It has been 40 years since Rod Stewart finally made his way into the hearts or music fans all over the world. Yet, with all his highs and lows, his music has never lost its edge. But, there have been some moments where people weren't interested in his voice because of the next big fad. Still, that hasn't stopped Rod from making great music, and having a delightful sense of humor. Yet, with his 40 years, he hasn't really had a definitive hits collection that showcases just about everything from his delightful voice. Now, to celebrate all those years Rod Stewart had proclaimed if you think he is sexy, a new anthology showcasing Rod's highs and lows is released. but does it actually do enough to appal to fans young and old?
The 2008 Definitive Rod Stewart is a double album reflection of Rod's biggest rock staples throughout his eras with Mercury and Warner Brothers in the 70's, 80's and 90's. The double album includes a lot of Rod's hard core staples that have withstood the test of time, and are still enjoyable to listen to after all these years. The songs have all been remastered well, and includes his biggest staples including Do Ya' Think I'm Sexy, the definitive and youthful Forever Young, to his best moments of the 80's and 90's like Some Guys Have All the Luck, and Reason To believe which brought fans to their knees from his 1993 performance on MTV Unplugged. While the double album fares well, what really surprises me is the DVD too, which includes off-shoots and lesser-known tracks that could've had the light of day on the album like the overlooked Ooh La La and If We Fall In Love Tonight. Not only that is a disadvatage, but I was also hoping that on the DVD there was also videos of his hits Forever Young and the colorfully animated The Motown Song. Not only that. but the album does overlook a few staples Rod had recorded as well as it were his own including Broken Arrow and Lost In You.
Nevertheless, The Definitive Rod Stewart is a very well made collection, that reintroduces his classic rock gems, to a whole new generation. While fans of Rod's later 90's era albums like A Spanner In The Works and When We Were The New Boys, and those who've enjoyed his Great American Songbook series are also left in the dust, because those songs could've been showcased too, it still does the simple job at going back to basics, and reintroducing those delightful songs Rod Stewart has done so well after all these years. If you haven't owned any of Rod Stewart's albums, than this would be a welcomed starter for your music collection that should make you feel forever young.
Album Cover: B
Songs: B 1/2-