Atlantic Crossing [Collector's Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rod Stewart's sixth album was called Atlantic Crossing because the singer was literally crossing the Atlantic, making America his new home for reasons of the heart he was fully enamored with actress Britt Ekland at the time and the wallet he was eager to escape Britain's restrictive tax rates. As it happens, 1975 was a perfect time for a new beginning for Stewart: the Faces were falling apart, his last LP, Smiler, wasn't roundly loved, and he had wrapped up his contract with Mercury and signed with Warner, so he completely rebooted, hiring legendary producer Tom Dowd to steer him through a slick, streamlined revamping of his signature sound. The first thing to ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rod Stewart's sixth album was called Atlantic Crossing because the singer was literally crossing the Atlantic, making America his new home for reasons of the heart he was fully enamored with actress Britt Ekland at the time and the wallet he was eager to escape Britain's restrictive tax rates. As it happens, 1975 was a perfect time for a new beginning for Stewart: the Faces were falling apart, his last LP, Smiler, wasn't roundly loved, and he had wrapped up his contract with Mercury and signed with Warner, so he completely rebooted, hiring legendary producer Tom Dowd to steer him through a slick, streamlined revamping of his signature sound. The first thing to be ditched were any traces of the ragged folkie who had popped up on all his first five solo albums, including on his career-making hit "Maggie May," a move that may partially have been due to Stewart's longtime writing partner Martin Quittenton deciding to sever ties with him. Without those ringing acoustic guitars, Dowd and Stewart ratcheted up the rock & roll, soul, and whiskey-soaked ballads, first taking a stab at recording the album with the MG's outtakes of which popped up on Warner's 2009 double-disc Collector's Edition of the album, then expanding this core group with other studio pros who could easily settle into a smooth, polished groove. The results were splashy without being glitzy, soulful without being gritty, an impressive big-budget revamp of Stewart that benefited enormously from a clutch of great songs, both originals and covers. Tellingly, all the great originals arrive on the first side dubbed "The Fast Half," with Rod writing blistering, funny rockers about being laid up three times with VD "Three Time Loser" and suffering through an unwanted sobriety "Stone Cold Sober", then easing back for a quick romance on the Jesse Ed Davis co-written "Alright for an Hour" -- all good indications that his heart was still at a party. But the "Slow Half" did reveal that Stewart had lost none of his fine, nuanced interpretive skills, as he tore into Danny Whitten's "I Don't Want to Talk About It," took his first stab at "This Old Heart of Mine," and kept "Sailing" from drifting away into sentimentality. When taken together, the two halves might have showcased a somewhat slicker Stewart, but he was still the same old Rod with a big, oversized heart and an irresistible bad boy smirk. He may have crossed the Atlantic, but he was none worse for the wear for his journey, at least not yet. [Warner's 2009 Collector's Edition reissue of Atlantic Crossing expands the album by a full second disc, offering an alternate version of the album along with three scrapped sessions with the MG's and a bonus track of "Skye Boat Song," the U.K. single credited to the Atlantic Crossing Drum & Band. The MG's sessions are perhaps a little tentative, but they're loose and fun, particularly on a cheerful take of Allen Toussaint's "Holy Cow," and that spirit can be heard throughout the alternate Atlantic Crossing, which is largely comprised of early takes and demos. Nothing here is as glossy as what showed up on the finished album, so Faces' fans might find this more appealing even if the songs themselves are not quite finished, as on the early version of "Stone Cold Sober," "Too Much Noise", but the whole thing is an unexpected joy: it sounds like as if it was as much fun to make the record as it is to listen to it.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227986841
  • Catalog Number: 516571

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Three Time Loser (4:05)
  2. 2 Alright for an Hour (4:18)
  3. 3 All in the Name of Rock 'N' Roll (5:01)
  4. 4 Drift Away (3:44)
  5. 5 Stone Cold Sober (4:16)
  6. 6 I Don't Want to Talk About It (4:48)
  7. 7 It's Not the Spotlight (4:27)
  8. 8 This Old Heart of Mine (4:08)
  9. 9 Still Love You (5:11)
  10. 10 Sailing (4:42)
  11. 11 Skye Boat Song - The Atlantic Crossing Drum & Pipe Band (4:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 To Love Somebody - The MG's (4:14)
  2. 2 Holy Cow - The MG's (3:14)
  3. 3 Return to Sender - The MG's (3:46)
  4. 4 Three Time Loser (4:35)
  5. 5 Alright for an Hour (4:37)
  6. 6 All in the Name of Rock 'N' Roll (5:00)
  7. 7 Drift Away (3:57)
  8. 8 Too Much Noise (3:25)
  9. 9 I Don't Want to Talk About It (4:53)
  10. 10 It's Not the Spotlight (4:27)
  11. 11 This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) - The MG's (3:56)
  12. 12 Still Love You (4:57)
  13. 13 Sailing (4:45)
  14. 14 Skye Boat Song - The Atlantic Crossing Drum & Pipe Band (6:13)
  15. 15 Radio Spot (1:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rod Stewart Primary Artist, Vocals
Steve Cropper Guitar
David Lindley Mandolin, Violin
Pete Carr Guitar
Jesse Ed Davis Guitar
The Memphis Horns Horn, Ensemble
Pets Background Vocals
Albhy Galuten Keyboards
Barry Beckett Keyboards
William Correa Percussion, Drums
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass, Bass Guitar
Bob Glaub Bass, Bass Guitar
Roger Hawkins Percussion, Drums
David Hood Bass, Bass Guitar
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Nigel Olsson Percussion, Drums
Lee Sklar Bass, Bass Guitar
Fred Tackett Guitar
Al Jackson Jr. Percussion, Drums
Cindy Singers Background Vocals
Alex Jackson Percussion, Drums
Bob Singers Background Vocals
Willie Correa Percussion, Drums
The Clappers Background Vocals
Cindy & Bob Singers Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Rod Stewart Composer, Producer
Robin Gibb Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Barry Goldberg Composer
Jimmy Horowitz Producer
Willie Mitchell Engineer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Richie Blakin Engineer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Tom Dowd Producer, Audio Production, Original Album Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Arif Mardin String Arrangements
Jerry Masters Engineer
Steve Melton Engineer
Cheryl Pawelski Reissue Producer
Gavin Sutherland Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Danny Whitten Composer
Mentor Williams Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
John Kosh Art Direction
Dave Schultz Remastering
Brian Kehew Engineer
Andy Zax Producer, Reissue Producer
Scott Winfield Composer
Sir Harold Boulton Composer
Sean Egan Liner Notes
James J. Mitchell String Arrangements
Peter Lloyd Illustrations
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