Remembering Rod Stewart’s Triumphant ‘Young Turks’ Live in 1981

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Remembering Rod Stewart’s Triumphant ‘Young Turks’ Live in 1981

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Rod Stewart. Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns/Getty Images. 

We’re revisiting Rod Stewart’s eleventh studio album, Tonight I’m Yours which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. 


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Ever with his ear to the musical ground, Rod Stewart shifted from the disco moves of his late-'70s hits to add a touch of synth-pop to his sound for 1981's Tonight I’m Yours. The ten tracks include three well-chosen covers including Dylan's Just Like a Woman and Ace's How Long?, but it's the originals here that really shine. Young Turks, Tora, Tora, Tora (Out With The Boys) and the title track, all successful singles, show Stewart's pen to be as distinctive as his voice (the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement songwriting award he won in 1999 further confirms this). The new wave-tinged arrangements fit the performer like a glove, though old school session pros (guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, fiddler Byron Berline and drummer Carmine Appice, among others) help out as well. The Expanded Edition of the platinum-selling Tonight I’m Yours adds six rare rehearsal and live recordings as bonus tracks to Rod's best album of the 1980s.

Watch Rod deliver a triumphant rendition of the album’s biggest single, Young Turks live on American Bandstand in 1981. 

Rod Stewart | ‘Young Turks’ [1981]

Let’s revisit the official music videos for the albums other two singles, starting with Tonight I'm Yours which was shot by Australian director, Russell Mulcahy. 

Rod Stewart | ‘Tonight I'm Yours’ 

Rod Stewart | ‘How Long’

Sir Rod Stewart’s rekindled love of songwriting grows even stronger on his brand-new studio album, The Tears of Hercules that arrived this month. This is Stewart’s fourth new album of original songs since 2013 – and his 31st album to date - and for this latest collection, Stewart wrote nine of the 12 songs, including the first single, One More Time. In addition to the new tracks, The Tears of Hercules includes covers of Marc Jordan, Johnny Cash, and more. Get it here.


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'The Tears of Hercules' vinyl.


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