The impact made by Rod Stewart on the music scene of 1971 should never be underestimated. When "Maggie May" rang out from radios all across the world you just knew that something special had happened. For those of us too young and unaware at that point of "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down","Gasoline Alley" or work with the Faces and Jeff Beck Group, the voice of Rod Stewart rang straight and true. It spoke to you and for you. It was a voice of integrity. You knew Rod and he knew you. Here was a translator of songs who made them his own ("Seems Like A Long Time", "(I Know) I'm Losing You", "Reason To Believe"); a creator of songs to rank with the most critically aclaimed ("Every Picture Tells A Story", "Maggie May","Mandolin Wind") and here was an album so perfectly crafted that all these years on, you would not even want to imagine changes. Rod at the height of his abilities, with all components (and Ronnie Wood!) in place. There is no question that Rod Stewart should be recognised as one of the greatest vocalists ever recorded, if only on the basis of this one album - but what an album! Look at the front cover, it states "Classic Edition" and "Every Picture Tells A Story" was, is and always will be. Buy it!