A Night on the Town [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In some ways, it's easy to think of A Night on the Town, Rod Stewart's second album for Warner, as a reprisal of the first, cut with many of the same musicians as Atlantic Crossing, produced once again by Tom Dowd, and even following its predecessor's conceit of having a "Slow Side" and "Fast Side" (granted, this flips the two around, opening with the slow one first). Superficially, this seems true, but A Night on the Town has a crucial difference: despite its party-hearty title, this album finds Stewart folding folk back into his sound, a move that deepens the music tonally and emotionally, particularly in the case of "The Killing of Georgie (Pts. 1 & 2)," ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In some ways, it's easy to think of A Night on the Town, Rod Stewart's second album for Warner, as a reprisal of the first, cut with many of the same musicians as Atlantic Crossing, produced once again by Tom Dowd, and even following its predecessor's conceit of having a "Slow Side" and "Fast Side" (granted, this flips the two around, opening with the slow one first). Superficially, this seems true, but A Night on the Town has a crucial difference: despite its party-hearty title, this album finds Stewart folding folk back into his sound, a move that deepens the music tonally and emotionally, particularly in the case of "The Killing of Georgie (Pts. 1 & 2)," Rod's most ambitious original. A winding, sensitive narrative about the murder of a gay friend -- a hate crime years before the term existed -- "The Killing of Georgie" finds Stewart filtering Dylan through his own warm, conversational style, creating a remarkable work unlike anything else in his body of work, yet the song's smooth synthesis of folk storytelling, soul, and incipient disco act as an appropriate conclusion to a side-long suite of songs of seduction, beginning with his classic come-on "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)," running through his splendid reading of Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is the Deepest," and his fine original "Fool for You." On the Fast Side, Stewart has only one original -- the lewd, riotous "The Balltrap" -- but he more makes up for it by spinning two country classics, Gib Guilbeau's "Big Bayou" and Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life," into thick, Stonesy rock & roll, and turning Manfred Mann's "Pretty Flamingo" into a rave-up. With all this in mind, A Night on the Town isn't a revival of Atlantic Crossing, it's its inverse, with Stewart shining as an interpreter on the fast songs and writing the best slow ones, but it's also its equal, proving that Stewart could still stay true to his open-hearted, ragged soul while on a big budget. [Warner's 2009 Collector's Edition reissue of A Night on the Town expands the album by a full second disc, offering an alternate version of the entire album along with the OK studio outtake of "Share," and the wonderful ramshackle "Rosie," the B-side of "The Killing of Georgie." On the whole, the alternates here feel rougher than those on Atlantic Crossing, which benefits "The Balltrap" and "The Wild Side of Life" far more than the ballads on the first side (again, without all the extra musicians these takes sound closer to the Faces), yet the whole thing is tremendous fun and will be of considerable interest to any Rod fan who thought he got too slick once he signed with Warner.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2009
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227985837
  • Catalog Number: 520222
  • Sales rank: 69,489

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rod Stewart Primary Artist
Steve Cropper Guitar
David Lindley Guitar
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
David Foster Keyboards
J. Daniel Smith Keyboards
Barry Beckett Keyboards
J. Davis Guitar
David Hood Bass
Jerry Jumonville Tenor Saxophone
Joe Lala Percussion
Andy Newmark Drums
Rick Shlosser Drums
Lee Sklar Bass
Fred Tackett Guitar
D. Foster Keyboards
R. Hawkins Drums
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
J. Jarvis Keyboards
W. Peek Guitar
Tower of Power Horn Section Horn
R. Glaub Bass
J. Walsh Guitar
Alex Jackson Drums
J. "Sear" Davis Guitar
W. Weeks Bass
R. Hawkins Drums
J. Smith Keyboards
D. Hood Bass
B. Beckett Keyboards
Willie Peek Guitar
T. Vig Percussion
J. Jarvis Keyboards
Doc Dunn Bass
J. Walsh Guitar
Tower Of Power Horns Horn
Technical Credits
Cat Stevens Composer
Rod Stewart Composer, Writer
Mike Bryan Cover Painting
Arlie Carter Composer
Tom Dowd Producer, Original Album Producer
Ben Edmonds Liner Notes
Gib Guilbeau Composer
M. Lewis String Arrangements
Cheryl Pawelski Reissue Producer
Dee Robb Engineer
Joe Robb Engineer
William Salter Composer
William Warren Composer
John Heiden Reissue Design
Dave Schultz Reissue Remastering
Mark Barkan Composer
Brian Kehew Engineer
Andy Zax Reissue Producer
Ralph McDonald Composer
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