Rod Stewart Live 1976 – 1998 Tonight’s The Night

Live 1976 – 1998 Tonight’s The Night is a compilation live album by Rod Stewart that extends over 4 CDs.

The first disc is all from 1976, the second moves from 1976 to 1981, the third from 1984 to 1989 and the final disc from 1991 to 1998.

This then captures his career as he turned from a rocker with the Faces to a massively successful pop star.

The critical view is that he had “it” in the early 1970s with albums like Every Picture Tells A Story but he was losing it by the time Sailing and Atlantic Crossing appeared in 1975 and it was gone completely by the time that he turned to disco with Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.

That view probably needs to be refined. He continued to produce high quality singles with the odd exception, even if he’d lost that special creativity that he had in his younger days.

Rod Stewart Live 1976 - 1998 Tonight's The Night

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Songs On Rod Stewart Live 1976 – 1998 Tonight’s The Night

CD 1

  1. Three Time Loser – 4:05
  2. You Wear It Well – 4:41
  3. Big Bayou – 3:58
  4. Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) – 4:05
  5. The Wild Side Of Live – 4:57
  6. Sweet Little Rock ‘N Roller – 8:46
  7. I Don’t Want To Talk About It – 5:07
  8. The Killing Of George (Part I And II) – 6:17
  9. Maggie May – 8:38
  10. Angel – 7:15
  11. Get Back – 4:43
  12. (I Know) I’m Losing You – 5:21
  13. This Old Heart Of Mine – 6:08

Tracks 1 to 6 recorded at Leicester, England on December 4, 1976.
Tracks 7 and 9 recorded at Newcastle, England on December 17, 1976
Tracks 8 and 10 to 13 recorded at Leicester, England on December 5, 1976.

CD 2

  1. Sailing – 4:54
  2. Stay With Me – 8:03
  3. Born Loose – 5:29
  4. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Wanna Be Right – 5:11
  5. I Just Want To Make Love To You – 4:33
  6. Blondes (Have More Fun) – 5:35
  7. Medley: (I Know) I’m Losing You / It’s All Over Now / Standin’ In The Shadows Of Love / Layla – 10:08
  8. Medley: Twistin’ The Night Away / Every Picture Tells A Story – 4:50
  9. She Won’t Dance With Me  – 4:30
  10. Passion – 6:22
  11. Gi’ Me Wings – 5:47
  12. Hot Legs – 5:13 with Tina Turner

Tracks 1 and 2 recorded at Leicester, England on December 5, 1976.
Tracks 3 to 8 recorded at the Forum in Los Angeles on June 21, 1979.
Tracks 9 to 11 recorded at Wembley in London on December 6, 1980.
Track 12 recorded at the Forum in Los Angeles on December 19, 1981.

CD 3

  1. Tonight I’m Yours (Don’t Hurt Me) – 4:14
  2. You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) – 4:30
  3. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – 2:53
  4. Hungry Heart  – 2:30
  5. Bad For You – 6:50
  6. Some Guys Have All The Luck – 6:03
  7. Rock Me Baby  – 4:19
  8. Infatuation – 5:21
  9. I Ain’t Superstitious  – 3:10
  10. Every Picture Tells A Story – 4:23
  11. Lost In You – 8:28
  12. Forever Young – 7:11
  13. Da Ya Think I’m Sexy – 4:12
  14. Crazy About Her  – 2:45
  15. Try A Little Tenderness – 5:38
  16. You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) (Reprise) – 1:02

Tracks 1 to 7 recorded in San Diego, California on November 5, 1984.
Tracks 8 to 16 recorded at Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey on August 11, 1989.

CD 4

  1. Downtown Train – 4:43
  2. This Old Heart Of Mine – 4:21
  3. Stay With Me  – 4:12
  4. Sweet Soul Music – 3:12
  5. Mandolin  Wind – 4:54
  6. Highgate Shuffle  – 3:43
  7. Baby Jane – 5:11
  8. Baby Please Don’t Go – 3:14
  9. Cut Across Shorty – 3:34
  10. (Find A) Reason To Believe – 3:37
  11. Handbags & Gladrags – 4:08
  12. Having A Party – 4:44
  13. People Get Ready – 8:15
  14. Have I Told You Lately – 4:37
  15. Medley: Twistin’ The Night Away / Chain Gang – 6:27
  16. Cigarettes And Alcohol  – 4:03
  17. Rocks  – 4:45

Tracks 1 to 7 recorded at Wembley in London on May 5, 1991.
Tracks 8 to 15 recorded at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on October 20, 1993.
Tracks 16 to 17 recorded in London on May 19,1998.

As you can see, this has a lot of songs on it including his hits in the period, past successes and plenty of cover versions where he shows his debt to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.

Performances are consistently good and I like the fact that most of the concerts featured provide more than one or two songs.

It’s very good but is it what we really, really want?

What I think many fans, including me, dream about is more live songs from the 1970 to 1975 period when he was performing with The Faces, performing either group or solo songs.

I’ve always found both Coast To Coast and Unplugged and Seated compelling without being absolute classics and I thought Live in London was disappointing.

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