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Sing it again, Rod...
on 5 March 2006
I love this album its definitely stood the test of time well and it was better than any other Rod did ever after 1975 (is it really 30 years old?).
The title refers to Stewart's departure for the US and the cover depicts the transition and he is accompanied by top session musicians (including Steve Cropper, Barry Beckett and Lee Sklar) and veteran American producer Tom Dowd to create an overall slick sound.
The album is divided into two parts - slow side and fast side. The slow side is much stronger than the fast side overall, and all the hits and best-known tracks are on the slow half. Although there were no major hits in the US, 'Sailing' was number 1 in UK for 4 weeks in the summer of 1975. All 5 tracks on the slow side are excellent.
Stewart's version of Danny Whitten's 'I Don't Want To Talk About It' must be one his best performances ever. 'Its not the Spotlight' is convincing. Track 3 on the slow half is the original version of 'This Old Heart of Mine' which is far superior to the later version. 'Still Love You' grows on you, and last but not least the catchy 'Sailing'.
The fast side unfortunately suffers from one or two weak tracks and the vocals aren't as strong, apart from 'Drift Away' (which really belongs in the slow half). The rest are mostly uptempo rockers, of which 'Three Time Loser' and and 'Stone Cold Sober' catch fire.
I originally had it on vinyl. Interestingly in some editions of the original LP the slow half was side one, and 'Stone Cold Sober' was listed as the final album track. The digitally remastered edition is the best yet - the original CD recording quality was poor so its definitely worth the upgrade.
Even though its not quite as strong as some of Rod's earlier material (including 'Maggie May'), this is his best out of all his albums that came Warner Brothers. A great album, worth having even if you only like the slow tracks, and one that you can always come back to enjoy.