Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart

The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart

by Rod Stewart
     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
Label:
Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC:
0081227358129
catalogNumber:
273581
Rank:
55922

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Maggie May
  2. Baby Jane
  3. Some Guys Have All the Luck
  4. Young Turks
  5. Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
  6. What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So in Love With You)
  7. Hot Legs
  8. You Wear It Well
  9. Rhythm of My Heart
  10. Downtown Train
  11. The Motown Song
  12. This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)
  13. Tonight I'm Yours
  14. Ooh la La
  15. I Can't Deny It
  16. It Takes Two
  17. Stay With Me
  18. Sailing
  19. I Don't Want to Talk About It
  20. Have I Told You Lately
  21. The First Cut Is the Deepest
  22. You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)
  23. All For Love
  24. Tonight's the Night
  25. Every Beat of My Heart
  26. Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda)
  27. Don't Come Around Here
  28. The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)
  29. Love Touch
  30. I Was Only Joking
  31. Ruby Tuesday
  32. In a Broken Dream
  33. Reason to Believe
  34. In My Life

Disc 2

  1. Sailing
  2. I Don't Want to Talk About It
  3. Have I Told You Lately
  4. The First Cut Is the Deepest
  5. You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)
  6. All for Love
  7. Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)
  8. Every Beat of My Heart
  9. Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda)
  10. Don't Come Around Here
  11. The Killing of Georgie, Pts. 1 & 2
  12. Love Touch
  13. I Was Only Joking
  14. Ruby Tuesday
  15. In a Broken Dream
  16. Reason to Believe
  17. In My Life

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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