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Title - 'Unplugged...and Seated (Collector's Edition)'
Artist - Rod Stewart

In truth, there are no words to accurately describe how unbelieveably good this record is. The song selection is representative of the best Rod has ever done, and his performance is that of a master, handling the material as only he can. In short, he OWNS this music in a way that no one else ever could.

At the time, this low-key 1993 live retrospective marked something of a return to form for Rod the Mod, who for many years had more or less abdicated his position as a performer of consequence to pursue a more frivolous pop-star persona.

Even tune is a gem, every performance a classic. Particularly moving is "Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda)". I simply cannot listen to Rod sing this tune without getting misty. The longing in this poetic ballad is simply inexpressible through the printed word. You'll just have to listen to Rod sing this one to truly understand what I'm talking about.

The lyrics of this tune are somewhat vague and are thusly open to a great deal of interpretation. Taken as a poem, this tune could mean many different things to different people. But once you hear Rod sing this classic ... it means what Rod wants it to mean, the unrequited longing of a hopeless romantic being enveloped by a stark and harsh world.

With his former Faces bandmate Ron Wood in tow (after a few solo songs to warm up), Stewart revisits other great 'Rod hits,' like "Hot Legs," "Tonight's the Night," and "Maggie May" ... and even has time for another cover, this time in the shape of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready."

In short, all the tunes here are terrific, be it the acoustic and yet still fairly-true-to-the-original "Cut Across Shorty" or the very moving "Handbags and Gladrags".

Finally, this wonderful deluxe CD/DVD Collector's Edition of the legendary singer's performance features bonus audio plus the original broadcast on DVD for the first time ever.





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