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Gasoline Alley

ROD STEWART

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Gasoline Alley follows the same formula of Rod Stewart's first album, intercutting contemporary covers with slightly older rock & roll and folk classics and originals written in the same vein. The difference is in execution. Stewart sounds more confident, claiming Elton John's "Country Comfort," the Small Faces' "My Way of Giving," and the Rolling Stones' version of "It's All Over Now" with a ragged, laddish charm. Like its predecessor, nearly all of Gasoline Alley is played on acoustic instruments -- Stewart treats rock & roll songs like folk songs, reinterpreting them in individual, unpredictable ways. For instance, "It's All Over Now" becomes a shambling, loose-limbed ramble instead of a tight R&B/blues groove, and "Cut Across Shorty" is based around a howling, Mideastern violin instead of a rockabilly riff. Of course, being a rocker at heart, Stewart doesn't let these songs become limp acoustic numbers -- these rock harder than any fuzz-guitar workout. The drums crash and bang, the acoustic guitars are pounded with a vengeance -- it's a wild, careening sound that is positively joyous with its abandon. And on the slow songs, Stewart is nuanced and affecting -- his interpretation of Bob Dylan's "Only a Hobo" is one of the finest Dylan covers, while the original title track is a vivid, loving tribute to his adolescence. And that spirit is carried throughout Gasoline Alley. It's an album that celebrates tradition while moving it into the present and never once does it disown the past.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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Gasoline Alley
00:04:05

Ron Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ROD STEWART, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lou Reizner, Producer - Stanley Matthews, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 The Island Def Jam Music Group

2
It's All Over Now
00:06:23

Ron Wood, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ian McLagan, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - BOBBY WOMACK, ComposerLyricist - ROD STEWART, Producer, MainArtist - Shirley Jean Womack, ComposerLyricist - Mick Waller, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reizner, Producer - William Gaff, Whistle, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 The Island Def Jam Music Group

3
Only A Hobo
00:04:16

Ron Wood, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Dylan, ComposerLyricist - ROD STEWART, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Quittenton, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dick Powell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reizner, Producer - Dennis O'Flynn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 The Island Def Jam Music Group

4
My Way Of Giving
00:03:58

Ron Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian McLagan, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Marriott, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Lane, Bass Guitar, Voice, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ROD STEWART, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reizner, Producer

℗ 1970 The Island Def Jam Music Group

5
Country Comfort
00:04:46

Ron Wood, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, ComposerLyricist - ROD STEWART, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Sears, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Mick Waller, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reizner, Producer

℗ 1970 The Island Def Jam Music Group

6
Cut Across Shorty
00:06:32

Ron Wood, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne P. Walker, ComposerLyricist - ROD STEWART, Producer, MainArtist - Martin Quittenton, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Marijohn Wilkin, ComposerLyricist - Dick Powell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Sears, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mick Waller, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reizner, Producer

℗ 1970 The Island Def Jam Music Group

7
Lady Day
00:04:13

Ron Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - ROD STEWART, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Quittenton, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dick Powell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reizner, Producer - Dennis O'Flynn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 The Island Def Jam Music Group

8
Jo's Lament
00:03:27

Ron Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - ROD STEWART, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Quittenton, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Reizner, Producer

℗ 1970 The Island Def Jam Music Group

9
You're My Girl (I Don't Want To Discuss It)
00:04:29

Ron Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Lane, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dick Cooper, ComposerLyricist - Beth Beatty, ComposerLyricist - Ernie Shelby, ComposerLyricist - ROD STEWART, Producer, MainArtist - Lou Reizner, Producer

℗ 1970 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Album Description

Gasoline Alley follows the same formula of Rod Stewart's first album, intercutting contemporary covers with slightly older rock & roll and folk classics and originals written in the same vein. The difference is in execution. Stewart sounds more confident, claiming Elton John's "Country Comfort," the Small Faces' "My Way of Giving," and the Rolling Stones' version of "It's All Over Now" with a ragged, laddish charm. Like its predecessor, nearly all of Gasoline Alley is played on acoustic instruments -- Stewart treats rock & roll songs like folk songs, reinterpreting them in individual, unpredictable ways. For instance, "It's All Over Now" becomes a shambling, loose-limbed ramble instead of a tight R&B/blues groove, and "Cut Across Shorty" is based around a howling, Mideastern violin instead of a rockabilly riff. Of course, being a rocker at heart, Stewart doesn't let these songs become limp acoustic numbers -- these rock harder than any fuzz-guitar workout. The drums crash and bang, the acoustic guitars are pounded with a vengeance -- it's a wild, careening sound that is positively joyous with its abandon. And on the slow songs, Stewart is nuanced and affecting -- his interpretation of Bob Dylan's "Only a Hobo" is one of the finest Dylan covers, while the original title track is a vivid, loving tribute to his adolescence. And that spirit is carried throughout Gasoline Alley. It's an album that celebrates tradition while moving it into the present and never once does it disown the past.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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