Rod Stewart: 1975-1978 Slipcase Edition


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Rod Stewart: 1975-1978 Slipcase Edition

LPs – 180gr. Limited Edition

Label: Warner | 1975-78

Release date: 4.6.2021

Sir Rod Stewart was on his way to becoming one of the most successful recording artists in history in 1974 when he moved to America and signed with Warner Bros. Records (now Warner Records). Over the next 27 years with the label, Stewart released some of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed records of his extraordinary career.

We go back to the beginning of that legendary career with a new box set featuring Stewart’s first four Warner albums on vinyl, plus a bonus LP of rare and unreleased studio outtakes from those albums: Atlantic Crossing (1975), A Night on the Town (1976), Footloose & Fancy Free (1977), and Blondes Have More Fun (1978).

After being out of print for decades, the studio albums look and sound better than ever when they return on vinyl, complete with replica sleeves and newly remastered sound. The albums and bonus LP are housed in a dazzling box with Stewart foil-stamped on the cover, his blond shaggy haircut gleaming in gold and his leopard-print suit shimmering in silver.

After brilliant performances with the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces and several outstanding solo albums, Stewart moved to Los Angeles in 1974. STEWART 1975-1978 reflects the surge of creativity that followed, beginning in 1975 with his label debut Atlantic Crossing. The album was produced by the legendary Tom Dowd, who also produced Stewart’s next three albums.

This four-album run in the 1970s was one of Stewart’s most successful. After Atlantic Crossing went gold, A Night On the Town went double platinum and Foot Loose & Fancy Free went triple platinum, as did its follow-up Blondes Have More Fun, which became Stewart’s first number one album. This era produced many of the singer’s best-known tracks: “Sailing,” “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” “I Was Only Joking,” “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” “You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim),” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and “Hot Legs.”

The bonus LP, entitled Encores 1975-1978, is a collection of 10 outtakes selected from the recording sessions for all four albums. The first side contains five songs from the recently released deluxe editions of Atlantic Crossing and A Night on the Town. The songs include an alternate version of the B-side “Rosie” and a cover of the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” recorded with the influential Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s. The flipside features five previously unreleased session outtakes from Foot Loose & Fancy Free and Blondes Have More Fun. Highlights include a cover of the Motown classic “You Really Got A Hold On Me” and the unreleased tracks “Silver Tongue” and “Don’t Hang Up.”

Included albums

Atlantic Crossing (1975)
A Night on the Town (1976)
Footloose & Fancy Free (1977)
Blondes Have More Fun (1978)
Encores 1975-1978