Atlantic Crossing

Atlantic Crossing

by Rod Stewart
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2011
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227977719
catalogNumber:
47729
Rank:
21567

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist
Steve Cropper   Guitar
David Lindley   Mandolin,Violin
Jesse Ed Davis   Guitar
Memphis Horns   Horn
Pets   Background Vocals
Albhy Galuten   Keyboards
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Bob Glaub   Bass
Roger Hawkins   Percussion,Drums
David Hood   Bass
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Nigel Olsson   Percussion,Drums
Lee Sklar   Bass
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Al Jackson   Percussion,Drums
Cindy Singers   Background Vocals
Bob Singers   Background Vocals
Willie Correa   Percussion,Drums
Clappers   Background Vocals
Pete Catt   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Rod Stewart   Composer
Jesse Ed Davis   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Goldberg   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Engineer
Richie Blakin   Engineer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Arif Mardin   String Arrangements
Jerry Masters   Engineer
Steve Melton   Engineer
James Mitchell   String Arrangements
Gavin Sutherland   Composer
Danny Whitten   Composer
Mentor Williams   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
John Kosh   Art Direction
Arnold Stiefel   Management
Gabby Garcia   Engineer
Peter Lloyd   Illustrations

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