This year Finnish glam rock superstar Michael Monroe is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his debut solo album “Nights Are So Long.” In honor of this momentous occasion, Michael is releasing a new 29 song compilation album, ” The Best.”

The first thought that comes to mind upon listening is how damn good Michael Monroe really is. He sounds phenomenal throughout this career retrospective and the songwriting only gets better as the years go on with the songs from his latest studio album “Blackout States” being some of my personal favorites. The record includes some of the greatest hit type tracks but also a few really cool surprises.  There’s a new single “One Foot Outta The Grave” that is pure rock energy and fun with both Michael and his band at the top of their game. Michael included some previously unreleased tune as well including the not to be missed “It’s A Lie,” a poignant vocal duet with Stiv Bators featuring some absolutely beautiful vocal harmonies. Another hidden jewel is a cover of Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” with the one and only Slash on guitar.

“The Best” is simply that, one of the best rock and roll compilations out there.  After suffering the tragic death of his best friend and the end of Hanoi Rocks early in his career, Michael has stayed true to his love of the music, steadfastly carrying the rock and roll torch with music and performances that touch the heart and soul. All fans of rock and roll will want to reserve a spot on their shelf for
“The Best.”

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.