Album of the Day
By the mid-1970s, Rod Stewart's ascent from lead singer of the Faces to solo performer was complete. By the time he'd cut his debut album for Warner Bros., Stewart was a star on both sides of the pond - ATLANTIC CROSSING topped the U.K. chart and peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 over the first week of November 1975. It's easy to hear why it was so successful; producer Tom Dowd amplified Stewart's soulful side by pairing the singer's distinctive raspy vocals with stellar accompaniment from The Memphis Horns and most of Booker T. and the MG's. Split between a “fast” half and a “slow” one, the set's ten tracks feature rocking Rod originals like “Stone Cold Sober” as well as strong covers of “Sailing” and “I Don't Want To Talk About It.” The gold-certified ATLANTIC CROSSING set the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's career on a new, exciting course.