It's Called Rock - Various - Rock's exhilarating moods

2006-03-29 18:38

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?

Of course, as with any compilation there's always the inevitable filler, with a haphazard selection of no hit wonders doing little more than killing time. Like the sorely dated spandex power ballad mis-fire of Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" (an '87 remix!) or the turgid karaoke jaunt of Ugly Kid Joe's "Everything About You" for instance. Yet, these are minor blips on the LED screen though, with the Kinks fuzz feast "You Really Got Me", Wild Cherry's discoramic "Play that Funky Music", Wheatus' pop punk "Teenage Dirtbag" and Alice Cooper's glorious adolescent ode "School's Out" all highlighting rock's many exhilarating moods.

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.

Linda 2004/01/27 1:54 PM
Cream, cream Cream sound like their name. Lovely and thick and rich and delish. I love Sunshine of your love. It's one of the sexiest soppy songs ever written. I don't know the band too well but a cream best of is essential in your collection. Cream - Very Best Of
kay 2004/01/27 2:03 PM
Rock-a-buy Sounds good. Bring on the clips, let's have a listen.
Flea 2004/01/27 2:17 PM
Avoids the stereotypes Nice to see an compilation that doesn't just dig out 36 overplayed chestnuts and blithely repackage them - instead this one seems to pays tribute to many under-appreciated classics. The scope of their choices is also a good sign, not sticking to any particular "brand" or period of rock history. I'd buy it! The White Stripes - Elephant
Spider 2004/02/05 5:31 PM
Dont Care much for her music I really dont care much for this type of music its really boring
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