Gasoline Alley (album)

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Gasoline Alley
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Studio album by Rod Stewart
Released June 1970
Recorded Morgan Studios, London, February–April 1970
Genre
Length 42:30
Label Mercury, Vertigo
Producer Rod Stewart, Lou Reizner
Rod Stewart chronology
An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down
(1969)An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down1969
Gasoline Alley
(1970)
Every Picture Tells a Story
(1971)Every Picture Tells a Story1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA–[2]
Rolling Stone(favourable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[4]

Gasoline Alley is the second solo studio album by the British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart. It was released in June 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 of Stewart's 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]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Gasoline Alley"Stewart, Ronnie Wood4:02
2."It's All Over Now"Bobby Womack, Shirley Jean Womack6:22
3."Only a Hobo"Bob Dylan4:13
4."My Way of Giving"Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott3:55
5."Country Comfort"Elton John, Bernie Taupin4:42
6."Cut Across Shorty"Wayne P. Walker, Marijohn Wilkin6:28
7."Lady Day"Stewart3:57
8."Jo's Lament"Stewart3:24
9."You're My Girl (I Don't Want to Discuss It)"Dick Cooper, Beth Beatty, Ernie Shelby4:27
CD bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
10."It's All Over Now (single version)"Bobby Womack, Shirley Jean Womack 

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 (the credit list notes: "Mac not available due to bus strike". However, the US release credits him, suggesting he was dubbed later)[6]
  • 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", and bass on “Cut Across Shorty”.
  • Jack Reynolds – backing vocals on "Country Comfort"

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

Notable covers by other artists[edit]

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. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lilith Records". Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  6. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Rod-Stewart-Gasoline-Alley/release/5040889

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