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The Definitive Rod Stewart (Deluxe Version)

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Over five decades, Rod Stewart has amassed an impressive repertoire that encompasses a variety of musical styles rooted in his own folk-blues based beginnings. This collection is a generous, if not comprehensive, introduction to the man’s work. His early hits, “Maggie May,” “Every Picture Tells a Story,” and work with the Faces (“Stay With Me”) are included but much is left unexplored from Stewart’s most formidable period in favor of his more commercially successful moments featuring his more relaxed style. “Tonight’s the Night,” the brilliant “I Was Only Joking,” the silly “Hot Legs” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?,” and the underrated rhythmic pummel of “Young Turks” lead right into Stewart’s unexpected cruise through the ‘80s. “Some Guys Have All the Luck,” Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train,” Danny Whitten’s “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” the Isley Brothers’ “This Old Heart of Mine” and Stewart’s own “Forever Young” are among his strongest cuts of the era. By the time he got to MTV’s Unplugged…And Seated, revisiting Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe” and Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately,” Stewart was an elder statesmen recollecting his past.

Customer Reviews

Good collection.

This collection is ideal for those of us who, when looking through our vast and eclectic iTunes libraries, realize to our dismay that through some unimaginable oversight we have no Rod Stewart. Such a situation must be corrected and this is the perfect collection to do so.

No Gasoline Alley ?

This is a great collection, but to include some of the tracks that are included here while leaving out Gasoline Alley makes no sense at all. And why are four tracks album only when they are available individually on other lp's ?

What's the point

I loved Rod and faces material, an icon of my youth, but as one other reviewer said 'stick to story teller'. There's nothing new here and not even remastered. Disappointing.


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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