Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells A Story on Numbered Edition in Its Original Extended Gatefold Jacket Silver Label LP
Ranked #172 on Rolling Stone's List of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Rod Stewart owned the early 1970s. When he wasnâ€™t recording great sets with the Faces, he was redefining how folk, country, and soul music could be folded under rockâ€™s umbrella. Filled with first-rate originals and terrific interpretations of classics, Every Picture Tells A Story remains Stewartâ€™s watershed moment, a brilliant synthesis of organic warmth, earthy tones, raucous romance, and loose performances. Those who only know Stewart from his later evolution into a sappy balladeer will be overwhelmed.
Mastered on our world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (the best record plant in America), our Silver Labelsâ€™ numbered edition LP presents the 1971 smash in the most transparent, warm, and full-range sound the music has ever enjoyed. Stewartâ€™s supremely soulful vocals come on with insouciant passion and joyous persuasion, the detail allowing listeners to hear into his lungs and feel every breath he draws. His equally superb band is presented amidst an expanded soundstage thatâ€™s free of artificial ceilings and harshness introduced by several digital remastering editions. The explosive sound is akin to watching a fledgling group come into its own in a small club.
Kicking up the tempo and slightly increasing the edge from his previous solo effort, Stewart transforms blues, folk, country, and soul into a hard-rocking hybrid that maintains acoustic properties but isnâ€™t afraid to step out and report on what itâ€™s like to have a night out on the town. Anchored by Mick Wallerâ€™s free-swinging percussion, every song triumphs, with Stewartâ€™s slightly hoarse and eminently emotive vocals communicating each word as if theyâ€™re literally sewn as hearts on his sleeve. Ron Woodâ€™s slide guitar and gritty chords complement the singerâ€™s earnest conviction, and Ian McLaganâ€™s organ adds bittersweet accents. Nothing here is blue; Every Picture Tells A Story is a celebration.
Stewart combines American and British folk styles on the strolling â€œMandolin Wind,â€ the touching song epitomizing the simple, direct approach that underpins the entire album. On the breathless title track, Stewart embraces his inner playboy, the tuneâ€™s likeable crude-and-rude swagger sent up on crackling rhythms and visceral harmonies. The British native handles Bob Dylanâ€™s â€œTommorow Is A Long Timeâ€ and the evergreen â€œThatâ€™s All Rightâ€ as if he wrote them. The best aspect of Every Picture Tells A Story relates to how genuine and believable Stewart and his good-natured company sound throughout.
If you are a fan of rock, soul, folk, or the blues, you owe it to yourself to have a superb copy of this timeless record that shows off its translucent and organic tones, extraordinary vocal performances, and crack backing band. Mobile Fidelityâ€™s Silver Label numbered edition LP does just that. And it restores one of the most iconic album covers in history. As for that â€œClassic Editionâ€ statement thatâ€™s always hovered at the top of the record? Never truer than now.Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells A Story Track Listing:
1. "Every Picture Tells a Story" (Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood) - 6:01
2. "Seems Like a Long Time" (Theodore Anderson) - 4:02
3. "That's All Right" (Arthur Crudup) - 3:59
4. "Amazing Grace" (Traditional, arranged by Rod Stewart) - 2:03
5. "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" (Bob Dylan) - 3:43
6. "O. Henry" (Martin Quittenton) - 0:32
7. "Maggie May" (Rod Stewart, Martin Quittenton) - 5:16
8. "Mandolin Wind" (Rod Stewart) - 5:33
9. "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (Norman Whitfield, Eddie Holland, Cornelius Grant) - 5:23
10. "Reason to Believe" (Tim Hardin) - 4:06