Totally agree, because of what happened in the mid 70s, his brilliant, acoustic based rock n roll, R&B styled work has often been overlooked. A few years back I picked up his Reason to Believe, the Mercury Anthology. It's a three disc set with all Rod's early Mercury albums (5 + odds and ends), ending in 1974. It is an unbelievably great set, I highly encourage those who need a little bit more than JayB's fine sampling to check it out. Fits perfectly too with the spring/summer vibe.
'ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're trying to be so quiet...'