Various Artists

Rock Songs for the Open Road

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Rock music has always reserved for itself the right to blow out of town and hit the open road, and the illusion that doing so solves all manner of problems is part and parcel of the genre. The brief ten-song Rock Songs for the Open Road has some classics in that regard, including Chuck Berry's brilliant "No Particular Place to Go," Bo Diddley's sturdy "Road Runner," Mitch Ryder's blitzing "Jenny Take a Ride" and the Nashville Teens' stomping "Tobacco Road," but the problem is that nothing here is the original recording, being instead "new stereo recordings by the original artists." Too bad, since this same set with the original single versions would have been wonderful.

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