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. "Downtown Train" (produced by Trevor Horn) – 4:41 (omitted on cassette copies, as well as some CD versions)
  13. "If Only" (Stewart, Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar) – 4:56

Personnel and Production (on twelve-track version, excluding "Downtown Train")[edit]

  • "Rebel Heart", "It Takes Two", "When a Man's in Love", "You are Everything", "Go Out Dancing", "No Holding Back", "Have I Told You Lately", "Moment of Glory" and "If Only" arranged and produced by Rod Stewart and Bernard Edwards. Recorded by Steve Macmillan. Mixed by Bernard Edwards and Steve Macmillan. Recording and mix assisted by John Karpowich, Gil Morales and Bryant Arnett.
    • Roy Galloway, Luther Waters, The Waters Sisters, Angela Winbush: Vocal Backing; Jeff Golub, Jim Cregan, Waddy Wachtel, Dann Huff: Guitars; Carmine Rojas, Bernard Edwards: Bass; Chuck Kentis: Keyboards, Drum Programming; Kevin Savigar: Keyboards; Rave Calmer, Tony Brock: Drums; Paulinho da Costa: Percussion; Saxophone on "Go Out Dancing" and "Moment of Glory" by Jimmy Roberts; String Arrangements on "When a Man's in Love" and "Have I Told You Lately" by Bruce Miller.
  • "Rhythm of My Heart" produced by Trevor Horn. Recorded by Steve Macmillan. Mixed by Steve Macmillan and Trevor Horn.
    • Joe Turano, John Batdorf, Randel Crenshaw, Gary Falcone, Roger Freeland, Robert Jason, Arnold Stiefel, Lionel Conway, Garry Cook: Vocal Backing; Robin Le Mesurier, Steve Lukather: Guitars; Gary Taylor, Kevin Savigar, Richard Cottle: Keyboards; Squeeze Box: Michael McNeil; Kevin Weed: Bagpipes; Neil Stubenhaus: Bass; John Robinson: Drums, Percussion; Gary Maughn: Fairlight Programming; Choir arranged and directed by Nick Strimple and Joe Turano; Strings arranged and conducted by Kevin Savigar.
  • "Broken Arrow" produced by Patrick Leonard; co-produced by Lenny Waronker. Recorded and mixed by Jerry Jordan, with assistance by Marc Moreau
    • Twinkle Schascle: Vocal Backing; Tim Pierce: Guitars; Patrick Leonard: Keyboards; Jimmy Johnson: Bass; Jim Keltner: Drums; Luis Conte: Percussion
  • "The Motown Song" arranged by David Paich. Produced by Richard Perry. Recorded and mixed by Steve Macmillan, with recording assistance by Dee Ross and Eric Anest; additional engineering by Lee Granados, John Karpowich, Scott Ralston and Eric Rudd.
    • The Temptations: Vocal Backing; Steve Lukather, Paul Jackson Jr.: Guitars; Khris Kellow: Synthesized Bass; David Paich: Electric and Acoustic Piano; Steve Porcaro: Synthesizers; Steve Lindsey: Synthesizers, Synthetic Horns; Jeff Porcaro: Drums; Chris Trujillo: Percussion; Horns arranged by Steve Lindsey.
  • Mastered by Stephen Marcussen.

Publishing[edit]

  • "Rhythm of My Heart" copyright WB Music Corp./Jamm Music/Bibo Music Publishers. "Rebel Heart", "When a Man's in Love" and "Moment of Glory" published by Rod Stewart (Intersong Music Admin.)/Cat in the Hat Music/Kentis Music/Malango Bro. "Broken Arrow" published by Medicine Hat Music. "It Takes Two" published by Stone Agate Music Division. "You Are Everything" published by Assorted Music/Bellboy Music/The Mighty Three Group. "The Motown Song" published by Geffen Music/McNally Music Publishing/MCA Music Publishing. "Go Out Dancing" published by Rod Stewart (Intersong Music Admin.)/Cat in the Hat Music/Kentis Music. "No Holding Back" and "If Only" published by Rod Stewart (Intersong Music Admin.)/Almo Music Corp/Kevin Savigar Music/BMG Inc. "Have I Told You Lately" published by PolyGram International Publishing, Inc.

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