Rod Stewart / Atlantic Crossing

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Don’t let the glossy, glam artwork deceive ya’ll: Atlantic Crossing (1975) was, to my ears, Sir Rod’s most soulful slab.

With David Hood, Duck Dunn, Bob Glaub, and Lee Sklar helming the bass chair, the rooster hair rocker realized his rhythm and blues influences at Criteria (Miami), Hi Recording (Memphis), and Muscle Shoals.

Dig the descending Maj 10th motifs on Danny Whitten’s “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” the upper register bass melody in Rod and Jessie Ed Davis’ “Alright for an Hour,” the unison groove for Rod’s “All in the Name of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and the rolling rhythms of Rod and Steve Cropper’s “Stone Cold Sober,” to cite a few. 

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart

And in addition to the above referenced players, the other cats on the sessions include Nigel Olsson, The Memphis Horns, Al Jackson Jr., and Booker T. Jones!