Rod Stewart – Forever Young (Extended Mix) (1988)

October 30, 2011

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Rod Stewart – Forever Young (Extended Mix)

I’ve never met anyone who was middle of the road when it came to Rod Stewart. You either like him or you don’t. I personally do, though my exploration of his musical brand didn’t happen until much later in this 80′s mans musical journey.

I think the first single I ever owned by him was “Some Guys Have All The Luck”, a song that I actually adore (and the 45 compliments of my old DJ neighbor from across the street). But I didn’t get that until the late 80′s, during the time period that this song was at the top of the charts!

It had been brought to my attention recently by someone very special to me that this tune was used in an infamous Pampers commercial, to which the ad completely escaped me… The concept being baby animals with their mothers, and once I saw it again on youtube it all came back to me!

You really have to love this song and it’s premise. After all, don’t we all want to stay forever young? This could kind of be interpreted two ways; well wishes to someone else, possibly even well wishes for yourself. Now if that ain’t 80′s man, I don’t know what is!

This is the extremely rare “extended mix”. Rod wasn’t all that big into these alternate mixes, so I was quite surprised when I came across this one. Longer instrumental intro, additional sax solos.. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

( For D :)


1 BatGirl October 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM

So far I’ve enjoyed most of the extended mixes, this one I’m not crazy about.

2 Chris Daniel October 30, 2011 at 11:47 AM

@ BatGirl – Now is that because we don’t like Rod Stewart? I seem to recall the turning up your nose to a few of his tunes in the past! Correct me if I’m wrong :)

3 BatGirl October 30, 2011 at 1:57 PM

No, I like Rod for the most part actually. And though I know you’ll find this to be blasphemy, I think it’s the sax solo in this version that turns me off. It kind of feels out of place.

4 Chris Daniel October 30, 2011 at 2:23 PM

@ BatGirl – Ouch! That one hurts. haha (Insert the sound of a sax running out of steam here)

5 Mom October 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Am I wrong or was Andy Taylor a session player on this? I swear I saw him briefly in the video.

6 Chris Daniel October 30, 2011 at 5:06 PM

@ Mom – Very good, you’re right! He was doing a lot of session work by this time and worked on this whole album. You know your stuff!!

7 Jen October 30, 2011 at 7:08 PM

WARNING: I’M ABOUT TO BUM Y’ALL OUT: I am not the kind of girl that cries at the drop of a hat. I need special cause to cry. When I was a senior in high school I got asked to give a speech at the moving up ceremony for the 5th graders at Canaan. At the end of the ceremony, they played a slideshow of photos from the year, with this song in the background. I didn’t know a single one of those kids, but I started legitimately crying. Not even tearing up… crying.

My dad loved Rod Stewart and I wanted to use this song as our father-daughter dance at my wedding, but my father is a crier (he cried when Wilson fell off the raft in Castaway), and I thought this would make him drown in his own tears, so I went with something else. When my dad was dying, he was in hospice, totally unconscious. I brought in a CD player and put on the Rod Stewart greatest hits album for him, just in case he could hear it.

8 Chris Daniel October 30, 2011 at 10:24 PM

@ Jen – Let me just tell you that I’m glad you shared this story… While I am beyond words of sorrow for you and your loss, and there is nothing that I could say so profoundly to even equal an adequate reply… I’m incredibly proud of you for being so vulnerable and brave to post a comment like this. I encourage this, because it’s SO real. This song touched you on a very emotional level at particular points in your life and you will carry that with you forever. We all have these, both good and bad. So I really commend you for talking about it here. Jen, I wish I knew just the right thing to say… I don’t always know. But I hope your Dad is smiling right now (and not crying) that because of this post we had the opportunity to talk about him and remember him.

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