So Rod Stewart has chronicled some of my travails, good or bad, without realising it… Special Ops Media finally sent me the anthology, “ROD STEWART – THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION” to review and here’s how I feel in a nutshell – 3 CD’s & 2 DVD’s may have been better, but not necessarily budget-prudent these days.
It just left you thirsty for more of the Scots/UK-raspiness regaling bold endeavours like 1975’s “Killing of Georgie” on a balanced view towards gays and the resulting homophobia (with a chorus a la Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side“) – this was one of nine situations where audio-track and video were both included in the set. The compilation has two disks and one DVD, the cd’s with 31 tunes!
I am telling you get a lot of value but you have the time-honoured tendency to ask of the lack thereof… What happened to these videos:-
- Love Touch laced with Caribbean steel pans, from “Legal Eagles” with Robert Redford & Debra Winger
- Forever Young and the carrot-tousled youngster
- Theme from “Enterprise” with Scott Bakula
- Rythm of My Heart, set in WW2
- All For Love with Sting & Bryan Adams out of Disney’s version of 3 Musketeers with Tim Curry, Charlie Sheen, Keifer Sutherland, Chris O’Donnell & Oliver Platt
Even as he approached the New Millennium, he reprised his gay-theme albeit subtly in the video of “If We Fall In Love Tonight” where as a photographer he invited couples to be captured on daguerreotype… There were quite a few ladies with women and guys escorting dudes waiting to be snapped!
I can go on about what I felt should have been added, but who needs a whiny Bajan kvetching for goodness’ sake? It’s the same for the audio-cuts (EG: Why no Songbook tracks where he assays Sinatra, Gershwin, NK Cole et al?)… I have digressed mightily but as is – this time-capsule encapsulates generations of hot Rod upping the ante on what is hot for each decade he has been fascinating us! Got your copy?