A Night on the Town
Rod Stewart - A Night On The Town.jpg
Studio album by
Released18 June 1976
RecordedDecember 1975-April 1976
StudioCherokee Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (except "The First Cut Is the Deepest": Muscle Shoals Sound, AL), String overdubs: Criteria, Miami, FL Caribou Ranch, Nederland, CO.
GenreRock
Length41:19
LabelRiva, Warner Bros.
ProducerTom Dowd
Rod Stewart chronology
Atlantic Crossing
(1975)
A Night on the Town
(1976)
Foot Loose & Fancy Free
(1977)
Singles from A Night on the Town
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]
Rolling Stone(favourable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]

A Night on the Town is Rod Stewart's seventh album, released in 1976. The cover art is based on Pierre-Auguste Renoir's painting Bal du moulin de la Galette, with Stewart inserted in the centre in period costume. On 30 June 2009, Rhino reissued the album as a two-disc CD with bonus tracks. A Night on the Town was Stewart's last UK number-one studio album until Time in 2013.

The album is regarded as one of Stewart's finest. "The Killing of Georgie" is one of Stewart's most hard hitting set of lyrics, a melancholic tale of a gay friend who is cast out by his family and becomes a sensation in the New York nightlife, only to be murdered by a New Jersey gang during an attempted robbery. Controversial "Tonight's the Night" was a No. 1 hit but was banned by some radio stations due to the very obvious lyrics about sex and loss of virginity. A cover of Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is the Deepest" was also a success and has since become one of Stewart's signature songs.

Track listing

Original release

Side one – Slow Side
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"Rod Stewart3:54
2."The First Cut Is the Deepest"Cat Stevens4:31
3."Fool for You"Stewart3:49
4."The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)"Stewart6:28
Side two – Fast Side
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Balltrap"Stewart4:37
2."Pretty Flamingo"Mark Barkan3:27
3."Big Bayou"Gib Guilbeau3:54
4."The Wild Side of Life"Arlie Carter, William Warren5:09
5."Trade Winds"Ralph MacDonald, William Salter5:16

2009 re-release

Disc One
No.TitleLength
1."Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"3:56
2."The First Cut Is the Deepest"4:28
3."Fool for You"3:47
4."The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)"6:22
5."The Balltrap"4:41
6."Pretty Flamingo"3:32
7."Big Bayou"3:55
8."The Wild Side of Life"5:10
9."Trade Winds"5:28
10."Rosie"3:50
Disc Two
No.TitleLength
1."Share" (Studio Outtake)4:19
2."Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" (Early version)3:51
3."The First Cut Is the Deepest" (Early version)3:48
4."Fool for You" (Early version)3:40
5."The Killing of Georgie (Part I)" (Early version)4:22
6."The Balltrap" (Early version)4:40
7."Pretty Flamingo" (Early version)3:26
8."Big Bayou" (Early version)4:13
9."The Wild Side of Life" (Early version)4:47
10."Trade Winds" (Early version)4:44
11."Rosie" (Early version)4:21
12."Get Back" (From the soundtrack All This and World War II)4:05
13."The Killing Of Georgie [Part II]" ([Alternate Vocals]) 
14."Tonight's The Night [Gonna Be Alright]" ([Spoken Excerpt]) 

Personnel

Charts

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[21] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[22] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[24] Gold 50,000[23]
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Platinum 1,000,000[25]
United States (RIAA)[27] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References

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