Rarities

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Technically, the 24 tracks that show up on Universal's 2013 double-disc collection Rarities are indeed rarities, as they never showed up on any Rod Stewart LP, but that doesn't mean they're all that hard to find. Stewart's Mercury recordings have been anthologized many times, most notably on the 2002 triple-disc set The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings, and he also had an exhaustive four-disc outtakes box called The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998 released in 2009, whose first 12 tracks were devoted to Mercury-era cuts. These 12 tracks -- including alternate takes on "Maggie May," "Seems Like a Long Time," "Italian Girls," "You Wear It Well," "Lost Paraguayos,"...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Technically, the 24 tracks that show up on Universal's 2013 double-disc collection Rarities are indeed rarities, as they never showed up on any Rod Stewart LP, but that doesn't mean they're all that hard to find. Stewart's Mercury recordings have been anthologized many times, most notably on the 2002 triple-disc set The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings, and he also had an exhaustive four-disc outtakes box called The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998 released in 2009, whose first 12 tracks were devoted to Mercury-era cuts. These 12 tracks -- including alternate takes on "Maggie May," "Seems Like a Long Time," "Italian Girls," "You Wear It Well," "Lost Paraguayos," "I'd Rather Go Blind," and "Angel," along with early versions of "Mystify Me" (here called "Think I'll Pack My Bags") and "Farewell" -- account for half of Rarities, with the rest devoted to the odds and sods that have appeared on 1992's The Mercury Anthology and the exhaustive 2002 set: the single version of "It's All Over Now," "Pinball Wizard" from the Tommy soundtrack, "Oh! No Not My Baby," "Jodie," "Missed You," "You Put Something Better Inside Me," "Crying Laughing Loving Lying," "Every Time We Say Goodbye," and "So Tired." This leaves only two genuine hard-to-find rarities in BBC versions of "Country Comfort" and "Maggie May," strong items both but perhaps not enough for the Rod fan who has either the 2002 Complete collection, as that is where all the real keepers here also reside. As interesting as it is to hear Stewart work out "Maggie May" (original lyric: "I don't mean to tell ya/That you look like a fella") and "You Wear It Well," the gems on Rarities are the ragged, low-key groove of "Jodie," the soulful "Oh! No Not My Baby," the rolling folk-pop of "Crying Laughing Loving Lying," items that are of a piece with what made it onto the official albums. Once, they were easiest to hear on Reason to Believe: The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings, but that is a relic of the peak CD age. This helps keep worthwhile Stewart oddities in circulation during the digital era and that's necessary indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602537285136
  • Catalog Number: 001805102
  • Sales rank: 54,783

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rod Stewart Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Long John Baldry Background Vocals
Ruby Turner Background Vocals
Ron Wood Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar
Pete Sears Bass, Piano
Madeline Bell Background Vocals
Ray Jackson Mandolin
Ian McLagan Organ, Piano
The Memphis Horns Brass
Sam Mitchell Slide Guitar
Dick Powell Violin
Doreen Chanter Background Vocals
Irene Chanter Background Vocals
Ray Cooper Percussion
Spike Heatley Upright Bass
Gordon Huntley Steel Guitar
Ronnie Lane Bass, Vocals
Stanley Matthews Mandolin
David Measham Conductor
Andy Pyle Bass
Martin Quittenton Acoustic Guitar
Tropic Isles Steel Band Steel Drums
Kenney Jones Drums
Danny Thompson Bass
Rick Gretch Violin
Kenny Jones Drums
Neemoi "Speedy" Aquaye Conga
Mick Waller Drums
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Elton John Composer
Carole King Composer
Gerry Rafferty Composer
Rod Stewart Composer, Producer
Pete Townshend Composer
Bobby Womack Composer
Ron Wood Composer, Producer
Labi Siffre Composer
Joe Egan Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Jimmy Horowitz Arranger
Ian McLagan Composer
Mike Bobak Engineer
William Gaff Whistle
Keith Grant Engineer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
David Measham Director
Cheryl Pawelski Compilation Supervisor
Cole Porter Composer
Martin Quittenton Composer
Lou Reizner Producer
Glenn Sutton Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Jerry Wexler Composer
Theodore Anderson Composer
Will Malone Arranger
Vartan Art Direction
James Sullivan Arranger
Shirley Womack Composer
Tom Wright Back Cover Photo
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