The album includes his breakthrough hits, Maggie May and Reason to BelieveReason had initially been the A-side of the single and Maggie May the B-side, until public reaction resulted in their reversal.

All five members of the  Faces (with whom Stewart at that time was lead vocalist) appeared on the album, with guitarist/bassist Ronnie Wood (who later became a member of the Rolling Stones) and keyboardist Ian McLagan (later became a side man on many of the Rolling Stone tours) being most prominent.

It reached the number-one position in both the UK (for six weeks) and the US (four weeks) at the same time that Maggie May was topping the singles charts in both territories, making Stewart the first artist to achieve such a feat. It has often been voted among the best British albums of all time. In 1992, the album was awarded the number-one spot in Jimmy Guterman's book The Best Rock 'N' Roll Records of All Time: A Fan's Guide to the Stuff You Love.

Watch a great video of Rod and my favorite Stone Ronnie Wood on Letterman.