It's silly to call soft rock, a genre that developed essentially in the early '70s, as one of the roots of rock, but that's exactly what Rebound Records claims in the title to its budget-line compilation Roots of Rock: Soft Rock. Even though it does boast that ridiculous statement, the disc is actually quite entertaining, since nearly every one of its 12 tracks (ten on cassette) are well-known soft rock staples, including Hall & Oates' "One on One," James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James," Rod Stewart's "Mandolin Wind," Cat Stevens' "Peace Train," the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin," Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" and Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes' "Up Where We Belong." That's what makes it worth its budget price, despite the goofy assertion that it's part of the roots of rock.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine