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Even if you've got the original you've GOT to hear these extra tracks!
on 14 November 2015
As a longtime fan of Rod's songwriting I was really pleased that with 'Time' he has come back to writing again and I gave the original album four stars. However, the flip side of that is that Rod is also a very good interpreter of other peoples' songs and this "deluxe' version of the album includes another six studio songs, PLUS live versions of songs from 'Time', as well as a nice version of "You Wear it Well".
I particularly liked the additional, very varied studio tracks which I think were equally as good if not better than most of the songs on the original album. We start with a lovely, restrained semi-acoustic version of the (traditional?) song "Corina, Corina" - which could have come from Rod's first solo album (with some really nice harmonica). Next is "Legless" a song that reminded me of Rod's time in the Faces, with added funky brass, followed by a beautiful orchestral version of "Love Has No Pride" by Eric Kaz and Libby Titus, as also covered by Bonnie Raitt and Linda Rondstadt. Next up is a dramatic reading of Bert Burns' "Here Comes the Night" first done by Van Morrison and Them and then a return to one of Rod's (and my) favourite songwriters Tom Waits with a version of his "Cold Water", which as usual Rod manages to keep the essence of but to make more accessible. Finally its a raw, rocking version of Elmore James' blues classic "Shale Your Money Maker" taken at breakneck pace with Rod's throaty soulful vocals competing with the up-front harmonica and slide guitar - FABULOUS - the best thing I've heard Rod do since the 70s. Even if you've got the original album you've GOT to hear these extra six tracks which are a perfect representation of Rod the song interpreter, from blues to ballads, from a whisper to a scream.