What does it sound like?:
I made the point in a recent piece that it’s hard to imagine nowadays that some artists, who are now such familiar household names, were once looked on as serious musicians, whose new albums were eagerly awaited by fans and critics alike. A prime example is Rod Stewart, a man whose commercial fortunes seemed to rise in inverse proportion to the quality of his albums. This set covers the fourteen alums he released between 1975 and 2001, thus sadly omitting his first five albums, which were by far his best, presumably for licensing reasons. Having said that, the first few of the albums collected here aren’t bad at all – a bit patchy, a bit too much filler, but with some good individual songs, well written and performed. Atlantic Crossing, probably still his best selling set (with the exception of the much later Great American Songbook releases) has Drift Away, I Don’t Want To Talk About It and Sailing for example, while subsequent efforts have You’re In My Heart, First Cut Is The Deepest and Tonight’s The Night among others. The problem is that for every good song like The Killing of Georgie, you » Continue Reading.