Rod Stewart


Little Miss Understood/So Much To Say

Immediate IM.060 (UK)
    Immediate IM 5004 (US
    Immediate 5C 006-93 077 (Holland)
    Immediate 1C 006-93 077 (Germany)

"Little Miss Understood" was written by Mike d'Abo. "So Much To Say" was written by the unique combination Mike d'Abo/Rod Stewart, while both sides of this single were arranged and produced by Mike d'Abo. The UK release has a really beautiful picture cover of a young Rod Stewart. Also the Dutch and German issue have a nice picture cover of a bearded Rod Stewart.

00-69 Handbags And Gladrags/Man Of Constant Sorrow Mercury 73009 (US)
01-72 Handbags And Gladrags/Man Of Constant Sorrow Mercury 73031 (US)
01-72 Handbags And Gladrags/Man Of Constant Sorrow Mercury 73031 (Canada)
00-72 Handbags And Gladrags/Man Of Constant Sorrow Mercury SFL-1701 (Japan)
02-76 It's All Over Now/Handbags And Gladrags Mercury 616 7327 (UK)

Mike d'Abo wrote and arranged the song "Handbags And Gladrags", of which Mike recorded four different versions on four different albums. On February 12, 1972 Rod Stewart entered the Billboard Hot 100 with "Handbags And Gladrags". It stayed in the Hot 100 for 6 weeks and had a peak position of number 42.

The song was even more popular in Canada, where it entered the Top 40 on March 18, 1972. It stayed in the Top for 4 weeks and went up to number 25.

Early 2007 I found the (very expensive) Japanese single with a picture cover and in a perfect condition.

02-70 LP An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down Vertigo VO 4 (UK)
    Mercury SR 61237 (US)
    Vertigo VTY 847 200 (Holland)


side one:     side two:
Street Fighting Man    An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down
Man Of Constant Sorrow I wouldn't Ever Change A Thing
Blind Prayer Cindy's Lament
Handbags & Gladrags Dirty Old Town


04-95 CD An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down Mercury 558 058-2 (US)


1. Street Fighting Man
2. Man Of Constant Sorrow
3. Blind Prayer
4. Handbags & Gladrags
5. An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down
6. I Wouldn't Ever Change A Thing
7. Cindy's Lament
8. Dirty Old Town

"Handbags And Gladrags" is a song written and arranged by Mike d'Abo, while Mike also plays piano on "Handbags And Gladrags". The CD has been digitally remastered from the original tapes.

The musicians on this album/CD are:

Rod Stewart : vocals/guitar
Martin Quittenton : guitar
Michael Waller : drums
Ian McLagan : organ/piano
Ron Wood : bass guitar
Mike d'Abo : piano
Martin Pugh : guitar

11-72 LP History Of British Pop Vol. 12 - Various Artists Immediate 052 24731 (Holland)


side one:  
Little Miss Understood Rod Stewart
Out Of Time Chris Farlowe
Handbags And Gladrags Chris Farlowe
Think Chris Farlowe
One Way Love Cliff Bennett
Gin House Blues Amen Corner
side two:  
Hello Suzie Amen Corner
The First Cut Is The Deepest P.P. Arnold
Groovy P.P. Arnold
Sittin' On A Fence Twice As Much
Crystal Ball Twice As Much
The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack The Nice

"Little Miss Understood" was written by Mike d'Abo, while he also wrote the Chris Farlowe song "Handbags And Gladrags", which is a track Rod Stewart recorded as well.

00-80 LP The Immediate Story Virgin Records V2165 (UK)


side one:  
Hang On Sloopy The McCoys
Small Faces Here Comes The Nice
The Nice America
The Turtles You Baby
Strangeloves Cara-Lin
Amen Corner If Paradise Is Half As Nice
Rod Stewart Little Miss Understood
P.P. Arnold First Cut Is The Deepest
side two:  
Chris Farlowe Out Of Time
Humble Pie Natural Born Bugie
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers I'm Your Withdoctor
Fleetwood Mac Man Of The World
Charles Dickens So Much In Love
Twice As Much Sittin' On A Fence
Nico I'm Not Staying
Mick Softley I'm So Confused
Sam Cooke That's Heaven To Me

The Immediate recordings were sold a couple of times and everytime the new label released a couple of compilation albums. If you look at all the great names, than it is unbelievable that the Immediate Record Company went bankrupt. They put out a great number of fine songs and it's good to know, that Mike d'Abo had a part in that. On this album is his song "Little Miss Understood" the only official solorecording by Rod Stewart on this label.

 09-85 2LP The Best Of Rod Stewart Priceless PRID 10 (UK)

This album has the following tracks:

Maggie May; Cut Across Shorty; An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down; (I Know) I'm Losing You; Handbags And Gladrags; It's All Over Now; Street Fighting Man; Gasoline Alley; Every Picture Tells A Story; What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me); Oh No! Not My Baby; Jody; You Wear It Well; Let Me Be Your Car; Pinball Wizard; Sailor; Angel; Mine For Me.

Mike d'Abo wrote the album track "Handbags And Gladrags".

00-91 CD The World Of Rod Stewart Trace 0402232 (Holland)

The by Mike d'Abo written song "Little Miss Understood" is one of the tracks of this CD, of which I doubt if it is a legal CD.

02-93 CD Lead Vocalist Warner Brothers 9362-45258-2 (Holland)


1. I Ain't Superstitious
2. Handbags & Gladrags
3. Cindy Incidentally
4. Stay With Me
5. True Blue
6. Sweet Lady Mary
7. Hotlegs
8. Stand Back
9. Ruby Tuesday
10. Shotgun Wedding
11. First I Look At The Purse
12. Tom Traubert's Blues

Mike d'Abo wrote the song "Handbags & Gladrags".

05-93 CD Unplugged ... And Seated Warner Brothers 9 45289-2 (Holland)


1. Hot Legs
2. Tonight's The Night
3. Handbags And Gladrags
4. Cut Across Shorty
5. Every Picture Tells A Story
6. Maggie May
7. Reason To Believe
8. People Get Ready
9. Have I Told You Lately
10. Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Mathilda)
11. The First Cut Is The Deepest
12. Mandolin Wind
13. Highgate Shuffle
14. Stay With Me
15. Having A Party

For the second time in one year Rod Stewart included the Mike d'Abo song "Handbags And Gladrags" on an album of his.
On June 19, 1993 it reached place 17 as highest position in the Dutch album/cd top 100, where it stayed for 18 weeks.

00-95 2CD Handbags And Gladrags Mercury 528 823-2 (UK)


disc one: disc two:
Every Picture Tells A Story (Henry)
(Interludings) Maggie May
You Wear It Well     Gasoline Alley
You Put Something Better Inside Dixie Toot
Only A Hobo    Every Time We Say Goodbye
Reason To Believe     Twistin' The Night Away
It's All Over Now     True Blue
Cut Across Shorty   Lochinvar)
Lost Paraguayos     Farewell
Mandolin Wind    Italian Girls
Crying Laughing Loving Lying   Mama You've Been On My Mind
Street Fighting Man   Country Comfort
Man Of Constant Sorrow I Wouldn't Change A Thing
(I Know) I'm Losing You Sweet Little Rock And Roller
Lady Day I'd Rather Go Blind
So Tired   Angel
Oh No Not My Baby    Missed You
What Made Milwaukee Famous     Dirty Old Town
Handbags And Gladrags  

It's nice to see that Mercury named this double CD to the song Mike d'Abo wrote for Rod Stewart, even though there are a couple of big hits on the double CD.

00-97 CD Soft Rock Caste Communications DCD CD 204 (UK)

This 2CD set has among others the Mike d'Abo song "Little Miss Understood" sung by Rod Stewart.

07-2002 CD Party At The Palace Virgin/EMI VTCDX 463


1. God Save The Queen Brian May + The Royal Academy of Music Symphony
2. You Can't Hurry Love Phil Collins
3. Dancing In The Street Atomic Kitten
4. Goldfinger Shirley Bassey
5. Everything I Do (I Do It For You) Brian Adams
6. You Can Leave Your Hat On Tom Jones feat. Blue & Keith Airey
7. Radio Ga Ga Queen + Phil Collins on drums
8. We Will Rock You Queen + The London Cast of the Musical "We Will Rock You"
9. We Are The Champions Queen + Will Young + Cast of the musical "We Will Rock You"
10. Why Annie Lennox
11. Move It Cliff Richard feat. S. Club 7 & Brian May
12. Paranoid Ozzy Osbourne with Tony Iommi
13. I Want Love Elton John
14. God Only Knows Brian Wilson feat. The Corrs
15. Good Vibrations Brian Wilson feat. Emma Bunton & Atomic Kitten
16. Layla Eric Clapton
17. Gimme Some Lovin' Steve Winwood
18. With A Little Help From My Friends Joe Cocker feat. Steve Winwood & Brian May
19. Handbags & Gladrags Rod Stewart feat. J'Anna Jacoby on violin
20. All You Need Is Love Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Paul McCartney & Various Artists
21. Hey Jude Paul McCartney feat. Various Artists

This CD was recorded live at Buckingham Palace by the BBC 3rd Jube 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's being 50 years queen of Great Britain. Probably because The Stereophonics had just a big hit with Mike d'Abo's "Handbags And Gladrags" Rod Stewart decided to sing this song for the queen. It's good to see this track on the CD and Mike's name as writer of the song.