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The Finest of Hard-Rock, Vol. 2

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The double-disc K-Tel collection The Finest of Hard-Rock, Vol. 2 highlights a few tried and true hard rock pioneers -- Alice Cooper ("He's Back [The Man Behind the Mask]"), Deep Purple ("Stormbringer"), and Quiet Riot ("Terrified") -- among lesser-knowns like Sinner, Toad, and Hardline. Unfortunately, this is a hodgepodge of material where the pioneers are represented by minor hits while the remaining tracks embrace art rock, punk revival, heavy metal, and neo-classical metal, making for an extremely patchy set.

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