What does it sound like?:
This is another of those ubiquitous compilations that always seem to appear around this time of year. It’s a three cd set very loosely based around the theme of a journey through the ‘heart of America’.
As you might expect, the vast majority of the artists are US bands/performers – with the notable exception of Whitesnake and Rainbow who seem to have been co-opted for the purposes of this exercise.
The music is quite a broad cross section, ranging from the big AOR radio friendly bands such as Boston, Journey and Foreigner through to more singles based artists like Belinda Carlisle, Tina Turner and even Suzi Quatro!
Musically, it’s all pretty inoffensive commercial catchy tunes; most people will have heard at least 95% of the music on here umpteen times. Some is good – Go Your Own Way, Long Train Runnin’, Copperhead Road, Rocky Mountain Way, some is not so good, and some choices are quite left field for a compilation like this – La Grange, Ramblin’ Man, Bad To The Bone to name a few.
At sixty tracks for a tenner, it is pretty good value though.
What does it all *mean*?
I gave this set a road test on two long car journeys recently, and it’s a pleasant enough way to pass the journey – some of it is quite bland, but mostly it’s decent enough listening, and it’s never too long till a song you like comes along.
Goes well with…
Might suit people who like…