Digitally Remastered Double Disc that Synopsizes the Throat's Greatest Vocal Feats from Throughout his Long Career. Includes'the Killing of Georgie Pts One and 2", 'stay with Me', his Biggest European Hit 'sailing' and Eve... more »n his Recent 'i Can't Deny It'. Deluxe Booklet Includes Lyrics and Rare Unseen Photos.« less
Digitally Remastered Double Disc that Synopsizes the Throat's Greatest Vocal Feats from Throughout his Long Career. Includes'the Killing of Georgie Pts One and 2", 'stay with Me', his Biggest European Hit 'sailing' and Even his Recent 'i Can't Deny It'. Deluxe Booklet Includes Lyrics and Rare Unseen Photos.
"This 16-track set basically works as a solid sampler for casual fans who want Rod The Mod's biggest hits.He's moved from beloved rootsy rocker(Maggie May,You Wear It Well,Reason To Believe)to rock superstar(Tonights The Night,Hot Legs,You're In My Heart)to dance-pop dilettante(Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?,Young Turks)to adult-contempary pop crooner(My Heart Can't Tell You No,Have I Told You Lately,This Old Heart Of Mine,Downtown Train,Rhythm Of My Heart)in that's challenged and sometimes dismayed fans,paticularly those of the roots-rockin mold."The Very Best Of Rod Stewart" touches on all these bases equally,but it doesn't have his "very best" like "Mandolin Wind","Every Picture Tells A Story","I Don't Want To Talk About It","Sailing","The First Cut Is The Deepest","Passion","People Get Ready","Infatuation" and "Lost In You".For a more complete career-spanner,get the "Storyteller" box set,but this is a good starter for novices."
Would a 2-CD set been overkill?
Ray Titano | Concord, CA USA | 11/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, there are hits compilations from Stewart available, but all the ones I've seen are limited to the '70's, barring the pricey box set. So we now have a collection that covers Stewart's 30+ year career, and it's a single CD. With most greatest hits albums, there are one or two songs that seem unjustly omitted. With this one, you're left to wonder, "Is this all they could come up with?" Maybe the title should have been "The Biggest Radio Hits of Rod Stewart". Speaking only for myself, "Infatuation", which was a big hit, is missed. This could have easily become a 2-disc set and still have been honesty called "The Very Best of..." As for the album it is, it's a wonderful listen. Every song is good, and there are absolutely no surprises (not that that is necessarily good, but expected for a single CD that doesn't try to be anything more than a best-of). A couple of them have become boring thanks to radio overkill."
A nice overview of what Rod Stewart has to offer
retrowens | Alabama, USA | 06/15/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rod Stewart has been performing and singing many great songs for over 30 years. From his days with The Faces ("Ooh La La") to his big breakthrough hits (such as "Maggie May"), to his many other well established hits ("My Heart Can't Tell You No", "Forever Young", etc.), The Very Best of Rod Stewart is an album that offers a great deal for casual fans who want a nice overview of Rod Stewart's spectacular career.Of course, after 30 years of success, there's no way to put all of an artist's memorable hits onto one album. This certainly holds true in this case. Many of Rod's best hits such as "Love Touch," "Lost in You", "Infatuation," "Faith of the Heart," "All For Love", and many others are nowhere to be seen.But that certainly doesn't mean that the album isn't worth getting. It has everything from timeless Rod Stewart ("Maggie May"), upbeat tracks ("Young Turks"), great low-key songs ("Downtown Train", "Have I Told You Lately") and everything in-between ("Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" and "Hot Legs").The booklet includes a bunch of photos ranging from Rod's childhood, to his goofy antics, pictures of many of his album covers, and many from concerts. It also tells what album and which year each song came from. To make it short, The Very Best of Rod Stewart doesn't contain all of his very best, but it is a great overview of his stellar career in the music business. If you're looking for a good collection of some of Rod Stewart's best without buying each of his albums separately and you're not really wanting to shuffle out all the cash for his Storyteller Anthology, then this album is definitely for you!"
A near perfect collection
Ray Titano | 06/29/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The CD is the absolute best collection of Rod Stewart's hits out there. The only reason this missed a 5 star rating is due to the ommission of five songs: Passion, Infatuation, People Get Ready, Forever Young and My Heart Can't Tell You No. However, all five of these songs can be found on Downtrain Train: Selections From The Storyteller Anthology."
Thomas Magnum | NJ, USA | 11/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rod Stewart's trademark has always been his whiskey-soaked, raspy voice. Whether singing about quitting school for a girl in "Maggie May" or wishing eternal youth for his son in "Forever Young", Mr. Stewart's throaty tones add an all-knowing wisdom to the songs. This is yet another greatest hits package from Mr. Stewart, who has released quite a few, but this one nicely samples his career from his Every Picture Tells A Story days right through his remake of "Ooh La La". The musical journey makes welcome stops at "Young Turks", "Tonight's The Night", "Some Guys Have All The Luck" and "Have I Told You Lately"."