These are prime cuts from the days when Rod was carrying rock's flame high. His gravely voice was unique then (it was long before Tom Waits) and Maggie May was one of the most superb rock songs in 1971. Losing You is a brilliant blend of rockin' funk, Milwaukee is a classic lament when the emotion was still real and Every Picture Tells A Story remains quite a tour de force. His version of Pinball Wizard is packed with power and You Wear It Well has stood the test of time very well. This is great value but to get all of Rod's best, one must invest in Best Of Volume 2 as well, for more masterpieces from those early days like Mandolin Wind and Reason To Believe.