1971. “Every Picture Tells a Story” Rod Stewart. Inside cover art.

 

"Every Picture Tells a Story"  Original inside cover sleeve.

Every Pic­ture Tells a Sto­ry” Orig­i­nal inside cov­er sleeve.

 

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1971…”Every Pic­ture Tells a Sto­ry” Rod Stewart’s third solo album…the sec­ond I played on. Inside album cov­er art­work. I played all the piano on the album as a ses­sion play­er except for “Los­ing You” which Mac played with the rest of the Faces.

I had left “Stone­ground” in Cal­i­for­nia to go back to Eng­land and record with Rod at Willes­den Stu­dios in Lon­don. This was my favorite of the four British made albums I did with Rod. It is con­sid­ered by many to be the best album Rod ever made. “Mag­gie May” was a giant hit…the B side was “Rea­son To Believe”, on which I played piano.
I enjoyed play­ing with Mar­tin Quittenton…wonderful acoustic gui­tarist; he and Ron Wood inter­act­ed well togeth­er. Micky Waller had an amaz­ing feel and always hit the snare in just the right spot…like Char­lie Watts. In fact Micky was one of Charlie’s favorite drum­mers. Micky passed away a few years ago.
Mac played won­der­ful Ham­mond B3 on most tracks.
It went to num­ber one on both the UK and U.S. charts and fin­ished third in the Jazz & Pop crit­ics’ poll for best album of 1971. It has been an endur­ing crit­i­cal suc­cess, includ­ing a num­ber 172 rank­ing on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 great­est albums of all time, and inclu­sion in both 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005) and 1,000 Record­ings to Hear Before You Die (2008).
It reached the num­ber-one posi­tion in both the UK (for six weeks) and the US (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 You Love.
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.
In 2009 the song “Every Pic­ture Tells a Sto­ry” was used for the sound­track of Rock­star Games’ “Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned”. This album sold 4 mil­lion copies world­wide.

 

 

 

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