The One2One Network recently offered up an opportunity to review the new Rock of Ages: Original Broadway Cast Recording and I jumped at the chance. All it took was one look at the track list to know I would love this album. I am a child of the 80’s after all! The track list is truly amazing, including many of my favorite 80’s tracks like Heaven, Sister Christian, Every Rose Has It’s Thorn, and Can’t Fight This Feeling. Oh, and if that isn’t enough, it also features a guy named Constantine Maroulis, who some of you might remember from a little show called American Idol.
Here’s a little bit about the show itself:
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.
While I really wish I could have a chance to see it on Broadway, the cd definitely does not disappoint. As is stated in the making of the soundtrack video, it is like a perfect 80’s mix tape. I’ve listened to it in my car and over and over again at work. If you’re expecting a perfect replica of the original songs, you’ll have a few surprises. But, if you keep in mind that the songs were recorded as part of a musical, you’ll love it. There is quite a bit of dialogue included in the recording as well, which helps you picture a bit of the story as you move through the songs. For me, the dialogue is a bit distracting, but I think it would help if I had seen the show and had all of the pieces of the story in my head.
I’ll definitely keep listening to the soundtrack and hope that someday I’ll get a chance to see Rock of Ages on stage!
Want to see the track list? Of course you do!
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
Seriously good songs, you guys. You can pick up your own copy of Rock Of Ages on Amazon and I highly recommend that you do.