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Every Picture Tells A Story

Every Picture Tells A Story

30 Apr 1971
4.9 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews

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By A Customer on 2 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
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!
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By A. Macfarlane VINE VOICE on 23 April 2004
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OK everyone knows Rod Stewart from "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and all theother rubbish he's churned out over the last couple of decades. But thisalbum stands out as a reminder that once he really was very good. Thetrack most will know is "Maggie May", and it is rightfully a classic, butthere are more nearly forgotten gems here: the title track, a reworking ofDylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" and the rawkous "(I know)I'm Losing" youin particular. This album is full of great tunes, a laid back style andsome decent song writing. What's even more surprising is that Stewarthimself was involved in the writing of them.
It makes you wonder what happened to him between the early albums and suchabominations as the 80s ablums "Foolish Behaviour", "Body Wishes","Camouflage" and "Love Touch". You should get a copy of "Every PictureTells a Story", listen to it and enjoy it. But if anyone ever offers you acopy of 1986's "Rod Stewart" - run screaming.
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Forget all that nonsense he did in the late Seventies and early Eighties, this is Rod's finest forty-odd minutes.
He takes on Blues, Folk, Rock 'n' Roll and Soul with the best and most enthusiastic pick-up band you could ever wish for.
This album comes from the time when he actually enjoyed making records - from the plaintive 'Mandolin Wind' to the hard-driven 'Losing You', you'll never hear him in better voice.
I just wish he'd ring Ronnie Wood and Martin Quittenton, book a cheap studio and do it all again.
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Every now and then, you'll be doing stuff at home/work, and something will come on the radio, that you're not familiar with, but absolutely stops you in your tracks.....so it was with me, and the Rod Stewart track "Mandolin Wind", played a few weeks ago on the Maconie/Radcliffe show on BBC R2 - a beatiful song, which forced me to further investigate this rich vein of Rod Stewart form, before he got all 70s/80s disco etc etc. Bottom line - this is a fantastic album - I can see what all the fuss was about with the Faces/early RS stuff - Maggie May is here, and some truly melancholic sounds - This has moved up to be one of my top ten albums of the 1970s.....I may be late to this, but my goodness...better late than never. Very Highly Recommended.
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2003
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If you could only have one Rod Stewart album, this would be the one to have. It is quintessential Rod Stewart: brash and raucous one minute, poignant and mournful another.
This CD contains some terrific songs, and they run the gamut in feeling from the folksy "Maggie May" to the lyrical" Mandolin Wind" to the pure, Motown/rock refrains of "I'm Losing You". It also contains one of the greatest songs ever written by Tim Hardin, "Reason To Believe". As sung by Rod Stewart that alone, in and of itself, is reason enough to have this CD.
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It's forty years to the very month (November 1971/2011) since I purchased first of all the double A-sided single "Maggie May/Reason To Believe" and then graduated to the full vinyl album "Every Picture Tells A Story". The album's front cover informs the listener of the singer's name, the album's title and the legend "Classic Edition" at the very top. Without doubt, the 'legend' is true. This was the first album I ever bought with my own money (as far as I recall) and though I'd grown up with the radio (The Light Programme but, mainly Radio Luxembourg) and both my mother's (Donegan, Darin et al) records and my elder brother's (Beatles, Stones, Small Faces and Who) records over the previous ten years or so, this album was a revelation to me at the time. What? Classical guitars with electric and acoustic guitars, mandolins, violins, pianos, organs and pedal steel guitars? It was new to me at the time anyway! Moreover, Stewart can be satisfied that he was one of the pioneers of 'acoustic rock' and helped create a 'template' for many others to follow.

Unknown to me (and I suspect many others at the time too) Stewart had already made two very good solo albums prior to this, made two 'band' albums with the Jeff Beck Band as well as numerous singles from 1964 leading up to this masterpiece, comprising mainly stunning covers of fairly obscure songs by Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Elvis/Arthur Crudup and The Temptations. Oh and three Stewart originals, one a solo "Mandolin Wind", one with Ronnie Wood "Every Picture Tells A Story" and one with Martin Quittenton, a little 'throwaway song, called "Maggie May".
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