Atlantic Crossing

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Atlantic Crossing
Rod Stewart-Atlantic Crossing (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
Released15 August 1975
RecordedApril–June 1975
StudioA&R, NY
Criteria, Miami, FL
Wally Heider, Los Angeles
Hi Recording and
Muscle Shoals Sound, AL
GenreGlam rock, pop rock
LabelRiva, Warner Bros.
ProducerTom Dowd
Rod Stewart chronology
Atlantic Crossing
A Night on the Town
Singles from Atlantic Crossing
  1. "Sailing" / "All in the Name of Rock 'n' Roll""
    Released: 1975
  2. "This Old Heart of Mine"
    Released: 1976
  3. "I Don't Want to Talk About It" / "The First Cut Is the Deepest"
    Released: 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[3]
Rolling Stone(average)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]

Atlantic Crossing is Rod Stewart's sixth album, released in 1975. It peaked at number one in the UK (his fifth solo album to do so), and number nine on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.[5][6]

The title indicated Stewart's new commercial and artistic direction, referring to both his crossing over to Warner Brothers and on his departure to escape the 83 per cent top rate of income tax introduced by British Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson for the jet-set lifestyle in Los Angeles (where he had applied for American citizenship at this time). The album was divided into a slow side and a fast side, apparently at the suggestion of Stewart's then-girlfriend, Swedish actress Britt Ekland. Stewart would repeat the format for his next two albums.

The album contained two of Stewart's most acclaimed songs, "Sailing" and "I Don't Want to Talk About It”, and classic rock favorites "Three Time Loser" and "Stone Cold Sober". The album itself is regarded as a 1970s classic.[citation needed]

With Atlantic Crossing, Stewart ended his association with Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and the stable of musicians who had been his core collaborators on his classic run of albums for Mercury Records, fusing soul and folk. Instead, he used a group of session musicians, including The Memphis Horns and three-quarters of Booker T. and the MG's. The album was produced by Tom Dowd, the famous engineer and producer on records by so many of Stewart's heroes during Dowd's time on staff at Atlantic Records. The only song performed from this album on The Faces' final US tour in autumn 1975 was "Three Time Loser", and the rest of the group heavily disliked Stewart's change in musical direction on this album. Following the success of the album, and his move to the U.S., Stewart announced his exit from the Faces by the end of the year.

"Sailing" was a number one hit in the UK in September 1975, and returned to the UK Top 3 a year later when it was used as the theme for the BBC series Sailor; both acoustic and electric guitars in the song were played by Pete Carr.[7] In 1977, almost two years after the album was released, Stewart scored another UK number one from the album with the double A-side single "I Don't Want to Talk About It" and "The First Cut Is the Deepest" (from the album A Night on the Town - 1976).

In 2009, Rhino Records released a two-disc version of the album with bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Fast Half (Side One)

  1. "Three Time Loser" (Rod Stewart) – 4:03
  2. "Alright for an Hour" (Stewart, Jesse Ed Davis) – 4:17
  3. "All in the Name of Rock 'N' Roll" (Stewart) – 5:02
  4. "Drift Away" (Mentor Williams) – 3:43
  5. "Stone Cold Sober" (Stewart, Steve Cropper) – 4:12

Slow Half (Side Two)

  1. "I Don't Want to Talk About It" (Danny Whitten) – 4:47
  2. "It's Not The Spotlight" (Barry Goldberg, Gerry Goffin) – 4:21
  3. "This Old Heart of Mine" (Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Eddie Holland, Sylvia Moy) – 4:04
  4. "Still Love You" (Stewart) – 5:08
  5. "Sailing" (Gavin Sutherland) – 4:37

2009 two disc re-release[edit]

Disc one

Track 1 – 10 features the original album.
  1. "Skye Boat Song (The Atlantic Crossing Drum & Pipe Band)" (Harold Boulton, Annie MacLeod) 4:13

Disc two

  1. "To Love Somebody" (with Booker T. & The MG's) (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb) – 4:12
  2. "Holy Cow" (with Booker T. & The MG's) (Allen Toussaint) – 3:16
  3. "Return to Sender" (with Booker T. & The MG's) (Otis Blackwell, Scott Winfield) – 3:42
  4. "Three Time Loser" [Alternate Version] (Stewart) – 4:40
  5. "Alright for an Hour" [Alternate Version] (Stewart, Davis) – 4:36
  6. "All in the Name of Rock 'n' Roll" [Alternate Version] (Stewart) – 5:00
  7. "Drift Away" [Alternate Version] (Williams) – 3:58
  8. "Too Much Noise" [Early Version of "Stone Cold Sober"] (Stewart, Cropper) – 3:24
  9. "I Don't Want to Talk About It" [Alternate Version] (Whitten) – 4:56
  10. "It's Not the Spotlight" [Alternate Version] (Goldberg, Goffin) – 4:27
  11. "This Old Heart of Mine" [Alternate Version] (with Booker T. & The MG's) (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Moy) – 3:54
  12. "Still Love You" [Alternate Version] (Stewart) 4:57
  13. "Sailing" [Alternate Version] (Sutherland) 4:39
  14. "Skye Boat Song (The Atlantic Crossing Drum & Pipe Band)" [Alternate Version] (Boulton, MacLeod) 4:20


String arrangements by Arif Mardin and James Mitchell



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[19] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
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  20. ^ "British album certifications – Rod Stewart – Atlantic Crossing". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 16 February 2012. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Atlantic Crossing in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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