I am often asked what artists and songs inspired me to write songs and pick up the guitar. This is the second in the series of posts and features Rod Stewart from the live 'Every Picture Tells A Story' album.
My cousin Bill was a big Faces fan, and whilst staying at my Aunt's house for a protracted period (long story), he had all the albums on heavy rotation. Interspersed with releases by Yusuf / Cat Stevens.
It's now 1971 and I was 14, two years before I started playing guitar and it really got me! The band play fantastically together and there alcohol fuelled performances were legendary.
Over the years they have been a model for me on how to play like a 'band' (along with of course 'The Band').
Ronnie Wood's rhythm playing at the beginning is ace. Very distinctive and super groovy.
This is a live version of 'I'm Losing You' (originally recorded by Temptations) but you can find the original studio version on the Rod Stewart's 'Every Picture Tells a Story (and if you haven't heard it, I urge you to listen now), it's a fabulous record.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: In January 2016, we recorded a podcast talking in detail about this track and all the others in the series. Take a listen!]