after the way Nick Hornby talked about old Rod Stewart in his novel 31 songs. (I know) I'm Losing You being my favourite.
Not really my thing - mastering was ok. Rhythms are great tho! I liked the tempo change on track 1
The Maggie May album :)
Pretty good album including his most popular song.
A mix of country and classic rock that I liked. Very pleasant to listen to. (7/10) Favorite Tracks: Maggie May, Mandolin Wind
Great reminisce...some top quality tunes mandolin wins, every picture, Maggie,
Rod Stewart has such a great voice!
I've never been a fan of Rod Stewart's voice, but this album was surprisingly great as a whole.
Love me some Maggie May
Surprisingly good dad rock
Surprised how much I liked it
Музыка, но мне было тяжело сконцентрироваться на альбоме в целом. Хотя конец приятнейший. Слушается легко.
-"Every Picture Tells A Story" and "That's All Right" pick up nice towards the end after starting bluesyish. -Nice bluesy rock. If it had a little more intensity it probably would get up to 5 stars
Used to listen to this record as a kid as my mom had a lot of his albums. Hot Rod doesn’t get the credit he deserves. This album balances nicely his rockier side with his crooner stylings that we saw a lot of in his later career. Really enjoyed the backing vocalists and a lot of the band jams here. Mandolin Wind, in particular features some fantastic instrumentation. Could have done without the Amazing Grace rendition at the end of “That’s All Right”. Not that it was a bad rendering, I just found myself asking why it was there? Fave tracks: “Maggie May” (Obviously) “Seems Like A Long Time” “Mandolin Wind”
Practically a Faces album in disguise and easily his best solo work. Has a wide range of emotions throughout but on the whole is a very warm and enjoyable record. He certainly has a very distinct and soulful voice which is balanced well in the mix.
I enjoyed this! Rod seems to put a lot of heart into his singing. I used to not like his voice, but it has grown on me and I do like it now.
There is a deep part of me that links back with Rod Stewart. In a way his music has always been a part of my life. This album is just another thread in that web. It’s fantastic and touches on folk, rock, and even a hint of soul. His raspy voice and picked guitar are timeless. Some of these songs will be played at my funeral.
Rod sounds great, sounds like it was a lot of fun in that studio.
its ok. 3.5 would be my grade. round up to 4.
If you grew up in the 80s, Rod Stewart could be (was) looked at a cheesy clown - boring middle of the road soccer mom music - and it even got a lot worse after that. And I definitely slagged on him a lot - for most of his video "hits" and even some in his recent past (e.g. disco stylings of "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"). Good god no turn the station now please. But goddamn if there wasn't about an 18-24 month period in the early 70s where Rod Stewart wasn't the Man. And this is in that sweet spot - right off the bat from the first song, the title track (which makes me think of one of my favourite movies "Almost Famous" as it was used in a scene). The album vacillates between driving rock and mellow folk, from guitar-based to country violin and mandolins. I believe "Maggie May" was his biggest hit, in North America at least. To today's ears it surely sounds, well, old. But gritty blues-based rock has to start somewhere and if it didn't start here it was refined (in a year - 1971 - that had an absurd and historic amount of amazing music released) or distilled on this album to near perfection, backed by The Faces who for some stupid business reasons couldn't all be credited. Personal favourites are the title track and "I'm Losing You" It's not perfect (e.g. the weird Amazing Grace bit seems a little out of place and I wouldn't have minded a little more of the better up-tempo material) but it's a great snapshot and an easy ~40 minute listen - a perfect example of all the musical creativity exploding everywhere in 1971. 8/10 4 stars
I liked it! The non-hits we're still great. Loved his cover of Elvis. Still a bit to folky for a perfect score
Maggie was abusive to Rod
Much better than I expected; definitely different from the Rod Stewart I’ve known over my life.
Supremely enjoyable, this.
Decent, liked the instrumentation and Stewart's raspy voice. A bit commercial-sounding though.
decently nice album with some interesting elements to complement the rock ballads,
The mandolin industry really owes Rod quite a great debt. Dude absolutely owned that sound. Also every Rod Stewart song on this album is secretly two to three Rod Stewart's songs - it's a secret to everybody.
love the strings and drums, good vibes! not bad, I enjoyed it :)
Everything I expected this to be. Nice and bluesy with a touch of pop.
I had some strong preconceptions about the naffness of Rod Stewart, but this album was actually pleasantly rockin'! I liked it more than some of the other "white Brits rip off Black blues artists" albums we've had. I'm not sure whether that's because I had lower expectations going in, or Rod genuinely did more to make these his own? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Fave track - "Maggie May" is the only song I had much familiarity with going in, and I have some affection for it from karaoke. "(I Know) I'm Losing You" was a badass Temptations cover. "(Find a) Reason to Believe" was pretty notable, too....
I was never really a fan of Stewart before getting on this website. So far I've had two of his albums come up on this and I've been surprising pleased by both.
Great album with Rod’s raspy voice and great lyrics and Ronnie Wood on guitar. Every song on this album is good with the exception of Amazing Grace(why?). Favorites are Maggie May and I’m Losing You. Might give a 5 if Amazing Grace was not on it! 4
Huge nostalgia wrapped up in this one. Decent album.
American folk rock with some heavier songs.
Really great album. Rod Stewart has such a distinctive and interesting voice. Absolutely LOVE Maggie Mae, but the rest of the album has a great sound to it. 4.5/5
Rod Stewart rocks harder than I expected
Feel like a post-hippie on his way to start a mandolin course
I dont usually go for this kinda music, but its pretty good for what it is. I could def see this as like family get together music, but like a good get together with no bullshit, yk? "Tomorrow is a long time" seems like some old guy telling u abt some obscure ass story that teaches a life lesson, some pixar short shit. **"Mandolin Wind" is really really pretty. Around 2:30 is crazy pretty , it def influenced. "I Know Im Losing you" Has some great chord stab type things, the resolves are sick/satisfying. Would be so fun playing drums on this, church worship vibes so just go stupid.
Love this album.
He is truly an entertainer. Commanding voice.
I know it's not a revolutionary album but I enjoyed all the songs. I like how it doesn't really sound like anything from the same era, the mix of genres feels quite modern.
Listened Before? P Ah yeah! Rod Stewart! I love him. This is an early one, and he's still got his edge. I really enjoyed it. Not many cons to this one. I've never listened to it front-to-back before. I will likely do it many more times in the future. Added to Library? Y Songs added to Playlist: Maggie May, (Find A) Reason To Believe
This album is very cool. Nice listen to wind down the day. I love Rod Stewart (Maggie May supremacy!) but hadn't heard this album in full, and now that I have, it has my approval. Favorite Song: always Maggie May
Okay… I have to admit, that I have slept on Rod Stewart. I always thought he was kind of cheesy- like the kind of guy who made songs for weird middle-aged women. But this album actually freaking rocks, the instrumentation is fantastic. I always thought Rod had a really good voice, kind of gravelly and great for rock music but a lot of his radio hits are kind of schmaltzy. I can totally get his appeal and I think there’s a lot of singers like him that dudes hate because women love him. So I probably had some misplaced jealousy towards Rod. Yeah this album actually is really good will definitely listen to it again.
I enjoyed the bluesy sound. Great album
Love love love.
Songs that speak fondly of loves past and yet to come, played out over a mostly American roots rock stage, with occasional forays into bluegrass, gospel, country, and rock. Its sweet, refreshing, and well-rounded.
Classic. 4/5. Standouts: Maggy May, Amazing Grace, I'm Losing You, Reason to Believe.
Rod Stewart's energetic and electric vocal performance is what makes this album throughly great. From the title track on down, it is an unrelenting showcase of passion, inspiration and fusing of the past and then present. There is a reason why most people consider this Rod's highest creative peak, listen when you can. Favorites: Every Picture Tells a Story, Seems Like a Long Time, That's All Right, Maggie May, Mandolin Wind.
Rod's finest effort. Even includes (basically) a drum solo
After this album, all Rod Stewart cared about was making sure everyone knew that he loved soccer and young pussy. The epic title track is Rod's finest hour.
Some good songs
Just a great easy rock album.
Pretty good album actually. Really nice album from start to finish, great vocals, great instrumentals. "Maggie May" far the best song. 8/10.
A lot of great songs on this one. Standouts: Maggy May, Mandolin Wind, (I Know) I'm Losing You, Every Picture Tells a Story, Seems Like a Long Time, (Find a) Reason to Believe. The album would be rated higher without That's All Right/Amazing Grace. I think they are awkward in the flow of the album. 4/5
Bluesy, bluegrass elements. Easy to listen to
Long ago, for some dumb reason, I had decided that I didn’t like Rod Stewart. This was despite not knowing literally any of his music or even knowing what his music sounded like. I don’t know why I came to this conclusion and this album proves that I was an idiot (although I already knew that). This was great, I really enjoyed it. I’m not a big fan of his voice and so that dissuades me from pursuing more Rod Stewart, but I’ll be adding a couple songs from this onto my 1001 highlights playlist.
Strong record. Very enjoyable
Классный альбом! Такой рок хороший оказался. Я даже готов переслушивать.
I really liked this, a good mix of raspy voice and good guitar (especially). Always seems to be a creepiest overtly sultry dude with an undone bow tie around his neck, but I don’t know a lot about him.
My sister had a number of Rod Stewart albums I used to listen to when I was young. This one didn't get as much Close 'n' Play time as "A Night On The Town" or "Blondes Have More Fun", so I don't remember much of it well. This is pretty great! I'm sure I enjoyed it more now than I did then. I like the early 70s rock feel with dashes of folk. Excellent!
I generally enjoy Rod Stewart's tunes. This album didn't disappoint.
It's such a sweet album. I think only because of all the memories listening to it on vinyl as a kid, it gets a 4. All my single mother's occasional heartaches come back in waves listening to Reason to Believe.
I wasn't really expecting to enjoy this, but it was sneaky good.
Yeah, I dig this one. I never liked Rod's voice as a kid/young adult, but a few years ago it clicked and I went on a Rod/Faces tear. That group from 1970-2 were pretty great. I haven't listened to this album in a while. My impression going in was that it was a 5 star album, but this time through, while I still liked it, it didn't feel quite as essential. Most of these songs are amazing. A few are just OK. Maggie May is still incredible and the last two songs are perfect.
This is one of those albums that I probably have never listened to front to back before, but I knew every single track. Always appreciate hearing tracks in the context of an album, and this is an impressive collection of songs and performances. I know Stewart has made some choices in his mid and later career that undermine his standing as a pillar of pop/rock/folk history, but this album is evidence of his talent as a singer, writer, and arranger. As iconic a vocalist as he is, surprisingly, Stewart is not the best at harmonizing with himself — he sounds more powerful/musical when paired with another vocalist, and the women performing on this album bring it, big time. Last thing thing, for the hundreds of times I've probably heard "Maggie May," I somehow missed the amazing bassline in the tune until this listen.
way better rock than I was expecting. Cool classic sound.
Pretty good early 70s rock. Maggie May a longtime favorite.
Great performances and songs.
Really enjoyed this, plenty of new Rod Stewart songs I’d never heard before. Really nice sound throughout.
This album is just a little uneven. I really enjoyed the title track - it's a great opener that shows off Stewart's energetic (despite flawed) vocals and the eclectic yet rocking musical style he and his various backing musicians bring. Best track on the album. Then it's a little hit and miss for the next two songs until we get to the slide guitar (by Sam Mitchell) version of Amazing Grace - phenomenal. Tomorrow is a Long Time isn't great but I like the Celtic sound intermixed into it. Maggie May has never been my favorite (except for that awesome bridge and mandolin solo) but like the title track it's a very good blend of the best Stewart's vocals give and the ability and creativity of his backing musicians. Unfortunately, the next track Mandolin Wind was also hit and miss. But the album closes well with Reason to Believe. It's got some real nice highs, but also some lows.
Prefs: Every Picture Tells a Story, That's All Right/Amazing Grace, Tomorrow Is a Long Time, Maggie May, Mandolin Wind, (Find a) Reason To Believe Moins pref: Seems Like a Long Time
Not something I would have listened to without being told by a website but I liked it
Listened before: No Enjoyed: Yes Listens: 4 Great until the small cover of Amazing Grace
Ég elska þessa plötu. Elska þetta hálf-hráa sánd. Maggie May er náttúrlega eitt það allra besta sem kom frá fyrri hluta sjöunnar.
Enjoyed this album, only ever listened to his bangers, I liked that it was a bit folky with a bit of rock thrown in.
Big fan of this one
4.4 - So this foppish Brit put out a roots rock album that rivals anything by Lynyrd Skynyrd or the Allman Brothers? Impressive. "Maggie May" is an obvious classic, like "Lolita" with the gender roles reversed. "That's All Right" is loose and soulful, especially as it fades into a primitivist arrangement of "Amazing Grace." I also love the gospel choruses, delicate mandolins and sassy fiddles.
I like seems like a long time. Also enjoyed his rendition of that’s all right. Was not expecting it to go into Amazing grace. I liked this album but wouldn’t say I loved it
There’s really nice song writing in here and some interesting song structures. I like the instrumental breaks followed by the return of the chorus or hook with lots of energy. Rod Stewart is a lot more than the cheesy crooner I thought he was
One of Rod Stewart's best albums
Love a bit of Rod
Listened to on 10/25/22 4/5 Favorite song: Maggie may This album was phenomenal and Rod Stewart did not disappoint
A lot of this album was in the background but it was pretty alright. It rose above the forgettable blandness of a lot of the albums I've gotten on this list but not too far above. I liked the second half more than the first half and maggie may was a standout.
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Seems like a long time, Maggie may, (I know) I’m losing you
Epitome of Rod Stewart
Good album! Great riffs and lyrics
Quite a lot of standards on her that Rod makes his own.
I'm not the biggest fan of Rod Stewart. This album features Maggie May, classic. At times this album almost has a folk sound (for lack of more descriptive terms).
Alright, but nothing too standout. Favorite is probably "I know I'm losing you"
Not a huge Rod Stewart fan, but I actually enjoyed some of this album!
The first few songs were not good but I liked the folk/country styled songs. Maggie may is perfect obviously. I’m just can’t listen to Rod’s voice for a long period of time.
Very nice album. I realy like the voice of Rod Steward. This already makes the album.
Some interesting inspiration and movements on each track. Maggie May is a standout.
I love Rod's singing voice, but the songs don't do much for me. The acousticy sound just doesn't really work with his rock and roll style IMO. Gets better when he lets the guitar do a folky-thing and leans into the direction.
Niet het beste album van Rod maar nog steeds wel lekker luisterbaar
Classic classic rock
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habs ned ganz gehört aber isch okay.
Maggie May is wonderful for sure. Yup there with his best
Hat mir beim einmaligen Durchhören gut gefallen. Nichts, was groß hängen geblieben ist, aber Stimmung, Instrumente, Gesang: runde Sache, würde ich mir wieder anhören!
Liked this more than I thought I would. It's a bit edgier/rockier than I'd assumed all of Rod Stewart's music was. 7/10
Pretty easy listening. Rod at his peak, before he got well annoying.
Best goed te pruimen eigenlijk!
Rod Stewart’s a bit meh but this was a decent listen. Hated the Amazing Grace bit
Not too shabby. 3RS
I don't get the Rod hatred. It's not a better for sure but my foot was tapping throughout so that's a good thing