My Own Way To Rock showcases a hard rocking Burton flexing his musical muscles while interspersing the edgier material with tasteful ballads. This album featured extensive contributions from ex-Guess Who partner Randy Bachman.
Not to be missed: "Never Had A Lady Before" serves notice that this is an album to be reckoned with. It opens the album with a catchy clavinet/piano hook and gritty vocals. "Come On By" is a hormonal ode to rock stars and groupies. "My Own Way To Rock" has become a Cummings signature song, and along with "Charlemagne" provides a lethal double barreled assault of hard rocking piano. "Timeless Love" is a song written with the ladies in mind and features beautiful harmony vocals by Bobby King, E.L. King and Terry Evans, who had worked with Ry Cooder. My Own Way To Rock proves that the success of the first album was no fluke. Released on Compact Disc on 21 September, 1999 with the bonus tracks "Lay It On The Line" (live) and "Charlemagne" (live), both taken from an aborted live album which was to have been released in 1978. According to Cummings, the album was never released because the drumming was not up to snuff. "Lay It On The Line" was a concert staple in the late 1970s but until now was never released. It's a great rocking piece with a nice a capella section and fits well with the rest of the album. "Charlemagne" was previously released as the B-side to "Draggin' Em Down The Line", another cut from the same live sessions. This version of "Charlemagne" differs appreciably from the studio version, with Jack Daniels' offering up some tasty slide guitar licks.