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Rod Stewart: Camouflage

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Personnel: Rod Stewart (vocals); Jeff Beck, Michael Landau, Robin Le Mesurier, Jim Cregan (guitar); Gary Herbig (saxophone); Jerry Hay, Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Kim Hutchcroft, Charlie Loper (horns); Jimmy Zavala (harmonica); Michael Omartian (keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Kevin Savigar (keyboards); Jay Davis (bass); Tony Brock (drums).

Recorded at Lion Share, Los Angeles, California.

In recording 1984's CAMOUFLAGE, Rod Stewart's greatest accomplishment was getting old friend & employer Jeff Beck to join him on three songs. The most successful is the fiery "Infatuation," one of two Top 10 hits for Stewart, who barely cracked the Top 15 with anything off his previous album BODY WISHES. Stewart's choice of producer, Amy Grant knob-turner Michael Omartian, meant CAMOUFLAGE was awash in synthesizers and the band was made up of facile studio musicians. Gone were the rootsier excursions from earlier in his career, replaced by glossier numbers such as the title track with its Earth, Wind & Fire-like horns, and an idiosyncratic reading of Free's "All Right Now," with the bumps and wrinkles of the original smoothly ironed out. Still, Stewart's unabashed romanticism could not be quelled. "Trouble" finds him cooing lovingly over a bank of lighter-than-air keyboards, while on the endearingly poppy "Some Guys Have All The Luck," Stewart sings his heart out.


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