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Album Review

There are a number of excellent Rod Stewart compilations available emphasizing his Mercury period. There are a couple of multi-disc packages such as The Mercury Anthology released in the 1990s, and 2002's excellent three-disc box of the Reason to Believe: The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings, and a couple of single-disc packages as well, namely Millennium Edition, issued at the beginning of the century. That said, while the The Definitive Collection 1969-1978 won't add anything to the discussion and contains fewer cuts than its predecessors, it is a more tightly focused set than any other single-disc comp, including Millennium Edition, because it only contains hit singles, B-sides, and well-known album tracks — no filler for more casual or budget-minded fans. And yes, there are some who would argue that Stewart never released weak music while he was with Mercury, but frankly, they'd be wrong — the Smiler album being a case in point. In any case, for the money, this is an excellent sounding, beautifully chosen set of tracks that provides an introduction to an artist who arrived at Mercury at the top of his game, and eventually, just as he left it for Warner Bros., became a caricature of himself — as demonstrated by "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?," also included here — despite the fact that he remained as talented as ever.

Customer Reviews

Now THIS Is Rod Stewart!

Rod is one of the greatest rock frontmen and vocalists of all-time. I think it's a travesty that he turned himself into a "standards" singer. This is the ultimate document of his greatness, and what he should be celebrating in his later years.


What does this make 22 greatest hits cd's wow who needs more money


This album has some great songs but "The Definitive Collection"? Hardly. Where's True Blue, Los Paraguayas and several others that would make this a true definitive collection. Everything here can be had elsewhere and there are better "Best Of" collections. Not bad for an introdution to Rod the Mod but really only a teaser, IMHO.


Born: January 10, 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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