In this season of the unplugged, it seems only natural for Rod Stewart, like Eric Clapton and Neil Young, to reintroduce his early work to the MTV generation in a setting more intimate than the arenas to which he’s become accustomed.
After all, classic songs like “Every Picture Tells a Story,” “Mandolin Wind” and “Cut Across Shorty” were never completely plugged in anyway. They rocked with the spirit, if not the sound, of the blues: simply, bawdily, honestly.
Delta earthiness was provided by omnipresent slide guitar, and a more homespun Celtic melancholy was evoked by the strings that often echoed the folk-ish melodies.
Photography: Bob Gruen