Three Decades of Rock: 60s 70s & 80s -- well, that's a lot of territory to cover, especially on a 12-track budget-line collection. If you take the title literally, you're bound to be disappointed, shouting "Where are the Stones? Where are the Beatles? Where's Zeppelin?" Those titans of rock are, alas, not here -- Red Rider ("Lunatic Fringe"), the Babys ("Everytime I Think of You"), UFO ("Lights Out"), Triumph ("Somebody's Out There") and Aldo Nova ("Fantasy") are. So, don't be too concerned with the title, and just enjoy Three Decades of Rock: 60s 70s & 80s for what it is -- a collection of album-rock staples, primarily from the '70s and the '80s. There's certainly some filler here, but anyone that wants a sampling of power ballads (REO Speedwagon's "Keep on Loving You"), prog-metal (Rush's "New World Man"), dunderheaded boogie (Grand Funk Railroad's "Loco-Motion"), psychedelicized blues (Quick Silver Messenger Service's "Who Do You Love"), Californian party-metal (Sammy Hagar's "You Make Me Crazy") and eerie hard-rock (Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) the Reaper") will be pleased, considering the price. Besides, the disc also contains John Waite's "Missing You," arguably the greatest single of its era.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine