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Sunday, March 04, 2012

I Know This Is Going To Sound Outrageous, But Here Goes: Rod Stewart Was Actually Pretty Good For A Couple Of Months In The Seventies

14 comments:

Gagdad Bob said...
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Gagdad Bob said...

Hey, his first four solo albums are outstanding. But even by the fourth, Never a Dull Moment, there were signs of load-hood that can now be seen in retrospect. His career arc is similar to Elton John's, in that his first four albums were pretty good too (e.g., Tumbleweed Connection), before he slid off into campy self-parody. Interestingly, you can pinpoint the absolute demise of both to that awful duet they did in 1974, Let Me Be Your Car. Spent forces, both. After which the real money came rolling in.

Mike said...

I listen to Every Picture Tells a Story regularly.

Gagdad Bob said...

The combination of acoustic instruments with the mighty drumming of Mick Waller was a great sound. He was a vastly superior drummer to Kenney Jones of the Faces.

SippicanCottage said...

I read gagdad bob every chance I get for spiritual enlitotement. The O.V. Wright records are just gravy.

vanderleun said...

"I Know This Is Going To Sound Outrageous..."

Well, you got that right.


In that particular cut his first and enduring mistake is "Slow down."

vanderleun said...

You know, if you could cross OneCosmos with Sippican Cottage you'd get Gagdad Cottage: Lots of insights about electric guitars and snow and stuff but they'd all run about 12,800 words long!

vanderleun said...

Rimshot! Thank you. I'll be here all week!

365ThingsIKnow said...

Must be something in the air -- was thinking about Rod the Mod just this morning. Never understood how someone with such talent could go so wrong, so quickly. Meanwhile, I think he and Kenney Jones more than hold their end up here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLhoLkTyNkM

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Casey Klahn said...

The post title. It is the truest thing said this week on the culture, IMHO.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Beck & Stewart

"Morning Dew" 1968ish - Stewart in blues mode

Country Comfort later - b4 John Denver discovered it

setecastronomy1844 said...

I had the pleasure of seeing Rod Stewart with The Faces in the early '70's. It was a show second to none.

H. Gillham said...

I saw Rod Stewart and Faces on tour with Three Dog Night in 1971.

Yes. They opened for TDN.

Now, I know you have lost all respect you used to have for me.

:-)

Anonymous said...

..Rod Stewart? Isn't that the guy who sings lead for Jeff Beck?