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June 1, 2017

Rod Stewart – Body Wishes (1983) – Lp

by Record Facts

Sir Roderick David “Rod” Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Rod Stewart
Title:  Body Wishes
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  92-3877-1

Body Wishes is a studio album released by Rod Stewart on 10 June 1983. It was Stewart’s 12th studio album and was released on Warner Bros. Records (WEA 92-3877-1). The tracks were recorded and mixed at The Record Plant, Los Angeles. It produced three singles, “Baby Jane“, “What Am I Gonna Do (I’m So in Love with You)”, and “Sweet Surrender”.

After listening to Body Wishes, Rod Stewart’s latest and surely one of his least, you get the feeling that this singer is sorely in need of what comedian Henny Youngman calls “a charisma bypass.” Except for the album’s opener, “Dancin’ Alone,” a Chuck Berry-style rock & roller that’s both lively and witty, there’s nothing here — singing, playing, melodies, lyrics, production, arrangements — that you’ll remember thirty seconds after you’ve heard it. Not much energy either. Just by-rote dance tunes, lachrymose (and unbelievable) love songs, a silly revenge ditty and the world’s most unconvincing protest number (“Ghetto Blaster”).

Sadly, Stewart, for a long time a genuine great one, seems to have passed over into that gaudy, rather meaningless land occupied by such people as Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds — people whose main occupation is Stardom, and precious little else. When this esteemed position is reached, it doesn’t matter what one does anymore — a minimum of competence and a maximum of product are the rules — as long as one just shows up. And shows up. And shows up.

Even Stewart appears to realize that Body Wishes isn’t exactly hot stuff. In the liner notes, the singer offers “special thanks and admiration to [coproducer] Tom Dowd

The cover is a parody of Elvis Presley‘s 1959 album 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong.

 

Side one
1.  Dancin’ Alone (4:03)
2.  Baby Jane (4:44)
3.  Move Me (3:36)
4.  Body Wishes (4:41)
5.  Sweet Surrender (4:57)

Side two
1.  What Am I Gonna Do (I’m So in Love with You) (4:19)
2.  Ghetto Blaster (4:07)
3.  Ready Now (3:34)
4.  Strangers Again (4:10)
5.  Satisfied (4:08)

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