Rod Stewart ‎– An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down

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"An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down" became Stewart's first solo album in 1969 (it was known as "The Rod Stewart Album" in the US). It established the template for his solo sound: a heartfelt mixture of folk, rock, and country blues, inclusive of a British working-class sensibility, with both original material ("Cindy's Lament" and the title song) and cover versions (Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town" and Mike d'Abo's "Handbags and Gladrags"). The backing band on the album included Ron Wood on guitars and bass, Mickey Waller on drums, and Ian McLagan on keyboards - plus Keith Emerson and guitarists Martin Pugh (of Steamhammer, and later Armageddon (6) and 7th Order) and Martin Quittenton (also from Steamhammer).

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VO 4, VO4, 847 200 VTY Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo VO 4, VO4, 847 200 VTY UK 1969 Sell This Version
MC-8 61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(8-Trk, Album) Mercury MC-8 61237 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
134 250 MCY Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album) Mercury 134 250 MCY France 1969 Sell This Version
SR 61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album) Mercury SR 61237 New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
SR 61237, SR.61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album) Mercury, Mercury SR 61237, SR.61237 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
SR 61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, Gat) Mercury SR 61237 US 1969 Sell This Version
SR 61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, Gat) Mercury SR 61237 US 1969 Sell This Version
SR 61237, SR-61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Mercury, Mercury SR 61237, SR-61237 US 1969 Sell This Version
SR 61237, SR.61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, Uni) Mercury, Mercury SR 61237, SR.61237 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
SR 61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, Whi) Mercury SR 61237 US 1969 Sell This Version
7145 004 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(Cass, Album) Vertigo 7145 004 UK 1970 Sell This Version
7145 004 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(Cass, Album) Vertigo 7145 004 UK 1970 Sell This Version
VO 4 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album) Vertigo VO 4 South Africa 1970 Sell This Version
847 200 VTY, VO4 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 847 200 VTY, VO4 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
58 47 200 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album) Vertigo 58 47 200 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
847 200 VTY Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 847 200 VTY Germany 1970 Sell This Version
847 200 VTY Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 847 200 VTY Germany 1970 Sell This Version
SFX-7341 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album) Mercury SFX-7341 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
SR 61237, SR.61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, Gat) Mercury, Mercury SR 61237, SR.61237 US 1970 Sell This Version
SFX-7341 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, Promo, ) Mercury SFX-7341 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
VO 4, 847 200 VTY Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo VO 4, 847 200 VTY UK 1971 Sell This Version
VO 4, 847 200 VTY Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo VO 4, 847 200 VTY UK 1971 Sell This Version
VO 4, 847 200 VTY Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RP, Sma) Vertigo, Vertigo VO 4, 847 200 VTY UK 1971 Sell This Version
VO 4, 847 200 VTY Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RP, Sma) Vertigo, Vertigo VO 4, 847 200 VTY UK 1971 Sell This Version
SR 61237, SR-61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Mercury, Mercury SR 61237, SR-61237 US 1971 Sell This Version
SR 61237, SR-61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, RE) Mercury, Mercury SR 61237, SR-61237 US 1971 Sell This Version
SR 61237, SR.61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Mercury, Mercury SR 61237, SR.61237 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
SR 61237, SR-61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Mercury, Mercury SR 61237, SR-61237 US 1971 Sell This Version
7145 004 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(Cass, Album) Vertigo 7145 004 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
VO 4, 847 200 L Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo VO 4, 847 200 L Italy 1972 Sell This Version
847 200 VTY Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RE) Vertigo 847 200 VTY Australia 1972 Sell This Version
6338 101, 19012 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, Gat) Mercury, Polydor 6338 101, 19012 Mexico 1972 Sell This Version
6338 226 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album) Mercury 6338 226 Brazil 1973 Sell This Version
VO 4, 847 200 VTY Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RE, RP, Spa) Vertigo, Vertigo VO 4, 847 200 VTY UK 1973 Sell This Version
ML-8001 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, RE) Mercury ML-8001 US 1975 Sell This Version
BT-5151 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, RE, ) Mercury BT-5151 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
63 38 226 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RE) Mercury 63 38 226 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
6336 610 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RE, ) Mercury 6336 610 Scandinavia 1979 Sell This Version
6336 610 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RE) Mercury 6336 610 UK 1982 Sell This Version
PRICE 27 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RE) Mercury PRICE 27 UK 1983 Sell This Version
PPD-3032 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(CD, Album, RE) Mercury PPD-3032 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
P2 30572, P2-30572 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Mercury, Mercury P2 30572, P2-30572 US 1990 Sell This Version
RR 4148-WP Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(CD, Album, RE) Repertoire Records RR 4148-WP Germany 1991 Sell This Version
830 572-2 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mercury 830 572-2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
PHCR-3068 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Mercury PHCR-3068 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
558 058-2 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(CD, Album, RM) Mercury 558 058-2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
830 572-2 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(CD, Album) Mercury 830 572-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
314 558 058-2 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mercury 314 558 058-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
314 558 058-2 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(CD, Album, RM) Mercury 314 558 058-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
830572-2 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(CD, Album, RE) Mercury 830572-2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
558 058-2 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(CD, Album, RE) Spectrum Music (2) 558 058-2 UK 2002 Sell This Version
558 058-2 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mercury 558 058-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
314 558 058-2 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(CD, Album, RM) Mercury 314 558 058-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
UICY-90394 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(CD, Album, RE, Pep) Mercury UICY-90394 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
UICY-90394 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial, Min) Vertigo, Mercury UICY-90394 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
900242 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, RE) Vinyl Lovers 900242 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
UICY-93976 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album (CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Mercury UICY-93976 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
UICY-20027 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Mercury UICY-20027 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
SR-61237, 3700477820985, 782098 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(HDCD) Mercury, Lmlr, Lmlr SR-61237, 3700477820985, 782098 France 2014 Sell This Version
535 513-2 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RE, 180) Mercury 535 513-2 US 2015 Sell This Version
5355132, 0600753551325 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RE, 180) Mercury, Universal Music Group 5355132, 0600753551325 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
UICY-78079 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM) Mercury UICY-78079 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
6336 610 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RE) Mercury 6336 610 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
6336 610 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RE) Mercury 6336 610 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
6336 610 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RE) Mercury 6336 610 Scandinavia Unknown Sell This Version
MIP-1-9314, 6338 960 Rod Stewart An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Mercury, Mercury MIP-1-9314, 6338 960 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
830 572-2 Rod Stewart The Album(CD, Album) Mercury 830 572-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
830 572-2 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(CD, Album, RE) Mercury 830 572-2 Unknown Sell This Version
314 558 058-2 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Mercury (2) 314 558 058-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
830 572-4 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(Cass, Album, RE) Mercury 830 572-4 US Unknown Sell This Version
830572 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(Cass, Album, RE) Mercury 830572 US Unknown Sell This Version
TIMC 93018 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Mercury, Phonogram TIMC 93018 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
6338 960 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, RE) Mercury 6338 960 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
SR 61237 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, RE) Mercury SR 61237 New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
830 572-1 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, RE) Mercury 830 572-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
ML-8001 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, RE) Mercury ML-8001 US Unknown Sell This Version
ML-8001 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Mercury ML-8001 US Unknown Sell This Version
ML-8001, 6338 960 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album(LP, Album, RE, RP) Mercury, Mercury ML-8001, 6338 960 US Unknown Sell This Version

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Mike.hoare

Mike.hoare

June 24, 2018
referencing An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down, LP, Album, RE, 180, 5355132, 0600753551325

Short, but one of Rod's best album IMHO. A natural progression from his work with Jeff Beck Group, and with some stronger songs and interpretations. The musicianship is excellent and serves to enhance the song rather than itself. A decent pressing too, but what is it with Rod Steward and rubbish album covers?!!
streetmouse

streetmouse

October 13, 2017
referencing The Rod Stewart Album, LP, Album, Gat, SR 61237

I remember December of 1969, I was wrapping up my training and in a few short days would be headed for beautiful sunny southeast Asia ... land of rubber plantations, palm trees, exotic food, and more men then I could shake a stick at. Trouble is, while it was sunny, they didn’t tell me that the temperatures hovered around 90 degrees with one hundred percent humidity, or that the gentle rains lasted nearly six months, or that the exotic foods may include that dog I no longer heard barking at night ... and the men [?], well they must have been part of some sort of club, because they all dressed alike in green, and they all had these silly short hair cuts, not like the exotic shaggy locks that Rod sported.

I remember transcribing this record to cassette before I left, it’s all I did for nearly two days ... forty minutes per tape, times fifty tapes [well you do the math]. Like Johnny Winter visiting Dylan’s “Highway 61,” Rod opens by jumpstarting “Street Fighting Man,” certainly a major risk whenever someone covers a song by The Rolling Stones, and Rod did it without a hint of self-consciousness ... I mean the man didn’t even concern himself with thinking abut the right way of conducting the venture. And what he did knocked my socks off, starting in the middle, filtering in a crashing break, then hitting and splintering the song with another Stones riff on the piano from “We Love You,” before carrying the whole thing back around, making the number his, without even nodding to The Stones. Though I’m sure Rod will be the first to tell you that he, like so many others were heavily influenced by what The Stones were doing.

“No Expectations” shadows “Handbags & Gladrags,” full of despair and heartbreak, restraining the listener with a timing that made me wish the song would go on forever. But more, it proves that Rod was no one-trick-pony, the song is chocked full of emotion, yet never gives over to silly sentimentalities; marking him as one of the great musical story tellers. “Man Of Constant Sorrow” has to be hands down one of the greatest songs ever written, and Rod places his own guitar right out front, leaving Mr. Wood to edge his way in with a haunting bottleneck, that adds both definition and depth to the vocals, yet was sparse enough to keep that bootneck sound echoing my head for hours ... wishing for more.

The whole album was understated, and therein lies it’s strength ... with Beggar’s Banquet, along with Let It Bleed doing the same thing. One odd aspect is, and I can’t believe that it wasn’t intentionally done, was that The Rod Steward Album, aside from being yellow, looks just like the American version of The Stones album Beggar’s Banquet. This wasn’t an album I played a few times and put aside, this is an album that I play to this very day ... I never get tired of it, and I doubt that I ever will.

Review by Jenell Kesler
sparkygs

sparkygs

August 30, 2017
referencing The Rod Stewart Album, LP, Album, Gat, SR 61237
I have a Unipak style - opens from the inside ONLY, and the front cover title & printing is in white. Also a lighter yellow/mustard front
Pentastone

Pentastone

April 4, 2017
referencing The Rod Stewart Album, LP, Album, Gat, SR 61237
Does this version have the gatefold opening on the inside as well? Similar to a unipak. Thank you.
totallyvinyl

totallyvinyl

September 7, 2015
referencing An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down, LP, Album, VO 4, VO4, 847 200 VTY
Test pressings of this has matrix # of A side as above and B side varies by having a '1' at the end instead of a '6'