For a period in the early seventies, Rod Stewart seemed to lead a charmed and ideal life. A dual career saw him playing and touring with his mates for part of the time and a blooming solo career for the rest. The fact that his mates made up The Faces and happened to be just about the best band around was a bonus. As a possible indicator of what was to come, Every Picture Tells A Story was released in the US over a month before the UK and topped the chart on both side of the Atlantic. For an album with just ten tracks it contains more than its fair share of classics. Stewart's co-composition with Martin Quittenton, Maggie May, and the cover of Tim Hardin's Reason To Believe lead the away. Having been released as a single, the latter provided Stewart's first solo hit but radio stations soon picked up on the b-side and Maggie May stormed to number 1 in September. Mandolin Wind, another Stewart composition, also falls into the classic category. Covers on the album include the Temptations' (I Know) I'm Losing You, Elvis Presley's That's Alright and Bob Dylan's Tomorrow Is A Long Time. With The Faces providing much of the backing and additional vocals by Maggie Bell and Madeline Bell, Every Picture Tells A Story spent four weeks on top of the chart in October and returned for two more in November.