DEEP CUTS FROM 1971: “EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY”- ROD STEWART

Deep Cuts From 1971: “Every Picture Tells A Story” -Rod Stewart. This is the title track from Rod Stewart’s greatest album- released in the spring of 1971. “Every Picture Tells A Story” was written by Rod and his band mate from The Faces and future member of The Rollling Stones- Ronnie Wood. Music critic Greil Marcus considers this “Rod Stewart’s greatest performance.”

This was written and performed in a different era- [hard to believe 50 years ago} the song about the singer and his adventures with women all over the world- would certainly make waves if released today on sexist and racist terms. It is a song about self-discovery. In fact twenty plus years later when a live version was released a complete verse of the song containing crude and rude references to women would be skipped over.

By the end of the year on his Deep Cut theme- I could end up featuring every song on this Rod Stewart album- not a bad cut on it- which is why I am critical of some of his later work. At this point he was hungry and on the way up- the when he got to the top he started acting and performing like a rock star celebrity and got lazy with his music. Now I am going to have to listen to the album!

5 responses to “DEEP CUTS FROM 1971: “EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY”- ROD STEWART

  1. Great tune! I also agree this album is Rod Stewart’s Mount Rushmore as a solo artist. Even though it’s been overplayed, I still get excited about ‘Maggie May’. ‘That’s All Right’, ‘Mandolin Wind’, ‘Reason to Believe’…so many great tunes.

    Stewart once was a really smoking hot rocker. He still has a great voice to this day. Unfortunately, he largely wastes it.

  2. Good song. He’s great as a honky tonker but also can do the crooners well. Maggie Mae is my favorite, one overplayed on the radio but I never get tired of it. I also like Tonight’s the Night.

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