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Atlantic Crossing

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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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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2008
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • EAN: 4943674085576
  • Catalog Number: 13265

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
Pets Background Vocals
Albhy Galuten Keyboards
Barry Beckett Keyboards
William Correa Percussion, Drums
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Bob Glaub Bass
Roger Hawkins Percussion, Drums
David Hood Bass
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Nigel Olsson Percussion, Drums
Fred Tackett Guitar
Al Jackson Jr. Percussion, Drums
Leland Sklar Bass
Cindy Singers Background Vocals
Technical Credits
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
Mentor Williams Composer
Danny Garcia Engineer
Sylvia Moy Composer
John Kosh Art Direction
Peter Lloyd Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soulful Changes

    Rod worked with the great soul players at Muscle Shoals on this CD, Steve Cropper,Donald"Duck" Dunn, Al Jackson,the Memphis Horns and others.It was a different sound for Rod,less folk & rock, but the soul is still there. The British Navy adopted "Sailing" as their Anthem and in concerts its a rousing singalong for the entire audience. Noone brings out so many nuances of emotion in his voice as Stewart does,and this rendition exemplifies this. "Still love you","I don't want to talk about it" and this earlier version of "This old heart of mine" speak from the soul about past loves in a real way the toughest man can identify with. It wouldn't be a Stewart album without some goodtime songs like "Stone Cold sober" & "Three time loser" and a great cover of "Drift away" On Stewart's later version of "This old Heart of mine" he brought back the great Ron Isley, reviving Isley's career, giving R Kelly the inspiration to make Isley his Mr Big.

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