Rod Stewart

The Complete Great American Songbook

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With his coarse, Sam Cooke-like voice and his lovable bantam rooster stage presence, Rod Stewart has had a long and steady career full of classic tracks, most of them in a folksy blues-rock vein, but that iconic husky voice is an adaptable one, and Stewart tackled the Great American Songbook for four albums, all of which are combined here in a digital download playlist. Almost everything is a ballad so listeners looking for “Hot Legs” dance-type songs will be at a loss, but hearing Stewart wrap his voice around standards is a treat more often than not.