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    Rod Stewart

    Yes, it's not jazz. But it is good. I've been giving the old Scotsman a listen lately for some reason and really enjoying his early stuff. These are the albums where he's backed by the Faces plus or minus a couple of folks, and with Atlantic Crossing by the Muscle Shoals' boys.

    Great stuff--he isn't afraid to try all kinds of music--reminiscent of Elvis, in the sense of throwing something against the wall to see what sticks.

    And, at least early on, really raw and rowdy stuff. He was doing the Stones better than the Stones were at the time. I would describe him as a world-class bar singer.

    Of course one's thoughts of Rod are colored by the spandex and frosted hair years, where he let the gloss of the music business overcome his better sensibilities. But early on he was a treasure--unafraid to belt it out with the boys, or to show some emotion and vulnerability if the situation called for it.

    By the way I've listened to a bit of his latest album--the jury's still out on how good it is--I hear some Mumford and Sons there, some attempts to stay relevant with slick beats and cosingers and whatnot. His voice sounds untouched by time though...
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    Oh yes Rod was Great with the Faces. I think his voice got more raspy Latter, like he was over using his voice But he never went off key

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    I think I liked Rod the best when he first started singing with The Jeff Beck Group on the Truth album.

    Although I did also like some of the albums that he did singing jazz standards with a big band backing him up about 15 years ago.

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    Wife bought us tickets maybe a year ago, two? I gotta give it to him, he’s still hitting the notes. Good performance.

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    Yeah, I saw him 2 or 3 years ago with Santana--great show, good showmanship. Toward the end he sang one song--Forever Young as I recall--as a montage of photos from years past was projected onto the back of the stage. He then produced a couple of dozen soccer balls and kicked them into the audience. Great form on the boot, I might add.
    “Without music, life would be a mistake”--Friedrich Nietzsche

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    3 of my favorite old Rod Stewart records:





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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Herron View Post
    I think I liked Rod the best when he first started singing with The Jeff Beck Group on the Truth album.

    Although I did also like some of the albums that he did singing jazz standards with a big band backing him up about 15 years ago.

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    Steven Herron
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    I also agree that Rod was killing it on Truth...

    However, he sounds like he owns these standards, the guy has a gift!

    BBC - Music - Review of Rod Stewart - It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook
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    He's in way over his head. Haven't you folks heard Torme, Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Vaughn or Bennett?

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    Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! Rod Stewart's Great American Songbook recordings were pitch corrected and some of the consonants overdubbed by a production engineer to make them cleaner. The source is that engineer is an acquaintance of mine and told me the story shortly after the album came out.

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