Posted on: June 5th, 2018 10:14 am
With the release of STILL THE SAME…GREAT ROCK CLASSICS OF OUR TIME, Rod Stewart returns to his roots. A landmark recording of great songs by his contemporaries, and Stewart’s first rock album in over eight years, STILL THE SAME…follows the unprecedented success of his Grammy-award winning Great American Songbook series.
The four volumes of The Great American Songbook released between 2002 and 2005, comprise the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history, with a total of fifteen million copies worldwide. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart has one of the greatest and most distinctive voices in rock history. Throughout his almost forty-year career, he has applied that unmistakable tone to material by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Tom Waits. Just as the often-imitated “Songbook” albums focused on unforgettable compositions from the ‘30s and ‘40s, STILL THE SAME… concentrates on music from an unprecedented era – the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when rock songwriting was truly breaking through to new heights.
With 2004’s Stardust…The Great American Songbook Volume III, the “Songbook” series established itself as a truly historic phenomenon. The album entered the charts at Number One—the first chart-topping debut of Stewart’s career, and his first Number One in more than 25 years. Guests on Stardust included Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, adding a more modern edge to these beloved tunes. The tour was one of the year’s five biggest, and Stewart—who just a few years earlier seemed well past his days atop the charts—was, according to Rolling Stone, the sixth highest-grossing artist of the year. And to cap it all off, there was that long-awaited Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal,” Stewart’s first trophy after 14 nominations over the years. With Thanks for the Memory…The Great American Songbook Volume IV, he took the approach into new and surprising directions. In addition to streamlining the arrangements, he shook up the “Songbook” formula by adding some different flavors into the mix, especially a duet with Chaka Khan on Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me”—”It’s like treading on hallowed ground,” said Stewart, a lifelong Cooke fan —and songs alongside Elton John and Diana Ross.
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