Label: Warner Bros. Records - 8122-79858-5 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Rock & Roll, Pop Rock
Rod Stewart 's sixth album was called Atlantic Crossing because the singer was literally crossing the Atlantic, making America his new home for reasons of the heart he was fully enamored with actress Britt Ekland at the time and the wallet he was eager to escape Britain's restrictive tax rates. As it happens, was a perfect time for a new beginning for Stewart : the Faces were falling apart, his last LP, Smilerwasn't roundly loved, and he had wrapped up his contract with Mercury and signed with Warner, so he completely rebooted, hiring legendary producer Tom Dowd to steer him through a slick, streamlined revamping of his signature sound.
The first Stone Cold Sober - Rod Stewart - Atlantic Crossing to be ditched were any traces of the ragged folkie who had popped up on all his first five solo albums, including on his career-making hit "Maggie May," a move that may partially have been due to Stewart 's longtime writing partner Martin Quittenton deciding to sever ties with him.
The results were splashy without being glitzy, soulful without being gritty, an impressive big-budget revamp of Stewart that benefited enormously from a clutch of great songs, both originals and covers.
Tellingly, all the great originals arrive on the first side dubbed "The Fast Half," with Rod writing blistering, funny rockers about being laid up Stone Cold Sober - Rod Stewart - Atlantic Crossing times with VD "Three Time Loser" and suffering through an unwanted sobriety Tammys Breeze - The 3 Sounds* - Moods Cold Sober"then easing back for a quick romance on the Jesse Ed Davis co-written "Alright for an Hour" -- all good indications that his heart was still at a party.
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