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The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The irony of calling this two-disc Rod Stewart collection The Story So Far is that it only tells part of the story, and leaves off the one song, 1971's magnificent "Every Picture Tells a Story" from the album of the same name, that would have given this anthology's title some real credence. Oh, "Maggie Mae" is here, as it should be, but the version of Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe" that comes at the end of disc two is an inferior late period re-recording. Most of what you get is the disco and post-disco Stewart when he was well past his sell-by date, and while his Sam Cooke phrasing and rough as sandpaper voice were still well intact during this middle period, one gets ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The irony of calling this two-disc Rod Stewart collection The Story So Far is that it only tells part of the story, and leaves off the one song, 1971's magnificent "Every Picture Tells a Story" from the album of the same name, that would have given this anthology's title some real credence. Oh, "Maggie Mae" is here, as it should be, but the version of Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe" that comes at the end of disc two is an inferior late period re-recording. Most of what you get is the disco and post-disco Stewart when he was well past his sell-by date, and while his Sam Cooke phrasing and rough as sandpaper voice were still well intact during this middle period, one gets the nagging feeling that he was mostly going through the motions, no matter how many of his recordings hit the pop charts. It's the artistic difference between "Maggie Mae" and "Hot Legs." The former feels like a real portrait based on real emotions while the latter feels like a cheap Madison Avenue jingle for women's stockings. One wonders if Stewart can really tell the difference anymore. He knows how to pick a good song to cover, like his version here of Tom Waits' "Downtown Train," and he had a hit with the song, but it doesn't even come close to carrying the emotional power of Waits' original. It could have, and should have, given Stewart's undeniably effective voice, but he coasted on "Downtown Train," and anyone who has heard Waits' version knew it in an instant. This anthology will probably suffice for the casual listener who came to know Stewart during the MTV era, and that's fine, it delivers the hits and touches on Stewart's recent guise as a cultural balladeer, but it doesn't really tell anything close to the whole story. This is a gifted singer who did wonderful work with the Faces and Jeff Beck, and began his solo career in brilliant fashion, and little of that is here. You do get "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?," though, and the distance between that song and "Maggie Mae" is where the real story falls.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2002
  • Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
  • UPC: 081227358129
  • Catalog Number: 273581
  • Sales rank: 20,161

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Maggie May (5:46)
  2. 2 Baby Jane (4:43)
  3. 3 Some Guys Have All the Luck (4:33)
  4. 4 Young Turks (5:04)
  5. 5 Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (5:31)
  6. 6 What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So in Love With You) (4:19)
  7. 7 Hot Legs (5:15)
  8. 8 You Wear It Well (5:01)
  9. 9 Rhythm of My Heart (4:13)
  10. 10 Downtown Train (4:39)
  11. 11 The Motown Song (3:58)
  12. 12 This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) - Ronald Isley (4:11)
  13. 13 Tonight I'm Yours (4:12)
  14. 14 Ooh la La (4:15)
  15. 15 I Can't Deny It (3:44)
  16. 16 It Takes Two - Tina Turner (4:12)
  17. 17 Stay With Me (4:37)
  18. 18 Sailing
  19. 19 I Don't Want to Talk About It
  20. 20 Have I Told You Lately
  21. 21 The First Cut Is the Deepest
  22. 22 You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)
  23. 23 All For Love
  24. 24 Tonight's the Night
  25. 25 Every Beat of My Heart
  26. 26 Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda)
  27. 27 Don't Come Around Here
  28. 28 The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)
  29. 29 Love Touch
  30. 30 I Was Only Joking
  31. 31 Ruby Tuesday
  32. 32 In a Broken Dream
  33. 33 Reason to Believe
  34. 34 In My Life
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sailing (4:38)
  2. 2 I Don't Want to Talk About It (4:49)
  3. 3 Have I Told You Lately (3:59)
  4. 4 The First Cut Is the Deepest (4:31)
  5. 5 You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim) (4:30)
  6. 6 All for Love - Sting (4:42)
  7. 7 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) (3:56)
  8. 8 Every Beat of My Heart (5:21)
  9. 9 Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda) (6:12)
  10. 10 Don't Come Around Here - Helicopter Girl (3:50)
  11. 11 The Killing of Georgie, Pts. 1 & 2 (6:29)
  12. 12 Love Touch (4:03)
  13. 13 I Was Only Joking (6:07)
  14. 14 Ruby Tuesday (4:05)
  15. 15 In a Broken Dream (3:40)
  16. 16 Reason to Believe (3:53)
  17. 17 In My Life (1:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rod Stewart Primary Artist, Vocals
Python Lee Jackson Track Performer
Sting Track Performer
Tina Turner Track Performer
Ronald Isley Track Performer
Helicopter Girl Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tim Hardin Composer
Faces Producer
Rod Stewart Composer, Producer
Michael Kamen Composer
Bernard Edwards Producer
Gregg Alexander Producer
Jim Cregan Composer, Producer
Miki Dallon Producer
Rob Dickens Executive Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Tom Dowd Producer
Bob Ezrin Producer
Glyn Johns Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Trevor Horn Producer, Executive Producer
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Composer
Patrick Leonard Producer
Van Morrison Composer
David Nicholas Producer
Michael Omartian Producer
Richard Perry Producer
Kevin Savigar Composer
Mark Taylor Producer
George Tutko Producer
Rob Dickins Executive Producer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Chris Thomas Producer
Gary Grainger Composer
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