Warner Bros. Reissues ATLANTIC CROSSING And A NIGHT ON THE TOWN As Limited-Edition Two-Disc Sets With Remastered Original Album, Plus Unreleased Versions Of Each Album Track and Outtakes
To Be Released June 30, Collectors Editions Are Only Available This Summer
LOS ANGELES -- For Rod Stewart, 1975 was a year of profound personal and professional change. Because of Britain's high tax rate, he moved from London to Los Angeles, where he signed with Warner Bros. Records, and left his longtime mates in the Faces to finally commit himself as a solo artist. His first two American albums--ATLANTIC CROSSING and A NIGHT ON THE TOWN--went gold and double platinum respectively, charting with signature hits like I Don't Want To Talk About It" and Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)."
For a limited time, Warner Bros. will reissue both albums as two-disc Collectors Editions that contain the original album remastered with a bonus track and a second disc that contains unreleased takes of every album track, plus unreleased outtakes. ATLANTIC CROSSING and A NIGHT ON THE TOWN will be available June 30 at all retail outlets, including rhino.com, for a suggested list price of $24.98 (CD), and digitally for $13.99 (Atlantic Crossing) and $11.99 (A Night On The Town). The two-disc version is only available this summer and will be replaced by a single-disc collection with fewer bonus tracks.
Along with Stewart's new home came a new producer, Tom Dowd, a man whose gifted ears led him to run sessions for some of Stewart's soul idols, including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Ray Charles. It was Dowd's idea to record Stewart with many of soul musics legendary musicians: guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald Duck Dunn, and drummer Al Jackson Jr., known as the MGs (minus Booker T.); and the Swampers, the renowned studio band from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, who played on many of Aretha Franklin's best. This fresh beginning marks the point where Stewart left behind his frequently rustic, folk-inflected sound and replaced it with the glossy stadium anthems that would become his new imprimatur.
Stewart's sixth album, ATLANTIC CROSSING became a hit in Britain and the U.S., where it was certified gold. It contains two of Stewart's signature hits: I Don't Want To Talk About It" and Sailing." The latter became a #1 hit in the U.K. and a popular soccer anthem, a gratifying twist for Stewart, a rabid fan of the sport. Along with an alternate version of the album, the bonus disc also contains an eclectic trio of outtakes: the Bee Gees To Love Somebody," Lee Dorsey's Holy Cow," and Elvis Presley's Return To Sender."
In 1976, Stewart returned with A NIGHT ON THE TOWN, a double-platinum success thanks to the #1 smash Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)," the definitive cover of Cat Stevens The First."
Cut Is The Deepest," and The Killing Of Georgie (Part I and II)," a heartfelt tribute to Stewart's friend, who was mugged and killed in New York. Stewart cut the majority of A NIGHT ON THE TOWN in Los Angeles with musicians who are credited as The Garage Band, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the caliber of players assembled for the album: the MGs once again as well as guitarists Joe Walsh, Jesse Ed Davis, David Lindley, and Fred Tackett.
The second disc features a preliminary treatment of Lennon/McCartney's Get Back" for the film All This And World War II, and two outtakes written by Stewart. The first, Rosie," was used as the B-side of Killing Of Georgie." The second, Share," features a gorgeous, understated guitar arrangement from an unidentified source that sounds suspiciously like Cropper.
ATLANTIC CROSSING and A NIGHT ON THE TOWN are both so similar conceptually, structurally, and musically that they are virtually of a piece. Each is a mix of covers and originals, split between fast and slow sides, produced by Tom Dowd, and recorded in Muscle Shoals and Los Angeles. Together the music captures an important evolution in Stewart's iconic career.
COLLECTORS EDITION: ATLANTIC CROSSING
1. Three Time Loser
2. Alright For An Hour
3. All In The Name Of Rock N Roll
4. Drift Away
5. Stone Cold Sober
6. I Dont Want To Talk About It
7. Its Not The Spotlight
8. This Old Heart Of Mine
9. Still Love You
11. Skye Boat Song The Atlantic Crossing Drum & Pipe Band
Disc 2 ALL PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
1. To Love Somebody (Studio Outtake) with The MGs
2. Holy Cow (Studio Outtake) with The MGs
3. Return To Sender (Studio Outtake) with The MGs
THE ALTERNATE ATLANTIC CROSSING
4. Three Time Loser (Alternate Version)
5. Alright For An Hour (Alternate Version)
6. All In The Name Of Rock N Roll (Alternate Version)
7. Drift Away (Alternate Version)
8. Too Much Noise (Early Version of Stone Cold Sober)
9. I Dont Want To Talk About It (Alternate Version)
10. Its Not The Spotlight (Alternate Version)
11. This Old Heart Of Mine (Alternate Version with The MGs)
12. Still Love You (Alternate Version)
13. Sailing (Alternate Version)
14. Skye Boat Song (Alternate Version) The Atlantic Crossing Drum & Pipe Band
COLLECTORS EDITION: A NIGHT ON THE TOWN
1. Tonights The Night (Gonna Be Alright)
2. The First Cut Is The Deepest
3. Fool For You
4. The Killing Of Georgie (Part I And II)
5. The Balltrap
6. Pretty Flamingo
7. Big Bayou
8. The Wild Side Of Life
9. Trade Winds
10. Rosie (Bonus Track)
Disc 2 ALL PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
1. Share (Studio Outtake)
THE ALTERNATE NIGHT ON THE TOWN
2. Tonights The Night (Gonna Be Alright) (Early Version)
3. The First Cut Is The Deepest (Early Version)
4. Fool For You (Early Version)
5. The Killing Of Georgie (Part I And II) (Early Version)
6. The Balltrap (Early Version)
7. Pretty Flamingo (Early Version)
8. Big Bayou (Early Version)
9. The Wild Side Of Life (Early Version)
10. Trade Winds (Early Version)
11. Rosie (Early Version)
12. Get Back (Alternate Version)