Every Picture Tells a Story

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Without greatly altering his approach, Rod Stewart perfected his blend of hard rock, folk, and blues on his masterpiece, Every Picture Tells a Story. Marginally a harder-rocking album than Gasoline Alley -- the Faces blister on the Temptations cover "I Know I'm Losing You," and the acoustic title track goes into hyper-drive with Mick Waller's primitive drumming -- the great triumph of Every Picture Tells a Story lies in its content. Every song on the album, whether it's a cover or original, is a gem, combining to form a romantic, earthy portrait of a young man joyously celebrating his young life. Of course, "Maggie May" -- the ornate, ringing ode about a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Without greatly altering his approach, Rod Stewart perfected his blend of hard rock, folk, and blues on his masterpiece, Every Picture Tells a Story. Marginally a harder-rocking album than Gasoline Alley -- the Faces blister on the Temptations cover "I Know I'm Losing You," and the acoustic title track goes into hyper-drive with Mick Waller's primitive drumming -- the great triumph of Every Picture Tells a Story lies in its content. Every song on the album, whether it's a cover or original, is a gem, combining to form a romantic, earthy portrait of a young man joyously celebrating his young life. Of course, "Maggie May" -- the ornate, ringing ode about a seduction from an older woman -- is the centerpiece, but each song, whether it's the devilishly witty title track or the unbearably poignant "Mandolin Wind," has the same appeal. And the covers, including definitive readings of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is Such a Long Time" and Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe," as well as a rollicking "That's All Right," are equally terrific, bringing new dimension to the songs. It's a beautiful album, one that has the timeless qualities of the best folk, yet one that rocks harder than most pop music -- few rock albums are quite this powerful or this rich.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/1998
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731455806021
  • Catalog Number: 558060
  • Sales rank: 26,021

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rod Stewart Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Long John Baldry Background Vocals
Ron Wood Bass, Guitar, Steel Guitar
Pete Sears Piano
Madeline Bell Vocals, Background Vocals
Maggie Bell Background Vocals
Ian McLagan Organ
Sam Mitchell Guitar, Slide Guitar
Dick Powell Violin
Andy Pyle Bass
Martin Quittenton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Mickey Waller Drums
Danny Thompson Bass
Technical Credits
Tim Hardin Composer
Rod Stewart Producer, Audio Production
Theodore Anderson Composer
Ted Anderson Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the best ever

    This album has to be counted among the best ever made. A true classic.

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