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Highway Rock: Rockin' Down the Highway

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Madacy's Highway Rock series throws together ten loosely related tunes, slaps a cheesy photo on the cover and hopes for the best. Luckily, most of the songs here are high-quality '70s and '80s rock and pop, so if you are in the market for a disc to keep the natives from getting too restless for about half-an-hour of a road trip, you might try to scare up this entry at your local used CD emporium or friendly neighborhood truck stop. Rockin' Down the Highway is a fun mix of songs about driving, the road, and escape that includes '60s hard rock from the Guess Who ("American Woman") and Blues Image ("Ride Captain Ride"), '70s album rock from Eddie Money ("Two Tickets to Paradise") and Foreigner ("Long Long Way from Home"), '70s soft rock from Christopher Cross ("Ride Like the Wind"), and '80s pop from Billy Ocean ("Get out of My Dreams and into My Car"). It's a strong lineup but it should be about twice as long to be truly useful as road trip filler. Still, you could do a lot worse.

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