The Rod Stewart Album

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“Sing a song of six-pence for your sake and take a bottle full of rye, four and twenty blackbirds in a cake, and bake them all in a pie…”

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Titled An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down in Old Blighty and the stuffy invite packaged The Rod Stewart Album stateside, Sir Roderick’s ’69 solo bow is a magnificent collection of self-penned gems (“Old Raincoat,” “Cindy’s Lament,” “Blind Prayer”) and divine interpretations (“Handbags and Gladrags,” “Dirty Old Town”).

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Good looking Ronnie Wood tears it up in the bass chair, soloing and riffing up and down the neck on the rooster haired rocker’s raucous rendition of “Street Fighting Man” – which, to my ears, upstages Sir Rubber Lips.

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In fact, every Woody bass passage completely avoids the pocket and most of the root notes on the downbeat – and it all works. And that’s Ian McLagan and Keith Emerson on keys, and Ronnie on guitar as well. “The handbags and the gladrags that your poor old Grandad had to sweat to buy you…”