Night on the Town [Bonus Tracks]

Night on the Town [Bonus Tracks]

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 two around, opening with theSee 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. [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:
08/18/2009
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227985837
catalogNumber:
520222
Rank:
106453

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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   Drums
J. Jarvis   Keyboards
W. Peek   Guitar
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

Yusuf (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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