Rod Stewart – Never A Dull Moment – What to Listen For

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Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of NADM. 

Most copies tend to be dull, veiled, thick and congested, but the trick with the better pressings is being able to separate out the various parts with ease and hear right INTO the music.

Just listen to those meaty electric guitars, the note-like bass or that amazing snare drum sound with such a huge THWACK — that’s the raw power of rock n’ roll, baby.

It’s also surprisingly airy, open, and spacious — not quite what you’d expect from a bluesy British rock album like this, right? Not too many Faces records sound like this, we can tell you that.

But the engineers here managed to pull it off. One of them was Glyn Johns (mis-spelled in the credits Glynn Johns), who’s only responsible for the first track on side one, True Blue. Naturally that happens to be one of the best sounding tracks on the whole album.

Angel, the first track on side two, can have Demo Disc quality sound on the better copies such as this one.

Practically every song here is a classic, with not a dog in the bunch. Rod Stewart did what few artists have ever managed to do: release his two best albums back to back.

A Thrill

The best copies have all the elements necessary to let this music REALLY ROCK — stunning presence; super punchy drums; deep, tight bass; and tons of life and energy. Rod’s voice sounds just right here with lots of breath, texture, and ambience. The sound is clean, clear, smooth, and sweet — that’s our sound.

Listen to the percussion on Angel — you can really hear all the transients and the sound of the drum skins.

On the same track, the meaty guitar in the left channel sounds mind-blowingly good. The bass is deep and well-defined, and the sound of the drums is awesome in every way. Who has a better drum sound than Rod Stewart on his two best albums?

When you hear a copy like this you’ll know right away why this record is on our Top 100 list.

One of His Two Best

Along with Every Picture Tells A Story this is one of the two Must Own Rod Stewart albums.

And this is about the best way we know of to hear it.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

True Blue
Lost Paraguayos
Mama, You Been on My Mind
Italian Girls

Side Two

Angel
Interludings
You Wear It Well
I’d Rather Go Blind
Twistin’ the Night Away

AMG 5 Star Review

Opening with the touching, autobiographical rocker “True Blue,” which finds Rod Stewart trying to come to grips with his newfound stardom but concluding that he’d “rather be back home,” the record is the last of Stewart’s series of epic fusions of hard rock and folk.

It’s possible to hear Stewart go for superstardom with the hard-rocking kick and fat electric guitars of the album, but the songs still cut to the core.

The covers — whether a soulful reading of Jimi Hendrix’s “Angel,” an empathetic version of Dylan’s “Mama, You Been on My Mind,” or a stunning interpretation of Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind” — are equally effective, making Never a Dull Moment a masterful record. He never got quite this good ever again.