Rod Stewart: The Definitive Rod Stewart [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD] [Digipak]

Track List

>Maggie May
>Mandolin Wind
>Every Picture Tells a Story
>Stay With Me
>You Wear It Well
>Killing of Georgie, Parts 1 & 2, The
>Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)
>First Cut is the Deepest, The
>You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)
>I Was Only Joking
>Hot Legs
>Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
>Young Turks
>Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me)
>Baby Jane
>Some Guys Have All the Luck
>Love Touch
>Forever Young
>My Heart Can't Tell You No
>Downtown Train
>This Old Heart of Mine [1989 Version] - (featuring Ronald Isley)
>I Don't Want To Talk About It [1989 Version]
>Rhythm of My Heart
>Motown Song, The - (featuring The Temptations)
>Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda) - (previously unreleased)
>Have I Told You Lately [Unplugged Version] - (live)
>Reason To Believe - (live, featuring Ron Wood)
>Two Shades of Blue - (previously unreleased)
>I Don't Want To Talk About It
>Killing of Georgie, The (Part I and II)
>First Cut is the Deepest, The
>You're In My Heart (the Final Acclaim)
>Hot Legs
>Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
>Ain't Love a Bitch
>She Won't Dance With Me
>Young Turks
>Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me)
>Baby Jane
>If We Fall In Love Tonight
>Ooh La La

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Deluxe Edition two CD set plus bonus DVD with 14 music videos. This 2008 compiled two CD anthology presents stellar tracks spanning 1971 to 2004 including a Faces favorite, decades of solo hits, unplugged gems, soundtrack selections and more. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart is one of contemporary music's most distinctive voices and all-time most enduring legends. With roots in the British blues-rock and folk scenes of the '60s, Stewart's diverse career has encompassed major success as a member of the Jeff Beck Group and Faces, solo superstardom since the early '70s, and a recent incarnation as a premiere interpreter of the Great American Songbook.

Album Notes

Personnel: Rod Stewart (vocals).

Audio Mixer: Brian Kehew.

Audio Remasterers: Dave Schultz; Daniel Hersch.

Liner Note Authors: Reggie Collins; Ben Edmonds.

Photographers: Herb Ritts; Ken Regan; Kate Simon ; Ebet Roberts; Diego Uchitel; Ian Dickson; Norman Seeff; Chris Walter; Neal Preston; Richard Aaron; Randee Saint Nicholas.

"Definitive" may be a touch too strong of a word for this double-disc 2008 set, as it doesn't quite cover all aspects of Rod Stewart's career in its 31 tracks. Opening with the star-making "Maggie May," it bypasses any '60s work (including his time fronting the Jeff Beck Group), skimps on the Faces, enters the '80s by the end of disc one, spends a good chunk of disc two in the latter part of that decade, and then stops around 1993's Unplugged, thereby not including such pretty strong latter-day Warner albums as When We Were the New Boys and also his crooner comeback with the Great American Songbook albums in the new millennium. Given the size of the set, such shorthand is inevitable, and while there are some dodgy inclusions and questionable omissions -- sure, "Gasoline Alley" should be here and "Love Touch" sounds sillier with each passing year -- this is nevertheless a very good hit-heavy overview of Rod's prime years as a pop star, containing every one of his big hits. It's enough to make it worthwhile for most casual fans even if it's not quite enough to make it "definitive." [A Deluxe Edition CD/DVD set was also released.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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