1. (00:05:59) Rod Stewart - Every picture tells a story
2. (00:04:02) Rod Stewart - Seems like a long time
3. (00:06:01) Rod Stewart - That's all right
4. (00:03:48) Rod Stewart - Tomorrow is a long time
5. (00:05:50) Rod Stewart - Maggie May
6. (00:05:36) Rod Stewart - Mandolin wind
7. (00:05:24) Rod Stewart - (I know) I'm losing you
8. (00:04:09) Rod Stewart - (Find a) Reason to believe
Playing Time.........: 00:40:50
Total Size...........: 93.48 MB
NFO generated on.....: 7/3/2008 1:10:40 PM
Every Picture Tells A Story is the third album by Rod Stewart, released in the
middle of 1971. It became Stewart's most critically acclaimed album, and
became the standard by which all of his subsequent albums were judged.
The album is a mixture of rock, country, blues, soul, and folk, and includes his
breakthrough hit, "Maggie May", co-written by classical guitarist Martin
Quittenton, as well as "(Find A) Reason To Believe", a song from Tim Hardin's
debut album of 1966. "Reason" had initially been the A-side of the single and
"Maggie May" the B-side, until general reaction resulted in their reversal.
The album also included a version of Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right (Mama)"
(the first single for Elvis Presley) and a cover of the Bob Dylan song,
"Tomorrow Is A Long Time", an outtake to Dylan's 1963 album The
Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (it would see release on 1971's, Bob Dylan's Greatest
Hits Vol. II).
All five members of The Faces (with whom Stewart at that time was lead
vocalist) appeared on the album, with guitarist/bassist Ronnie Wood and
keyboardist Ian McLagan on B3 organ being most prominent. Due to
contractual restrictions, the personnel listings were somewhat vague, and it
was unclear that the full Faces line-up recorded the version of the Motown hit
"(I Know) I'm Losing You". Other contributors included Ray Jackson on
mandolin (though Stewart forgot his name and merely mentioned "the
mandolin player in Lindisfarne" on the sleeve). Micky Waller on drums. Maggie
Bell performed backing vocals (mentioned on the sleeve as "vocal abrasives")
on the title track, and Madeline Bell sang backup on the next track, "Seems
Like A Long Time". Pete Sears played all the piano on the album except for
one track, "I'm Losing You" which featured Ian McLagan on piano, along with
the Faces as a band.
It reached the No. 1 position in both the UK (for six weeks) and the USA (four
weeks) at the same time that "Maggie May" was topping the singles charts in
both territories, making Stewart the first artist to achieve such a feat. It has
often been voted among the best British albums of all time.
In 1992, the album was awarded the number one spot in Jimmy Guterman's
book The Best Rock 'N' Roll Records of All Time: A Fan's Guide to the Stuff
In 2003, the album was ranked number 172 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of
the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Every Picture Tells A Story was ranked 99th in a 2005 survey held by British
television's Channel 4 to determine the 100 greatest albums of all time.