‘The Definitive Rod Stewart’ CD Collection
With an estimated 250 million in album and single sales, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart arguably possesses one of rock’s greatest and most distinctive voices. For many years, he called Warner Bros. home, first as lead singer of the influential band the Faces and later as an internationally successful solo artist.
Warner Bros. launches the singer/songwriters’ catalog revamp with the November 18 release of THE DEFINITIVE ROD STEWART available in two versions: a standard two-CD edition and a deluxe edition that includes a bonus DVD of music videos. As one of Billboard magazine’s most successful chart artists of all time, the newly assembled collection offers 30 of his greatest, showcasing not only his unmistakable rasp, but also his evocative songwriting and unique ability to inhabit a song. The collections will be available at all retail outlets, including www.rhino.com, for suggested list prices of $19.98 (standard edition), $24.98 (deluxe edition), and $14.99 (digital).
Arranged chronologically, Stewart’s early solo years are represented by several cuts (“Maggie May” “You Wear It Well”) from the unforgettable classics, Every Picture Tells A Story (1971) and Never A Dull Moment (1972). The opening disc also includes “Stay With Me,” a nod to Stewart’s time with the Faces. The second half of the disc shifts to Stewart’s Warner Bros. years with the stadium-swooning ballad, “Sailing,” the #1 smash “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright),” the Top 10 hit “You’re In My Heart” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” from the #1 album Blondes Have More Fun (1978).
The second disc concentrates on music Stewart made during the ’80s and ’90s, including “Infatuation,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Love Touch,” “Forever Young” and “Motown Song” from the Top Ten album Vagabond Heart (1991). Among the other highlights is a rare studio version of Tom Waits’ “Tom Traubert’s Blues,” as well as a cover of Waits’ “Downtown Train” that Stewart took to #1, and “Have I Told You Lately” and “Reason To Believe”—a pair of standout performances recorded for MTV’s Unplugged series. The collection concludes with a previously unreleased track, “Two Shades Of Blue,” recorded in 1998 during the When We Were The New Boys session and features a sample of Borodin’s “Prince Igor,” which was also the main melody for “Stranger In Paradise” from Kismet.
The deluxe version of THE DEFINITIVE ROD STEWART features a bonus DVD with 14 music videos for some of the artist’s most beloved songs. Spanning 1975 to 1998, the video collection includes some never-before or rarely seen videos such as “Sailing,” “The Killing Of Georgie (Part I & II)” from A Night On The Town and “She Won’t Dance With Me,” along with MTV-era staples like “Hot Legs,” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,” “Young Turks,” amongst others.
Rod Stewart began his musical career in the mid-60s, and came to the forefront of the British pop music scene in 1968 with the Jeff Beck Group. He then teamed with the Small Faces (who subsequently changed their name to the Faces), and later released critically acclaimed solo records, including Every Picture Tells a Story, which made him world- famous. By the mid-’70s he’d gone solo for good, continuing a career of multiplatinum albums and chart-topping singles. Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, a fitting tribute to a masterful songwriter and peerless vocalist.