The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart

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The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart
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Greatest hits album by
Released12 November 2001
Warner Bros.
ProducerRod Stewart, Patrick Leonard, Trevor Horn, Bernard Edwards, Michael Omartian, Tom Dowd, Andy Taylor
Rod Stewart chronology
The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart
It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook
The Voice: The Very Best of Rod Stewart
The Very Best of Rod Stewart (Rod Stewart album - cover art).jpg
Encore: The Very Best of Rod Stewart, Vol. 2
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]

The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart is a 2001 Rod Stewart career-retrospective compilation album, which summarises his solo work beginning with material from his 1971 breakthrough album Every Picture Tells a Story until his 2001 album Human. For contractual reasons, only two songs from his Mercury Records tenure ("Maggie May" and "You Wear It Well") were included (a third song from the Mercury era, "Reason to Believe", was included in a live acoustic version from the Warner Bros. album Unplugged...and Seated). The rest of the material is from different albums released under Warner Bros. Records.

The compilation was particularly notable for dividing the songs between rock and pop tunes on the first disc (A Night Out) and love songs on the second disc (A Night In). Also, even though most of the songs included on the album enjoyed big success (29 out of the 34 songs originally reached the Top 10 in the United Kingdom and/or the United States), many hit singles were missed-out, including US Top 10 hits as "Passion", "Infatuation", "Handbags and Gladrags" and "My Heart Can't Tell You No".

In the United States the album was released separately as The Voice: The Very Best of Rod Stewart and Encore: The Very Best of Rod Stewart Vol. 2, though there are some differences in the content. Warner Bros. Records released The Story So Far on 12 November 2001 (see 2001 in British music) and the next day The Voice was released. On 26 August 2003 (see 2003 in music) Encore was released.

Track listing[edit]

The Story So Far[edit]

Disc one: A Night Out
No.TitleWriter(s)From albumLength
1."Maggie May" (includes the interlude "Link Music - Henry's Time" from the original album appearance)Rod StewartEvery Picture Tells a Story5:46
2."Baby Jane"Stewart, Jay DavisBody Wishes4:43
3."Some Guys Have All the Luck"Jeff FortgangCamouflage4:33
4."Young Turks"Stewart, Carmine Appice, Duane Hitchings, Kevin SavigarTonight I'm Yours5:04
5."Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"Stewart, Appice, HitchingsBlondes Have More Fun5:31
6."What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So in Love With You)"Stewart, Davis, Tony BrockBody Wishes4:19
7."Hot Legs"StewartFoot Loose & Fancy Free5:15
8."You Wear It Well" (includes the instrumental "Interludings" from the original album appearance)Stewart, Martin QuittentonNever a Dull Moment5:01
9."Rhythm of My Heart"Marc Jordan, John CapekVagabond Heart4:13
10."Downtown Train"Tom WaitsStoryteller4:39
11."The Motown Song" (single mix)Larry John McNallyVagabond Heart3:58
12."This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" (with Ronald Isley)Holland–Dozier–Holland, Sylvia MoyStoryteller4:11
13."Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me)"Stewart, Jim Cregan, SavigarTonight I'm Yours4:12
14."Ooh La La" (originally a Faces song with lead vocals by Ronnie Wood from Ooh La La)Ronnie Lane, Ronnie WoodWhen We Were the New Boys4:15
15."I Can't Deny It"Gregg Alexander, Rick NowelsHuman3:44
16."It Takes Two" (with Tina Turner)William "Mickey" Stevenson, MoyVagabond Heart4:12
17."Stay with Me" (with the Faces)Stewart, WoodA Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse4:37
Total length:78:22
Disc two: A Night In
No.TitleWriter(s)From albumLength
1."Sailing"Gavin SutherlandAtlantic Crossing4:38
2."I Don't Want to Talk About It"Danny WhittenAtlantic Crossing4:49
3."Have I Told You Lately"Van MorrisonVagabond Heart3:59
4."The First Cut Is the Deepest"Cat StevensA Night on the Town4:31
5."You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)"StewartFoot Loose & Fancy Free4:30
6."All for Love" (with Bryan Adams and Sting)Bryan Adams, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Michael KamenThe Three Musketeers soundtrack4:42
7."Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"StewartA Night on the Town3:56
8."Every Beat of My Heart"Stewart, SavigarEvery Beat of My Heart5:21
9."Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda)"WaitsLead Vocalist6:12
10."Don't Come Around Here" (with Helicopter Girl)Jackie Joyce, Paul Berry, Mark Taylor, Kenny ThomasHuman3:50
11."The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)"StewartA Night on the Town6:29
12."Love Touch"Holly Knight, Mike ChapmanEvery Beat of My Heart4:03
13."I Was Only Joking"Stewart, Gary GraingerFoot Loose & Fancy Free6:07
14."Ruby Tuesday"Mick Jagger, Keith RichardsLead Vocalist4:05
15."In a Broken Dream" (with Python Lee Jackson)David Keith Bentleysingle, collected on Storyteller3:40
16."Reason to Believe" (live acoustic version of the song from Every Picture Tells a Story featuring Ronnie Wood)Tim HardinUnplugged...and Seated3:53
17."In My Life"John Lennon, Paul McCartneyEvery Beat of My Heart1:58
Total length:76:50

US version[edit]



Album Year Chart Position
The Voice 2001 US Billboard 200 40
The Voice 2001 US Billboard Top Internet Albums 3
Encore 2003 US Billboard 200 66


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[3] Platinum 40,000^
Australia (ARIA)[4] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[5] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[6] Gold 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[7] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[8] Platinum 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[9] Platinum 300,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 7× Platinum 105,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[11] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Sweden (GLF)[12] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000^
Europe (IFPI)[15] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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