Thursday, September 7, 2017

"All Right Now" by Rod Stewart

Song#:  2155
Date:  12/15/1984
Debut:  88
Peak:  72
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After a bit of a slump, Stewart was back in the game with his latest LP Camouflage. The album would be a gold seller thanks to a pair of Top 10 singles ("Infatuation" and "Some Guys Have All the Luck"). To try and keep the ball rollin' this third single was issued. Unfortunately, it didn't have the spark of the previous two tunes and it barely got out of the bottom quarter of the chart.

ReduxReview:  This classic rock track (see below) gets a slick update from Stewart. If the original didn't exist, I'd probably think this was a pretty good track. However, as a remake it just doesn't sound quite right. It's like the soul and funk from Free's original got totally zapped by modern electronics. I think this is a great song for Stewart to cover, but not in this way. He really needed to coat the song with his rock edge instead of spraying it in 80s day-glo synths. An opportunity missed.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This is a remake of a song originally done by the band Free. That classic 1970 single got to #4 on the Pop chart. It would be the UK band's only significant hit in the US. In addition to Free and Stewart, two other artists have reached the Pop chart with this song. In 1975, soul singer Lea Roberts did a version that got to #92 Pop and #54 R&B (which is really great, BTW). Then in 1986, UK dance-pop duo Pepsi & Shrilie (former Wham! backup singers) did a take on the song that got to #66 at Pop.


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