Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story drewkinney

May 31, 2020
Cann anyone help identify my copy?

Runout Side 1: "SRM-1-609A-M1" (Stamped) + -"1-1111" (lightly written)
Runout Side 2: "SRM-609-M1" (Etched) + "P.R." (etched)

Cover is not the Gatefold

Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story streetmouse

October 13, 2017

The year was 1971, I was on my second tour in Vietnam, I’d just cut my locks like Rod’s ... more accurately, at about three in the morning, I handed a pair of surgical scissors and the album cover to Every Picture Tells A Story to one of my wounded boys ... the morphine that was running though him must have made it all seem so surreal when I asked him to cut my hair ... all I remember was laughing as I heard locks of my hair being snipped, and then smooching what was left in place with sweat and sheer will. I walked out of the ward staring at the picture of Rod on the cover, as if I were staring into a mirror.

If anyone from this era tells you they didn’t cry, or at least have a warm spot for “Mandolin Wind” or “Maggie May,” then they are probably lying to you. This album was monumental, it rocked it rolled it set me to strutting, it broke my heart and made me feel stronger than I ever thought I was capable of being. These songs were a sentimental journey when they were written and have more than stood the test of time. The music was so special with its country flavorings, its blues mixes and its stand up salute to Motown with “I Know I’m Losing You.” Rod would never put out another record like this, it would take a couple of years before Fleetwood Mac was able to pick up the banner and deliver another album filled with so much sensitivity and passion. It was impossible for Rod’s voice to have sounded better ... this was the album people make, disappear, and go on to become the stuff of legend.

Every Picture Tells A Story, fills my head with ghosts, it puts me in touch with parts of myself that I tend to compartmentalize and hide from others ... the world would be a much less beautiful place, were this record not to exist.

*** The Fun Facts: "Maggie May" expresses the ambivalence and contradictory emotions of a boy involved in a relationship with an older woman, and was written from Stewart's own experience. Rod Stewart claims that "Maggie May" was more or less a true story, about the first woman he had sex with, at the 1961 Beaulieu Jazz Festival, though the woman's name was not "Maggie May". The name Maggie May does not occur in the song, Rod borrowed the title from a Liverpool folk song about a Lime Street prostitute. Margaret May Beaulieu, now a lesbian and in a committed relationship for most of her life says, “He [Rod Stewart] was a piece of ass, though I wish he’d never written that song.”

Review by Jenell Kesler

Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story presidentraygunn

July 1, 2019
Thank you for sharing your story. I’m listening to the lp right now and reading your story moved me. Cheers