Night on the Town

Night on the Town

by Rod Stewart
     
 

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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 twoSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2011
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227977702
catalogNumber:
47730

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist
Steve Cropper   Guitar
David Lindley   Guitar
Joe Walsh   Guitar
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Tommy Vig   Percussion
David Foster   Keyboards
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
J. Davis   Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Bob Glaub   Bass
Roger Hawkins   Drums
David Hood   Bass
John Jarvis   Keyboards
Jerry Jumonville   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Joe Lala   Percussion
Andy Newmark   Drums
Lee Sklar   Bass
J. Smith   Keyboards
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass,Guitar
Al Jackson   Drums
Richard Schlosser   Drums
Tower Of Power Horns   Horn

Technical Credits

Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Rod Stewart   Composer
Mel Lewis   String Arrangements
Jimmy Horowitz   String Arrangements
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Mike Bryan   Cover Painting
Arlie Carter   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Arif Mardin   String Arrangements
Dee Robb   Engineer
Joe Robb   Engineer
William Salter   Composer
William Warren   Composer
Mark Barkan   Composer
Arnold Stiefel   Management

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