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Grammy Award®-winning, two-time Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Rod Stewart proudly releases his first Christmas album of his career, MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY. Award-winning producer and songwriter David Foster serves as producer and arranger of the album.

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  • Audio CD (September 29, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B002GPVDJE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Maggie May (Early Version)
2. Seems Like A Long Time (Alternate Version)
3. Italian Girls (Early Version)
4. You Wear It Well (Early Version)
5. Lost Paraguayos (Alternate Version)
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The First Cut Is The Deepest (Alternate Version)
2. Rosie (Acoustic Version)
3. Innocent (The Killing Of Georgie Part III)
4. Hot Legs (Early Take)
5. You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) (Acoustic Version)
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Thunderbird
2. Dancing Alone (Alternate Version)
3. I Wish You Would
4. Sweet Surrender (Alternate Version)
5. Show Me
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Disc: 4
1. Let The Day Begin (Alternate Version)
2. The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar (Alternate Version)
3. Windy Town (Piano Version)
4. In A Broken Dream (1992)
5. This Wheel's On Fire
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Warner Bros. goes deep into the vaults to reveal the secret studio history of this very public performer with a boxed set of unreleased recordings chosen from sessions spanning 1971-1998. Encompassing more than 25 years, this collection's 63 songs, outtakes, and ephemera provide extraordinary insight into the studio work of one of rock's legendary figures and paints a picture of what might have been. Many of these performances are more stripped-down and intimate than their released counterparts, so the set becomes an illustration and a showcase of Rod's creative process.

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Wow this collection is simply amazing!!
Brian Mcquillen
On many of the slower tunes, the passion in Stewart's voice makes you feel the emotion in your gut, your heart and your soul.
David Dipietro
If you are a Rod Stewart fan you will treasure this collection.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Tatarka on October 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I hesitate to give anything on Amazon five stars since it instantly appears as though the review was written by another blind fan just praising his or her idol, but this Sessions box set is fantastic and deserves nothing less than five stars. As you will see from my other reviews, I am not afraid to slam Rod Stewart "products" so trust me when I tell you this box set is simply amazing.

The set contains several different types of cuts--from finished, studio polished never-before-released tracks to first run-throughs of songs that either were completed or scrapped. There's also a plethora of alternative versions of classic Rod tracks that offer hard core fans a chance to fall in love again with songs they've known for decades. There's even three hilarious "hidden" tracks including a classic, sly swipe at Rod's record label Warner Bros. called "It's Coming out Your Royalties."

Some of the standout tracks include Elvis Costello's "Long Journey Home," Dylan's "Wheels on Fire," "May You Never," "When I'm Away from You" "Dylan's Day Off" the alternative "First Cut is the Deepenst" the alternative "Girl from the North Country" (much more haunting and moving that the original that appeared on Smiler) the early take of "Scarred and Scared," the accoustic "Windy Town," Oasis' "Rocking Chair" and about two dozen others. (really).

For $45, you won't be disappointed with this box set.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Dipietro on October 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
From the opening alternative version of "Maggie May" to the last song, this set is full of Rod Stewart gems. Not only does this set highlight what a brilliant interpreter of other people's songs Stewart is, it also clearly brings to light his underrated song writing abilities.

On many of the slower tunes, the passion in Stewart's voice makes you feel the emotion in your gut, your heart and your soul. Alternative versions of "Girl from the North Country" and "First Cut Is The Deepest" are standouts. "Time Of My Life" and "Hard Lesson To Learn" make you feel the emotions and confusion surrounding a heart-wrenching break-up.

But this set does not just a collection of heartbreaking songs. There are some hard rocking "new" songs and alternative versions of Stewart classics. His remake of "In A Broken Dream" with help from Pink Floyd's David Gilmour on guitar, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones on organ and Nick Lowe is an instant rock classic.

Music critics almost always take the easy route when reviewing Stewart's music and career by talking about what "might have been" and say the only great music he made was in the early 70's. While it's true, he has had some clunkers and made some missteps, Stewart obviously could not be getting by on smoke and mirrors for this many years.

"Sessions" gives Rod Stewart fans and non-fans a behind the scenes view of a rock legend. A must have.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian Mcquillen on October 9, 2009
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Wow this collection is simply amazing!! - I don't write reviews but feel I must since this is not getting the attention it deserves. I have had a week to listen and what an incredible and deep set of unreleased recordings. Perhaps the best part is the completely new songs such as When I'm Away From You, May You Never, Hard Lesson To Learn and the foot stompin Thunderbird to name a few) but for me it's hearing alternate versions of classics and unvarnished versions of his 80s and 90s material that was far too often overproduced. Here, these songs shine with the raw power of Rod's vocal cords. This is a must-have and most significant release of Rod Stewart recordings since the 70s.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Garoghan on November 5, 2009
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This 4-disc set profiles the hits of Rod Stewart from the very beginning (1969) to 1998 and has an updated version of the classic first issued under the name of 'Python Lee Jackson' - 'In A Broken Dream'. This is a fantastic insight into the long career of Stewart, although I do rather think that its no wonder that some of them have never before seen the light-of-day, I think that had they done so before Rod Stewart became the superstar that he is today, he would quite likely still be digging graves!, although none sink to the depths of the early version of 'Rosie' on the special edition of 'A Night On The Town' released earlier this year, THAT is a track that really does make you squirm!

Anyway, back to 'The Sessions' set; an excellent compilation and most beautifully packaged - and definitely a MUST-HAVE for anyone who has followed the career of Rod Stewart, now in its fifth decade and showing no sign of waining. Indeed, his latest album 'SOULBOOK' reveals that Rod's unique voice is as good as ever, and proves beyond all doubt that he posseses the excellent skill and ability of turning his hand to any classic song and making it all his very own.

10/10

Geoff Garoghan. ©
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Z on October 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
"Storyteller" was a fantastic 4-CD compilation of Rod Stewart issued way back in 1988. At the time , and still to this day , "Storyteller" was one of the very best box sets ever assembled. The Faces box set came out in the 00's , and the Stewart canon was further enhanced. Now we have "The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998" to form a perfect trio.
WOW !! The care and concern that went into this box is amazing. Not a single track has been issued before. Alternate versions , demo tracks , early takes , hidden tracks , this box has it all. Sure , you're going to know almost all the tracks , but none have been heard this way before.
Rod is in fine voice through the entire set. Most accompaniment is minimal , but that is what makes this box work so well. Most of the tracks are left without most of the embellishments that the released versions suffered from.
This box makes me appreciate the talents of Mr. Stewart even more than "Storyteller" , as it shows the artist at work. A true gem.
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