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The Definitive Rod Stewart

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2008 2 CD set

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, singer-songwriter and legendary voice Rod Stewart has been wearing it well for over four decades. From his roots in British blues-rock of the '60s through his laddish days as "Rod The Mod" to his stature as one of the all-time … see full wiki

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1 review about The Definitive Rod Stewart

Probably the best Rod Stewart collection I've seen to date.

  • Nov 30, 2008
Rating:
+4
While Rod Stewart was never really one of my favorite artists I certainly cannot deny that he has been among the most popular and prolific recording artists of the past 40 years.  Ever since the release of his debut LP "Every Picture Tells A Story" and the double sided smash single "Maggie Mae/Reason To Believe" back in 1970, the music of Rod Stewart has been fixture on lierally thousands of American radio stations.  Even today, whether you gravitate to classic rock, enjoy oldies but goodies or prefer adult contemporary you are likely to hear a Rod Stewart tune on your radio in the not too distant future.  Over the years the folks at Mercury and Warner Brothers have issued any number of "Greatest Hits' packages.  But never has there been one as comprehensive as "The Definitive Rod Stewart".  This extraordinary 2 disc set features 31 of Rod Stewart's biggest and best hit singles from his days at Mercury records in the early 1970's right on through the mid 1990's at Warner Brothers.  If you have been in the market for a Rod Stewart collection then believe me this is definitely the one you want!

"The Definitive Collection" kicks off with a handful of Rod's earliest Mercury hits.  I have always been of the opinion that this stuff has stood the test of time and remains among his best work.  Despite the fact that "Maggie Mae" was played to death throughout the 1970's and beyond this one continues to be one of Stewart's most popular recordings.  It may surprise some of you to discover that it was the actually the flip side "Reason To Believe" that was originally released as the single.  To this day "Reason To Believe" remains one of my very favorite Rod Stewart recordings.  Towards the end of Disc 2 you also get to sample the marvelous "unplugged" version of this tune that Rod recorded with Ronnie Wood in the early 1990's.  It was a hit all over again!  In 1975, Rod Stewart signed a new long term recording deal with Warner Brothers records.  Over the next two decades Rod Stewart would record dozens of hit records for his new label.  You will find more than 20 of these popular singles on "The Definitive Collection".  Among my personal favorites in this group are 1984's "Some Guy's Have All The Luck", "Forever Young", "I Was Only Joking" and one of Rod's earliest WB singles "The Killing of Georgie (Part 1 & 2)". I was also quite pleased to see that the hard-to-find Faces recording of "Stay With Me" featuring Rod on lead was also included here.  And I would be remiss if I failed to make mention of Rod's terrific collaboration with The Temptations on "The Motown Song"
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Now the enhanced edition of "The Definitive Collection" includes a DVD featuring 14 of Rod's music videos.  This added bonus does nothing for me as I am not into music videos at all.  That is the reason I opted for this less expensive 2 CD edition.  Since there more than a dozen of Rod's charted singles missing from this compilation each of us may quibble with why Rhino chose to omit 1 or 2 of our personal favorites.  For example, I was a bit disappointed that Rod's fine cover of the Sam Cooke classic "Twistin' The Night Away" from 1975 was not included here.  But for most folks I think that "The Definitive Collection" has to be the finest Rod Stewart collection released to date.  A really great value!     Recommended.
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