2002. “Reason To Believe”. The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings.

Pete Sears played piano on most tracks and some bass on all the albums except Rod’s first album…The Rod Stew­art Album. Ian McLa­gen played the Ham­mond B3 except for one track per Rod Stew­art solo album when Rod would bring in the “Faces” as a band…Mac (Ian) would play piano as well as B3 on […]

1998. Rod Stewart. “Smiler” Released on C.D.

1998. Rod Stew­art. “Smil­er” Released on C.D. This was the fourth Rod Stew­art album I played on, and the final album for Mer­cury Records, released on vinyl in 1974. Now on CD. My favorite track is “Sweet Lit­tle Rock n Roller” with Micky’s Box­er dog “Zak” bark­ing over the intro…one of those beau­ti­ful­ly spon­ta­neous moments […]

1974. Part of “Smiler” inside album cover shot outside pub in London.

1974. Part of “Smil­er” inside album cov­er shot out­side pub in Lon­don. Left to right in front: Ken Jones, Pete Sears and his future wife Jean­nette, Ron Wood, Ron’s mum & Dad, Ian McLa­gen, Rod Stew­art, Spike Heat­ley, Rube. The album had tak­en quite a bit longer to make than expect­ed due to Rod hav­ing […]