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Vintage [Rod Stewart]

  • 1. Man of Constant Sorrow
    2. Cut Across Shorty
    3. Jo's Lament
    4. That's All Right
    5. Only a Hobo
    6. Every Picture Tells a Story
    7. Amazing Grace
    8. Maggie May
    9. Reason to Believe
    10. Mandolin Wind
    11. Handbags and Gladrags
    12. Gasoline Alley
    13. It's All Over Now
    14. You Wear It Well
    15. Tomorrow Is a Long Time
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 518097

  • Credits
    ProducerLou Reizner; Rod Stewart

    Personnel: Rod Stewart (vocals, acoustic guitar); Ron Wood (acoustic, electric & bottleneck guitar, bass); Martin Quittenton (acoustic guitar); Sam Mitchell (slide guitar); Stanley Matthews, Ray Jackson (mandolin); Dick Powell (violin); Pete Sears (piano, bass); Ian McLagan, Mike D'Abo (piano); Danny Thompson (bass); Dennis O'Flynn (violin bass); Mick Waller (drums); Maggie Bell, Long John Baldry (background vocals).
    Personnel: Rod Stewart (vocals, acoustic guitar); Ron Wood (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bottleneck guitar); Martin Quittenton (acoustic guitar); Sam Mitchell (slide guitar); Ray Jackson, Stanley Matthews (mandolin); Dick Powell (violin); Ian McLagan, Michael d'Abo, Pete Sears (piano); Mickey Waller (drums); Long John Baldry, Maggie Bell (background vocals).
    Photographer: Michael Putland.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Dennis O'Flynn.
    Arrangers: Rod Stewart; Sam Mitchell.
    VINTAGE strolls along the grittier side of Rod Stewart's career, tracing the years that preceded the sythesizer throb and slick production of some of his later work, with scaled-down arrangements and soulful performances from a band which features fellow Face Ron Wood, whose masterful work complements Stewart's trademark rasp perfectly. These early tunes were recorded with minimal reverb, so as to give a close-up, live feel, and on songs like the "Handbags And Gladrags," Stewart's singing actually overdrives the studio microphones--left in the mix, this effect creates an interesting juxtaposition with the almost regal backing track.
    As one might expect, the classic "Maggie May" is a standout track, surely the one most familiar to the casual listener; its setting in the context of this rootsy collection is a tribute to Stewart's gift for narrative, as well as his plain old songwriting mastery. Stewart's legendary take on Tim Hardin's "Reason To Believe," another well-known cut, is a sprawling, complex work, drawing every last drop of soul from the composition. Dual slide guitars give "Mandolin Wind" and "Gasoline Alley" a blistering, bluesy groove, rich in the brand of honest, roots-based rock that put Stewart on the map.

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