Vagabond Heart

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Vagabond Heart
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Studio album by
Released26 March 1991 (source: RIAA)
Recorded1989–90 at Cherokee Studios and Conway Studios (Hollywood, CA); Sarm Studios (London, England).
LabelWarner Bros.
Rod Stewart chronology
Downtown Train – Selections from the Storyteller Anthology
Vagabond Heart
Lead Vocalist
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[2][3]
Houston Chronicle3/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times2/5 stars[5]
The New York Times(unfavourable)[6]
Robert Christgau(dud)[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]

Vagabond Heart is the 16th studio album by singer-songwriter Rod Stewart, released in 1991. The album reached No. 10 in the US, and reached No. 2 in the UK. The album features five singles, among them a cover of Robbie Robertson's song "Broken Arrow" (No. 20 in the US) and Van Morrison's song "Have I Told You Lately", which would become a hit two years later (in a live version) and is 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" (No. 5 in the US) and "The Motown Song" (No. 10 in the US).


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."[9] AllMusic claimed "Vagabond Heart is a stronger, more diverse album than its predecessor (Out Of Order), featuring a more consistent set of songs."[10][11]

The "Vagabond Heart Tour" was made available on video in 1992, shot during a concert in Los Angeles on Valentine's Day.[12]

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) – 4:00
  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" (Tom Waits, produced by Trevor Horn) – 4:41 (omitted on cassette copies, as well as some CD versions)
  13. "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Sylvia Moy, produced by Bernard Edwards and Trevor Horn) – 4:12 (omitted on cassette copies, as well as some CD versions)
  14. "If Only" (Stewart, Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar) – 4:56


(Personnel for the 12-track version of the album, excluding the tracks "Downtown Train" and "This Old Heart of Mine")

  • "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.
  • "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, Antony Arena: backing vocals; Robin Le Mesurier, Steve Lukather: guitar; Gary Taylor, Kevin Savigar, Richard Cottle: keyboards; Michael McNeil: accordion; Kevin Weed: bagpipes; Neil Stubenhaus: bass guitar; John Robinson: drums, percussion; Gary Maughn: 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
  • "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.

Additional credits[edit]

  • Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Precision Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Production coordination: Malcolm Cullimore (tracks 1–6 & 8–12); Julie Larson (track 7).
  • Project manager: Nancy Poertner
  • Art direction: Jeri Heiden
  • Design: Eric Handel
  • Illustration: Ann Field
  • Photography: Randee St. Nicholas


  • "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.



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[33] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[34] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[36] Gold 155,700[35]
Germany (BVMI)[37] Platinum 500,000^
Sweden (GLF)[38] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[39] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[41] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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