195. Rod Stewart - Gasoline Alley (1970)
1. Gasoline Alley
2. It's All Over Now
3. Only A Hobo
4. My Way Of Giving
5. Country Comfort
6. Cut Across Shorty
7. Lady Day
8. Jo's Lament
9. You're My Girl (I Don't Want To Discuss It)
If there is one good thing about this project, it is the fact that it is breaking a lot of preconceptions. This album is one of those, I will never look at the disgusting man that is Rod Stewart in the same way, instead of vomit he might now ellicit pity. How can a man make such a good album and then fall so low later in his carrer?
And this is truly a great album, I am not joking. Rod rocks harder with acoustic guitars than anyone before him. I am quite amazed actually at how good it is. Of course it''s not a perfect 10, or even an imperfect 10, actually it is not a 10 at all, but I expected much, much worse.
The main element of all songs here is an acoustic one, however there is some electric guitars and such backing up the acoustics, and it is very good. Rod's cover of Bob Dylan's Only an Hobo is excellent, and I would never have imagined that Rod could make a sensible, beautiful and heart-felt cover of a Dylan song.
My whole world has turned upside down here, I am in a deep indentity crisis... have my tastes gone shit or is this album really good... I don't know anymore. If I can't trust my hatred for Rod Stewart what can I trust? Will Phill Collins surprise me with his mellow tunes? Will the Cheeky Girls reveal hidden qualities? Is Bucks Fizz my thing? OR is this actually a pretty nifty album? I look at myself in the mirror and I don't recognize myself. I find a Rod Stewart album to be pretty nifty. Am I becoming my father? Who clearly had a discerning taste in music in his younger age and now listens to nothing but Diana Krall clones? I AM ONLY 24 FOR GOD'S SAKE! I AM TOO YOUNG FOR THIS!
Oh, buy it at Amazon UK or US.
1. Gasoline Alley
2. Only A Hobo
3. Cut Across Shorty
4. Jo's Lament
In 1999 Stewart was diagnosed as having thyroid cancer, for which he underwent surgery in July 2000. Besides being a major health scare, the resulting surgery also threatened his famous voice, and he had to re-learn how to sing. Since then he has been active in raising funds for The City of Hope Foundation charity to find cures for all forms of cancer, especially those affecting children.
Stewart has remained physically active in recent years, playing in a senior football league in Manhattan Beach, California and still kicking balls into the audience during concerts. When discussing the rock 'n' roll excesses he has been through in his career, he maintains that his love of playing football has been his saviour. As a fan he is a well-known supporter of Celtic F.C. and the Scotland national team. In appearance Stewart still maintains his trademark rooster-style haircut.
Stewart is also known for owning one of 400 Enzo Ferraris.
There is nothing even remotely tasteful relating to this album on Youtube, so instead of Rod you get Patrick: