The third and final volume of Youth Gone Wild: Heavy Metal Hits of the '80s has fewer hits than either of its predecessors, and it suffers as a result. Of all the cuts, only a handful -- Whitesnake's "Still of the Night," Cinderella's "Gypsy Road," White Lion's "Wait," Kingdom Come's "Get it On," Bulletboys' "Smooth Up In Ya," Britny Fox's "Girlschool" -- were actually hits, while the rest all seem to be randomly selected. Mr. Big's "Addicted to That Rush" has the virtuosity of Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan to reccomend it, and D.A.D. has some dark glamour, but Bang Tango, Raging Slab, Love/Hate, Dangerous Toys, Fastway, and Helix are all faceless and nearly interchangeable, making Vol. 3 considerably less entertaining than its predecessors. Still, the hits alone make the disc worthwhile for any nostalgic metalhead.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine