A Night on the Town
Performer: Rod Stewart
Engineer: Dee Rob; Joe Robb...
Producer: Tom Dowd...
Distributor: Elektra (Label)
Notes: Personnel: Rod Stewart (vocals); Steve Cropper, W. Peek, J. Davis, David Lindley, Fred Tackett, Joe Walsh (guitar); J. Jumonville, Plas Johnson (tenor saxophone); Tower Of Power Horns (horns); J. Jarvis, David Foster, Barry. Beckett, J. Smith (keyboards); Donald "Duck" Dunn, Robert Glaub, D. Hood, Willie Weeks, Lee Sklar (bass); Roger Hawkins, R. Schlosser, Andy Newmark, Al Jackson (drums); T. Vig, J. Lala (percussion); J. Horowitz, M. Lewis, Arif Mardin (string arrangements). Recorded at Cherokee Recording Studios, Hollywood, California and Muscle Shoals Sound, Alabama. All tracks have been digitally remastered. Personnel: David Lindley, J. Davis, Joe Walsh , Steve Cropper, Willie Weeks, Fred Tackett (guitar); Jerry Jumonville, Plas Johnson (tenor saxophone); Tower of Power Horn Section (horns); J. Smith, Barry Beckett, John Jarvis, David Foster (keyboards); Richard Schlosser, Al Jackson, Jr. , Andy Newmark, Roger Hawkins (drums); Tommy Vig, Joe Lala (percussion). Recording information: Cherokee REcording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Muscle Shoals Sound. Photographer: David Steen. Coming on the heels of his departure from The Faces, A NIGHT ON THE TOWN was Rod Stewart's first solo album. With his usual collaborator Ron Wood now a member of the Rolling Stones, Stewart gathered together an impressive group of backing musicians that included Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn and Al Jackson of Booker T & The MG's, Joe Walsh, the Tower Of Power horn section and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley. Dividing the album up into fast and slow sides, Stewart chose an interesting batch of songs, included some notable self-penned compositions. These include the tragic "The Killing Of Georgie (Part I And II)," about the murder of a gay friend, and the ultra-sexy ballad "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)." Along with a delicate rendering of Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is The Deepest," these songs provided a perfect springboard for the more sprightly fast side. "The Balltrap" is a clever Stewart composition about a sinister femme fatale. "The Wild Side Of Life" and Gib Gilbeau's "Big Bayou" make for a perfect marriage of Chuck Berry stomp and country twang.
Q (11/00, p.133) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...More coherent [thanhis debut, ATLANTIC CROSSING]...home to both the stunning, self-penned 'Killing Of Georgie'...and Stewart's superlative reading of 'The First Cut Is The Deepest'..."
Rod Stewart first gained notoriety as vocalist in the Jeff Beck Group in the late 1960s. He went on to sing for raucous bar-room rockers the Faces and started a simultaneous solo career that eventually eclipsed that of his band. Moving from folk-rock through pop, disco, jazz and more, Stewart carved out a multi-decade career as a strutting, soul-influenced singer with equal amounts of talent and charisma, and piled up an astonishing number of hit singles and platinum albums. Stewart's career has seen more than one rebirth; in 1993 his acoustic UNPLUGGED performance brought him renewed acclaim as a sensitive song interpreter. Ten years later, with the help of Clive Davis, he gained even more notoriety as a smooth crooner of orchestrated jazz standards.
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