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Rod Stewart has teamed up with Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige for duets on his album Soulbook. The album features Stewart's interpretations of '60s and '70s soul classics including "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher" and "It's the Same Old Song." Stevie Wonder accompanies Stewart on harmonica in an update of his 1969 hit "My Cherie Amour," while Smokey Robinson appears on "Tracks of my Tears," which he recorded with the Miracles in 1965.
Track Listing 1. It's The Same Old Song 2. My Cherie Amour (Feat. Stevie Wonder) 3. You Make Me Feel Brand New (Feat. Mary J. Blige) 4. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher 5. Tracks Of My Tears (Feat. Smokey Robinson) 6. Let It Be Me Duet (Feat. Jennifer Hudson) 7. Rainy Night In Georgia 8. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted 9. Love Train 10. You've Really Got A Hold On Me 11. Wonderful World 12. If You Don't Know Me By Now 13. Just My Imagination
Rod StewartWhat becomes an icon most? Rod Stewart has always been a man who lives by his own standards. Over the past three years, the legendarily soulful Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has made musical history -- and a fine living, thank you -- interpreting standards from the great American Songbook. In the process, Stewart has managed to make some of the most enduring and romantic compositions ever written his own. "Singing these amazing songs has moved me deeply and given me a much-needed kick in the arse," Rod the Eternal Mod explains with characteristic honesty and wit. What started out as something of a commercial long shot and a true labor of love has quickly become a full-blown cultural phenomenon. Stewart's first two Grammy-nominated collections of standards -- 2002's It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook and 2003's As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook, Volume II -- have already sold over ten million copies and brought this veteran superstar to a new and even larger audience of all ages. Even by the standards of a man who has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide, the public's loving embrace of these albums during a challenging time in the music industry has been nothing short of stunning. Remarkably, Stewart's first Songbook album remained on the Billboard Top 200 chart for almost 2 years. Rod Stewart spent most of 2004 on the road with "From Maggie May to the Great American Songbook," an 82-city tour, that was one of the Top 5 grossing tours of the year according to Pollstar. Clearly this a success story with unusual staying power - hot legs, one might even say.
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