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Post  misery guts on Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:03 am

The distinctive soul sound of the big-nosed, multiple-married, Scottish former Faces frontman has been impressing the airwaves for more than 50 years. He spent rather too long on the money-spinning Songbook series (another Clive Davis scam) for my taste, but he seems keener to prolong his legacy, following his recent autobiography, and new album. Here are a selection of his highlights:

Maggie May (w/DJ John Peel miming the mandolin)

Sailing

Young Turks

Rhythm Of My Heart

Can't Stop Me Now (live)

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Post  Adric on Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:57 am

You know, Rod Stewart has been capable of having some awesome hits and a few baaaaad songs. Young Turks is my fav by him easily! Also a big fan of "Passion" and "Baby Jane". Never got the hype behind his biggest success .... "Tonight's The Night" though it etched in history now. Oh, "Infactuation" was fun too.  Smile 


I have a cousin whom I haven't seen in ages. He phoned me one night ('bout a decade ago') and had Rod Stewart talk to me! He's in a band and they somehow became buds. Apparently, Rod was in Mississippi on tour and had grub with my cousin before performing. He ordered a 24 piece meal from Kentucky Fried Chicken (Yuckk) and they chowed down on that and mashed potatoes. They lived out in the boonies and smoked a J by the campfire. Wish I could've been there, but from how he talked, he's a good country boy.
For the brief conversation we had on the phone, I let Rod all the talking pretty much. He was going on about the artists that have died and he spoke very highly of John Denver and John Lennon. So long ago and one of the moments you wish you could get on utube lol. Cheers~
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Post  misery guts on Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:32 pm

You know, that is exactly the sort of sort of response I have been hoping for with these threads  cheers Yeah, I think he's a nicer guy than the media image often suggests  sunny 

When I started getting heavily into music, around the end of 1990, into 1991, Rhythm of My Heart really ticked me off for some reason. But it's grown on me a lot since then. At least he does keep pushing himself as a musician (Clive Davis crap era aside scratch )
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Post  misery guts on Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:49 am

Discovering Rod Stewart
A further edition from this series, it rather suggested his early solo material after leaving the Faces was his apex, and things started to go downhill from the mid-70's. One typical complaint was his 5-album project for Clive Davis, "The Great American Songbook", which was purely a money-making exercise, not a critical project. I can't help thinking that 5 CDs of "The Great British Songbook" would have been a lot more challenging and interesting. His current resurgence at least puts him back in the public eye for the right reasons.

Imagine: Rod Stewart - Can't Stop Me Now
In case you still hadn't heard that his latest album contained his first new writings for 20 years, here was a runthrough of his life. His very early days were intriguingly represented by archive footage from the mid-60's, and the father he clearly still admires. Family seems to be a watchword for him. Like his friend Elton John, his career got a key boost from Long John Baldry. Bobby Womack amusingly numbered amongst the talking heads, which smacked of "whilst we have him here, let's ask his opinion on all sorts". But Rod remains a spirited force, and with his book behind him, maybe there's still more to come. Hopefully.

Rod Stewart in Rod's Christmas Concert
An Old Grey Whistle Test special from December 1976 at the Olympia in London, Rod and his band belted out, yes, a mix of the familiar and the less so. 'Get Back' might have seemed incongruous, except it was his latest single at the time. He also did 'Wild Side of Life' which I only know as a Quo song. He ended on 'Sailing', and then appeared to be cueing up for 'Stay With Me' as the credits rolled and the show ended. A worthwhile historical document, though.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:52 am

Rod Stewart at the BBC
Another of these compilations, this was more generous to his Faces era, but pretty rubbish for post-70's material.

I did manage to get hold of a copy of his autobiog, which I'll get round to at some stage before Christmas with any luck...  Embarassed 
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Post  misery guts on Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:18 am

misery guts wrote:I did manage to get hold of a copy of his autobiog, which I'll get round to at some stage before Christmas with any luck...  Embarassed 
Rod: The Autobiography
Pretty impressive work, to be fair. Rod helpfully breaks up the chronological narrative with digressions about hobbies such as model railways or people who impersonate him. His love-lives are not as interesting as his musical adventures. He is quite frank about use of drugs, and when his material hasn't been up to stuff. He manages to deal with the Clive Davis-backed standards quintalogy rather swiftly, and the book ends in advance of his comeback album from last year (the paperback probably has more on it). I was bemused at the lack of mention of "In A Broken Dream", but then again, he doesn't mention "My Town" either, and it IS his book. But certainly worth the money I paid from a charity shop Twisted Evil
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Post  misery guts on Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:56 pm

He's got a new album out in a few days, "Another Country", which like his last, is almost entirely Rod-penned or co-penned

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Another_Country_(Rod_Stewart_album)

I was expecting a blast of country covers, so I'm happy to be surprised. Surely he wanted to try some Merle Haggard or Johnny Cash?
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Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:48 am

Rod Stewart: Live at Hyde Park
A concert in connection with BBC Radio 2's 'Festival in a Day' event. Rod was in fine mood, mixing up some less familiar material for once, including 'In a Broken Dream' and 'Gasoline Alley'. He ended with 'I Was Only Joking', interestingly. Hopefully the Clive Davis Years are long past now, and he's enjoying a late flowering.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:50 am

The Story Of: Rod Stewart
Another in this mid-80's, series, mostly told by Rod himself, from his early efforts in the mid-60s, through success with the Faces, even greater success solo, his love life and his children. There's also footage from some show in 1981, I think where he covers "How Long?" and "Twisting the Night away" among others, which came as news to me. Turning "Hot Legs" into a duet with Tina Turner seems less surprising. This was from 1986, so as a snapshot gained curio value. But few actual revelations.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jun 11, 2016 1:14 am

Rod has been given a Knighthood in the latest Honours List, so he can be described as Sir Rod Stewart from now on What a Face king
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Re: Rod Stewart

Post  misery guts on Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:52 am

Rod has been announced as the headliner for the Sunday night at next year's Isle of Wight Festival:
Rod Stewart will bring the Isle Of Wight Festival 2017 to a close next summer as the iconic singer has been confirmed as its latest headliner. The announcement comes days after the Maggie May singer was forced to cancel two dates on his current arena tour due to a throat infection.
The 71-year-old will grace Isle Of Wight's main stage on Sunday 11 June at Seaclose Park, Newport, and joins previously confirmed Canadian rockers Arcade Fire on the lineup.
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