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The Very Best of Rod Stewart

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He has the voice, he has the swagger-now he has the compilation to go with them! Cross-licensed to include Rod's Mercury and Warner hits, this is his first single-CD "best-of" to include hits from the '70s, '80s and '90s, including Maggie May; You Wear It Well; Tonight's the Night; Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?; Some Guys Have All the Luck; My Heart Can't Tell You No; Young Turks; Downtown Train; Rhythm of the Heart , and seven more!

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Rod Stewart's career has been subject to so many twists that a single-disc overview is somehow both appealingly broad and inadequate to the task of tracing all those zigzags. From beloved rocker of the first order to disco dilettante to pop crooner, Stewart's career has presented challenges to fans who may have been charmed by the rollickingly randy "Maggie May" and bemused by the alarmingly narcissistic "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" This 16-song retrospective touches all the bases without delving deeply into any era. The selections aren't arranged sequentially and the booklet is much more generous with vintage photos than album credits. This best-of collection is clearly aimed at the casual fan, but no album that presents Rod the Mod gems "Downtown Train," "You Wear It Well," and "Reason to Believe" one after another is a throwaway. --Steven Stolder

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rhythm Of My Heart
  2. Maggie May
  3. Have I Told You Lately
  4. This Old Heart Of Mine
  5. Young Turks
  6. Downtown Train
  7. You Wear It Well
  8. Reason To Believe
  9. Some Guys Have All The Luck
  10. Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)
  11. Hot Legs
  12. Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
  13. My Heart Can't Tell You No
  14. You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)
  15. Ooh La La
  16. Forever Young


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005R1Q9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 16-track set basically works as a solid sampler for casual fans who want Rod The Mod's biggest hits.He's moved from beloved rootsy rocker(Maggie May,You Wear It Well,Reason To Believe)to rock superstar(Tonights The Night,Hot Legs,You're In My Heart)to dance-pop dilettante(Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?,Young Turks)to adult-contempary pop crooner(My Heart Can't Tell You No,Have I Told You Lately,This Old Heart Of Mine,Downtown Train,Rhythm Of My Heart)in that's challenged and sometimes dismayed fans,paticularly those of the roots-rockin mold."The Very Best Of Rod Stewart" touches on all these bases equally,but it doesn't have his "very best" like "Mandolin Wind","Every Picture Tells A Story","I Don't Want To Talk About It","Sailing","The First Cut Is The Deepest","Passion","People Get Ready","Infatuation" and "Lost In You".For a more complete career-spanner,get the "Storyteller" box set,but this is a good starter for novices.
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For fans (like me) who shelled out for the Storyteller box set a decade ago, there's not much new here. Only three additions: 1991's "Rhythm of My Heart," 1993's "Have I Told You Lately," and the nod to Stewart's old Faces' bandmate Ronnie Lane with a remake of "Ooh La La." But for the casual fan, this single-disc anthology hits most of the highlights from one of rock's most distinctive voices. Sure, his cheesy disco hit "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" is here. But give the man his due. He put out some of the best albums of the Seventies (Every Picture Tells a Story, Never a Dull Moment) and continues to make viable music. This set is not, however, complete. There are a handful of top ten singles missing. Biggest disappointment? Where's "Infatuation" which had Stewart's old boss Jeff Beck handling lead guitar? [With more than a dozen top 40 songs omitted, this could easily have been a two-disc set with the added bonus of some well chosen album tracks like "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Mandolin Wind."] Otherwise, this collection gives you the best bang for your buck. A great introduction to one of the great voices in rock. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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Yes, there are hits compilations from Stewart available, but all the ones I've seen are limited to the '70's, barring the pricey box set. So we now have a collection that covers Stewart's 30+ year career, and it's a single CD.
With most greatest hits albums, there are one or two songs that seem unjustly omitted. With this one, you're left to wonder, "Is this all they could come up with?" Maybe the title should have been "The Biggest Radio Hits of Rod Stewart". Speaking only for myself, "Infatuation", which was a big hit, is missed. This could have easily become a 2-disc set and still have been honesty called "The Very Best of..."
As for the album it is, it's a wonderful listen. Every song is good, and there are absolutely no surprises (not that that is necessarily good, but expected for a single CD that doesn't try to be anything more than a best-of). A couple of them have become boring thanks to radio overkill.
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Rod Stewart's trademark has always been his whiskey-soaked, raspy voice. Whether singing about quitting school for a girl in "Maggie May" or wishing eternal youth for his son in "Forever Young", Mr. Stewart's throaty tones add an all-knowing wisdom to the songs. This is yet another greatest hits package from Mr. Stewart, who has released quite a few, but this one nicely samples his career from his Every Picture Tells A Story days right through his remake of "Ooh La La". The musical journey makes welcome stops at "Young Turks", "Tonight's The Night", "Some Guys Have All The Luck" and "Have I Told You Lately".
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Double disc set of 34 tracks, digitally remastered. Disc One is titled "A Night Out" and contains uptempo and Rock tracks such as "Maggie May" (complete version), "Rhythm of My Heart", the Faces' classic "Stay With Me", and the playful raunch of "Hot Legs" & "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy".

Disc Two - "A Night In" - focuses on Rod the balladeer with his haunting versions of other peoples' songs: "Sailing" (Gavin Sutherland), "Have I Told You Lately" (Van Morrison), "I Don't Want To Talk About It" (Danny Whitten - Crazy Horse); plus his own compositions such as "The Killing of Georgie Pts 1 & 2" and "You're In my Heart (The Final Acclaim)". Best of all is the hard-to-get Python Lee Jackson classic "In a Broken Dream".

Well worth the money.
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As with all "greatest hits" or "very best of" collections, a few favorites are always left out. When you're trying to squeeze 30 years of musical genius into 16 cuts, it's inevitable. Still this is a must-have for all Rod Stewart fans and a great introduction to him for the uninitiated. From his breakthrough hit, "Maggie May" to the controversial "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" this album rocks with good feelings, nostalgic ballads, and Rod's wonderfully raspy and unique voice. Any album that gives us "This Old Heart of Mine," "Reason To Believe," and "Hot Legs" has to be great. And this one is. A special bonus is the enclosed booklet with photo after photo of the many faces and diverse looks of Rod Stewart.
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