The Long Play with Al Neff" is a continuing Sunday evening Feature on The
GOAT. This year, Every Sunday Evening, Album Rock WXYG, The GOAT will
feature a full album at 8:00 PM from the halcyon musical days of 1971.
1971 was Quite an amazing year in Album Rock history. Gonna be a tough
choice every week. So many great ones to choose from.
hope youll tune in next Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 8:00 PM for Every
Picture Tells A Story by Rod Stewart.
Every Picture Tells a Story, is the third studio album by Rod Stewart. It
was released on May 28,1971. It incorporates hard rock, folk, and blues
styles. It went to number one on both the UK and US charts and finished
third in the Jazz & Pop critics' poll for best album of 1971. It has been
an enduring critical success, including a number 172 ranking on Rolling
Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The album is a mixture of rock, country, blues, soul, and folk, and
includes Stewart's breakthrough hit, "Maggie May", as well as "Reason to
Believe", a song from Tim Hardin's debut album of 1966. "Reason to
Believe", with Pete Sears on piano, was released as the first single from
the album with "Maggie May" as the B-side; however, "Maggie May" became
more popular and was a No. 1 hit in both the UK and US.
The album includes a version of Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right (Mama)"
(the first single for Elvis Presley) and a cover of the Bob Dylan song
"Tomorrow Is a Long Time," an outtake from Dylan's 1963 album The
Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (it would see release on 1971's, Bob Dylan's
Greatest Hits Vol. II).
All five members of the Faces (with whom Stewart at that time was lead
vocalist) appeared on the album, with guitarist/bassist Ronnie Wood and
keyboardist Ian McLagan on Hammond B3 organ being employed most. Due to
contractual restrictions, the personnel listings were somewhat vague, and
it was unclear that the full Faces line-up recorded the version of the
Motown hit "(I Know) I'm Losing You". Other contributors included Ray
Jackson on mandolin (though Stewart allegedly forgot his name and merely
mentioned "the mandolin player in Lindisfarne" on the sleeve). Micky
Waller on drums. Maggie Bell performed backing vocals (mentioned on the
sleeve as "vocal abrasives") on the title track, and Madeline Bell sang
backup on the next track, "Seems Like A Long Time". Pete Sears played all
the piano on the album except for one track, "I'm Losing You", which had
Ian McLagan on piano, along with the Faces as a band.
The album reached the number-one position in both the UK (for six weeks)
and the US (four weeks) at the same time that "Maggie May" was topping the
singles charts in both territories.
The Temptations cover, "I Know I'm Losing You" reached the top 40, at No.
24 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
Village Voice critic Robert Christgau gave the album a glowing review,
writing: "Rod the Wordslinger is a lot more literate than the typical
English bloozeman, Rod the Singer can make words flesh, and though Rod the
Bandleader's music is literally electric it's the mandolin and pedal steel
that come through sharpest."
The album has been an enduring critical success, including a number 172
ranking on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all
time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list. In 1992, the album
was awarded the number-one spot in Jimmy Guterman's book The Best Rock 'N'
Roll Records of All Time: A Fan's Guide to the Stuff You Love. It was
ranked 99th in a 2005 survey held by British television's Channel 4 to
determine the 100 greatest albums of all time.
In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote:
"Without greatly altering his approach, Rod Stewart perfected his blend of
hard rock, folk, and blues on his masterpiece, Every Picture Tells a
Rod Stewart lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Ronnie Wood guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass guitar
Sam Mitchell slide guitar
Martin Quittenton acoustic guitar
Pete Sears piano, celeste
Micky Waller drums
Danny Thompson upright bass
Andy Pyle bass guitar
Dick Powell violin
Ray Jackson ("the mandolin player in Lindisfarne") mandolin
Long John Baldry vocals on "Every Picture Tells a Story"
Maggie Bell "vocal abrasives" on "Every Picture Tells a Story"
Madeline Bell and friends "vocal abrasives" on "Seems Like a Long
Ian McLagan Hammond organ, piano on "(I Know) I'm Losing You"
Kenney Jones drums on "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (uncredited)
Ronnie Lane bass guitar and backing vocals on "(I Know) I'm Losing
Tune In and Turn On, next Sunday Evening, May 30th, and every Sunday
evening at 8:00 PM for The GOAT'S "The Long Play with Al Neff.
Dont forget, right after the Long Play, we do a Replay of this weeks
GOAT GUEST DJ SHOW.