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Rarities by Rod Stewart
Released: Sep 2013
Littered with alternate takes and single versions, all of them from his peak years (1969 to '74), Rarities doesn't contain anything earth-shattering in regards to unreleased material. In fact, several cuts previously appeared on 2009's The Rod Stewart Sessions. But even if you've already heard all this stuff, Rarities still makes for quality listening. When Stewart was good he was one of rock's great artists. In the span of a single tune (see, for example, his rendition of "What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)") he melted country into soul and folk with graceful ease.
Justin Farrar