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Editors’ Notes

Universally considered among the most essential albums of the rock era, regularly appearing on Rolling Stone magazine lists and in books summing up the albums one should hear before they die, Every Picture Tells A Story, released in 1971, is a celebration of Rod Stewart's peerless vocal talents. It's among a series of excellent albums Stewart recorded either solo or with the Faces in the early 1970s that take rock 'n' roll to its hardest edges. He only wrote three songs for the album but they are three definitive ones: the title track written with Ronnie Wood, the mega-hit "Maggie May" co-written with classical guitarist Martin Quittenton, and the poignant "Mandolin Wind." His choice in covers proved he could interpret gospel and blues ("Seems Like A Long Time," "Amazing Grace"), vintage rock 'n' roll ("That's All Right"), soul ("(I Know) I'm Losing You") and key singer-songwriters (Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" and Tim Hardin's "Reason To Believe") and turn it all into his own style of music. 

Customer Reviews

Rod's Best

This was Rod's best,in my opinion.It showed his talents as a writer and as an interpreter of other's songs.An iconic album in an iconic year.I'd love to hear him do a new album of songs from the folk/rock genre instead of the stuff he's been putting out recently.

Great Album - On Vinal

The problem with this version that you get on iTunes or Amazon, it is missing one of his best pieces ever. Side one, the second to the last song on vinal, Amazing Grace. This was a great version of this song. Why would the remove that from this now incomplete version of this otherwise awesome album?

Every Picture Tells a Story

The review actually gets it right...all I would like to add that it has transcended time which sets it apart from just being great but timeless.Almost perfect-Ron Wood is the unsung hero of this effort.


Born: January 10, 1945 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the course of his career, Rod Stewart has had it all. He's been lauded as the finest singer of his generation, he's written several songs that turned into modern standards, he sang with the Faces, who rivaled the Rolling Stones in their prime, he had massive commercial success. Stewart also saw his critical respect slip away during the '80s, when he recorded lightweight pop and although he did record some terrible albums -- and he would admit that freely -- Stewart will always be remembered...
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