Various Artists

Rock Thunder

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Though both rock and indeed very thunderous, Rock Thunder is a very average compilation that focuses on hard rock of the '70s and '80s. To its credit, it doesn't recycle the same batch of hard rock staples that you can get on most other discs like it, but it doesn't truly make it a better deal as a result. There's no theme here -- they could've at least picked songs with "baby" in the lyrics, or songs with lots of grunting. To make matters worse, there are only ten songs here, which fills out just over half the space a CD provides. Some of the songs featured include Firehouse's "Rock on the Radio," Ted Nugent's "Live It Up," Molly Hatchet's "Dreams I'll Never See," Living Colour's "Elvis Is Dead," Boston's "Don't Be Afraid," and Alice Cooper's "Lost in America." This is clearly a budget title with little in the way of loving care put into the presentation.

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