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**What is it?**
A three disc CD collection which contains the "biggest" American rock and balladA
anthems (as the title suggests) it also contains a few pop songs.
**What is on it?**
There is an abundance of artists on this CD. From Journey and Survivor to Cheap Trick and Tina Turner.
Instead of going through every single song I thought it would be more beneficial to outine a few of the songs this collection has on it;
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
This song seems to be everywhere at the moment, probably due to the recent sucess of Glee and I think someone sang it on x-factor last year. Anyway this is a great feel good pop song and undoubtedly Journey's finest. The kind of song you can really sing along to with a hairbrush in hand!
I Want to Know What Love is - Foreigner
What a classic. The kind of song you can just belt out. Like Journey this is the kind of song I love to sing along to. A great pop/ballad song.
White Wedding - Billy Idol
A great rock song, this version on the CD has a great live feel to it. This is the kind of song that I forget who good it is until I hear it again. Nicely placed after a couple of more pop-esque songs.
What's Love Got to Do With It - Tina Turner
Maybe the only time it's acceptable to listen to Tina Turner is when it's on a compilation CD. Everyone loves this song....it's definitely one of my guilty pleasures anyway.
True Colours - Cyndi Lauper
Time for some more sad and emotional songs in the middle of all those heavy power songs. I love this song, probably one of Laupers finest. I much prefer it to the more over played Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
Bitch - Meredith Brooks
A great song. Nice to put on when you're having a bad day and just want to screech rather than sing.
Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
What can I say? Just another fantastic classic rock song. Honestly the knd of song you forget how much you like.
Of course this is just a very brief outline of the sixty songs that you get on these CD's. I think that this Cd contains songs to suit everyone, but have pulled out the few that I consider to be my favourites!
One thing that did annoy me about this CD though was it included a Whitesnake song. Although Whitesnake are English! They shouldn't be on an American Anthems album.
**Is it good then? Should I get it?**
There really is something for everyone on this album. It is perfect for driving down a sunny road, blasting out these belting tunes and singing along or alternatively, belting them out at home in your PJ's in front of a mirror with a hairbrush....that can't just be me?
I definitely recommend this CD. It's available in all good CD stores and online from Amazon for about £10-15 which is not bad because of the sheer volume of songs on it.
It is very rare in this day and age that I consider buying a compilation CD and I am sure many others are in the same boat. With the dominance of Ipods, MP3 players and internet downloading it is so easy to create a playlists exactly suited to your tastes that the days when a compilation CD was the best way of getting a collection of songs by various artists. However, upon seeing the TV advertising for American Anthems something struck a chord with me and I purchased it from a local supermarket for £9.99 and put my Ipod down, dusted off my CD player and give it a try!
The album is oddly pitched, its advertised as "American Anthems" and thus all the artists are some of the biggest names from the USA but only in particular genres. The album focuses mainly on the 70's and 80's with the odd 90's track fitting in there. It is an odd mix of songs with rock and pop equally mixed as you will see from the tracklist below.
It all kicks off with the overplayed, over used and ever popular "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey which for one reason or another, largely due to the X Factor, has made a resurgence in the last year and made the band more relevant than it ever was! A great start to the album and it goes from strength to strength.
It's a triple CD collection with disc one moving on from Journey to include the likes of Cheap Trick, ballads from Foreigner and the brilliant Lonestar as well as rock classics like White Wedding and ending with a bit of ZZ top. Even if you scroll down the list below and don't recognise the song they are all ones you will have heard before and will be singing along straight away. A great diverse opening disc.
The second disc continues in this traditions and kicks of with a slice of Tina Turner, although thankfully not Simply the Best. Again there are the strong power ballads of the 80's from Jennifer Rush, Cyndi Lauper and the like as well as slice of more modern American tracks from Train (Drops of Jupiter being one of the finest ballads of recent years!). Also in there are disco classic, rock gems and all time greats that again typifies the diversity of this collection.
Disc three starts with the one track that epitomises 80's rock/pop...eye of the Tiger. If this song doesn't get you going and get you stirred up nothing will. As you can see from the tracklists band as diverse as Poison, The Calling and Starship all chip in to end the collection on a high note.
All in all then whether you are looking to remember an era of American music you loved through or discover an era you were not around for, this album has something for everyone. Even the most casual music fan will recognise well over half these tracks as they are staples from an era when classic songs dripped off the tongue of some of the finest musicians and writers around. It is also refreshing that the compilers did not go too much for the obvious songs by some artists, Tina Turner and Cheap Trick are better known for instance for other songs than what appear here.
At a under £10 for a 3 cd collection of 70 songs this is something worth a place on everyone's shelf and something I know Ill be listening to for at least the rest of the year.
o 1. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
o 2. Drive - Cars (The)
o 3. More Than A Feeling - Boston
o 4. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
o 5. Alone - Heart
o 6. Power Of Love, The - Huey Lewis & The News
o 7. White Wedding - Billy Idol
o 8. Hazard - Richard Marx
o 9. Rosanna - Toto
o 10. Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
o 11. I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick
o 12. You're The Best - Joe Esposito
o 13. My Sharona - Knack (The)
o 14. Satellite - Hooters (The)
o 15. Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
o 16. Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
o 17. Amazed - Lonestar
o 18. She's Not There - Santana
o 19. American Heartbeat - Survivor
o 20. Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top
o 1. What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
o 2. Hard To Say I'm Sorry - Chicago
o 3. Is This Love - Whitesnake
o 4. Take My Breath Away - Berlin
o 5. Power Of Love - Jennifer Rush
o 6. Dead Ringer For Love - Meat Loaf
o 7. Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
o 8. Drops Of Jupiter - Train
o 9. True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
o 10. I Just Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
o 11. Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
o 12. Out Of Touch - Hall & Oates
o 13. Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar
o 14. Bitch - Meredith Brooks
o 15. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - Crash Test Dummies
o 16. Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover - Sophie B. Hawkins
o 17. Because The Night - Patti Smith
o 18. Ventura Highway [live] - America
o 19. Open Arms - Journey
o 20. Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle
o 1. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
o 2. Maniac - Michael Sembello
o 3. Glory Of Love, The - Peter Cetera
o 4. We Built This City - Starship
o 5. Missing You - John Waite
o 6. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
o 7. Centerfold - J. Geils Band (The)
o 8. Arthur's Theme - Christopher Cross
o 9. Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
o 10. Wherever You Will Go - Calling (The)
o 11. California [Tchad Blake mix] - Phantom Planet
o 12. Baby I'm A Want You - Bread
o 13. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
o 14. American Pie - Don McLean
o 15. Jesse's Girl - Rick Springfield
o 16. Way It Is, The - Bruce Hornsby
o 17. To Be With You - Mr. Big
o 18. Baby's Coming Back - Jellyfish
o 19. I Found Someone - Cher
o 20. Show Me Heaven - Maria McKee
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Why release an album of 70s and 80s American anthems in 2010? The first track on the album might tell you that! Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' fronts this sixty track compilation of anthems and it, among others, has been pushed back into the public eye by television shows such as 'Glee'. I am a huge fan of the before mentioned shows, but nothing beats the originals...
1. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
2. Drive - The Cars
3. More Than A Feeling - Boston
4. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
5. Alone - Heart
6. Power Of Love, The - Huey Lewis & The News
7. White Wedding - Billy Idol
8. Hazard - Richard Marx
9. Rosanna - Toto
10. Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
11. I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick
12. You're The Best - Joe Esposito
13. My Sharona - The Knack
14. Satellite - The Hooters
15. Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
16. Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
17. Amazed - Lonestar
18. She's Not There - Santana
19. American Heartbeat - Survivor
20. Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top
1. What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
2. Hard To Say I'm Sorry - Chicago
3. Is This Love - Whitesnake
4. Take My Breath Away - Berlin
5. Power Of Love - Jennifer Rush
6. Dead Ringer For Love - Meat Loaf
7. Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
8. Drops Of Jupiter - Train
9. True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
10. I Just Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
11. Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
12. Out Of Touch - Hall & Oates
13. Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar
14. Bitch - Meredith Brooks
15. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - Crash Test Dummies
16. Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover - Sophie B. Hawkins
17. Because The Night - Patti Smith
18. Ventura Highway [live] - America
19. Open Arms - Journey
20. Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle
1. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
2. Maniac - Michael Sembello
3. Glory Of Love, The - Peter Cetera
4. We Built This City - Starship
5. Missing You - John Waite
6. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
7. Centerfold - The J.Geils Band
8. Arthur's Theme - Christopher Cross
9. Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
10. Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
11. California [Tchad Blake mix] - Phantom Planet
12. Baby I'm A Want You - Bread
13. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
14. American Pie - Don McLean
15. Jesse's Girl - Rick Springfield
16. Way It Is, The - Bruce Hornsby
17. To Be With You - Mr. Big
18. Baby's Coming Back - Jellyfish
19. I Found Someone - Cher
20. Show Me Heaven - Maria McKee
If you are looking for true American anthems, this is definitely not the collection for you. Dylan, Creedance, REM and Springsteen have been replaced with the soundtracks from 'Karate Kid', 'Top Gun', 'Rocky' and 'Flashdance'. These are, don't get me wrong, great songs, but they are not Anthems. This leads to a confused compilation in which 'Take My Breath Away' is followed by 'The Power of Love'. These songs might both be wedding classics, but one a distinct American classic, the other is not.
Another oddity is that the great 'Africa' by Toto is missing; replaced instead with 'Rosanna'! 'Rosanna' is a good song, but 'Africa' symbolises American Anthems! Possibly personal preference, but I was disappointed to see Toto's greatest song excluded from this compilation.
Among the confused track list is the biggest mystery of this entire collection. Track three, disc two is 'Is This Love' by Whitesnake. Not only is this not really an Anthem (although nor are most of the tracks, so maybe that can be forgiven) but Whitesnake are an English band! So maybe Whitesnake were just huge in America? That could be the only logical explanation to this dilemma. But no; Whitesnake had very limited success in the US! I don't know why this track was included, but it's a good song, so it's not that much of a problem...
Feel Good Songs
This compilation is basically a collection of feel good songs - it just so happens that the American's do it best! It doesn't really matter to me that Whitesnake are included or that the true Rock bands are excluded. If you enjoy television shows like 'Glee', if you are a fan of 80s Pop music and even if you are just looking for a collection of great songs to fill a four hour car journey, you will love this album!
The main selling point of this compilation is its price. It costs £9.99 from Amazon, and only slightly more from High Street stores such as HMV. For that price I don't see a reason not to buy this! No matter who you are, you will love at least some of the songs on this and the individual prices of the tracks would far out weigh the cost of the entire compilation!
Essentially this is a great, low price, feel good compilation! It is clearly advertised towards the middle aged, 'Glee' loving crowd, but I honestly believe anyone would love this album... If you don't want to commit to buying it, you should check it out first on 'Spotify', which has the entire album to listen to for free! If you buy this or not, at least checking out will inevitably remind you of some great songs forgotten in time...
"Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
2 The Cars – Drive
3 Boston – More Than A Feeling
4 Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
5 Heart – Alone
6 Huey Lewis & The News – The Power of Love
7 Billy Idol – White Wedding
8 Richard Marx – Hazard
9 Toto – Rosanna
10 REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You
11 Cheap Trick – I Want You To Want Me
12 Joe Esposito – The Best
13 The Knack – My Sharona
14 The Hooters – Satellite
15 Soul Asylum – Runaway Train
16 Shawn Colvin – Sonny Came Home
17 Lonestar – Amazed
18 Santana – She's Not There
19 Survivor – American Heartbeat
20 ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Tina Turner – What's Love Got To Do With It?
2 Chicago – Hard To Say I'm Sorry
3 Whitesnake – Is This Love?
4 Berlin – Take My Breath Away
5 Jennifer Rush – Power of Love
6 Meat Loaf – Dead Ringer for Love
7 Mr. Mister – Broken Wings
8 Train – Drops of Jupiter
9 Cyndi Lauper – True Colors
10 Cutting Crew – I Just Died In Your Arms
11 Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
12 Hall & Oates – Out of Touch
13 Pat Benetar – Love Is A Battlefield
14 Meredith Brooks – Bitch
15 Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm
16 Sophie B Hawkins – Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover
17 Patti Smith – Because The Night
18 America – Ventura Highway (Live)
19 Journey – Open Arms
20 Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Disc #3 Tracklisting
1 Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
2 Michael Sembello - Maniac
3 Peter Cetera – The Glory of Love
4 Starship – We Built This City
5 John Waite – Missing You
6 Kim Carnes – Betty Davis Eyes
7 J Geils Band – Centerfold
8 Christopher Cross – Arthur's Theme
9 Poison – Every Rose Has It's Thorn
10 The Calling – Wherever You Will Go
11 Phantom Planet – California
12 Bread – Baby I'm A Want You
13 Lynard Skynard – Sweet Home Alabama
14 Don Mclean – American Pie
15 Rick Springfield – Jessie's Girl
16 Bruce Hornsby – The Way It Is
17 Mr. Big – To Be With You
18 Jellyfish – Baby's Coming Back
19 Cher – I Found Someone
20 Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven"