Reason To Believe: The Complete Mercury Recordings

November 19, 2002 | Format: MP3

$28.49
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  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: ISLAND MERCURY
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  • Total Length: 3:46:54
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  • ASIN: B000VHQ06U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Lots of great music, and it's kind of depressing to think about what he is doing now.
Howard J. Kammerer Jr.
Stewart in those days was a great interpretive singer with folkish leanings and excellent taste in selecting and assembling his albums.
R. Riis
It's all pretty much here and contains all his material from his early solo material up to his last album for Mercury.
David D. McFarland

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By erictheb on March 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The period 1969-1974 is for some the era when Rock peaked. An incredibly fertile period, featuring genres such as glam, singer/songwriter, Californian country rock, Southern rock, jam band, hard rock and progressive, it saw many artists come out from under the long shadow of the Beatles and the 60s and, inspired by the Fab Four, reach their primes. Artists like Elton John, Led Zep, Cat Stevens, The Grateful Dead, James Taylor, David Bowie, and not least the Rolling Stones hit amazing strides and levels of artistry, ambition, and creativity. This was the time when artists were still forced by the very nature of the biz to be prolific--albums were due preferably twice a year. The pressure was intense but for the best of the best, it spurred them to new heights.
Rod Stewart was no exception. Starting out in the mid-60s in various soul/rnb/blues outfits, Rod The Mod was a "face" about the scene, just under the star radar but already known as much for his raspy vocals as his stylish clothes and hair. When he hooked up in 1967 with guitar wizard Jeff Beck, he couldn't have known that the two hard-rocking bluesy albums they made together with Ron Wood on bass and Mick Waller on drums would be considered important milestones in the history of hard rock.
But Rod was more than just a blues, soul, or hard rock singer, more than just a sidekick to a gifted guitarist. He was also an artist with a capital A and it would be the 5 albums he made for Mercury between 1969-1974 that would reveal his true talents. This set brings together for the first time all the solo material he made for Mercury, including the 5 solo albums and various B-sides and other rare tracks.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By R. Riis VINE VOICE on February 2, 2003
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A great set with sensible programming, beautifully crisp sound, and a price that vastly beats buying the individual albums CD-by-CD. I like the decision to present the original albums in their proper running order : disc 1 is "The Rod Stewart Album" and "Gasoline Alley", disc 2 is "Every Picture Tells a Story" and "Never a Dull Moment", disc 3 is (after "Pinball Wizard" from the LSO Tommy album) "Smiler" followed by non-LP tracks. Most of those LPs were sequenced with great care and effect and this set preserves their integrity. Stewart in those days was a great interpretive singer with folkish leanings and excellent taste in selecting and assembling his albums. This is an essential addition to any classic rock collection.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dice on June 8, 2005
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Awesome to finally see all of these albums compiled into one box set plus some bonus tracks. I recommend going for the complete Early Rod experience and buying the following:

- This box set

- Faces - five guys walk into a bar...box set

- Faces - A Nod is as good as a wink...

- Jeff Beck - Truth & Beck Ola

- Ron Wood - I've got my own album to do

Can't go wrong
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Tatarka on November 27, 2006
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Mercury packages and repackages songs from Rod's first five albums all the time, usually with little regard for the selections--and they normally come out when he is releasing a new CD (on another label). This set however, is different. This one makes sense, is well packaged and even contains bonus tracks. And at $28 (or so), it's actually a bargain. If you are looking back and want to know about early solo Rod Stewart, this is all you need--it contains his first five solo CDs plus a few singles. Great Stuff. Rod's career went up and down and up and down after this but this is consistently great music. Even the much harassed at the time SMILER sounds good today. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on April 24, 2003
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Rod Stewart's early career rode a phenomenal burst of inspiration. He wrote some fantastic songs, created with his sidemen a unique acoustic/electric folk-rock blend, created an affecting persona through his voice and lyrics of a young man trying to make sense of some wild experiences and heartbreaks, and did some of the most creative "covers" of classic songs, including several definitive versions of lesser-known Dylan tunes.
My personal top ten from this collection:
10. "Cut Across Shorty." An Eddie Cochran tune, this driving arrangement is the prototype for the classic "Every Picture Tells a Story."
9. "Bring it on Home To Me/You Send Me." From the admittedly weaker third disc, this lovingly performed Sam Cooke medley is a sing-along highlight from his final Mercury album.
8. "Dirty Old Town." Almost cinematic, this gem reeks of the scene he describes.
7. "Gasoline Alley." The title track from his moody second album, it's almost the flip side of "Dirty Old Town," affectionate for the memories of a funky old place. Great slide guitar playing.
6. "Lost Paraguayos." A sordid scene rendered with lusty good humor; the ringing guitar a perfect soundtrack for chaos.
5. "Tomorrow is a Long Time." The second-best Dylan cover in the set, this is a perfect performance.
4. "Maggie May." Surely the most familiar of all Rod's early songs, this huge hit made his career. And deservedly so. This is a song of great integrity, and people will be singing along with it forever.
3. "Mama You've Been on My Mind.
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