BMG Special Products' Rock This Way Live, Vol. 1 contains a selection of material licenced from CMC International, a label known for resuscitating the careers of forgotten hard rock, album rock and metal bands. Often, they would release albums of new material, supported with a couple of re-recorded hits, or they released live albums where the bands ran through old favorites. Rock This Way Live, Vol. 1 is culled from those live albums. All ten tracks feature re-formed and reunited '70s and '80s rockers playing old favorites. Some of these new versions aren't half bad, but the fact of the matter is, anyone who just wants a couple songs from any of the featured bands -- Greg Lake, the Romantics, Steve Forbert, Kingfish, Renaissance, Uriah Heep, Canned Heat, Humble Pie, Robert Gordon, GTR -- will be better off with a collection of the original hit versions of these songs, not new live recordings.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine