Briefly a trainee footballer (he was on Brentford's books as a junior) he spent a year or so busking around Europe after failing an audition for legendary indie producer Joe Meek as a 16 year old. The Raiders, were taken on by Meek and recorded as The Moontrekers. Upon his return he briefly joined Jimmy Powell And The Five Dimension; on harmonica and worked willi Baldry's band before cutting his first solo record 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl' for Decca In 1964. In 1965 he formed The Steampacket with Baldry. Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger - now widely regarded as one of the first 'supergroups' - and the following year he teamed up with Beryl Marsden and Peter Bardens to form Shotgun Express. By now he'd also released a number of solo singles and his reputation was very much on the up.
Meanwhile. The Faces were building a reputation as just about the loosest, most shambolic good time band on the circuit and their debut album 'First Step' - released in April 1970 - picked up excellent reviews and cracked both the UK and US charts, paving the way for Rod's next solo effort "Gasoline Alley" which came out two months later, Consequently, by 1971, he was all set to crank up a gear which he did in two neat stages: The Faces 'Long Player' was released in March, making both the UK and US top 30, and then the floodgates opened with the release of his third solo album "Every Picture-Tells A Story". Released In June 1971, it took off in the States initially, as did 'Maggie May'/ 'Reason To Believe' - the single taken from it which had already made the US Top l0 in September when it began to take off in Britain.
|The Many 'Faces' Of Rod|
Rod Stewart became widely known to popular music audiences during the early seventies. By that time, however, he had already put the equivalent of an entire music career behind him, as well as apprenticeships as soccer player and grave digger.
As a founder member of the Jeff Beck Group in early 1967, he began a longstanding association with Ron Wood. In 1969, when Steve Marriott left the Small Faces, both Stewart and Wood joined the band and The Faces were born. Once established with The Faces, Rod began pursuing a parallel solo career. His first solo album "An Old Raincoat Will Never Let You Down" was released by Mercury in 1969 and was followed a year later by "Gasoline Alley". The latter remained on the charts for almost all of 1971. But it was his third release "Every Picture Tells A Story" that provided his major international breakthrough by yielding a double-sided hit single "Maggie May' / 'Reason To Believe" and was No. 1 simultaneously in England, America and Australia.
|Rod Stewart / The Faces Discography|
This album contains the songs that started the ball rolling for Rod Stewart — every one a true classic.
[August 1980 - Liner notes by Bob Ami]
This post consists of MP3's (320kps) and FLACs ripped from one of the many Rock Legend Compilation records in my collection - which even feature the likes of Jimi Hendrix.
Full album artwork and label scans included, this 'Best Of' collection features most of Rod's early pre-Faces material. To add some meat to the bone, I have thrown in a couple of Faces's classics as bonus tracks - "Mandolin Wind" and "Cindy's Lament". It's hard to believe that Rod is now in his 70's and is still going strong - so let's face it folks, Rod is still a Rock Legend.
01 - Maggie May
02 - I Know I'm Losing You
03 - Every Picture Tells A Story
04 - You Wear It Well
05 - Hard Road
06 - Sweet Little Rock 'N' Roller
07 - Farewell
08 - Sailor
09 - Pinball Wizard
10 - Reason To Believe
11 - Mandolin Wind (Bonus Track)
12 - Cindy's Lament (Bonus Track)
Rod Stewart Rock Legend FLACs Link (312Mb)
Rod Stewart Rock Legend MP3 Link (133Mb)