Hanoi Rocks

This One's for Rock 'n' Roll: The Best of Hanoi Rocks

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For many die-hard fans of Hanoi Rocks, the group's artistic peak was during its first go-round (the early '80s). But singer Michael Monroe and guitarist Andy McCoy had resuscitated the band for nearly a full decade during the early 21st century, releasing a handful of studio albums. Just a few months before Monroe and McCoy announced that the band would go kaput once more in 2009, a double-disc compilation was issued, This One's for Rock 'n' Roll: The Best of Hanoi Rocks, which touched upon both phases of the band's recording career. With the first disc focusing solely on the 1980s and the second disc comprised entirely of early 21st century material, This One's for Rock 'n' Roll is certainly the most substantial overview of the group yet. Throughout the first disc, you'll hear proof once and for all why many consider Hanoi Rocks the band that should have been a frontrunner of the glam movement of the 1980s (and note that, while many glam rockers of the '80s were influenced solely by heavy metal, Hanoi Rocks leaned more toward the punk and Stonesy side of things). Just give a listen to such standouts as "Lost in the City," "Taxi Driver," "Back to Mystery City," and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," and you'll hear some of the finest glam-punk sleaze that the 1980s had to offer (and served as a blueprint for later chart-rulers Guns N' Roses). The second disc also contains its share of highlights, as Monroe and McCoy re-create the sound/spirit of Hanoi Rocks surprisingly well (despite such a long layoff), as evidenced by such tracks as "People Like Me," "Back in Yer Face," and "Teenage Revolution." With all the expected favorites included, This One's for Rock 'n' Roll: The Best of Hanoi Rocks is certainly the most thorough compilation of Finland's finest rock & roll export.

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