Rod Stewart's various incarnations--Rod the Mod, Rod the Rocker, Rod the Crooner, and so on--are on display on Live at Royal Albert Hall
. In what amounts to a 90-minute singalong with his adoring fans, the raw-voiced singer (now huskier than ever) reprises selections from throughout his long and fruitful career, from his early '70s solo albums, including the best of the lot, 1971's Every Picture Tells a Story
, through his surprisingly skillful (and successful) new millennium emergence as an interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Despite his having released three CDs of standards by the time of this good-looking, great-sounding concert, only five of the 17 tunes come from them, including a version of "As Time Goes By" with Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders (lush orchestration notwithstanding, there's no disguising the fact that both singers are more at home singing rock or pop than jazz, big band, or cabaret material). Much more emphasis is put on early Stewart material like "You Wear It Well", "Reason to Believe", and "Maggie May" songs that were and are beautifully limned by acoustic guitars, violin, and mandolin. Good buddy, former bandmate (in the Faces and the Jeff Beck Group), and current Rolling Stone Ron Wood plays guitar on a couple of numbers (including a raucous "Stay with Me"), and while Stewart does insist on giving "Hot Legs" a spin, at the age of 59 he at least has the good sense to keep "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" under wraps. A brief tour documentary is the principal DVD bonus feature. --Sam Graham
For three decades now, Rod Stewart has been an iconic force in the realm of popular music. Through a stellar catalog of classic songs - many of which he's written or co-written - he's earned his place in the pantheon of genuine musical legends. His infinitely expressive voice, sly wit, and a truly electrifying stage presence have earned Rod Stewart a place in the hearts and lives of millions of fans worldwide. Here the legendary rock n' roller performs some of his best-known hits at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London, England. The special gala concert features Rod accompanied by the 60-piece BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Community Gospel Choir, and his own band and backing singers. The concert also captures Rod with Chrissie Hynde, his former Faces mate Ron Wood, and a stunning new musical discovery, Amy Belle. Tracks include: 'You Wear It Well', 'Some Guys Have All The Luck', 'Addicted To Love', 'Handbags & Gladrags', 'Reason To Believe', 'Stay With Me', 'Rhythm Of My Heart', 'Hot Legs', 'First Cut Is The Deepest', 'You're In My Heart', 'They Can't Take That Away From Me', 'Blue Moon', 'What A Wonderful World', 'As Time Goes By', 'For Sentimental Reasons', 'I Don't Want To Talk About It', 'Maggie May', 'Gasoline Alley' and 'Sailing'.
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