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As one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century, Rod Stewart has worked his way through so many styles beyond his early days as a soul singer of hard-rock and folk-rock compositions that it was only a matter of time before he landed in the Great American Songbook. After successfully battling thyroid cancer and relearning to sing, Stewart recorded five albums of material written by the likes of Jerome Kern, Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and George and Ira Gershwin, and this collection distills those albums into one coherent highlight reel. The previously unreleased “You’ll Never Know” is added to spice up this collection of clean and professional takes on standards known the world over. Stewart’s voice is a modern marvel and its texture, matched with his impeccable phrasing, is always illuminating. “What a Wonderful World,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” are immediate standouts, but, really, with a lineup like this, there are no weak tunes.


Born: 10 January 1945 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the course of his career, Rod Stewart has had it all. He's been lauded as the finest singer of his generation, he's written several songs that turned into modern standards, he sang with the Faces, who rivaled the Rolling Stones in their prime, he had massive commercial success. Stewart also saw his critical respect slip away during the '80s, when he recorded lightweight pop and although he did record some terrible albums — and he would admit that freely — Stewart will always be remembered...
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