Unsurprisingly, instantly memorable anthems are the order of the day with a dizzying array of jukebox heroes on display. There's Boston's aching "More than a Feeling", Bryan Adams' boys own "Run to You", ZZ Top's trucker slick "Sharp Dressed Man", The Who's teen dream "Pinball Wizard", Van Halen's "Panama", Toto's "Hold the Line" and of course, Queen's epoch defining chant "We Will Rock You".
But there's also an eclectic roster mapping just how rock has evolved over the last half century. There's a bit of blues (Muddy Water's "Mannish Boy"), good time rock 'n roll (Chuck Berry's "Carol"), surf guitar (The Shadows "F.B.I."), metal (Iron Maiden's "The Evil That Men Do") and even a slice of punk-new wave (The Undertones' "Teenage Kicks"). Even better, there's Iggy Pop's rollicking "The Passenger", Bowie's glam strut "Jean Genie", Cream's psychedelic jam "Sunshine of Your Love" and J.J. Cale's narcotic folk "Cocaine". Ever wondered just how similar these last two tracks sound?
Few compilations state their sales case with such uncomplicated bravura. You can just imagine the sales clerk in the CD store. It's Called Rock. Customer: what is? Why, the music on this budget-friendly double disc collection of course! Customer: really? Yes, check out the track listing dude - 36 radio-ready rockers dating from the 50s all the way through to the nu-millennium.
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