Unplugged....And Seated

Unplugged....And Seated

by Rod StewartRod Stewart
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Eric Clapton's Unplugged turned the MTV series into a pop culture phenomenon, one that was especially appealing to veteran rockers because all they had to do was dust off their old hits and give them a nice, relaxed reading -- the perfect re-imagining for middle-aged rock stars. Rod Stewart leaped at the opportunity and, in many ways, he seemed even better suited for the gig than Clapton as much of his '70s prime prominently featured acoustic guitars, including "Maggie May," "Every Picture Tells a Story," and "Gasoline Alley." Stewart upped the ante by reuniting with his old friend and Faces bandmate Ron Wood, giving Unplugged...and Seated the appearance of an event...an appearance that was entirely intentional. That Unplugged...and Seated falls well short of actually being an event is a disappointment but also inevitable. Where Clapton's Unplugged was a natural phenomenon, a blockbuster delivered with no preconceived notions, Unplugged...and Seated is designed as a hits revue, playing upon nostalgia while delivering mellow sounds for middle age. This is no bad thing, necessarily, particularly when the song selection is so strong -- all the big hits from that early-'70s golden age, plus Rod's recent cover of Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately," Tom Waits' "Tom Traubert's Blues," and a reworked version of the folk standard "Highgate Shuffle" thrown in for good measure -- and the chemistry between Stewart and Wood is still so cheerful. Occasionally, this frivolity is a wee bit forced but that's not quite as big of a problem as the punchy, professional production; these are ultimately nothing more than mild signs of road wear on a record that's a nice night out with the boys, nothing more, nothing less.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2011
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227976620
catalogNumber: 45289
Rank: 7573

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist,Banjo,Vocals
Ronnie Wood   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jeff Golub   Guitar
Jim Cregan   Guitar
David Palmer   Drums
Phil Parlapiano   Mandolin,Accordion
Darryl Phinnessee   Background Vocals
Carmine Rojas   Bass Guitar
Kevin Savigar   Organ,Piano,Accordion
Don Teschner   Guitar,Mandolin,Violin
Dorian Holly   Background Vocals
Fred White   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tim Hardin   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Rod Stewart   Composer,Lyricist
Tom Waits   Composer
Ronnie Wood   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Jerry Jordan   Engineer
Alex Coletti   Producer
Michael d'Abo   Composer
Patrick Leonard   Producer
Van Morrison   Composer
Michael Ostin   Executive Producer
Martin Quittenton   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Jules Chaikin   String Contractor
Audrey Johns   Producer
Milt Lage   Director
Joel Stillerman   Executive Producer
Public Domain   Composer
Gary Grainger   Composer
Brian Reason   Stage Manager

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