Lead Vocalist
Compilation album by
Released22 February 1993
GenreRock, pop
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTrevor Horn
Rod Stewart chronology
Vagabond Heart
Lead Vocalist
Unplugged...and Seated

Lead Vocalist is a compilation album released by Rod Stewart on 22 February 1993 (see 1993 in music). It was released by Warner Bros. Records in the UK (WX 503) and Germany (WEA 9362 45258-1/2), but was never released in the US. Three songs from this album either had previously or would be released as singles: "Tom Traubert's Blues", "Shotgun Wedding", and "Ruby Tuesday".

Album information

Lead Vocalist was released on the heels of Rod receiving the prestigious Outstanding Contribution or Lifetime Achievement Award at the BRITs. The album was advertised appropriately as a "celebration of Rod's glittering career." It opens with seven tracks from earlier in Rod’s career. Notably, four of these were not from his solo career. "I Ain’t Superstitious" was released while with The Jeff Beck Group, "Cindy Incidentally", "Stay with Me", and "Sweet Lady Mary" had all been released on Faces albums. Lead Vocalist closes with five new releases – all cover versions. The new releases were recorded at Woodstock House in County Wicklow, Ireland and Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles.


Lead Vocalist went to #3 on the UK charts.

Year Song Rank
1992 "Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda)" 6(UK), 18(GER)
1993 "Ruby Tuesday" 11(UK), 57(GER)
1993 "Shotgun Wedding" 21 (UK)

Track listing

  1. "I Ain't Superstitious" [Willie Dixon] (Previously released on Truth by The Jeff Beck Group) – 4:53
  2. "Handbags and Gladrags" [Mike D'Abo] (Previously released on An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down) – 4:25
  3. "Cindy Incidentally" [Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Ian McLagan] (Previously released on Ooh La La by Faces) – 2:37
  4. "Stay with Me" [Rod Stewart, Ron Wood] (Previously released on A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...To a Blind Horse by Faces) – 4:37
  5. "True Blue" [Rod Stewart, Ron Wood] (Previously released on Never a Dull Moment) – 3:32
  6. "Sweet Lady Mary" [Ronnie Lane, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood] (Previously released on Long Player by Faces) – 5:48
  7. "Hot Legs" [Rod Stewart, Gary Grainger] (Previously released on Foot Loose & Fancy Free) – 5:15
  8. "Stand Back" (Stevie Nicks) – 5:44
  9. "Ruby Tuesday" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 4:04
  10. "Shotgun Wedding" (Roy C) – 3:30
  11. "First I Look at the Purse" (Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers) – 4:23
  12. "Tom Traubert's Blues" (Tom Waits) –6:12


Tracks 8-12