Rod Stewart is retiring his series of standards albums and returning to the rock and roll of his roots. Due Oct. 10 via J, “Still the Same … Great Rock Classics of Our Time” will feature such tracks as John Fogerty’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” and Bob Dylan’s “If Not for You.”
The album is being co-produced by BMG North America chairman Clive Davis and John Shanks (Sheryl Crow, Ashlee Simpson). Other cuts being eyed for the collection include Bob Seger’s “Still the Same,” Bonnie Tyler’s “It’s a Heartache” and Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love.”
Stewart’s four volumes in the “Great American Songbook” series have sold a staggering 8.3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As previously reported, Stewart’s 1979 No. 1 pop hit “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” will be recast by socialite Paris Hilton on her self-titled debut album, due Aug. 22 via Warner Bros.