Marvin Lee Aday, (aka the massive maestro Meat Loaf) accelerated the descent of his '70s constellation by starring in the drive-in dissipation Roadie at the dawn of the (then) new decade. Somebody from everywhere on the musical map pops up on this delectable double soundtrack, representing a confounding cross-section of (then) contemporary commercialism, though Meat himself doesn't do a number (apparently, he keeps his acting and rocking separate). Most of the songs (Alice Cooper's "Road Rats," " "Brainlock" by Joe Ely) on side one even concern the negligible script of the picture. Cheap Trick's killer opener shotguns the protagonist's motto "Everything Works If You Let It" into an unholy marriage of "Spirit of Radio" and "Hey Jude." This George Martin-ated miracle alone blows away side two, where Teddy Pendergrass, Jay Ferguson, Steven Bishop, and Yvonne Elliman appear out of nowhere. At least Eddie Rabbitt's dandy "Driving My Life Away" picks up the slack. As for side three, Blondie's rippin' read of "Ring of Fire" used to be rare, and Sue Sadd and the Next remain rare. The only artist with two cuts, Coop's cool "Pain" leads to the grand finale featuring Roy Orbison, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams, Jr., and (whew) Asleep at the Wheel. Slip in some classic corporate rock from Styx and Pat Benatar and the result is a sampler of sizzling insanity. Unfortunately, being as most of this stuff has since surfaced elsewhere, these platters will probably never debut on disc.
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AllMusic Review by Whitney Z. Gomes