Definitive Collection 1969-1978

The Definitive Collection 1969-1978

by Rod Stewart
     
 

There are a number of excellent Rod Stewart compilations available emphasizing his Mercury period. There are a couple of multi-disc packages such as The Mercury Anthology released in the 1990s, and 2002's excellent three-disc box of the Reason to Believe: The Complete Mercury Studio…  See more details below

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There are a number of excellent Rod Stewart compilations available emphasizing his Mercury period. There are a couple of multi-disc packages such as The Mercury Anthology released in the 1990s, and 2002's excellent three-disc box of the Reason to Believe: The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings, and a couple of single-disc packages as well, namely Millennium Edition, issued at the beginning of the century. That said, while the The Definitive Collection 1969-1978 won't add anything to the discussion and contains fewer cuts than its predecessors, it is a more tightly focused set than any other single-disc comp, including Millennium Edition, because it only contains hit singles, B-sides, and well-known album tracks -- no filler for more casual or budget-minded fans. And yes, there are some who would argue that Stewart never released weak music while he was with Mercury, but frankly, they'd be wrong -- the Smiler album being a case in point. In any case, for the money, this is an excellent sounding, beautifully chosen set of tracks that provides an introduction to an artist who arrived at Mercury at the top of his game, and eventually, just as he left it for Warner Bros., became a caricature of himself -- as demonstrated by "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?," also included here -- despite the fact that he remained as talented as ever.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2009
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0602517995659
catalogNumber:
001269402

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Tim Hardin   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Rod Stewart   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ronnie Wood   Composer
Carmine Appice   Composer
Michael d'Abo   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Bill Foster   Composer
Cornelius Grant   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Duane Hitchings   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Martin Quittenton   Composer
Lou Reizner   Producer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes
Ellington Jordan   Composer

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