Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners

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Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners
Live album by Rod Stewart/Faces
Released 10 January 1974[1]
Recorded October 1973
Genre Rock & roll, boogie rock, blues-rock
Length 49:48
Label Mercury (U.S. LP version, SRM 1-697)
Warner Bros. (U.S. cassettes/cartridges, M8/M5-2752)
Producer Faces
Rod Stewart/Faces chronology
Ooh La La
Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners Snakes And Ladders / The Best of Faces
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]

Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners is a 1974 live album credited to Rod Stewart/Faces.[1] Stewart's practice was not giving concerts as a solo act at the time, but rather appearing jointly with the Faces, thus the dual crediting.[citation needed]


The album presents only three numbers from the previous albums by the Faces, while presenting six from Stewart's solo releases. The two tracks that had not seen the light of day on either were renditions of "I Wish It Would Rain," first made famous by The Temptations, and "Jealous Guy," from John Lennon.

The performance was recorded with replacement Faces bassist Tetsu Yamauchi, filling in for departed member Ronnie Lane. Lane had left soon after the release of Ooh La La, fed up at the group increasingly being presented as Stewart's backing band. Coast to Coast was recorded live in October 1973 at the Anaheim Convention Center and Hollywood Palladium, and was mixed at Air Studios in London.[citation needed]

In an unusual arrangement, LP versions of the album were issued in the United States by Mercury Records (which at the time issued Stewart's solo albums), while cassette and 8-track configurations were issued by Warner Bros. Records,[1] the Faces' erstwhile label—and with whom Stewart would sign as a solo artist following the Faces' demise.[citation needed]

Long out of print in the United States, Coast to Coast is only available as an import from Japan. The Faces would disband within a year and a half of the album's release.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It's All Over Now" (Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack) - 4:38
  2. "Cut Across Shorty" (Wayne Walker, Marijohn Wilkin) - 3:45
  3. "Too Bad" (R. Stewart-R. Wood) / "Every Picture Tells A Story" (Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood) - 7:34
  4. "Angel" (Jimi Hendrix) - 4:28
  5. "Stay With Me" (Stewart, Wood) - 4:50
  6. "I Wish It Would Rain" (Roger Penzabene, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield) - 4:20
  7. "I'd Rather Go Blind" (Billy Foster, Ellington Jordan) - 5:55
  8. "Borstal Boys" (Ian McLagan, Stewart, Wood) / "Amazing Grace" (Traditional, arr. D. Throat) - 9:52
  9. "Jealous Guy" (John Lennon) - 4:25




  1. ^ a b c Gray, John (1992). Rod Stewart: The Visual Documentary. London: Omnibus Press. p. 37. ISBN 0-7119-2906-8. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review