juli 30, 2015

Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story (1971)

“Every Picture Tells a Story” is the third album by Rod Stewart, released in the middle of 1971.

It incorporates hard rock, folk, and blues styles. It went to number one on both the UK and U.S. charts and finished third in the Pazz & Jop critics' poll for best album of 1971.

Without greatly altering his approach, Rod Stewart perfected his blend of hard rock, folk, and blues on his masterpiece, "Every Picture Tells a Story".

Marginally a harder-rocking album than Gasoline Alley the Faces blister on the Temptations cover "(I Know I'm) Losing You," and the acoustic title track goes into hyper-drive with Mick Waller's primitive drumming the great triumph of "Every Picture Tells a Story" lies in its content.

Every song on the album, whether it's a cover or original, is a gem, combining to form a romantic, earthy portrait of a young man joyously celebrating his young life. Of course, "Maggie May" the ornate, ringing ode about a seduction from an older woman is the centerpiece, but each song, whether it's the devilishly witty title track or the unbearably poignant "Mandolin Wind," has the same appeal.

And the covers, including definitive readings of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is Such a Long Time" and Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe," as well as a rollicking "That's All Right," are equally terrific, bringing new dimension to the songs.

It's a beautiful album, one that has the timeless qualities of the best folk, yet one that rocks harder than most pop music few rock albums are quite this powerful or this rich.

It has been an enduring critical success, including a number 172 ranking on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time

Side A
A1.  Every Picture Tells A Story  (5:58) 
A2.  Seems Like A Long Time  (4:00) 
A3.  That's Alright (4:00)  
A4.  Amazing Grace  (2:00) 
A5.  Tomorrow Is Such A Long Time  (3:44) 

Side B
B1.  Henry  (0:31)
B2.  Maggie May  (5:15)  
B3.  Mandolin Wind  (5:34) 
B4.  (I Know) I'm Losing You  (5:20)   
B5.  Reason To Believe  (4:07)

Artist:  Rod Stewart
Title:  Every Picture Tells A Story
Release: 1971
Format:  LP
Label:  Mercury Records
Catalog#   6338063

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