Live 1976-1998: Tonight's the Night

Live 1976-1998: Tonight's the Night

by Rod Stewart



Likely planned back in 2009, when the four-disc box The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998 appeared, Live 1976-1998: Tonight's the Night is another deep dip into Stewart's archive -- a four-disc box containing 58 unreleased recordings crossing three decades. Although there are no liner notes in this affordable collection, it has been assembled with purpose: the first disc is devoted to material from 1976, when Rod was at the peak of his game, perhaps the biggest rock star in the world; the second runs from 1976 to 1981, an era obscured by the success of "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" and Blondes Have More Fun; the third covers the '80s, when Rod still had hits but was flailing ever so slightly, but as it progresses from 1984 to 1989, it's possible to hear him gain strength; the final disc is nothing but the '90s, including acoustic material recorded in the wake of his hit MTV Unplugged in 1993. Stewart undoubtedly went through some ups and downs during these three decades, but the nifty thing about Live 1976-1998 is how it continually focuses on his core strengths: his affinity for folk, his passion for rock & roll and soul, his knack for interpretation, and his desire to please. Much of the best stuff is the earliest because there's still a rawness to his performances, but the surprising thing is how hard the 1976-1981 disc rocks -- the records may have been slick but his concerts weren't -- and how impassioned the early-'90s cuts are; the 1993 "Cut Across Shorty" is as breakneck as his original studio version from 1970. Sometimes the old pro gets a little too slick -- this is especially true of the set-closing versions of Brit-pop standards "Cigarettes and Alcohol" and "Rocks" -- but the amazing thing about Live 1976-1998 is how often Rod delivers, always sounding assured, big-hearted, and ready to party.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2014
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227965587
catalogNumber: 535545

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist
Jeff Golub   Guitar
Carmine Appice   Drums
Ian McLagan   Organ
Rick Braun   Trumpet
Tony Brock   Drums
Phil Chen   Bass
Jim Cregan   Guitar
Jay Davis   Bass
Joey Diggs   Background Vocals
Dorian Holley   Background Vocals
John Jarvis   Piano
Chuck Kentis   Keyboards
Phil Kenzie   Horn
Nick Lane   Trombone
Robin LeMesurier   Guitar
Oliver Leiber   Guitar
Phil Parlapiano   Mandolin,Accordion,12-string Guitar
Billy Peek   Guitar
Darryl Phinnessee   Background Vocals
Carmine Rojas   Bass
Kevin Savigar   Keyboards
Todd Sharp   Guitar
Fred White   Background Vocals
Jimmy Roberts   Saxophone
Don Teschner   Mandolin,Violin
Lamont VanHook   Background Vocals
John Shanks   Guitar
Wally Stocker   Guitar
Jimmy Zavala   Harmonica,Saxophone
Dee Harvey   Background Vocals
Gary Grainger   Guitar
David Palmer   Drums

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Big Joe Williams   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Jorge Ben   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Arthur Conley   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Rod Stewart   Composer,Lyricist
Tom Waits   Composer
Bobby Womack   Composer
Ronnie Wood   Composer
Carmine Appice   Composer
Andy Taylor   Composer
Jim Gordon   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
Arlie Carter   Composer
Phil Chen   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Jim Cregan   Composer
Jay Davis   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Gib Guilbeau   Composer
Bobby Gillespie   Composer
Cornelius Grant   Composer
Carl Hampton   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Duane Hitchings   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Andrew Innes   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
Martin Quittenton   Composer
Kevin Savigar   Composer
Gavin Sutherland   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
William Warren   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Danny Whitten   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Noel Gallagher   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Raymond Jackson   Composer
Andy Zax   Producer
Arnold Stiefel   Photo Courtesy
Robert Young   Composer
Lisa Glines   Art Direction
Harry Woods   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Rowland Robinson   Composer
Mike D'Abo   Composer
Charles Cooke   Composer
Shirley Womack   Composer
Jeff Fortgang   Composer
James Campbell   Composer
Gary Grainger   Composer

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