Rod Stewart – Gasoline Alley (1970)
“Going home, running home, down to Gasoline Alley where I started from”
-Rod Stewart, Gasoline Alley
I’d like to think Rod was referencing the ‘Gasoline Alley’ found in Ontario, on Highway 11 between Barrie and Orillia.
Regrettably, I wasn’t able to listen to Gasoline Alley while driving through Gasoline Alley (or at least hopefully driving through and not stopped in cottage country traffic). Added to the bucket list.
But if this undated, search engine image result is representative of Rod’s southbound journey to Gasoline Alley, it looks like he’d have no trouble getting there!
I had no trouble finding plenty to like here.
I was also delighted to find the LP for $2.
This September 1970 record is more subdued than his July 1971 follow-up Every Picture Tells a Story, and perhaps not quite as marvelous as Faces’ November 1971 record A Nod is as Good as a Wink…to a Blind Horse.
In any event, throw in another 1971 Faces album somewhere in between, and that’s got to be one of the more prolific & terrific 14-month spans by any artist!
Other contenders for amazing 14-month stretches?
The two that jumped to mind for me were:
– Reginald Kenneth Dwight from November 1971 – October 1973. OK, it’s 23 months in his case, but the quartet of Madman Across the Water, Honky Château, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road makes for quite the 23-month body of work!
I used to think a true artist had to write his/her own material but over the years I’ve changed my tune.
Rod wrote/co-wrote some of the Gasoline Alley tunes but it doesn’t bother me in the slightest that he didn’t pen them all.
He was smart enough to play to his strengths, which I’d say is laying his patented raspy voice over some delicious instrumentation, including but not limited to bottleneck guitars, mandolins & violins.
It also doesn’t hurt that the aforementioned Bob Dylan and Elton John provided a couple of the songs (Only a Hobo and Country Comforts); you could certainly do a lot worse for source material!