Gasoline Alley (album)

Gasoline Alley is the second solo studio album by the British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart. It was released on 12 June 1970. Originally released in the UK by Vertigo Records, it was re-mastered and re-issued in 2008 by Russian [6] 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.

Gasoline Alley
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Studio album by
Released12 June 1970
RecordedMorgan Studios, London, February–April 1970
Genre
Length42:30
LabelMercury, Vertigo
ProducerRod Stewart, Lou Reizner
Rod Stewart chronology
An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down
(1969)
Gasoline Alley
(1970)
Every Picture Tells a Story
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[2]
Rolling Stone(favourable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[4]
The Village VoiceB+[5]

ReceptionEdit

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 listingEdit

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 

PersonnelEdit

  • Rod Stewart – lead vocals, acoustic guitar on "Jo's Lament"
  • Ronnie Wood – guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar
  • Martin Quittenton – acoustic guitar
  • Stanley Matthews – mandolin
  • Ronnie Lane – bass on "My Way Of Giving" and "You're My Girl", backing vocals on "My Way Of Giving"
  • Pete Sears – piano on "Country Comforts", bass on “Cut Across Shorty”.
  • Ian McLagan – piano, Hammond organ (the credit list notes: "Mac not available due to bus strike". However, the US release credits him, suggesting he was dubbed later)[7]
  • Mick Waller – drums
  • Kenney Jones – drums on "My Way Of Giving" and "You're My Girl"
  • William Gaff – whistle
  • Dennis O'Flynn, Dick Powell – violin
  • Jack Reynolds – backing vocals on "Country Comfort"

ProductionEdit

  • Producers – Rod Stewart and Lou Reizner
  • Mastering – Gilbert Kong at Masterdisk (New York, NY)
  • Album Design and Photography – Marcus Keef at Colbeck Mews, Kensington[8]

ChartsEdit

Year Chart Position
1970 Pop Albums 27

Notable covers by other artistsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Gasoline Alley - Rod Stewart | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 13 March 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  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. ^ Christgau, Robert (30 July 1970). "Consumer Guide (12)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Lilith Records". Discogs. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Rod Stewart – Gasoline Alley (1970, Gatefold, Vinyl)". Discogs.
  8. ^ "Musical Maps".

External linksEdit