Personnel: Rod Stewart (vocals, guitar); Martin Quittenton (acoustic guitar); Ron Wood (electric & slide guitar, bass); Martin Pugh (guitar); Ian McLagan (piano, organ); Mike D'Abo (piano); Keith Emerson (organ); Micky Waller (drums).
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Rod Stewart (vocals, guitar); Martin Pugh, Ron Wood (guitar); Martin Quittenton (acoustic guitar); Mac (piano, organ); Michael d'Abo (piano); K.E., Keith Emerson (organ); Michael Waller, Mickey Waller (drums).
Recording information: Landsdown; Olympic Studios, London, England.
Arrangers: Michael d'Abo; Rod Stewart.
In between their departure from the Jeff Beck Group and their joining the Small Faces, Rod Stewart and buddy Ron Wood went into the studio to record THE ROD STEWART ALBUM (aka AN OLD RAINCOAT WON'T EVER LET YOU DOWN). Within the span of eight songs, Stewart used his soulful rasp to dismiss any ideas that he was merely Beck's singer. With Wood riding shotgun and playing potent bottleneck guitar, Stewart's talents were demonstrated on mostly self-penned material.
The only exceptions were a rollicking "Street Fighting Man," a baroque reading of Mike D'Abo's "Handbags And Gladrags" (featuring D'Abo on piano) and folkie Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town." Stewart's own material showed off a love of sweeping storytelling ("Blind Prayer"), and even a bit of proggy experimentation ("I Wouldn't Ever Change A Thing" with Keith Emerson on organ).