4 out of 5 Stars!
In the early ’70s, when it came to either Rod Stewart or Faces, all the albums were fairly interchangeable, seeing as how Faces played numerous Stewart “solo” tracks during its concerts, and all the original Faces musicians (Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones—all, unquestionably, Rock ‘N’ Roll royalty) contributed in varying degrees to Stewart’s first handful of solo albums, with Gasoline Alley being his sophomore effort.
Therefore, as far as I’m concerned, Gasoline Alley is just another Faces album, and it’s a damned corker for sure, including several of my favorite Stewart/Faces tracks, including “Cut Across Shortly,” “It’s All Over Now,” “Country Comforts,” and the title tune. A true classic!
(Also, a final side note: I can honestly say, despite the album cover’s fairly accurate depiction of the down ‘n’ dirty atmosphere on a few tracks, it’s probably one of the least appealing covers to have ever existed. No wonder several alternate versions were created for various formats or for some reissues throughout the years, or for different regions of the world, but in truth, none of these covers were very attractive. Anyway, just had to mention it since unappealing cover art is one of my major pet peeves.)