“Atlantic Crossing” by Rod Stewart - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1975Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Having dumped dumped all of his UK bandmates, the bold Rod was free to roam and play wherever and with whoever. He's losing me with each passing album as he shifts more and more towards the adult oriented rock scene beloved by the Americans. The very album title signifies both this continuing shift and the fact that Rod is now living in the States and has applied for citizenship, keen to escape the UK's 83 percent supertax for the rich! His soulful cover of “Drift Away” (originally done by John Henry Kurtz in 1972 and made famous by Dobie Gray in '73) is the only piece which really strikes a chord with me, although the vibrant pop-rocker “Stone Cold Sober” doesn't offend and the neatly picked ballad “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” (Crazy Horse, 1971) is pleasant. Bizarrely, the track would be deployed as a budget single (flipped by “The First Cut Is The Deepest”) in the Queen's jubilee year, 1977, suspiciously commanding the #1 spot ahead of the Sex Pistols “God Save The Queen”. Boo. Black mark to Rod Stewart. Within it's regular shelf-life, the album boasted two other hit singles; the sickly Muscle Shoals produced ballad “Sailing” (The Sutherland Bros. Band, 1972) gave him a UK #1 and a somewhat insipid reading of “This Old Heart Of Mine” (The Isley Brothers, 1966) gave him a #4 hit in the UK. A consistently popular singer, “Atlantic Crossing” gave him his fourth consecutive #1 in the UK and made #9 Stateside.

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A1 [04:03] 4.0.png Rod Stewart - Three Time Loser (Rod Stewart) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A2 [04:17] 3.8.png Rod Stewart - Alright For An Hour (Rod Stewart, Jesse Ed Davis) Reggae
A3 [05:02] 3.5.png Rod Stewart - All In The Name Of Rock And Roll (Rod Stewart) Rock
A4 [03:43] 6.1.png Rod Stewart - Drift Away (Mentor Williams) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A5 [04:12] 4.9.png Rod Stewart - Stone Cold Sober (Rod Stewart, Steve Cropper) Rock
B1 [04:47] 4.8.png Rod Stewart - I Don’t Want To Talk About It (Danny Whitten) Pop Ballad
B2 [04:21] 4.0.png Rod Stewart - It’s Not The Spotlight (Barry Goldberg, Gerry Goffin) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B3 [04:04] 3.7.png Rod Stewart - This Old Heart Of Mine (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Sylvia Moy) Pop
B4 [05:08] 4.2.png Rod Stewart - Still Love You (Rod Stewart) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B5 [04:37] 4.4.png Rod Stewart - Sailing (Gavin Sutherland) Pop Ballad

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