May 16, 2009 – 4:33 am

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London 1976 [no label, 2CD]

BBC Rock Hour, live at the Olympia Theatre, London, December 24, 1976. Very good Pre-FM broadcast.

In 1975, a fight with UK tax collectors left Rod Stewart relocating to America. Another reason which prompted the move was his then love affair with actress Britt Ekland. The result was underlined by the release of Atlantic Crossing and the anthemic single, Sailing.

Practically an album every year between 1969 and 1979, Stewart had released A Night On The Town in 1976 and, as BBC’s Brian Matthews announced before the show, this was Stewart performing in the UK after more than two years, and to a partisan crowd at that.

With his raspy voice, a strong selection of songs and covers - who but the dedicated fan would remember that Sailing was by the Sutherland Brothers? - Stewart was an impeccable performer, effortlessly reeling off one hit after another. This show was no different and a superb addition to any Rod Stewart collection. Featuring tracks from Atlantic Crossing and A Night On The Town, this show is especially memorable for the singalongs with the audience on Tonight’s The Night; The Killing Of Georgie, Maggie May and Sailing. Fortunate are those who were present.

Who would have expected that Stewart, a wannabe soccer player at Brentford, would be known as an international ladies man and, for his fans, knew how to throw such a wonderful party on stage?

Thanks to Talbe1019 who shared these tracks on the Dime site. As Talbe1019 noted: “I left the commercals in for the die hards, but they can be easily removed since they are on a separate track.”

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.

Disc 1
1. Intro/ Three Time Loser
2. You Wear It Well
3. Commercials
4. Big Bayou
5. Tonight’s the Night
6. Wild Side of Life
7. This Old Heart of Mine
8. Commercials
9. Sweet Little Rock and Roller
10. I Don’t Want To Talk About It/Outro

1. Intro/ The Killing of Georgie
2. Maggie May
3. Commercials
4. Get Back
5. I’m Losing You (I Know)/ Drum Solo
6. Commercials
7. Sailing
8. Stay With Me/Outro

Click here to order Rod Stewart’s Atlantic Crossing and A Night On The Town.

  1. 7 Responses to “ROD STEWART - LONDON 1976”

  2. This is really great!!!

    By Black on May 16, 2009

  3. one correction: rod the mod was not a “wannabe soccer player” - he was a wannabe football player.
    the name of the game is football (and not the american version which should be called runball or crashball)!

    By Walter on May 20, 2009

  4. this awesome. please put more these awesome radio shows on!!!

    By mkane on May 22, 2009

  5. Thanks for sharing this. I don’t have many shows of his in my collections. Some great tunes on here.

    By Matt on May 25, 2009

  6. Walter.. in the UK, we Brits know the game by both names - “soccer” and “football”… so he was both a ‘wannabe SOCCER player” and a “wannabe FOOTBALL player” :)

    By Assphalt on May 26, 2009

  7. Was there in ‘76 and remember well. About
    40,000 people if I recall correctly. One of the
    great concerts of all time. Saw Rod again in OZ
    in ‘92 Vagabond heart Tour and recently in ‘07.
    Rod was 63 but his voice along with the band
    was faultless. He has matured but has not lost a thing.


    By Gerry on Aug 26, 2010

  8. The actual name of the game normally referred to as football here in the UK is ‘Association Football’. ‘Soccer’ is a nicknamed derived from the word ‘Association’.

    By sydfloyd on Jan 14, 2012

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