New Line Records just hammered the in-store release of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of five-time Tony Award nominated “ROCK OF AGES.” For those of you not in the know, Rock of Ages is the new Broadway musical starring American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis. Set in 1987 in a legendary Sunset Strip rock club, a small-town girl meets a big-city dreamer, and they fall in love to the greatest metal songs of the 80’s. The musical is an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and more.
My first impression of the CD itself – before even listening to it – was that someone behind the CD was a creative genius! They made the CD look like an old record. Talk about bringing back memories. I still remember the HUGE record player that my best friend’s parents had at her house. We would have so much fun dancing and singing along with the records that were played on that old thing. So, I just knew that I was going to love this CD.
It took me some time to get used to the CD. After all, these are songs I’ve listened to forever, only now they’ve got a different spin and very different voices. I have issues with change, apparently. But, they did a great job with the songs, and I love how they incorporated the Broadway Play into the CD. It starts out a little rocky for my taste. (Duh, it’s called Rock of Ages. I should have figured it would be at least a rocky!) But, the ending is fantastic. I can’t pick just one favorite song on the CD, since there are so many great ones, but the songs you can find me singing along with every single time include “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,”
“Can’t Fight this Feeling Anymore,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” What a fun CD!
I have really enjoyed the Rock of Ages CD, and have added my favorite songs to my iPod. I just hope I don’t start singing along out loud while I’m listening to it, and scare anybody off!
And I’m sure you’re dying to know the Tracklist of the CD, so here it is:
Just Like Paradise / Nothin’ But A Good Time
We Built This City / Too Much Time On My Hands
I Wanna Rock
We’re Not Gonna Take It
Heaven/More Than Words / To Be With You
Waiting For A Girl Like You
Wanted Dead Or Alive
I Want To Know What Love Is
Cum On Feel The Noize / We’re Not Gonna Take It (Reprise)
Harden My Heart / Shadows Of The Night
Here I Go Again
The Final Countdown
Any Way You Want It / I Wanna Rock (Reprise)
I Hate Myself For Loving You / Heat Of The Moment
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Can’t Fight This Feeling
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
The Search Is Over
Don’t Stop Believin’