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Charted: June 19, 1971

Rating: 4.682 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: “few rock albums are quite this powerful or this rich” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Every Picture Tells a Story
  2. Seems Like a Long Time
  3. That’s All Right
  4. Tomorrow Is a Long Time
  5. Maggie May
  6. Mandolin Wind
  7. I Know I’m Losing You [with The Faces]
  8. Reason to Believe

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 2.5
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 6.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 4
peak on U.K. album chart 1 6

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Maggie May (7/17/71) #1 US, #1 UK, sales: 0.5 m, air: 3.0 m
  • Reason to Believe (7/17/71) #19 US, #19 UK, #2 AC, air: 2.0 m
  • I Know I’m Losing You (11/20/71) #24 US
  • Every Picture Tells a Story --

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Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums

Every Picture Tells a Story
Rod Stewart
“Without greatly altering his approach, Rod Stewart perfected his blend of hard rock, folk, and blues on his masterpiece, Every Picture Tells a Story. Marginally a harder-rocking album than Gasoline Alley – the Faces blister on the Temptations cover I Know I’m Losing You, and the acoustic title track goes into hyper-drive with Mick Waller’s primitive drumming – the great triumph of Every Picture Tells a Story lies in its content. Every song on the album, whether it’s a cover or original, is a gem, combining to form a romantic, earthy portrait of a young man joyously celebrating his young life. Of course, Maggie May – the ornate, ringing ode about a seduction from an older woman – is the centerpiece, but each song, whether it’s the devilishly witty title track or the unbearably poignant Mandolin Wind, has the same appeal. And the covers, including definitive readings of Bob Dylan’s Tomorrow Is a Long Time and Tim Hardin’s Reason to Believe, as well as a rollicking That’s All Right, are equally terrific, bringing new dimension to the songs. It’s a beautiful album, one that has the timeless qualities of the best folk, yet one that rocks harder than most pop music – few rock albums are quite this powerful or this rich.” STE

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Last updated February 18, 2010.