Geoff, i'm not sure you're gonna get many on this forum to disagree with you. Every Picture Tells a Story
and Gasoline Alley
were Rod's best solo albums for me and since then i could usually find a song or two i could stand...until 1978's Blonds Have More Fun.
That's when i wrote him off.
I think Ronnie Lane was a big part of what i liked...listen to this arrangement.