Rod Stewart’s 1973 Every Picture Tells A Story did not wow. It’s in better shape than my other Rod Stewart album but it’s quite forggetable. Here’s WIKI’s album review:
1971–74: Every Picture Tells a Story
Stewart’s 1971 solo album Every Picture Tells a Story made him a household name when the B-side of his minor hit “Reason to Believe“, “Maggie May“, (co-written with Martin Quittenton) started receiving radio play. The album and the single hit number one in both the US and the UK simultaneously, a chart first, in September. A loss of innocence tale set off by a striking mandolin part (by Ray Jackson of Lindisfarne), “Maggie May” was also named in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame‘s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, which is one of three songs by him to appear on that list. The rest of the album was equally strong, with “Mandolin Wind” again showcasing that instrument; “(I Know) I’m Losing You” adding hard-edged soul to the mix; and “Tomorrow Is a Long Time“, a cover of a Bob Dylan song. But the ultimate manifestation of the early Stewart solo style was the Stewart-Wood-penned “Every Picture Tells a Story” itself: powered by Mick Waller’s drumming, Pete Sears‘s piano, and Wood’s guitar work in a largely acoustic arrangement; it is a fast, rocking, headlong romp relating the picaresque adventures of the singer.
- Rod Stewart Too Sick to Attend Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction (rollingstone.com)
- Song Of The Weekend: Rod Stewart (and Ronnie Wood) – “Maggie May” (edrobinson.wordpress.com)
- Happy Birthday Rod Stewart! (wncx.radio.com)