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Rod Stewart Album - The Very Best of Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart Album - The Very Best of Rod Stewart (Front side)
Album Information :
Title: The Very Best of Rod Stewart
Approx. Price:$18.98 (USD)
Release Date:
Type:Audio CD
Customers Rating :
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Track Listing :
4 This Old Heart Of Mine
10 Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)
12 Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
13 My Heart Can't Tell You No
14 You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)
Review - Product Description :
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!
Review - :
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
(Holmdel,NJ USA)
68 of 74 people found the following review helpful:
- Very Good,But Not His "Very Best"

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.

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
- Raspy Voice

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".

(Concord, CA USA)
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
- Would a 2-CD set been overkill?

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.

(Adelaide, South Australia Australia)
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
- Excellent overview of Rod's career

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.

(Thunder Bay, Ontario , Canada)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
- The Story So Far - Rod Stewart - The Very Best Of (2 cd set)

After reading the ludicrous review of Rod's career, I had to write this review of his latest and greatest. In a similar vain as Atlantic Crossing, with it's Fast and Slow sides these two cd's are labelled 'A Night Out' and 'A Night In'. They cover material from all stages of Rod's illustrious career - a career which has spanned four decades and has seen all of the 'fads' come and go. Rod has stayed current, through the 'early years' of Maggie May, You Wear It Well and Reason to Beleive; through the 'growing years' with Da Ya Think I'm Sexy (the Number One Song of 1979!!!) Hot Legs, Sailing ( a virtual national anthem across the waters and one of only two songs to ever chart twice in the the top 10 in Britain with two seperate releases [the other, for those interested, was David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust]) and Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me). They continue with the Rod that most people now know, through hits like Have I told You Lately, All For Love, Every Beat of My Heart,and Downtown Train, to name a few. These dics include other lesser, but equally important and powerful songs, such as Tom Traubert's Blues, Ooh La La and new songs like Don't Come Around Here and I Can't Deny It - what can't be denied is that the wealth of success evidenced in these two cd's (which only scratch the surface of the treasures this singer has given us)cannot be understated. As a live performer he ranks at the top of all singers of all time in Rock 'n Roll - after all of these years he still insures the paying public gets their money's worth and more. As a singer he has both the talent to ferret out songs appropriate to his style and is willing to take chances on lesser known writers. 'Human', his album from last year, captures all of the fire and warmth of early albums like Atlantic Crossing and Never a Dull Moment.

On top of all of that, he is a humanitarian who recognized the plight in Africa long before Live Aid and donated proceeds to the effort there. On Tonight I'm Yours, he dedicates a song to Terry Fox, a young Canadian who lost his leg to cancer and attempted to raise money for Cancer research by running from one coast of Canada to the other, on one good leg and one artificial one. He didn't make it, succumbing to cancer half-way through his trek, but his determination prompted Mr. Stewart to write the absolutely beautiful and touching "Never Give Up On A Dream" and to donate the proceeds to Terry Fox's cause - cancer research.

Don't take my word for it - get out and grab a copy of this 2 cd set - you will not be sorry. It's the type of set that you can listen to over and over again without tiring of it - and best of all, you KNOW all of the songs (okay, maybe 90% the first run through) because, Rod is one of the most played artists on FM in the world. 120,000,000 people can't be wrong (that's the official number of albums he has sold)


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