Every Picture Tells a Story is the third solo album of Rod Stewart. I think I mentioned that I am a huge Stewart fan, but I have never heard this complete album. I discovered Stewart from my uncle and it was not until one of his later albums. Unfortunately, this is the last Rod Stewart album in the list. Shocking! I know. I think after I am done 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die I will add some albums that I think deserve a place on the greatest list.
“The albums starts off with the title song. I like the song until the end where Stewart and the backup singers repeat “Every Picture Tells A Story” about 100 times. That is a minor detail in a great song, but they could have cut it out and made the song 4 minutes instead of 6.
For me the only real misstep of the album is the cover of “That’s All Right“. Elvis Presley covered it better, but Stewart still does it okay.
Stewart shines on the Bob Dylan tune “Tomorrow Is A Long Time“, but what can one expect from a storyteller singing another storyteller’s song. Rod Stewart is always great when he tells us a story. It is a beautiful song.
And then we get to the classic hit “Maggie May“. I think my uncle wore this song out. He had a little record player, at least I think it was little. This song is amazing, but the rest of the album is amazing too.
“(I Know) I’m Losing You” is rocking and banging. It is so good. I wish Stewart had rocked out a little more in his career. He went soft too fast. He really did change with the times and I was there enjoying it. I think Rod Stewart was the first male singer that I ever followed as a fan and Michael Jackson came second.
As I stated, I am not a huge fan of one song, but it is still good overall. The awesome songs out weigh one okay song. Stewart is one of the great. This is the third album in a row on the list that is a 10/10.