Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990

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Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990
Compilation album by Rod Stewart
Released November 1989
Recorded 1964–1989
Genre Rock, pop, rock and roll
Label Warner Bros.
Rod Stewart chronology
The Best of Rod Stewart
(1989)
Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990
(1989)
Downtown Train – Selections from the Storyteller Anthology
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990, often referred to as The Storyteller Anthology or simply Storyteller is a 4-disc compilation released by Rod Stewart in November 1989 (see 1989 in music). It was released by Warner Bros. Records (WEA 9 25987-2) and contains sixty-four tracks. Five of the tracks had never before been released.

Album Information[edit]

Storyteller spans the whole of Rod’s career beginning with the 1964 release of “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and ending with “Downtown Train”, a new song for 1989. It was designed for release in the US and contains four discs each covering a different period somewhat chronologically. Disc One spans 1964–1971 and includes “ Can I Get a Witness?” recorded while Rod was with Steampacket and which had never before been released. Disc Two spans 1971–1976. Disc Three spans 1975–1981 and includes “To Love Somebody” featuring Booker T. & the M.G.'s. In the liner notes Rod recalls that this version was recorded shortly before Al Jackson, Jr. was killed. Disc Four spans 1981–1989 and includes never before released versions of “I Don't Want to Talk About It” and “This Old Heart of Mine”. Originally released in an LP-sized box package, it was re-released on November 17, 2009 in a more compact boxed configuration.

Track listing[edit]

  • For details on previous releases see original.

Disc One[edit]

  1. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” (previously released as a single) – 2:06
  2. Can I Get a Witness?” (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 3:34
  3. Shake” (previously released as a single) – 2:48
  4. “So Much to Say” (previously released as B-side to “Little Miss Understood”) – 3:13
  5. “Little Miss Understood” (previously released as a single) – 3:37
  6. “I’ve Been Drinking” (previously released as B-side to “Love Is Blue” by The Jeff Beck Group) – 3:17
  7. I Ain't Superstitious” (previously released on Truth by The Jeff Beck Group) – 4:53
  8. Shapes of Things” (previously released on Truth by The Jeff Beck Group) – 3:18
  9. In a Broken Dream” (previously released as a single by Python Lee Jackson) – 3:39
  10. Street Fighting Man” (previously released on An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down) – 5:05
  11. Handbags and Gladrags” (previously released on An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down) – 4:23
  12. “Gasoline Alley” (previously released on Gasoline Alley) – 4:02
  13. Cut Across Shorty” (previously released on Gasoline Alley) – 6:31
  14. “Country Comforts” (previously released on Gasoline Alley) – 4:43
  15. It's All Over Now” (previously released on Gasoline Alley) – 6:22
  16. “Sweet Lady Mary” (previously released on Long Player by Faces) – 5:48
  17. “Had Me a Real Good Time” (previously released on Long Player by Faces) – 5:54

Disc Two[edit]

  1. Maggie May” (previously released on Every Picture Tells a Story) – 5:45
  2. Mandolin Wind” (previously released on Every Picture Tells a Story) – 5:30
  3. (I Know) I'm Losing You” (previously released on Every Picture Tells a Story) – 5:22
  4. Reason to Believe” (previously released on Every Picture Tells a Story) – 4:07
  5. Every Picture Tells a Story” (previously released on Every Picture Tells a Story) – 5:58
  6. Stay With Me” (previously released on A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...To a Blind Horse by Faces) – 4:37
  7. “True Blue” (previously released on Never a Dull Moment) – 3:33
  8. Angel” (previously released on Never a Dull Moment) – 4:04
  9. You Wear It Well” (previously released on Never a Dull Moment) – 5:02
  10. I'd Rather Go Blind” (previously released on Never a Dull Moment) – 3:53
  11. Twistin' the Night Away” (previously released on Never a Dull Moment) – 3:14
  12. What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)” (previously released as UK B-side to "Angel") – 2:52
  13. Oh! No Not My Baby” (previously released as a Rod Stewart and Faces single) – 3:38
  14. Pinball Wizard” (previously released on Sing It Again Rod) – 3:40
  15. “Let Me Be Your Car” (previously released on Smiler) – 4:58
  16. You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything” (previously released as a single by Faces) – 4:23

Disc Three[edit]

  1. Sailing” (previously released on Atlantic Crossing) – 4:38
  2. I Don't Want to Talk About It (1975)” (previously released on Atlantic Crossing) – 4:49
  3. “Stone Cold Sober” (previously released on Atlantic Crossing) – 4:12
  4. To Love Somebody” with Booker T. & the M.G.'s (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb) – 4:30
  5. Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” (previously released on A Night on the Town) – 3:54
  6. The First Cut Is the Deepest” (previously released on A Night on the Town) – 4:26
  7. The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)” (previously released on A Night on the Town) – 6:31
  8. Get Back” (previously released on All This and World War II soundtrack) – 4:24
  9. Hot Legs” (previously released on Foot Loose & Fancy Free) – 5:11
  10. I Was Only Joking” (previously released on Foot Loose & Fancy Free) – 6:02
  11. You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” (previously released on Foot Loose & Fancy Free) – 4:28
  12. Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?” (previously released on Blondes Have More Fun) – 5:28
  13. “Passion” (previously released on Foolish Behaviour) – 5:30
  14. “Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight” (previously released on Foolish Behaviour) – 5:01
  15. “Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me)” (previously released on Tonight I'm Yours) – 4:10

Disc Four[edit]

  1. Young Turks” (previously released on Tonight I'm Yours) – 5:01
  2. Baby Jane” (previously released on Body Wishes) – 4:43
  3. “What Am I Gonna Do (I’m so in Love with you)” (previously released on Body Wishes) – 4:17
  4. People Get Ready” with Jeff Beck (previously released as a single) – 4:52
  5. Some Guys Have All the Luck” (previously released on Camouflage) – 4:32
  6. Infatuation” (previously released on Camouflage) – 5:12
  7. Love Touch” (previously released on Every Beat of My Heart) – 4:03
  8. “Every Beat of My Heart” (previously released on Every Beat of My Heart) – 5:18
  9. “Lost In You” (previously released on Out of Order) – 4:57
  10. “My Heart Can't Tell You No” (previously released on Out of Order) – 5:11
  11. “Dynamite” (previously released on Out of Order) – 4:15
  12. “Crazy About Her” (previously released on Out of Order) – 4:54
  13. Forever Young” (previously released on Out of Order) – 4:03
  14. I Don't Want to Talk About It (1989)” (previously unreleased version) – 4:52
  15. This Old Heart of Mine” with Ronald Isley (previously unreleased version) – 4:12
  16. Downtown Train” (Tom Waits) (new song) – 4:39

Production Personnel[edit]

  • “Can I Get a Witness?” produced by Giorgio Gomelsky
  • “To Love Somebody” produced by Tom Dowd
  • “I Don't Want to Talk About It (1989)” produced by Rod Stewart and Bernard Edwards
  • “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)” produced by Bernard Edwards and Trevor Horn
  • “Downtown Train” produced by Trevor Horn
  • Compiled and Coordinated by Gregg Geller
  • A&R Compilation Executive: Michael Ostin
  • Management: Arnold Stiefel and Randy Phillips

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989–1990) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[3] 21
US Billboard 200[4] 54
Chart (2011–2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[5] 5
Irish Albums Chart[6] 32
New Zealand Albums Chart[7] 1
UK Albums Chart[8] 31

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[9] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[7] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[11] 2× Platinum 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ "100 Albums". RPM 51 (12). 3 February 1990. ISSN 0033-7064. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Storyteller – The Complete Anthology 1964–1990". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rod Stewart – Storyteller – The Complete Anthology 1964–1990". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending 1 December 2011". GfK Chart-Track. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". The Official New Zealand Music Chart. RIANZ. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "2011-12-31 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Rod Stewart – Storyteller - The Complete Anthology 1964-1990". Music Canada. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Rod Stewart – Storyteller". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 9 April 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  • Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990 album liner notes. Warner Bros. Records. 

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