Rod Stewart - Time Vinyl 2LP
Rod Stewart Time Vinyl 2LP
Time Marks Rod Stewart's First Album of Original Material in Nearly Two Decades
Featuring 11 New Songs and a Cover of Tom Waits' "Picture In A Frame"
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA
You wait decades for a brand new Rod Stewart song to show up, and eleven come along all at once. Consequently this new collection from the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy living legend is a double landmark. It’s not just his first album of original material for nearly two decades; it also represents a concentrated burst of songwriting activity which is unprecedented in his five-decade career and signals the rediscovery of a gift that Stewart long since thought had deserted him.
The world knows Rod Stewart to be a man of many facets: the fully paid-up, card-carrying rock star; the father of eight; the full-time curator of one of history’s most famous haircuts; the tireless Celtic fan; the extremely handy soccer player and provider, even now, of a devilishly in-swinging corner from the left-hand side. The world also knows Stewart to be a songwriter – though not so much in recent years.
True, in this area, Stewart has already logged more than his share of keepers – songs that will be around for as long as people listen to pop music. He is the lyricist and melodist behind such staples as "Tonight’s The Night," "You Wear It Well," "You’re In My Heart," "The Killing of Georgie" and the indelible "Maggie May" – all of them miniature masterpieces of story-telling.
Yet somewhere along the way, the source of those lyrical yet direct and instantly nerve-touching narratives appeared to dry up. To the point, even, where, at the beginning of this century, Stewart could look back at his own catalogue from a bemused and baffled distance. As he put it, "It was almost as if a person I didn’t know used to write those songs." Time serves emphatic notice that Rod Stewart has bumped into that person again. The craft of songwriting lured Stewart from the beginning.
As a young teenager, charged with minding his father’s London newspaper shop, Stewart would put up the ‘Closed’ sign, so as not to be disturbed, and sit out the back with an acoustic guitar, attempting to decode and master every track on the first Bob Dylan album. Yet, in the mid-60s, in the small, hot British blues clubs in which Stewart did his formal vocalist’s apprenticeship, first as a member of Long John Baldry’s Hoochie Coochie Men, and then in the group Steampacket, it wasn’t about writing your own songs. It was about wringing every drop of soul out of Ray Charles’s "The Night Time Is The Right Time" while simultaneously wearing a sharp suit and keeping a carefully up-combed bouffant in perfect working order. The songwriting ambitions took a back seat.
Rod Stewart Time Track Listing:
1. She Makes Me Happy
2. Can’t Stop Me Now
3. It’s Over
4. Brighton Beach
5. Beautiful Morning
6. Live The Life
1. Finest Woman
3. Picture In A Frame
4. Sexual Religion
5. Make Love To Me Tonight
6. Pure Love
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