Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mercury Records: You Wear It Well

A year after Rod Stewart’s colossal hit “Maggie May,” he employed a similar acoustic sound for his 1972 release of “You Wear it Well.” Like “Maggie May,” “You Wear it Well” was a collaboration between Rod and classical/folk guitarist Martin Quittenton. Unlike “Maggie May’s” use of a mandolin, the lead instrument was a fiddle at the hands and bow of Dick Powell. Ian McLagen’s organ work also shines on this particular release.

Like most of his solo recordings during his years with The Faces, the band appears as sidemen on this recording. From the album “Never a Dull Moment,” “You Wear it Well” was a number one record in the UK; however, it only made it to #13 on the US charts. Pity.

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