Q - 8/02, p.1464 stars out of 5
- "...Packs the classics as Stewart offers you a '70s good time with birds, booze, and, on the aptly titled 'You Wear It Well', a bit of nostalgia."
Producers: Lou Reizner, Rod Stewart.
Personnel: Rod Stewart (vocals); Michael d'Abo (piano).
Illustrator: John Youssi.
Photographer: Aaron Sixx.
Arrangers: Michael d'Abo; Rod Stewart.
When The Jeff Beck Group broke up, Rod Stewart and Ron Wood joined the Faces. Simultaneously, Rod had been signed as a solo artist and he managed to juggle both careers over the next six years. Stewart became a superstar on the strength of EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY and NEVER A DULL MOMENT. His exemplary execution of non-originals gave him numerous hits including Tim Hardin's "Reason To Believe," The Tempations' "I'm Losing You" and Jimi Hendrix's "Angel." His own classics included the irresistible chart-topping "Maggie May" and "You Wear It Well." The high spots of his 70's output included "Sailing," "The Killing Of Georgie," Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is The Deepest," "Tonight's The Night" and "You're In My Heart." Other hits included "Hot Legs" and the irresistible number 1, "D'Ya Think I'm Sexy." Behind the jack-the-lad persona was an artist who still had a good ear for a quality song, a talent which surfaced throughout the decade with numbers like Paul Carrack's "How Long" and Robert Palmer's "Some Guys Have All The Luck." His biggest hits of the '80s were "What Am I Gonna Do," "Every Beat Of My Heart" and his best of the decade, "Baby Jane."
THE BEST OF ROD STEWART includes material from Rod Stewart's stint on Mercury Records that lasted from 1969-1974.