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The Best of... The Great American Songbook

Rod Stewart

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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.

Customer Reviews

For Lovers!!!!!

Rod is still the one! Best music, best lyrics, best music for lovers. Additionally I'd like to recommend a great album for Valentine's day:


Rocking or crooning, Rod Stewart has what it takes.

Having seen Frank Sinatra perform live...

What makes this series so rare is that the 4 volumes all compliment each other. Rod Stewart's voice is in great form and the arrangements are so simple and unassuming that you simply enjoy the music from one disc to the next. Great for the holidays, dinnertime, when company is over, right before you go to sleep etc. My favorite duet is the one with Cher from volume 2 but if you dont happen to care for an artist that Rod is duetting with rest assured that it doesnt take away from the realxing quality of the set as a whole. Although this isnt Sinatra its great to have a box of light standards that please from one disc to the next.


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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