Once in a Blue Moon

Artist Name
Rod Stewart
Release Date


Legendary Singer Covers The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Stevie Nicks and More On Lost Album from 1992, Includes Two Unreleased Session Outtakes

Available Now Exclusively from Rhino.com

LOS ANGELES – If ONCE IN A BLUE MOON hasn’t exactly been the Holy Grail for the Rod Stewart faithful, it’s only because they didn’t know what they were missing – until now. Recorded in the summer of 1992 with producer Trevor Horn, this unique collection of covers captures Stewart at his interpretive best – his magnificent voice yearning, pleading and shouting in all its gravelly glory through a superb selection of songs.

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON – THE LOST ALBUM is available now exclusively from www.rhino.com for a suggested list price of $19.98. Reminiscent of the year when it was originally slated for release, the CD comes packaged in a vintage long box.

While each of the album's 10 songs were previously released in various countries in different mixes, six have never been available in the U.S. in any form until now. To celebrate the long-overdue release of this lost classic, the CD contains two hidden tracks – both unreleased – recorded during the album’s sessions. Together, they form an exciting whole that places BLUE MOON squarely in the upper reaches of Stewart’s classic catalog.

Stewart opens album with a majestic reading – complete with soaring orchestration – of The Rolling Stones’ 1967 #1 smash “Ruby Tuesday” before shifting into a driving interpretation of the Bob Dylan b-side, “The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar.” The collection also features the singer’s take on the 1983 Stevie Nicks’ classic “Stand Back.” It’s worth noting that a trio of tracks on BLUE MOON – “Windy Town,” “The Downtown Lights” and “This” – eventually appeared as key songs on Stewart’s 1995 album A Spanner In The Works.

Prior to the album’s scheduled release in late 1992, an edited version of Stewart singing the Tom Waits favorite “Tom Traubert’s Blues” was released in the U.K., peaking at #6 on the British Singles chart. The reason ONCE IN A BLUE MOON was abandoned remains a mystery, but one factor could be that Stewart recorded his Unplugged…And Seated in early 1993. Released just three months later, the album sold three million copies in the U.S. alone. Whatever the reason for its disappearance, fans can celebrate that the album is here at last.


1. “Ruby Tuesday”
2. “The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar”
3. “Shotgun Wedding”
4. “The Downtown Lights”
5. “Windy Town”
6. “This”
7. “Stand Back”
8. “Let The Day Begin”
9. “First I Look At The Purse”
10. “Tom Traubert’s Blues”
Hidden Tracks
11. “The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar” – Studio Run-Throughs
12. “First I Look At The Purse” – Fast Version

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