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 Rod Stewart
Released 12 November 2001
Recorded 1969–2000
Genre Rock
Length 155:11
Label FMR
Warner Bros.
Producer Rod Stewart, Patrick Leonard, Trevor Horn, Bernard Edwards, Michael Omartian, Tom Dowd, Andy Taylor
Rod Stewart chronology
Human
(2001)
The Very Best of Rod Stewart
(2001)
It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook
(2002)
The Voice: The Very Best of Rod Stewart
Encore: The Very Best of Rod Stewart, Vol. 2
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart is a 2001 Rod Stewart career-retrospective compilation album, which summarizes 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. 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". A particular inclusion on the album was the track "In a Broken Dream", recorded by Stewart as a guest with Python Lee Jackson back in 1969. The track wasn't a hit until 1972, when Stewart was already a superstar, and then the single reached #3 in the UK. The song remained unreleased on a Rod Stewart until its inclusion on this set.

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[edit]

  1. "Maggie May"
    • The song includes, as part of the track, the interlude "Link Music – Henry's Time", as originally included on the "Every Picture Tells a Story" album
  2. "Baby Jane"
  3. "Some Guys Have All the Luck"
  4. "Young Turks"
  5. "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
  6. "What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So in Love With You)" (Tony Brock, Davis, Stewart) – 4:19
  7. "Hot Legs"
  8. "You Wear It Well"
    • The song includes, as part of the track, the interlude "Interludings", as originally included on the "Never a Dull Moment" album
  9. "Rhythm of My Heart"
  10. "Downtown Train"
  11. "The Motown Song"
    • Single mix.
  12. "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)"
  13. "Tonight I'm Yours"
  14. "Ooh La La"
  15. "I Can't Deny It" (Gregg Alexander, Rick Nowels) – 3:44
  16. "It Takes Two" (Moy, William "Mickey" Stevenson) (with Tina Turner) – 4:12
  17. "Stay with Me" (Stewart, Wood) (performed by Faces) – 4:37

Disc two: A Night In[edit]

  1. "Sailing" (Gavin Sutherland) – 4:38
  2. "I Don't Want to Talk About It"
  3. "Have I Told You Lately" (Van Morrison)
  4. "The First Cut Is the Deepest" (Cat Stevens)
  5. "You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)"
  6. "All For Love" (Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen, Robert John "Mutt" Lange) – 4:42
  7. "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"
  8. "Every Beat of My Heart" (Savigar, Stewart) – 5:21
  9. "Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda)" (Tom Waits) – 6:12
  10. "Don't Come Around Here"
  11. "The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)" (Stewart) – 6:29
  12. "Love Touch"
  13. "I Was Only Joking"
  14. "Ruby Tuesday" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 4:05
  15. "In a Broken Dream" (by Python Lee Jackson) (David Bentley) – 3:40
  16. "Reason to Believe" (Unplugged) (With Ronnie Wood)
  17. "In My Life" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 1:58

The Voice[edit]

  1. "Rhythm of My Heart" (Marc Jordan, John Capek) – 4:14
  2. "Maggie May" (Rod Stewart, Martin Quittenton) – 5:46
  3. "Have I Told You Lately" (Live) (Van Morrison) – 4:04
  4. "This Old Heart of Mine" (with Ronald Isley) (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Sylvia Moy) – 4:11
  5. "Young Turks" (Stewart, Carmine Appice, Kevin Savigar, Duane Hitchings) – 5:04
  6. "Downtown Train" (Tom Waits) – 4:40
  7. "You Wear It Well" (Stewart, Quittenton) – 5:00
  8. "Reason to Believe" (Live with Ronnie Wood) (Tim Hardin) – 3:52
  9. "Some Guys Have All the Luck" (Jeff Fortgang) – 4:34
  10. "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" (Stewart) – 3:56
  11. "Hot Legs" (Stewart) – 5:15
  12. "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (Stewart, Appice) – 5:30
  13. "My Heart Can't Tell You No" (Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan) – 5:16
  14. "You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)" (Stewart) – 4:30
  15. "Ooh La La" (Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Lane) – 4:16
  16. "Forever Young" (Stewart, Jim Cregan, Savigar) – 4:05

Encore[edit]

  1. "Your Song" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 4:47
  2. "Having a Party" (Live) (with Ronnie Wood) (Sam Cooke) – 4:15
  3. "Don't Come Around Here" (with Helicopter Girl a/k/a Jackie Joyce) (Paul Berry, Jackie Joyce, Mark Taylor, Kenny Thomas) – 3:50
  4. "So Far Away" (Carole King) – 4:24
  5. "The Motown Song" (with The Temptations) (Larry McNally) – 4:16
  6. "Broken Arrow" (Robbie Robertson) – 4:23
  7. "Crazy About Her" (Cregan, Hitchings, Stewart) – 4:29
  8. "Lost in You" (Stewart, Andy Taylor) – 4:26
  9. "Love Touch" (Gene Black, Michael Chapman, Holly Knight) – 4:03
  10. "People Get Ready" (Live) (Curtis Mayfield) – 4:46
  11. "Infatuation" (Hitchings, Rowland Robinson, Stewart) – 4:05
  12. "Baby Jane" (Jay Davis, Stewart) – 4:45
  13. "Tonight I'm Yours" (Cregan, Savigar, Stewart) – 4:13
  14. "That's What Friends Are For" (Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager) – 3:546
  15. "Passion" (Phil Chen, Cregan, Gary Grainger, Savigar, Stewart) – 5:30
  16. "I Don't Want to Talk About It" (Danny Whitten) – 4:14
  17. "I Was Only Joking" (Grainger, Stewart) – 4:49
  18. "The First Cut Is the Deepest" (Cat Stevens) – 3:21

Charts[edit]

Album

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

Certifications[edit]

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 (ABPD)[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^
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[14] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

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

References[edit]

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