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Soulbook

Rod Stewart

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Continuing his stroll through pop's back pages, Rod Stewart moves on from the "Great Rock Classics of Our Time" and dives into the Soulbook, shorthand for all the great Motown and soul songs that still are in heavy rotation on oldies radio well into the new millennium. Apart from an oddly funkified spin of Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World" and a version of Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" that illustrates just how much range he's lost over the years, Rod doesn't spend much time with the soul and blues singers so influential on him, choosing instead to run through a bunch of Motown hits -- a full six of the 13 songs here are from the Motor City -- adding a couple of smooth soul hits from the early '70s, plus Chuck Jackson and Maxine Brown's "Let It Be Me," which gives him an opportunity to duet with Jennifer Hudson. All this is firmly within Stewart's wheelhouse, perhaps too much so, an impression not helped by the overly familiar arrangements, right down to Stevie Wonder reprising his harmonica on "My Cherie Amour" -- these are all designed to evoke memories, not to dig into the heart of the songs. It's all pleasing enough, flowing better than the Great American Songbook albums, and not feeling as karaoke as the Great Rock Classics album, but it's so comfortable, so easygoing, it verges on the forgettable.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
It's The Same Old Song
00:04:15

Rod Stewart, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Steve Jordan, Drums, Percussion, Producer - E. Holland, Composer - Bob Babbitt, Bass - B.Holland, Composer - Ray Parker, Jr., Guitar - Dean Parks, Guitar - L. Dozier, Composer - Michael Bearden, Keyboards - Tom Scott, Baritone Saxophone - Bridget Ann Cady - Di Reed - Howard Drossin, Other - Bruce Dukov, Violin - Mark Robertson, Violin - Searmi Park, Violin - Phillip Levy, Violin - Julie Gigante, Violin - Anatoly Rosinsky, Violin - Roger Wilkie, Violin - Neli Nikolaeva, Violin - Rob Brophy, Viola - David Walther, Viola - Marlow Fisher, Viola - Karen Elaine, Viola - David Low, Cello - Andrew Shulman, Cello - NIKO BOLAS, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - AL SCHMITT, Recording Engineer - Steve Genewick, Recording Engineer - Darwin Best, Engineer - Kenny Moran, Engineer - Ryan Petrie, Engineer - Martin Pradler, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

2
My Cherie Amour
00:03:10

Rod Stewart, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Stevie Wonder, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Rod Stewart featuring Stevie Wonder, Associated Performer - Henry Cosby, Composer, Lyricist - Steve Jordan, Drums, Percussion, Producer - Sylvia Moy, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Babbitt, Bass - Ray Parker, Jr., Guitar - Stevie Wonder, Composer, Lyricist - Dean Parks, Guitar - Michael Bearden, Arranger, Keyboards - Milt Chocolate, Vibraphone - Greg Phillinganes, Piano - Bridget Ann Cady - Di Reed - Dorian Holley - Howard Drossin, Other - Bruce Dukov, Violin - Mark Robertson, Violin - Searmi Park, Violin - Phillip Levy, Violin - Julie Gigante, Violin - Anatoly Rosinsky, Violin - Roger Wilkie, Violin - Neli Nikolaeva, Violin - Rob Brophy, Viola - David Walther, Viola - Marlow Fisher, Viola - Karen Elaine, Viola - David Low, Cello - Andrew Shulman, Cello - NIKO BOLAS, Recording Engineer - AL SCHMITT, Recording Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Pradler, Editor - Steve Genewick, Assistant Engineer - Paul Smith, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

3
You Make Me Feel Brand New
00:04:35

Rod Stewart with Mary J. Blige, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Thomas Bell, Composer, Lyricist - Ricky Lawson, Drums - Linda Creed, Composer, Lyricist - Reggie McBride, Bass - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Bob Mann, Arranger, Guitar, Keyboards - Darryl Tookes - Will Wheaton - Judith Hill - Bridget Ann Cady - Di Reed - Natasha Pearce - Charlie Bisharat, Violin - Brian Benning, Violin - Mark Cargill, Violin - Susan Chatman, Violin - Nicole Garcia, Violin - Gina Kronstadt, Violin - Joel Pargman, Violin - Kathleen Robertson, Violin - John Wittenburg, Violin - Shari Zippert, Violin - Miguel Martinez, Cello - Matt Cooker, Cello - Tim Loo, Cello - Giovanna Moraga-Clayton, Cello - Steve Tyrell, Producer - Jon Allen, Recording Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixing Engineer - Darwin Best, Engineer - Kenny Moran, Engineer - Ryan Petrie, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Pradler, Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

4
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
00:03:20

Rod Stewart, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Bob Babbitt, Bass - Gary Jackson, Composer, Lyricist - Ray Parker, Jr., Guitar - Raynard Miner, Composer, Lyricist - Carl Smith, Composer, Lyricist - Dean Parks, Guitar - Michael Bearden, Keyboards - Greg Phillinganes, Piano - Clayton Cameron, Vibraphone - Bridget Ann Cady - Di Reed - Willie Mitchell, Other - Jesica Munson, Violin - Barrie Cooper, Violin - Marisa Polesky, Violin - Roy Brewer, Violin - Beth Luscombe, Viola - Jennifer Puckett, Viola - Jonathan Kirkscey, Viola - Mark Wallace, Viola - Steve Jordan, Producer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Lawrence Mitchell, Recording Engineer - Darwin Best, Engineer - Kenny Moran, Engineer - Ryan Petrie, Engineer - Martin Pradler, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Tracks Of My Tears
00:03:35

Rod Stewart, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ricky Lawson, Drums - Warren Moore, Author, Composer - Reggie McBride, Bass - William Robinson, Author, Composer - Lenny Castro, Congas - Marvin Tarplin, Author, Composer - Greg Phillinganes, Keyboards, Other - Michael Landau, Guitar - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Bob Mann, Mandolin - Darryl Tookes - Lisa Vaughn - Will Wheaton - Lynn Fiddmont - Dorian Holley - Pam Trotter - Charlie Bisharat, Violin - Brian Benning, Violin - Mark Cargill, Violin - Susan Chatman, Violin - Nicole Garcia, Violin - Gina Kronstadt, Violin - Joel Pargman, Violin - Kathleen Robertson, Violin - John Wittenburg, Violin - Shari Zippert, Violin - Miguel Martinez, Cello - Matt Cooker, Cello - Tim Loo, Cello - Giovanna Moraga-Clayton, Cello - Steve Tyrell, Producer - Jon Allen, Recording Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixing Engineer - Darwin Best, Engineer - Kenny Moran, Engineer - Ryan Petrie, Engineer - Martin Pradler, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Let It Be Me
00:03:18

Rod Stewart with Jennifer Hudson, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Gilbert Becaud, Composer, Lyricist - Steve Jordan, Drums, Producer - Darryl Jones, Bass - Manny Kurtz, Composer, Lyricist - Ray Parker, Jr., Guitar - Dean Parks, Guitar - Pierre Leroyer, Composer, Lyricist - David Paich, Keyboards - Gayle Levant, Harp - Howard Drossin, Arranger - Bruce Dukov, Violin - Mark Robertson, Violin - Searmi Park, Violin - Phillip Levy, Violin - Julie Gigante, Violin - Anatoly Rosinsky, Violin - Roger Wilkie, Violin - Neli Nikolaeva, Violin - Rob Brophy, Viola - David Walther, Viola - Marlow Fisher, Viola - Karen Elaine, Viola - David Low, Cello - Andrew Shulman, Cello - AL SCHMITT, Recording Engineer - Harvey Mason, Jr., Producer - Andrew Hey, Recording Engineer - Darwin Best, Engineer - Kenny Moran, Engineer - Ryan Petrie, Engineer - Martin Pradler, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Rainy Night In Georgia
00:04:12

Rod Stewart, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Tony Joe White, Composer, Lyricist - Russ Kunkle, Drums - Leland Sklar, Bass - Henry Hey, Piano - Bob Mann, Guitar - Darryl Tookes - Bridget Ann Cady - Di Reed - Natasha Pearce - Charlie Bisharat, Violin - Brian Benning, Violin - Mark Cargill, Violin - Susan Chatman, Violin - Nicole Garcia, Violin - Gina Kronstadt, Violin - Joel Pargman, Violin - Kathleen Robertson, Violin - John Wittenburg, Violin - Shari Zippert, Violin - Miguel Martinez, Cello - Matt Cooker, Cello - Tim Loo, Cello - Giovanna Moraga-Clayton, Cello - Steve Tyrell, Producer - Jon Allen, Recording Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixing Engineer - Darwin Best, Engineer - Kenny Moran, Engineer - Ryan Petrie, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Pradler, Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

8
What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
00:03:19

Rod Stewart, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Steve Jordan, Drums, Producer - Bob Babbitt, Bass - James Dean, Composer, Lyricist - Ray Parker, Jr., Guitar - Dean Parks, Guitar - Paul Riser, Composer, Lyricist - David Paich, Keyboards - William Weatherspoon, Composer, Lyricist - Tom Scott, Saxophone - George Bohanon, Trombone - Chuck Finley, Trumpet - Bridget Ann Cady - Di Reed - Natasha Pearce - Howard Drossin, Other - Bruce Dukov, Violin - Mark Robertson, Violin - Searmi Park, Violin - Phillip Levy, Violin - Julie Gigante, Violin - Anatoly Rosinsky, Violin - Roger Wilkie, Violin - Neli Nikolaeva, Violin - Rob Brophy, Viola - David Walther, Viola - Marlow Fisher, Viola - Karen Elaine, Viola - David Low, Cello - Andrew Shulman, Cello - AL SCHMITT, Recording Engineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Paul Smith, Recording Engineer - Darwin Best, Engineer - Kenny Moran, Engineer - Ryan Petrie, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Pradler, Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Love Train
00:03:04

Rod Stewart, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Steve Jordan, Drums, Percussion, Producer - Kenneth Gamble, Composer, Lyricist - David Palmer, Drums - Conrad Korsch, Bass - Leon Huff, Composer, Lyricist - Don Kirkpatrick, Guitar - Paul Warren, Guitar - Ray Parker, Jr., Guitar - Chuck Kentis, Keyboards, Producer, Recording Engineer - Lou Marini, Saxophone - Tom Scott, Saxophone - Larry Farrell, Trombone - Steve Tyrell, Producer - Bridget Ann Cady - Di Reed - Natasha Pearce - NIKO BOLAS, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

10
You've Really Got A Hold On Me
00:03:18

Rod Stewart, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Steve Jordan, Drums, Percussion, Producer - William Smokey Robinson, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Babbitt, Bass - Ray Parker, Jr., Guitar - Dean Parks, Guitar - David Paich, Keyboards - Tom Scott, Saxophone - George Bohanon, Trombone - Chuck Finley, Trumpet - Bridget Ann Cady - Di Reed - Natasha Pearce - AL SCHMITT, Recording Engineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Paul Smith, Recording Engineer - Darwin Best, Engineer - Kenny Moran, Engineer - Ryan Petrie, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Pradler, Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Wonderful World
00:03:34

Rod Stewart, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Steve Jordan, Drums, Percussion, Producer - Lou Adler, Composer, Lyricist - Darryl Jones, Bass - Herb Alpert, Composer, Lyricist - Ray Parker, Jr., Guitar - Dean Parks, Guitar - Michael Bearden, Keyboards - Sam Cooke, Composer, Lyricist - Charles Hodges, Organ - Jack Hale, Trombone - Wayne Jackson, Trumpet - James Spake, Tenor Saxophone - Bridget Ann Cady - Di Reed - Willie Mitchell, Other - NIKO BOLAS, Recording Engineer - Lawrence Mitchell, Recording Engineer - Steve Genewick, Recording Engineer - AL SCHMITT, Mixing Engineer - Darwin Best, Engineer - Kenny Moran, Engineer - Ryan Petrie, Engineer - Martin Pradler, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

12
If You Don't Know Me By Now
00:03:58

Rod Stewart, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Kenneth Gamble, Composer, Lyricist - Ricky Lawson, Drums - Nathan East, Bass - Greg Phillinganes, Keyboards, Other - Leon Huff, Composer, Lyricist - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Darryl Tookes - Will Wheaton - Judith Hill - Charlie Bisharat, Violin - Brian Benning, Violin - Mark Cargill, Violin - Susan Chatman, Violin - Nicole Garcia, Violin - Gina Kronstadt, Violin - Joel Pargman, Violin - Kathleen Robertson, Violin - John Wittenburg, Violin - Shari Zippert, Violin - Miguel Martinez, Cello - Matt Cooker, Cello - Tim Loo, Cello - Giovanna Moraga-Clayton, Cello - Steve Tyrell, Producer - Jon Allen, Recording Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixing Engineer - Darwin Best, Engineer - Kenny Moran, Engineer - Ryan Petrie, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Martin Pradler, Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Just My Imagination
00:03:32

Rod Stewart, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Barrett Strong, Author, Composer - Ricky Lawson, Drums - Norman Whitfield, Author, Composer - Reggie McBride, Bass - Greg Phillinganes, Keyboards, Other - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Michael Landau, Guitar - Jeff Driskill, Flute - John Yoakum, Oboe - Darryl Tookes - Will Wheaton - Lisa Vaughn - Steve Tyrell, Producer - Jon Allen, Recording Engineer - BILL SCHNEE, Mixing Engineer - Darwin Best, Engineer - Kenny Moran, Engineer - Ryan Petrie, Engineer - Martin Pradler, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2009 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Continuing his stroll through pop's back pages, Rod Stewart moves on from the "Great Rock Classics of Our Time" and dives into the Soulbook, shorthand for all the great Motown and soul songs that still are in heavy rotation on oldies radio well into the new millennium. Apart from an oddly funkified spin of Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World" and a version of Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" that illustrates just how much range he's lost over the years, Rod doesn't spend much time with the soul and blues singers so influential on him, choosing instead to run through a bunch of Motown hits -- a full six of the 13 songs here are from the Motor City -- adding a couple of smooth soul hits from the early '70s, plus Chuck Jackson and Maxine Brown's "Let It Be Me," which gives him an opportunity to duet with Jennifer Hudson. All this is firmly within Stewart's wheelhouse, perhaps too much so, an impression not helped by the overly familiar arrangements, right down to Stevie Wonder reprising his harmonica on "My Cherie Amour" -- these are all designed to evoke memories, not to dig into the heart of the songs. It's all pleasing enough, flowing better than the Great American Songbook albums, and not feeling as karaoke as the Great Rock Classics album, but it's so comfortable, so easygoing, it verges on the forgettable.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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