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Guitar Heroes: Rock of the '80s

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10/23/2007

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A better title for this would have been Guitar Rock and Hair Metal of the '80s. This set doesn't focus on guitarists so much as it does on guitar rock from the aforementioned time period. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, as it was a time when playing the electric guitar in what was then mainstream rock was taken to another technical level after the innovations in the 1970s by Eddie Van Halen. That said, this is a party record, and that becomes obvious from the cover alone. The hits and some near-misses are here on this two-disc, 34-cut collection. The opener tells you all you need to know, with Quiet Riot's sublime -- and almost too reverent -- cover of Slade's working-class rock anthem "Cum on Feel the Noize." The gear shift after this is rather sudden, with Bow Wow Wow's Bo Diddley rip "I Want Candy," but it still works for the sheer joy of the tune. And so it goes, with Ratt, Poison, Great White, Stray Cats, Motörhead's "Overkill," L.A. Guns, Bullet Boys, Warrant, Faster Pussycat, the Damned's "Smash It Up" (both parts), Cinderella, Britny Fox, Berlin, the Adicts, Jetboy, and Winger. The surprises are the Adicts, A Flock of Seagulls, Fee Waybill from the Tubes, and cockney punkers Blitz. This is a mixed bag, and stirred very well. Shake it up and pour it out. ~ Thom Jurek
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Cum on Feel the Noize Quiet Riot 4:41
  3. 2 I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow 2:43
  4. 3 Round & Round Stephen Pearcy 4:33
  5. 4 Heat of the Moment Asia 5:12
  6. 5 Bloodstains Agent Orange 2:9
  7. 6 Nothin' But a Good Time Bret Michaels 4:23
  8. 7 Turn Up the Radio Autograph 4:24
  9. 8 Eye of the Tiger Great White 4:0
  10. 9 Ghost Town The Specials 5:18
  11. 10 Rock This Town Stray Cats 7:34
  12. 11 Overkill Motörhead 5:51
  13. 12 Destination Unknown Dale Bozzio 3:58
  14. 13 Bathroom Wall Faster Pussycat 5:2
  15. 14 Rip & Tear L.A. Guns 4:14
  16. 15 Smash It Up The Damned 4:49
  17. 16 Smooth Up in Ya Bulletboys 5:6
  18. 17 Down on the Farm U.K. Subs 3:49
  19. 1 Cherry Pie Warrant 3:8
  20. 2 Viva la Revolution The Adicts 3:48
  21. 3 Feel the Shake Jetboy 4:20
  22. 4 I Ran (So Far Away) A Flock of Seagulls 5:14
  23. 5 Sweet Child o' Mine Love/Hate 4:54
  24. 6 Set the Night on Fire Pretty Boy Floyd 3:41
  25. 7 Baby Baby The Vibrators 3:50
  26. 8 School's Out Dave Mustaine 4:0
  27. 9 Exploited Barmy Army The Exploited 2:13
  28. 10 Metro Berlin 4:19
  29. 11 Bang Your Head (Metal Health) Quiet Riot 5:19
  30. 12 Seventeen Winger 3:53
  31. 13 Someone's Gonna Die Tonight Blitz 2:35
  32. 14 Girlschool Britny Fox 4:3
  33. 15 Shake Me Cinderella 4:42
  34. 16 Desire Gene Loves Jezebel 4:19
  35. 17 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 Fee Waybill 3:59

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