Gasoline Alley (album)

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Gasoline Alley
Studio album by Rod Stewart
Released June 1970 (US)
September 1970 (UK)
Recorded Morgan Studios, London, February-April 1970
Genre Rock and roll, R&B, white soul, folk rock
Length 42:30
Label Mercury (US), Vertigo (UK)
Producer Rod Stewart, Lou Reizner
Rod Stewart chronology
An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down
(1969)
Gasoline Alley
(1970)
Every Picture Tells a Story
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A–[2]
Rolling Stone (Favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[4]

Gasoline Alley was the second solo album by Rod Stewart. It was released in 1970. It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Originally released in the UK on the Vertigo label, it was re-mastered and re-issued in 2008 by a Russian [5] reissue label, Lilith Records Ltd. It is a collection of covers combined with Stewart's own compositions.[1] Like many Stewart solo albums from the period, it featured significant musical contributions from the other members of his band Faces.

Reception[edit]

The album was well received, with Langdon Winner of Rolling Stone feeling that Stewart had "a rare sensitivity for the delicate moments in a person's existence",[3] and that this, Stewart's second solo album, was the work "of a supremely fine artist".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gasoline Alley" (Stewart, Ronnie Wood) – 4:02
  2. "It's All Over Now" (Bobby Womack, Shirley Jean Womack) – 6:22
  3. "Only a Hobo" (Bob Dylan) – 4:13
  4. "My Way of Giving" (Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott) – 3:55
  5. "Country Comfort" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 4:42
  6. "Cut Across Shorty" (Wayne P. Walker, Marijohn Wilkin) – 6:28
  7. "Lady Day" (Stewart) – 3:57
  8. "Jo's Lament" (Stewart) – 3:24
  9. "You're My Girl (I Don't Want to Discuss It)" (Dick Cooper, Beth Beatty, Ernie Shelby) – 4:27

CD bonus track[edit]

  1. "It's All Over Now" (single version)

Personnel[edit]

  • Rod Stewart – main performer, producer, vocals, guitar on "Jo's Lament"
  • Martin Quittenton – classical guitar
  • Ronnie Wood – guitar, bottleneck guitar, acoustic guitar, bass
  • Ronnie Lane – bass on "My Way Of Giving" and "You're My Girl", vocals on "My Way Of Giving"
  • Ian McLagan – piano, organ
  • William Gaff – whistle
  • Dennis O'Flynn – violin bass
  • Dick Powell – violin
  • Stanley Matthews – mandolin
  • Mick Waller – drums
  • Kenney Jones – drums on "My Way Of Giving" and "You're My Girl"
  • Pete Sears – piano on "Country Comforts"
  • Jack Reynolds – backing vocals on "Country Comforts"

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1970 Pop Albums 27

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Cut Across Shorty" Mainstream Rock Tracks 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Gasoline Alley - Rod Stewart | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (30 July 1970). "Consumer Guide (12)". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Winner, Langdon (3 September 1970). "Gasoline Alley | Album Reviews | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rod Stewart: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lilith Records". Retrieved 17 February 2013. 

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