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Rod Stewart Album - Gasoline Alley

Rod Stewart Album - Gasoline Alley (Front side)
Album Information :
Title: Gasoline Alley
Approx. Price:$10.99 (USD)
Release Date:
Type:Audio CD
Label:Island / Mercury
Customers Rating :
Average (4.7) :(26 votes)
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Track Listing :
2 It's All Over Now
5 Country Comforts
7 Lady Day +Video
8 Jo's Lament
9 You're My Girl (I Don't Want To Discuss It)
Review - Product Description :
Released in 1970, Rod's sophomore solo effort climbed to #27 and stayed on the charts for 57 weeks ! Includes the title track plus It's All Over Now; Lady Day; Country Comforts , and more.
Review - :
Working in what was not then called an "unplugged" format, Stewart mixed acoustic guitars, mandolin, and piano with a hard-rock attitude to create a distinctive sound that seems as fresh today as ever. Building on the success and innovations of The Rod Stewart Album, Gasoline Alley contains unfettered, laddish takes on Bobby Womack's "It's All Over Now" and the bluesy "Cut Across Shorty," plus a definitive version of Bob Dylan's "Only a Hobo" and the brilliant, nostalgic title track, a Stewart original. The singer is very near the top of his game here. --Daniel Durchholz
(Vita scholae)
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful:
- A long-forgotten classic

Back in the early seventies, when Rod Stewart had not yet abandoned his own artistic path in order to become a spiky-haired, glitzy pop singer in pink outfits, he wrote some of the best folk rock songs, turned out some of the best cover tunes, and worked with one of the best backing band ever.

If you prefer the Rod Stewart of the 1980s, "Blondes Have More Fun" and all, this might not be your thing. Teenagers will generally look bewildered if you play them this kind of music, and look at you like you're from another planet if you profess to enjoy it.

But never mind them, what do kids know?! To me, the four primarily acoustic albums that Rod the Mod turned out between 1969 and 1970-something, remain the best items in his entire catalogue. Tough, organic folk, gritty blues, swaggering rock, and melodic country blended together and stirred with a drumstick...and, to me, "Gasoline Alley" is the best of the lot, alongside "Every Picture Tells a Story".

"Gasoline Alley" (the sublime title track is written by Rod and Ronnie Wood) sports perhaps the best Bob Dylan cover of all time, a beautiful "Only A Hobo", as well as a hoarse, ragged, folkish version of Elton John's and Bernie Taupin's "Country Comforts", Stewarts own "Lady Day", and an incredibly rocking, reeling "Cut Across Shorty", all guitars, drums and a lone violin. It ought to be hokey, but it's not!

I can't remember who it was that wrote something like this about this album:

"-Instead of looking for the rock within the folk, [Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood] proved that folk could rock like hell on its own!" But it's damn right, and that's why I'm blatantly stealing the quote here. This isn't really a rock n' roll record in the traditional sense, but does it ever rock and roll!

(Lafayette, Co USA)
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
- it brings tears to my eyes

It brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to (hear is a better term) anything rod has recorded in the past twenty years. Tears of sorrow, sadness and loss. How could a man who could make a record as good as this one become what he is today. This is such a fine recording. His unusual mix of acoustic and electric, mandolins and violins never loses its ability to evoke joy and pleasure.

Customer review
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
- This is Rod Stewart at his peak. The rest is downhill.

Gasoline Alley is by far the finest Rod Stewart Album he has ever or will ever record. Great tunes - "Cut Across Shorty" is an example of solid lyric and instrumentals. If you hate Rod Stewart, you won't hate Gasoline Alley.

(Syracuse, NY)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
- Rod's Best Work

Rod Stewart's musical career has been evaluated at both ends of the spectrum. One aspect of his talent that has been overlooked has been his ability as a writer. His earlier works with the Faces and his early solo efforts feature great rock music with many of the titles written by Stewart or in collaboration with mates like Ronnie Wood and Ronnie Lane.

Gasoline Alley is a perfect example with a title cut that sets the tone for some of his best work.

Stewart has also consistently maintained the knack for taking songs written by others and adapting them to his style. It's All Over Now, written by Bobby and Shirley Jean Womack is a classic Rod Stewart song. Even Country Comfort, written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, benefits in the direction Stewart takes it.

Gasoline Alley re-emerged after Stewart's Unplugged And Seated CD included a couple tunes from the album. It's worthy of acclaim.

(north bay, Ontario Canada)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
- Finally got this cd!

I was fortunate to see Rod Stewart this past week at Caesar's Palace and was surprised that Rod has turned into quite the entertainer and not just another aging rocker! The show was titled 'The Hits' and that is just what he did, with the majority of songs coming from as far back as The Faces.

This cd (one of his first four)has always escaped me due to the price, but I grabbed it up at his merchandise counter in the casino boutique at a fair price. The first thing I did was spin this disc upon my return home. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed. I am not a fan of his later stuff including the American Masters releases. If you are a fan of his early stuff pick up his first 4 album releases. I also highly recommend the Faces 4 disc set 'Four Guys Walk Into A Bar'... awesome!

By the way Rod had the Colliseum on their feet thru most of his show! His show was the highlight of our week in Vegas :)

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