The Definitive Rod Stewart
2 CDs/1 DVD

2 out of 5 stars w/o DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars with DVD
Reviewed for Coffeerooms by Mike Jefferson

First off, this is not a definitive anything. There's no representation of any of the career-building songs from either of Stewart's first two albums "An Old Raincoat Will Never Let You Down," or "Gasoline Alley." You want definitive? Listen closely to Rod the Mod's version of "Only A Hobo" or his romantic, rustic interpretation of Elton John's "Country Comforts" both of which can be found on "Gasoline Alley." In particular, I'm ragged out that "Handbags and Gladrags" wasn't included. "Ever seen a blind man cross the road, trying to make the other side? Ever seen a young girl growing old, trying to make herself a bride? So what becomes of you my love? When they have finally stripped you of the handbags and the gladrags that your poor old granddad had to sweat for you to buy." If the poverty stricken life depicted in "Handbags and Gladrags" doesn't get your tear ducts watering, Jack, you dead.

"The Definitive Rod Stewart" would lead you to believe that raspy Roddy didn't have a career before 1971's "Every Picture Tells A Story," which contained his May/December #1 single, "Maggie May." (Even Stewart has admitted he's shocked at the song's longevity, noting it has plenty of character, but no melody. Must be the balalaikas.) It wouldn't be a Rod Stewart collection - definitive, best of, greatest hits, essential or otherwise - without ole Maggie, but the many glaring omissions indicate the 31 songs here were chosen based on sales rather than merit.

Now for the good news. (Yes! There is some...) The 2CD "Definitive Rod Stewart" comes with a DVD of music videos, which gives you the opportunity to see the carrot-topped one performing with the likes of superhuman time keeper Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice, KGB) and blissful bassist Phil Chen (Jim Capaldi, Jess Roden).