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Maximum Rock Hits: Rock Legends

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CMC International's Maximum compilation series is one of those buyer-beware propositions, since it relies heavily on live versions and occasional studio re-recordings of big hits by well-known hard rock and heavy metal bands. Though the series does feature some good music, consumers should know that in most cases, they won't be getting the original versions of these songs. Maximum Rock Hits: Rock Legends concentrates mostly on Southern rock and hard-rocking AOR, featuring tracks by Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, George Thorogood, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Night Ranger, and a latter-day, reunited Thin Lizzy, among others. There are some good performances here, but on the whole, they'll be necessary only for extremely devoted fans of the artists involved.

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