Greatest hits: album reviews

Instantly recognisable hits

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 January, 2009, 12:00am

He is one of the most influential musicians of the last half-decade - like many of his era, Rod Stewart changed the course of music, but unlike many, he's still selling CDs.

Stewart's newest release, Some Guys Have All the Luck, is an amazing greatest hits compilation that includes 32 tracks on two CDs and a DVD with 14 music videos.

Stewart's trademark raspy voice is so distinctive that, even if you don't recognise the song, you'll realise who is singing in an instant. The collection includes UK and/or US number one hits Maggie May (1971), You Wear It Well (1972), Sailing (1975) and Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (1978).

The second CD includes unplugged versions of Handbags and Gladrags, Have I Told You Lately and Reason to Believe, performed with his former Faces band member Ron Wood.

The DVD is a mixture of original music videos and live recorded performances from as long ago as the early 1970s up to the late 90s. There are also music videos to two songs, If We Fall In Love Tonight and Ooh La La, that appear only on the DVD, not on the CDs.

This is the definitive Rod Stewart collection: his songs are as relevant today as they were when they were released, with smart lyrics and timeless melodies. Pick up a copy for your parents and borrow it before heading to his Hong Kong concert in March.