I used to listen to CFNY FM in Toronto when I was a teenager and that's how I got to know about this gem. bought the album and almost wore it out. I have been searching for it on CD for years. As of Mar. 27, 2014, Greg Kihn has started to release his catalog. He has regained the rights to his music, thankfully.
So what about the album? Hands down, this album presents the best of the Kihn Band's ability to create expertly performed, finely crafted rock-pop with a power-pop edge. Very much in line with the era that brought The Cars and Huey Lewis, RocKihnRoll is one of the finest examples of this uplifting sound from a special moment in pop music history.
The songs? Well, everyone who lived through the late seventies and early eighties probably knows The Breakup Song, but the remainder of the album presents great songs. Not just a few songs are worth a listen, but the whole album. This release reminds me of Huey Lewis's first album, or the Cars' first album, or (don't be upset, now) The Stones' Some Girls. RocKihnRoll captures a great songwriter creating fantastic licks with a very accomplished band.
The album should have had more notice, but that screwy era of pop music was plagued by poor executive choices by out-of-touch record promoters and overly-nervous program directors (a position that has helped kill music) at radio stations.
My rec? Wait for the CD. It's coming. The remaster will be worth it.