Vagabond Heart

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Vagabond Heart
Studio album by Rod Stewart
Released 25 March 1991
Genre Rock, pop rock
Length 54:14
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bernard Edwards, Trevor Horn, Patrick Leonard, Richard Perry, Rod Stewart, Lenny Waronker
Rod Stewart chronology
Downtown Train - Selections from the Storyteller Anthology
(1990)
Vagabond Heart
(1991)
Lead Vocalist
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2][3]
Houston Chronicle 3/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 2/5 stars[5]
The New York Times (Not Favourable)[6]
Robert Christgau (dud)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]

Vagabond Heart is the 16th studio album by the singer-songwriter Rod Stewart, released in 1991. The album reached #10 in the US, and reached #2 in the UK. The album featured five singles, among them a cover for Robbie Robertson's song "Broken Arrow" (#20 in the U.S.) and Van Morrison's song "Have I Told You Lately", which would become a hit two years later (in a live version) and is Rod Stewart's most recent top five solo hit in the US and the UK. The two biggest hits from the album were "Rhythm of My Heart" (#5 in the U.S.) and "The Motown Song" (#10 in the U.S.).

Reception[edit]

Overall, the album received positive reviews. According to Rolling Stone, "Vagabond Heart finds Stewart rising to new challenges as both a songwriter and a singer. The strength of the songs and the depth of Stewart's conviction make this his most compelling work since the early 1970s."[1] AllMusic claimed "Vagabond Heart is a stronger, more diverse album than its predecessor (Out Of Order), featuring a more consistent set of songs."[2][3]

The "Vagabond Heart Tour" was available on video in 1992, shot during a concert in Los Angeles on Valentine's Day.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rhythm of My Heart" (Marc Jordan, John Capek) – 4:15
  2. "Rebel Heart" (Stewart, Jeff Golub, Chuck Kentis, Carmine Rojas) – 4:10
  3. "Broken Arrow" (Robbie Robertson) – 4:26
  4. "It Takes Two" (duet with Tina Turner) (William "Mickey" Stevenson, Sylvia Moy) – 4:14
  5. "When a Man's in Love" (Stewart, Jeff Golub, Chuck Kentis, Carmine Rojas) – 5:34
  6. "You Are Everything" (Thom Bell, Linda Creed) – 4:09
  7. "The Motown Song" (Larry John McNally) – 4:20
  8. "Go Out Dancing" (Stewart, Jeff Golub, Chuck Kentis) – 4:20
  9. "No Holding Back" (Stewart, Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar) – 5:47
  10. "Have I Told You Lately" (Van Morrison) – 4:01 (erroneously credited to Scott Wiseman on early copies)
  11. "Moment of Glory" (Stewart, Jeff Golub, Chuck Kentis, Carmine Rojas) – 4:47
  12. "If Only" (Stewart, Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar) – 4:56

Personnel[edit]

  • Rod Stewart: Vocal
  • Gary Taylor, Jim Cregan, Jeff Golub, Dann Huff, Paul Jackson Jr., Robin LeMesurier, Steve Lukather, Tim Pierce, Waddy Wachtel: Guitars
  • Kevin Savigar, Steve Porcaro, David Paich, Patrick Leonard, Richard Cottle: Keyboards, piano
  • Chuck Kentis: Keyboards, drum programming
  • Steve Lindsey: Synthezisers, synthesized horns
  • Bernard Edwards, Jimmy Johnson, Carmine Rojas, Neil Steubenhaus: Bass
  • Khris Kellow: Synthesized bass
  • John Robinson, Jeff Porcaro, Jim Keltner, Dave Calmer, Tony Brock: Drums
  • Luis Conte, Paulinho da Costa, Chris Trujillo: Percussion
  • Kevin Weed: Bagpipes
  • Michael McNeil: Accordion
  • Gary Maughn: Fairlight programming

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[9] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[10] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[11] Gold 155,700[12]
Germany (BVMI)[13] Platinum 500,000^
Sweden (GLF)[14] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[15] 2× Platinum 100,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Love Versus Money by Noiseworks
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
28 July – 3 August 1991
Succeeded by
Unforgettable... with Love
by Natalie Cole