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Highway Rock: Southern Nights

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Madacy's Highway Rock series usually throws together ten loosely related tunes, slaps a cheesy photo on the cover and hopes for the best. On Southern Nights the cover is still cheesy but the theme is actually as strong as all the songs are -- taking one form or another of soft southern music. Most of it is quite good, too, from the pop-country of Glen Campbell's "Southern Nights," the country-rock of the Pure Prairie League's "Amie" and the rockabilly revival of Billy Swan's "I Can Help" to the soft rock of Michael Martin Murphey's "Wildfire" and the synth-country of the Bellamy Brothers' "Let Your Love Flow." The only track that jumps out as a blunder is Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman," because even though Orbison is from the south, the song's not very southern sounding. Apart from that one hiccup this is about as good as a cheap-o collection like this gets.

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