by Rod Stewart


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2013
Label: Island
UPC: 0602537285136
catalogNumber: 001805102
Rank: 104026

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Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Long John Baldry   Background Vocals
Ruby Turner   Background Vocals
Ronnie Wood   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar
Pete Sears   Bass,Piano
Madeline Bell   Background Vocals
Ray Jackson   Mandolin
Ian McLagan   Organ,Piano
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
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
Ronnie 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
Jerry Wexler   Composer
Theodore Anderson   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
James Sullivan   Arranger
Shirley Womack   Composer
Tom Wright   Back Cover Photo
Wil Malone   Arranger

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