With his Sam Cooke phrasing and rough as sandpaper voice, Rod Stewart has been both brilliant ("Maggie May") and shameless ("Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?") throughout his four-decade career, and if he now seems well past his sell-by date, there's no denying that his distinctive voice is a pop culture wonder. This collection centers on Stewart's years with Mercury Records in the early 1970s, a period that undeniably found Stewart at his peak. It may be only a small part of his musical story, but it's the best part, because once Stewart left Mercury for Atlantic Records, well, it only went downhill from there.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett