Rod Stewart A Night on the Town
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- Released: September 19, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
Q - 11/00, p.1334 stars out of 5 - "...More coherent [thanhis debut, ATLANTIC CROSSING]...home to both the stunning, self-penned 'Killing Of Georgie'...and Stewart's superlative reading of 'The First Cut Is The Deepest'..."
- 1.Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)
- 2.The First Cut Is The Deepest
- 3.Fool For You
- 4.The Killing of Georgie (Part I & Ii)
- 5.The Balltrap
- 6.Pretty Flamingo
- 7.Big Bayou
- 8.The Wild Side of Life
- 9.Trade Winds
Personnel: Rod Stewart (vocals); Steve Cropper, W. Peek, J. Davis, David Lindley, Fred Tackett, Joe Walsh (guitar); J. Jumonville, Plas Johnson (tenor saxophone); Tower Of Power Horns (horns); J. Jarvis, David Foster, Barry. Beckett, J. Smith (keyboards); Donald "Duck" Dunn, Robert Glaub, D. Hood, Willie Weeks, Lee Sklar (bass); Roger Hawkins, R. Schlosser, Andy Newmark, Al Jackson (drums); T. Vig, J. Lala (percussion); J. Horowitz, M. Lewis, Arif Mardin (string arrangements).
Recorded at Cherokee Recording Studios, Hollywood, California and Muscle Shoals Sound, Alabama.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Rod Stewart (vocals); David Lindley (guitar, mandolin, violin); Billy Peek, J. Davis, W. Peek, Joe Walsh , Steve Cropper, Fred Tackett (guitar); M. Lewis, Jimmy Horowitz, Mel Lewis, Arif Mardin (strings); Jerry Jumonville, Plas Johnson (saxophone, tenor saxophone); The Memphis Horns, Tower of Power (horns); J. Smith, J. Jarvis, Barry Beckett, John Jarvis, David Foster (keyboards); R. Hawkins, Al Jackson, Jr. , Andy Newmark, Roger Hawkins, Rick Shlosser (drums); Tommy Vig, Joe Lala (percussion).
Recording information: Cherokee REcording Studios, Hollywood, CA (2008); Criteria, Miami, FL (2008); Muscle Shoals Sound (2008).
Photographer: Dave Steen.
Arrangers: M. Lewis; Jimmy Horowitz; Arif Mardin.
Coming on the heels of his departure from The Faces, A NIGHT ON THE TOWN was Rod Stewart's first solo album. With his usual collaborator Ron Wood now a member of the Rolling Stones, Stewart gathered together an impressive group of backing musicians that included Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn and Al Jackson of Booker T & The MG's, Joe Walsh, the Tower Of Power horn section and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley. Dividing the album up into fast and slow sides, Stewart chose an interesting batch of songs, included some notable self-penned compositions. These include the tragic "The Killing Of Georgie (Part I And II)," about the murder of a gay friend, and the ultra-sexy ballad "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)." Along with a delicate rendering of Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is The Deepest," these songs provided a perfect springboard for the more sprightly fast side. "The Balltrap" is a clever Stewart composition about a sinister femme fatale. "The Wild Side Of Life" and Gib Gilbeau's "Big Bayou" make for a perfect marriage of Chuck Berry stomp and country twang.
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