"Every Picture Tells A Story" is Rod Stewart's masterpiece.
Without greatly altering his approach, he perfected his blend of hard rock, folk, blues, and country on this his very best record.
The band rocks, particularly on the Temptations cover "(I Know I'm) Losing You" and the acoustic title track, but the great triumph of "Every Picture Tells A Story" lies in its content.
Every song on this CD, whether it's a cover or original, is a gem, from the album's classic centerpiece "Maggie May" to the witty title track and the poignant "Mandolin Wind".
And the covers, including definitive readings of 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 each and every one of the songs.
The sound is great, the arrangements are superb, and Stewart's vocals are rough but supremely soulful.
"Every Picture Tells A Story" is a beautiful album, one that has the timeless qualities of the best folk, yet one that rocks harder than most pop music...few rock records are quite this powerful or this rich.