Rod Stewart's latest album Time is his first in years to feature songs that he himself wrote. But if you prefer to listen to Rod sing songs that other people wrote, you may want to check out a new compilation that's coming out September 3.
The two-CD set, called Rarities, documents the time Rod recorded for the Mercury label, between 1969 and 1974. It includes alternate takes of songs, outtakes, singles that didn't appear on his studio albums, B-sides and live BBC Radio performances.
Among the tunes featured on Rarities are a live version of Elton John's "Country Comfort," Rod's take on classic tunes by Jimi Hendrix and The Who, a cover of Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country," and a song co-written by Carole King called "Oh! No Not My Baby." And, in a foreshadowing of Rod's Great American Songbook albums, the disc also includes a rendition of Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye."
In addition, Rarities contains two versions of Rod's chart-topping classic "Maggie May," one of them an early take that features unfinished lyrics, and the other an unreleased September '71 live performance recorded for BBC Radio.
As respected music journalist Scott Schinder points out in the retrospective's liner notes, "For many serious fans, Stewart's Mercury years represent his creative peak, and the music that he made during that period retains a special place in the hearts of his admirers."
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