Rod Stewart - The Definitive Collection 1969-1978

Rod Stewart - The Definitive Collection 1969-1978
Genre: Pop\Rock
Duration: 01:13:08
Artist: Rod Stewart
Album: The Definitive Collection 1969-1978
Release Date: August 31, 2009
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic/Garage, Rock & Roll, Soft Rock, Arena Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, British Blues, Dance-Rock, Regional Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Soul, AM Pop

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.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Maggie May / Martin Quittenton / Rod StewartRod Stewart5:47
Handbags And Gladrags / Michael d'AboRod Stewart4:25
Gasoline Alley / Rod Stewart / Ron WoodRod Stewart4:03
It's All Over Now [Single Version]Rod Stewart3:36
Country Comforts / Elton John / Bernie TaupinRod Stewart4:44
Every Picture Tells A Story / Rod Stewart / Ron WoodRod Stewart5:58
Mandolin Wind / Rod StewartRod Stewart5:33
(I Know) I'm Losing You / Cornelius Grant / Eddie Holland / Norman WhitfieldRod Stewart5:22
Reason To Believe / Tim HardinRod Stewart4:09
You Wear It Well / Martin Quittenton / Rod StewartRod Stewart4:22
I'd Rather Go Blind / Bill Foster / Ellington JordanRod Stewart3:54
Angel / Jimi HendrixRod Stewart4:04
Twistin' The Night Away / Sam CookeRod Stewart3:15
Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright) / Rod StewartRod Stewart3:58
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? / Carmine Appice / Duane Hitchings / Rod StewartRod Stewart5:28
You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) / Rod StewartRod Stewart4:30

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