The album is made up of twelve tracks from the previously released Storyteller Anthology. The album is skewed toward the more recent period of Rod’s career, most of the songs dating after 1980. Included, however, is Stay with Me, a contemporary sounding song from 1971. This is also the only song on Downtown Train that is not from Rod’s solo catalog, though Storyteller includes ten. In the US Downtown Train would peak at #3 and by 1995 would be double platinum.