Sunday, August 16, 2009

Rock of Ages

This is one of those CDs that went straight into itunes so I could listen to it on my ipod at the gym - the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Rock of Ages.

I hadn't heard much about the musical before my CD came in, which is really too bad, because it sounds like a fantastic program. You can see the Making of Soundtrack video here on YouTube.

Rock of Ages is a five-time Tony Award nominated Broadway musical, and it stars Constantine Maroulis (an American Idol finalist). The story of Rock of Ages follows the old "small town girl runs off to the big city" plot line, but it appears that most of the action takes place in a legendary Sunset Strip rock club, in 1987. I'm a huge fan of 80's music, so this is a match made in heaven: Rock of Ages features all the hits of the era, from artists like Journey, Bon Jovi,
Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, and Whitesnake.

I mean, just look at this track listing:

Just Like Paradise / Nothin' But A Good Time
Sister Christian
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)
High Enough
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
Oh Sherrie
The Search Is Over
Don't Stop Believin

Being a musical, these are all the classic rock songs sung by different singers, the songs don't all run the full length of the original, and there's a bit of dialogue interspersed between songs. However, the singers do a great job and you can really feel the story unfold over the course of the CD. I particularly enjoyed the We Built This City / Too Much Time On My Hands track, with my second favorite being the closing track Don't Stop Believin'. (Oh, and there's a little bonus at the end of this song!)

Interested? You can purchase your own copy of the Rock of Ages soundtrack here on Amazon.

My copy of the CD kindly provided by the lovely women over at

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