12 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The ‘90s heard Rod Stewart find his musical métier. As a mature singer with a well-worn voice still capable of subtle flourishes, Stewart used his keen sense for covers to great effect. Tom Petty’s “Leave Virginia Alone” was a top-notch pop tune with dramatic chord twists and a convincingly pleading chorus. Bob Dylan’s “Sweetheart Like You” was tailor-made for Stewart’s sorrowful growl, and the traditional folk of “Purple Heather” never sounded more convincing than hearing Stewart gently gilding its bucolic wonder. Trevor Horn’s production makes great use of warm synths and foreboding rhythms for Chris Rea’s “Windy Town” and Paul Buchanan’s “The Downtown Lights.” Tom Waits’ “Hang On St. Christopher” is stripped of Waits’ abrasive edge. Sam Cooke’s “Soothe Me” reveals more of Stewart’s R&B roots while Stewart’s one original composition, “Muddy, Sam and Otis” pays direct tribute to Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding, singers who taught Stewart much of his craft. One of Stewart’s finest “later” works. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

The ‘90s heard Rod Stewart find his musical métier. As a mature singer with a well-worn voice still capable of subtle flourishes, Stewart used his keen sense for covers to great effect. Tom Petty’s “Leave Virginia Alone” was a top-notch pop tune with dramatic chord twists and a convincingly pleading chorus. Bob Dylan’s “Sweetheart Like You” was tailor-made for Stewart’s sorrowful growl, and the traditional folk of “Purple Heather” never sounded more convincing than hearing Stewart gently gilding its bucolic wonder. Trevor Horn’s production makes great use of warm synths and foreboding rhythms for Chris Rea’s “Windy Town” and Paul Buchanan’s “The Downtown Lights.” Tom Waits’ “Hang On St. Christopher” is stripped of Waits’ abrasive edge. Sam Cooke’s “Soothe Me” reveals more of Stewart’s R&B roots while Stewart’s one original composition, “Muddy, Sam and Otis” pays direct tribute to Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding, singers who taught Stewart much of his craft. One of Stewart’s finest “later” works. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Big Fish 13 ,

Spanner in the woks Fantastic

This overlooked album is one of my favorites. I think that it is hi best since gasoline alley. Rod's voice is strong
and powerfull. It has severally great love songs and full out blues based rock songs. Rod never sounded better.

Ozcrome ,

Great Album

Of all his work, this is definitely among the best. Highlights include Windy Town, The Downtown Lights, and Lady Luck.

danceajig ,

A Spanner in the Works

This is one of my favorite albums! Just like the original Rod that we fell in love with--has a lot of emotion!

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