In a past few years, Hip-O Records has released numerous albums of "Gold" series, some as greatest hits albums and some as collection albums. This one assembles 30 of soft rocks favourites from 1970s to 1990s period.
Most of the materials were picked from the seventies, which is the heydays of soft rock music. Many of the radio classics are here including Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze", Bob Welch's "Sentimental Lady", Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful", and Player's "Baby Come Back". Other highlights include some rock gems and one hit wonders such as Dave Mason's "We Just Disagree", Nicolette Larson's "Lotta Love", Martin Page's "In the House of Stone and Light", and Godley & Creme's "Cry". However, the producers' definition of soft rock for this album was not strict to songs from pure soft rock artists. They also included songs from other music styles but, nonetheless, sound very soft. This means that you can include soft folk-rock like Cat Stevens' "Wild World", southen rock love song like Allman Brothers Band's "Melissa", or even acoustic sound of metal band like Extreme's "More Than Words". This non-strict classification did indeed provide more varieties of songs for selection.
But some selections were definitely not appropriate to be put into this album. There should not be any souls like Dobie Gray's "Drift Away" and Bill Withers's "Ain't No Sunshine", or any new wave like Squeeze's "Tempted". Some tracks sound too rock to be here such as Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle with You", and there is in no way that The Moody Blues's "Your Wildest Dreams" can be qualify as soft rock.
Other than those misfit selections, this album does provide a good soft rock sound for the general listener.