A Night On The Town (Expanded Edition) (Remaster)

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A Night On The Town (Expanded Edition) (Remaster)

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Track Listings

1. Big Bayou
2. Fool For You
3. Pretty Flamingo
4. Rosie
5. The Balltrap
6. The First Cut Is The Deepest
7. The First Cut Is The Deepest (Early Version)
8. The Killing Of Georgie (Part I & II)
9. The Wild Side Of Life
10. Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)
11. Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright) (Early Version)
12. Trade Winds

About the Album

In some ways, it's easy to think of A Night on the Town, Rod Stewart's second album for Warner, as a reprisal of the first, cut with many of the same musicians as Atlantic Crossing, produced once again by Tom Dowd, and even following its predecessor's conceit of having a "Slow Side" and "Fast Side" (granted, this flips the two around, opening with the slow one first). Superficially, this seems true, but A Night on the Town has a crucial difference: despite its party-hearty title, this album finds Stewart folding folk back into his sound, a move that deepens the music tonally and emotionally, particularly in the case of "The Killing of Georgie (Pts. 1 & 2)," Rod's most ambitious original. A winding, sensitive narrative about the murder of a gay friend -- a hate crime years before the term existed -- "The Killing of Georgie" finds Stewart filtering Dylan through his own warm, conversational style, creating a remarkable work unlike anything else in his body of work, yet the song's smooth synthesis of folk storytelling, soul, and incipient disco act as an appropriate conclusion to a side-long suite of songs of seduction, beginning with his classic come-on "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)," running through his splendid reading of Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is the Deepest," and his fine original "Fool for You." On the Fast Side, Stewart has only one original -- the lewd, riotous "The Balltrap" -- but he more makes up for it by spinning two country classics, Gib Guilbeau's "Big Bayou" and Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life," into thick, Stonesy rock & roll, and turning Manfred Mann's "Pretty Flamingo" into a rave-up. With all this in mind, A Night on the Town isn't a revival of Atlantic Crossing, it's its inverse, with Stewart shining as an interpreter on the fast songs and writing the best slow ones, but it's also its equal, proving that Stewart could still stay true to his open-hearted, ragged soul while on a big budget. [Warner's 2009 Collector's Edition reissue of A Night on the Town expands the album by a full second disc, offering an alternate version of the entire album along with the OK studio outtake of "Share," and the wonderful ramshackle "Rosie," the B-side of "The Killing of Georgie." On the whole, the alternates here feel rougher than those on Atlantic Crossing, which benefits "The Balltrap" and "The Wild Side of Life" far more than the ballads on the first side (again, without all the extra musicians these takes sound closer to the Faces), yet the whole thing is tremendous fun and will be of considerable interest to any Rod fan who thought he got too slick once he signed with Warner.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
Artist: Rod Stewart
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.21
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44
UPC: 0008122798583

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