Here goes with day 59 of my countdown of 75 Albums that in my opinion should have a place in everyones music collection. They are not in any particular order though the top 10 will be my personal take on the top 10 albums ever released. You might be surprised at some of my picks and some of my omissions. Feel free to chime in with your comments and let me know if you love (or hate my choices).
Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells A Story
Today is a day for a little self indulgence in another of my little guilty pleasures. Every Picture Tells A Story was the third album by Anglo Scottish Rocker Rod Stewart. The album features a veritable ‘Who’s who’ of British musical royalty including: Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Lane, Maggie Bell, Danny Thompson and Long John Baldry. As a result it is multi-faceted with Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country, Folk and Soul influences all apparent.
“Every Picture Tells a Story” defines what was Great about Stewart and the Faces during his early career. Opening track “Every Picture Tells a Story” is both musically and vocally fiery and passionate. The energy of ‘The Faces’ is apparent from the get go their hot tones and impeccable timing mark ‘The Faces’ as an outstanding band. Ronnie Wood is in fine form with his gutsy screaming bluesy solo’s but it is of course Stewarts Vocal performance that holds the whole thing together as a piece. His gritty, throaty, growling vocals are a joy throughout, his voice unique as he croons his lyrics as a superb compliment to the Faces playing.
Stewarts performances are always dynamic and moving, but he really does justice to the cover songs included on the album. Covers of songs by Bob Dylan and The Temptations amongst others, compliment Stewart’s own tunes perfectly. That said Stewarts own songs “Mandolin Wind,” “Maggie May” and the title track are the standout tracks on the album. They are beautifully written life narratives about ordinary people, full of maturity and social commentary. Whilst Stewart does come over as world weary on occasion “Every Picture Tells a Story,” is a high-energy, vibrant, danceable, fun and engaging album. All involved come over as having a great time and as a result you will too. every track will have you rocking along though in all honesty I could have well done without a cover version of ‘Amazing Grace’, the one track that seems (at least to me) to have no place on the album.
‘Maggie May’ a stunning narrative about a young mans relationship with an older woman was a huge hit and is one of the strongest tracks on the album. Mandolin Wind is a great track, another story about love and life, it is oddly touching and even has Stewart playing a banjo part.
So Every Picture Tells A Story is an interesting, fun, touching and engaging album full of highlights. It is most certainly worth a listen.
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- 75 Essential Albums – #3 Stiff Little Fingers
- 75 Essential Albums – #4 The Levellers
- 75 Essential Albums – #5 Van Morrison – Into The Music
- 75 Essential Albums – #6 – The Clash – London Calling
- 75 Essential Albums – #7 Ramones
- 75 Essential Albums – #8 Nirvana – Nevermind
- 75 Essential Albums – #9 Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
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