Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Now That’s What I Call Rock”
Label: Now Music
Release Date: 1/22/2016
I’m pretty sure that you have seen these compilations while you’ve shopped for all sorts of music at your local brick and mortar place and there is a good chance that you even own a few of them since they are rather diverse in their offerings. The latest edition of these “Now Music” collections is called “Now That’s What I Call Rock” and brings you twenty-one tracks from the hottest bands in the Rock genre in today’s world. I have to admit that I am not all that up on what is considered “Rock” nowadays based on my ardent appreciation for the more classic artists and being a tried and true Metalhead that follows the artists who are dishing out that sort of thing. That being said I have to admit that this collection intrigued me and I did recognize many of the names on the compilation and can cross a couple of them off of my need to see in concert list. The album starts with a Bring Me The Horizon tune and having caught them in a small club thanks to some special event last year I can say that this was a great way to begin the album. Notable contributions come from bands like Shinedown, Seether and Imagine Dragons. The latter of the listed having a song on a commercial that keeps playing over and over in my head. You cannot really go wrong with anything from Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell or Fall Out Boy since they sell out arena sized shows over and over and have mega popularity across a wide spanning demographic of music fans.
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Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Mullets Rock Too”
Label: Legacy Recordings
Release Date: 4/3/2007
When this arrived and I saw the name my immediate reaction was “oh please spare me the pain of whatever this is”, but when I delved deeper and realized it to be a rather clever compilation recording, my feeling switched from dread to historical musical reflections. “Mullets Rock Too” is the second part of a similar collection from 2003, which collected a great number of Rock’s classic tunes. It was described as being inspired by the movie “Joe Dirt” (David Spade), whose principal character sports a haircut that bore this name. “MR2” is a really eclectic and interesting grouping of songs – and the single CD is split in two segments of “Still Psyched” and “Bummed”. The Still Psyched numbers are the more energetic stuff and cover the years from around 1972 until 1989. The opener by Uncle Ted Nugent gets you going, but it dings immediately with an ELO track done by legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. I love Ace, but felt ELO stuff is best delivered by that band alone. Boston’s signature track is a winner, as is Aldo Nova’s “Fantasy” but the songs by Eddie Money and Foghat I would have rather seen replaced with numbers like “I Think I’m In Love” or “Fool For The City” as they are a little more known unless you listened to a lot of Classic Rock radio. My personal favorites from BOC and J. Giels Band close up this segment rather nicely and are sure to please many. It’s funny how I can almost hear the younger readers saying that they are songs that their Parents liked.
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