Rod Stewart never had a troubled life. His family had money enough to provide him with a good childhood in the Suburbs of London. Rod was a great Football player and not such a good learner and at the age of 16 he quit school and started working. Rod had many different works, from gravedigger to playing in a 3rd division Football team, it was when he was playing that he decided that he should be either be a Football player or a Musician. He chose the last, because he could get drunk whenever he wished too. He jumped from one Band to another, either as a part time Vocalist or as an Harmonica Player. He reached notoriety for the first time when he played for the Jeff Beck Group as a Singer-Songwriter, even though he eventually left and followed his friend Ronnie Wood (who would later play for The Rolling Stones) to a re-incarnation of the British Band The Small Faces, now simply called Faces. It was during this time that he released his Solo Debut, An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down, in 1969, and in the beginning of the year 1970, The Faces released their own Debut, to contrast with the Album which Rod Stewart released with the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces Debut sold better in the U.K. than in the U.S.A. Rod, around the time, was producing a lot of Albums and in the same year released his Second Solo Album, Gasoline Alley, which is a great mix of Folk, Blues and some great Guitar licks.
Best Tracks - “Gasoline Alley”, “Only A Hobo”, “Country Comforts”, “Lady Day”, “Jo's Lament” and “You're my Girl”. A great Album, and for all of you who enjoy Rod's sandpaper voice, but not the Music he later became known for, this is surely a must. It does not resemble anything connecting those two different personas, Rod Stewart superstar and Rod Stewart Underground Musician.
Rod Stewart (Gasoline Alley Personnel):
- Rod Stewart – Vocals, Guitar.
- Martin Quittenton – Acoustic Guitar, Guitar.
- Ronnie Wood – Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass.
- Sam Mitchell - Slide Guitar.
- Ronnie Lane – Bass, Vocals.
- Ian McLagan – Piano, Organ.
- William Gaff – Human Whistle.
- Dennis O'Flynn – Violin Bass.
- Dick Powell – Violin.
- Stanley Matthews – Mandolin.
- Mick Waller – Drums.
- Kenney Jones – Drums.
- Pete Sears – Piano, Bass.
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