Editors’ Notes With Atlantic Crossing, Rod Stewart headed to America and hooked up with legendary Atlantic Records R&B producer Tom Dowd to set out and try a new attack of sleeker soul and pop-rock. The ‘70s were changing and it was time to replace the rough and tumble urgency of his folk-based hard rock with smoother rhythms, horns, and a brighter sound than his audience was used to. The 2009 Deluxe Edition includes the entire album presented in rougher, demo form, bringing back some of the toughness that producer Tom Dowd subdued on the final album. “Three Time Loser” cranks like an old Faces track. Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” retains an exceptional grit. “This Old Heart of Mine” and “Still Love You” are yet more sweet Stewart soul ballads where the voice takes control of the situation. An exceptional bonus is the inclusion of a cover of the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” Allen Toussaint’s “Holy Cow” and Otis Blackwell’s Elvis Presley hit “Return to Sender” recorded with Memphis’ MG’s backing Stewart for what would be their final time, as drummer Al Jackson was killed only months later.

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Three Time Loser
1
4:05
 
Alright for an Hour
2
4:16
 
All In the Name of Rock 'N' Roll
3
5:01
 
Drift Away
4
3:45
 
Stone Cold Sober
5
4:12
 
I Don't Want to Talk About It
6
4:52
 
It's Not the Spotlight
7
4:27
 
This Old Heart of Mine
8
4:06
 
Still Love You
9
5:12
 
Sailing
10
4:36
 
Skye Boat Song
11
4:12
 
To Love Somebody
12
4:12
 
Holy Cow
13
3:16
 
Return to Sender
14
3:41
 
Three Time Loser (Alternate Version)
15
4:40
 
Alright for an Hour (Alternate Version)
16
4:36
 
All In the Name of Rock 'N' Roll (Alternate Version)
17
4:59
 
Drift Away (Alternate Version)
18
3:58
 
Too Much Noise (Early Version of "Stone Cold Sober")
19
3:24
 
I Don't Want to Talk About It (Alternate Version)
20
4:56
 
It's Not the Spotlight (Alternate Version)
21
4:27
 
This Old Heart of Mine (Alternate Version)
22
3:54
 
Still Love You (Alternate Version)
23
4:57
 
Sailing (Alternate Version)
24
4:39
 
Skye Boat Song (Alternate Version)
25
4:20
 

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