The Ultimate Rock Album is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a collection of classic rock, with almost all 15 tracks dating from the '70s (the handful that aren't from the '70s date from the early and mid-'80s). The gimmick is that each song has "rock" or some permutation of that word in its title. So you get Led Zep's "Rock & Roll," Bad Company's "Rock & Roll Fantasy," Sammy Hagar's "There's Only One Way to Rock" (which really is the theme song for this collection), Mellencamp's "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.," Springsteen's "I'm a Rocker," Bryan Adams' "Kids Wanna Rock," and the Who's "Long Live Rock," among many others. In other words, it's like listening to classic rock radio -- in fact, there's probably been an hour of radio with this exact track listing -- and if you like that, this isn't a bad disc.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine