Every Picture Tells a Story
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Once upon a time, Rod Stewart was not vamping indiscriminately about "Hot Legs" and asking "D'ya Think I'm Sexy?" He was a singer with a gravel-voice approximation of Sam Cooke and excellent taste in cover material. Here, he's toned down with folksy covers of Tim Hardin ("Reason to Believe"), Bob Dylan ("Tomorrow is Such a Long Time"), and Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (via Elvis, "That's All Right Mama"). He tops his interpretive abilities with two originals that have since become standards ("Maggie May, " "Every Picture Tells A Story"). Quite a different Rod from the one the world has come to know. --Rob O'Connor

Customer Reviews:

  • Is it just me, or is the guitar out of tune?
    You never know, Alicia Keys is intentionally flat on her new album, so maybe it was intentional, but the opening guitar was painfully out of key, and always seems like it's not quite in sync with the rest of the sound. If it wasn't for that, I might be able to evaluate this track based on the vocals and the rest of the sound. But the guitar is SO bad, I just can't focus on the rest!...more info
  • THE ONE " MUST HAVE" ROD STEWART ALBUM...
    If you could only have one Rod Stewart album, this would be the one to have. It is quintessential Rod Stewart: brash and raucous one minute, poignant and mournful another.

    This CD contains some terrific songs, and they run the gamut in feeling from the folksy "Maggie May" to the lyrical" Mandolin Wind" to the pure, motown/rock refrains of "I'm Losing You" . It also contains one of the greatest songs ever written by Tim Hardin "Reason To Believe". That alone, in and of itself, is reason enough to have this CD....more info

  • "Good, Honest Music . . ."
    This was the phrase used by former bandmate Ron Wood in describing both this effort and "Gasoline Alley" in the recent "Behind the Music" episode featuring Rod Stewart. Given the excesses that plauged Stewart's later career, there's a certain sad irony to that statement. Nonetheless, there's much to admire and celebrate about "Every Picture Tells a Story." Like Dylan's "Highway 61", John Mellencamp's "The Lonesome Jubillee", and The Band's self titled second album, this was a convergence of outstanding material, daring instrumentation, and a sense of purpose among the musicians involved to produce the best music they possibly could. Stewart's ragged but right delivery is irresistable throughout, whether it's applied to his own material (the title track, the country-tinged "Mandolin Wind", and "Maggie May", one of the greatest singles ever) or any of the cover stuff (Dylan's "Tommorow is a Long Time, Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe", and the rollicking "That's All Right, Mama"). Dick Powell's violin, Wood's bass and guitar work, Micky Waller's Charlie Watts-like drumming, and the mandolin work of the mysterious mandolinist from the obscure British folk-rock band Lindisfarne ("His name escapes me at the moment," claims Stewart in the liner notes) combined to make a a wonderfully unique, folky sound that rocked. And that's the pity. Stewart's career had a number of highlights and metamorphuses - the shy blues shouter with the Jeff Beck Group, rockin' front man with the Faces, foppish solo artist - but at this stage of his career, Rod the Mod had both popular and critical acclaim. And he basically threw it all away after this....more info
  • Classic Rod
    This one is a keeper! I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates Rod's accomplishments over the years, but enjoys the rough, rowdy and bluesy side of Rod's voice. ...more info
  • Everest To Death Valley
    In 1971, Rod Stewart released "Every Picture Tells A Story" AND a Faces LP, AND toured solo AND toured with the Faces. He was only 20 months removed from the Jeff Beck Group, where he sang on two classic LPs. He was IT in he summer of '71.

    So...what happened?

    Well--read the other reviews. You'll see Rod was trendy, not a trend setter. As much as I loved what he did from 1968-1975, I simply can't bear to here any of his newer work, ESPECIALLY his attempts over the last five years to recapture his glory by rehashing his classics.

    That said, "Every Picture Tells A Story," along with "Never A Dull Moment," his work with the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces, particularly on "A Nods As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse," are fantastic.

    The overlooked link here is Ronnie Wood, who played on so many early Rod efforts, was the Keith Richard equivalent in the Faces, and even played bass and some second guitar on the Beck records. Wood was a master at getting a lot out of a little--he plays acoustic lead on rockers, dobro on "That's All Right,", ukes, even some banjo. The classical intro to "Maggie May," often clipped by DJs, is, well, classic. The Stones seem to have imasculated this great rock guitar player after "Some Girls"....the guts of this band--Mick Waller, Pete Sears, Ian McLagan--can be found all over the best of British rock from the era: Faces, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, and more.

    I've heard "Maggie May," I dunno, maybe 15,000 times in my life, and it stays great. It may be a weight around Rod Stewart's neck by now, but it is a piece of perfection that will be around long after "Tonight's The Night," "Young Turks," and "Hot Legs" are forgotten.

    While I love the cool guitar intro to "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (Ronnie Wood again), my favorite moment on this LP comes 3 minutes into the title track, when Rod and Maggie Bell jump a note to sing "She claimed that it just ain't natural," and then, 4-1/2 minutes in, when the bass drops, Ronnie kicks in the rhythm guitar, and Maggie and Rod become insistant: "Every Picture Tells A Story--Don't It?"

    This is a great LP, made at a time when Rod knew how to work Rock, Soul, R&B, Country and British Folk together into his own unique blend. Forget virtually every note he played after "Atlantic Crossing," but don't write him off completely.

    Because in the summer of '71, he was IT....more info

  • One of the all-time classics of heartfelt rock
    Greil Marcus once said, "Never has there been a more naturally-gifted rock singer than Rod Stewart and never has a singer betrayed his gift more completely". Whether you agree with that or not, even Marcus agrees that this album is one of the finest ones ever recorded. Rod had so much heart and humor back then and this album is packed with both. Songs like the title track actually make you glad to be alive and I know I'll never grow tired of them. Even if you hate what Rod Stewart became later on, you will love this record. Trust me. This is rock and roll at its most hearfelt and heartbreaking....more info
  • Rod Stewart's Best
    If you can only have one Rod Stewart cd, this should be it....more info
  • The Best Rod Stewart Album; Still a Timeless Classic
    This 1971 album is far and away the best Rod Stewart album and one of the Top 10 albums of that decade. This was only his third album and it went to the top of the album charts both in the U.S. and the U.K., whereas "Gasoline Alley," released the previous year had only made it to #27 on the Billboard chart (it would not be until 1979 that Stewart would have another album reach #1, with "Blondes Have More Fun"). In the early part of his career Stewart managed to find interesting ways of mixing folk, rock, blues and country, both in his single career and as the front man for the Faces, who released both their second ("Long Player") and third albums ("A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...To a Blind Horse Faces") that year as well ("Stay With Me" was the big hit off of the later). So for Rod Stewart 1971 was a very good year.

    The big single off of this album, of course, is "Maggie May," hit #1 for several weeks (this was the first song we played for our daughter Maggie, the day after she was born). This is one of the great songs about being seduced by an older woman. Two other singles charted, the rockin' cover of "(I Know) I'm Losing You" originally done by the Temptations, which made it to #24, and Stewart's poignant cover of Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe," which ends the album on a quiet note and made it to #62. Then there is the exquisite "Mandolin Wind" (played by some guy Rod forgot the name of) and the frenetic energy of the title track, which lulls you into a false sense of security by beginning with an acoustic guitar part before the drums start drivin' this one hard and fast. Surprisingly, most of the songs on this one are covers, the exceptions between "Mandolin Wind" and the title track, the latter co-written by Stewart with lead guitarist Ron Wood.

    Stewart exhibits a lot of range on this album and for me the only that could possible qualify as a misfire would be the cover of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is Such a Long Time," which is a bit ironic because you would think that would work. "Seems Like a Long Time" is pretty good, as is the rollickin' "That's All Right" by "Big Boy" Crudup. I even love the sheet music on the "back cover" ("It's Full of Good Things and Loads of Suggestions"). As far as I am concerned if your choice is between this and a Rod Stewart "Greatest Hits" CD, get this one because it is all downhill for Stewart from this point on. ...more info
  • An essential rock classic.
    Rod Stewart's 1971 album "Every Picture Tells A Story" is one of the best, most original, most intense, most honest, most uplifting, most spiritual, most youthful, most listenable, most playable, most awesome albums ever recorded. I love this album and it has been one of my favorites ever since I bought it over a decade ago. I have a very deep passion for it. I cannot really put it in words - those who love the album know what I am talking about.

    Just about everything that Rod Stewart has done in the past 25 years sucks. I cannot think of a better example of a singer going from super-good to super-bad....more info

  • 1971-----The lightning only struck, once.........
    And for Rod Stewart, alas, it was only once. He made a career out of this one, but for my generation, this was it. It may be only my opinion, but he couldn't top this, again. Instead, he sold out, and practically everything since, has been nothing but musical schlock. Oh, but how good this album, was....more info
  • Original Sound of Rod Stewart
    Anyone looking for Rod Stewart's original sounds should purchase this CD. Also, it's great to have for your collection....more info
  • The Best Rock Album Ever (?)
    Yes, Rod Stewart has been coasting for 20 years now. But if you have never heard this album (inconceivable!) you're in for a shock. Stewart combines toughness and tenderness in a way that illuminates most every young guy's experience. The title track is a bit of autobiography that will send shivers down your spine; the protagonist is whipped from pillar to post and finally finds love, and is able to look back and laugh. That's what we all want, and rarely has that universal experience been so elequently expressed (and it's splendid hard rock, too.) Plus, the greatest version of Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe" ever recorded. And "Mandolin Wind" conveys an emotion that is almost impossible to find in yesterday's or today's rock: humility. You *must* have this album....more info
  • a favorite among many
    Considered Rod Stewart's masterpiece today, Every Picture Tells a Story truly shines from beginning to end. While it's completely UNTRUE this is the best album he ever made, we can't deny how good the quality of the material is.

    Everyone knows the title song with its fast rocking pace and rough-around-the-edges vocals. "Maggie May" is an overplayed classic, but still, a classic. Everyone likes to memorize the lyrics because the song is considered one of the greatest songs of all-time. "Mandolin Wind" may be tagged as a forgotten beautiful favorite. The delicate and meaningful vocals in "Reason to Believe" is enough to make grown men cry. "(I Know) I'm Losing You" is similar to the title song with the vocals and heaviness and dirtiness in the guitar work, and "Seems Like a Long Time" reminds me of Carole King with the piano playing. "That's All Right" takes us back to the Faces with the bluesy delivery in the vocals and guitar work.

    Overall, great album, but Never a Dull Moment is slightly better....more info
  • Believe This Picture
    Rod Stewart's Every Picture Tells A Story is generally rated as one of the greatest records in the history of rock. In his book, The Top 100 Rock 'N' Roll Albums of All Time, Paul Gambaccini listed the album at number one. I'd disagree with Mr. Gambaccini that it is the best of all time, but it is among the elite. From beginning to end, every song is superb and he takes the sound from Gasoline Alley to another level. The title track is opens the album with a bang. The song is filled with descriptive and vivid lyrics and Mr. Stewart sings it with passion and fury. "Seems Like A Long Time" slows things down and has some very poignant lyrics. He does a roaring take on "That's All Right (Mama)" clearly inspired by Elvis Presley's version of the song. It sounds like it could have been recorded in some barn in the south. The song segues into a sampling of "Amazin' Grace" in which Mr. Stewart's gravelly voice gives it a degree of solemnity. "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" is another Bob Dylan cover that has a cool keyboard sound. "Mandolin Wind" starts off slowly and then builds to a fiery crescendo. The Faces join the party on a funky cover of The Temptation's "(I Know) I'm Losing You". "Reason To Believe" is a cover of a Tim Hardin song, but Mr. Stewart makes it all his own. "Maggie May" is the song that has become the album's definitive song and a radio classic. As a double A side with "Reason To Believe", it became his first number one single and as the album hit number one at the same time, he became the first artist to simultaneously hold the number one single and album in both the US & the UK. Though he would continue to record excellent music and have albums that sold more copies, Rod Stewart never release a more influential or important album....more info
  • Classic Rod at His Best
    I never tire of listening to this record. I own the album and the CD. I had a cassette copy for my car that I listened to all the time. Most of the time I had to fast forward though the other side of the tape that had a different album on it. This is the original Maggie May. The accoustic performance of Amazing Grace (that is not even listed on the album song list is spiritually uplifting and hauntingly beautiful. My kids liked the album the first time they heard it asking me what it was. This is on my list of my favorite 25 albums of all time. There is something about this album, I can listen to it on a regular basis and it just makes me feel good. ...more info
  • Don't it, don't it
    Great covers of Bob Dylan and Tim Hardin mixed w/ Rod Stewart originals and whiz bang, you have a seminal early 70's rock classic. The musicianship's great- thumping bass, clean guitar and a bit of cheesy keyboards fronting a great gravel-voiced Stewart and on occasion, wailing backups by the estimable Maggie Bell.

    This is is the one Rod Stewart disc you must have---what a shame that he turned into a clown....more info
  • Every Picture Tells A Story, Don't It?
    This album is what church aspires to be but can never be. Even more soulful, by a hair, than the "Truth" album by the Jeff Beck Group. In fact, just listen to these two back-to-back. If "Blues Deluxe" (from Truth) doesn't rip your blues-lovin' soul out, you ain't alive. And if "Ever Picture..." doesn't break your heart like it needs to be broke, just go out and pick yourself up some Justin Timberlake, bro, 'cause it's over....more info
  • to my grandchildren.
    yes children, there was once a time when rod stewart made good albums. even a great one. this is the great one. great rock and roll numbers. beautiful ballads. music with soul. listen to "mandolin wind," for instance. that's great stuff. so is the title track and "tomorrow is a long time." and hear what he does with the tim hardin classic, "reason to believe." that's certainly great. "maggie may," you may even have heard this on the oldies station. fine tune, isn't it? lots of excellent guitar on this album, as well. ron wood, who would soon become a rolling stone, plays here; and the boy sure has a feel for rock and roll. somebody needs to get ahold of mr stewart and make him listen to this album. couldn't he do something like this again? just for his old fans. maybe rick rubin could slap him upside the head and talk some sense into the old geezer. anyway, children, this is how it was, back even before the days of disco. those were good times. oh, nostalgia....more info
  • Not 20-bit
    Great album, and it sounds great on my 2-channel system but it's not a 20-bit recording, despite a sticker on the cd case designating otherwise (if it was, my CDP would so indicate). Still, the remastered mix sounds great, and I do recommend this product. "Mandolin Wind" has never sounded so good....more info
  • Back In The Days With Rod Stewart
    I have spent some time in this space going over the litany of rock & roll groups and individuals who collectively formed the musical consciousness of my generation, the "Generation of `68". The Rolling Stones, The Doors and the Beatles immediately come to mind. The performer under review, Rod Stewart, now known more for his fine (mostly) crooner covers of old time pre-rock songs fits into the second layer of those who entertained us and made us scream for more rock & roll. And, someone can add to this to refresh my memory, Rod Stewart was one of the early proponents of the rock concert as entertainment extravaganza in the old English music hall tradition. I can remember going to a Rod Stewart concert in the old days where he had circus acts, complete with fireworks and colored smoke in between his performances (and maybe as part of the performance as well). Such visual effects are practically de rigueur these days but then it was unusual.

    Be that as it may the main thing about a Rod Stewart song in the old days as reflected in this CD is that energy he put into each song his own as here with "Maggie May" and "Every Picture Tells A Story", or covers. In the end though, for me at least for male singers it is that gravelly voice that he brought to the performance highlighted here by "Mandolin Wind".


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  • Rod Stewart at his Best.
    Rod Stewart was at his best between the years 1969 to 1975, when he was cultivating his solo career while still a member of The Faces, and before the tawdry posturing of his "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" disco years. When he was at his best, Stewart released The Rod Stewart Album in 1969, (featuring "Handbags and Gladrags"); Gasoline Alley in 1970 (featuring the Rod Stewart-Ronnie Wood song "Gasoline Alley"); Every Picture Tells a Story in 1971 (featuring the classic singles "Maggie May," "(I Know) I'm Losing You," and the Tim Hardin song "Reason To Believe"); and Never a Dull Moment in 1972 (featuring Sam Cooke's "Twisting the Night Away," "You Wear It Well," and "Lost Paraguayos"). All of these classic Rod songs define the true artistic genius of Rod Stewart before he sold his soul to disco, prompting Rolling Stone magazine to observe: "Rarely has a singer had as full and unique a talent as Rod Stewart; rarely has anyone betrayed his talent so completely."

    With all five members of The Faces appearing on the album, Every Picture Tells a Story is the definitive Rod Stewart album. Stewart wrote several hit singles for the album: the coming-of-age classic that launched his solo career, "Maggie May;" "Every Picture Tells a Story" (co-written with Ronnie Wood); and the mandolin-driven "Mandolin Wind." The other songs on the album stand up well against Stewart's songs, including the hard-edged rocker, "(I Know) I'm Losing You," and a Dylan cover, "Tomorrow is a Long Time." Complete album tracks include:

    1. Every Picture Tells A Story 5:59
    2. Seems Like A Long Time 4:02
    3. That's All Right 6:00
    4. Tomorrow Is A Long Time 3:48
    5. Maggie May 5:50
    6. Mandolin Wind 5:36
    7. (I Know) I'm Losing You 5:23
    8. (Find A) Reason To Believe 4:10

    G. Merritt
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  • Indeed, It Does
    Gene Santoro wrote that Rod's lyrics were "almost offhand, conversational, the kind of rambling talk you might overhear at the table in a bar." That was this album - a good friend, talking to you over (maybe slightly too many) drinks. Folkie melancholy, rockin' and rollin' - with this album you were hanging with a bud. Rod was alternative when this was released - he had instruments that no one else was using, the songs were different, the mood was congenial. Why Rod can't do something like this again, from a different perspective, is still something I can't figure out....more info
  • Every Picture Tells A Story
    I purchased this product for a friend. She said it was well worth the money. The CD was great. Thanks...more info
  • A classic of Rod's early work!
    This is a great album. There is no use denying that. It mixes blues, folk and good-old rock and roll and comes out a beautiful original finised product. Let's take it song by song. 1:Every Picture--an up tempo rocker with a bluesy melody. 2:Seems Like a Long Time--a nice, gospel sounding song. 3:That's All Right--a rockin blues number with an absolutely gorgeous ending. 4:Tomorrow is a Long Time--a tune by Dylan. nice violin and steel guitar parts. 5:Maggie May--the classic Rod Stewart song. still sounds great after hearing it so many times on the radio. 6:Mandolin Wind--my favorite on the album. a nice ballad with killer mandolin solos. 7:I'm Losing You--another straight-out blues tune. 8:Reason to Believe--a folky cover song which showcases Rod's vocals a little more than the others on this album. Well, that's my review of one of rock's most original records. Thank you for your time....more info
  • Every Story Tells a Picture - So Do I
    Folks. Your favorite Seer (me), despite my grandiose aspirations for Nirvanic pefection, can get himself in really dumb situations. Chance, my sometimes morose guide (who teaches movie stars how to scowl) came by and suggested that I needed a change. So he had a stylist come in to war against my long grey hair. People. I could cry. I wound up with a rooster cut and, not only that, but now it's blond! How can I go to a Seer's convention looking like this? And I can't tame this hair. I bought exotic spray (with ingredients from the figi islands), minty fresh laquer, and jell made from grapes- and nothing - absolutely nothing affects this hair at all! I must have combed it in a thousand ways-but it came out lookig just the same. However, I am a Rod Stewart look alike now without that incredible voice. You should hear me sing - sounds like sqeeks. I do a mean mousetone folks!
    Anyway, Rod, on this album, secures and deserves his legacy no matter what age has done to him. In this he is the ultimate rocker, the soulful crooner, the balladeer all rolled into one. And, let's not forget those vocals. Gritty and wonderful and one of a kind.
    The thing that strikes me most about this album is the wise choice of songs and the ability to really create "live" sound. It sounds like they are playing in your living room and this makes the music sound alive and real.
    We begin with "Every Picture Tells a Story" which is Rod at his finest, rockin' rave best. Even the break in this song is picture perfect. Then on to that slow soulful piano ballad "Seems Like a Long Time" with the essential female backing vocals. Listen to how the chorus gets insistent near the end and then goes back down to the beginning sparse arrangement. So superb.
    Wonderful slide guitar and the band in fine, soulful swing with "That's All Right". All the instruments groove on this one. Then the acoustic, beautiful "Tomorrow is a Long Time" with tasty guitar and fiddle and aching vocals by Rod. I should point out that he secured some extremely talented musicians for this project. The unity of playing is prominent with the joy of hearing all contributions so crisp and clear.
    The acoustic beginning of "Maggie May" reminds me of when I went back in time to King Arthur's court. It was during a big feast. I remember getting sick on the wine. Anyway, the song is about the love of a young man and an older woman. I'm sure you have all heard this classic by now. But, as an aside, your Metamorpho has personally tried to make a living out of playing pool and it was not pretty. They almost broke my thumbs.
    Then we have "Mandolin Wind" with beautiful mandolins and slide guitar. Again, how sweet this song begins and then moves towards a crest. Rod knows what he's doing. He offers the gritty syrup and then belts us with sheer gravel. What a mason he is.
    "(I Know) I'm Losing You" is a great version of that soulful tune. Aside from the great beat, Rod treats us to a meaningful, expert vocal, brimming with emotion and desperation. His interpretation of this song is right on target.
    He ends the album with Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe". Beautiful. You can hear the ache of a man who has lost faith but still wants to find a shred of that faith in order to have some meaning in life. Absolutely so well done.
    In closing, the peaks and valleys of this album resonate long after you hear it. It is so well thought out and the order is an inspiration. This is classic Rod Stewart. His career may have had peaks and valleys as well. But this one stands on the highest peak. A classic - and so good to hear instruments that have a real sound.
    That's all for now people. Now, don't feel too badly for me. Warmer weather is coming so I'm going to buzz cut my hair and then put on my seer's hat. If that doesn't work I can get my orange clown wig out of storage. The future, after all, belongs to the clever.

    Yours, from the French Bank ------Metamorpho
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