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Greatest Hits Of The 70's

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Genre: Compilation / Artist: Various Artists / Box set / Audio CD released 2004-07-12 at EMI Gold

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      22.09.2009 13:33
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      Such a lovely sleeve, three shades of brown. I guess brown was quite a seventies colour, so I shall let them off! Anyway, there are sixty tracks on this three disc compilation, so that should keep any true seventies fan busy for a good few hours. Here are some of my choice tips:

      I love the funky groove of KC and the Sunshine Band's 'Shake Shake Shake' which has a wicked rhythm and really spices up any disco. I also adore Errol Brown's sexy and smooth vocal on 'Every 1's A Winner.' He can melt away troubles with that silky chocolate voice.

      Dr Hook's 'When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman' continues the crooning on the first disc. His gentle voice conveys a sense of aching longing and you can really get immersed in his pain and feeling. If country is your thang, then Glenn Campbell's 'Rhinestone Cowboy' is a surefire piece of country and western wit. His timeless vocal sounds like has been brewing on a stove for centuries. Quite wonderful!

      Minnie Ripperton's 'Loving You' is executed with tremendous aplomb, thanks to a piercing vocal. Make sure you have double glazing as the highnotes arrive though.

      There are some moments I would choose to gloss over. I can do without the annoying campness of Racey's 'Some Girls' which is cringeworthy and the deeply depressing 'Come Up And See Me Make Me Smile' by Steve Harley has one of the most positive song titles, yet one of the bleakest melodies. It never makes me smile, only frown.

      Norman Greenbaum shows Gareth Gates a thing or two with a sprightly and rocky version of 'Spirit In The Sky,' always good for parties. Less successful is The Wurzels, their song about a piece of farm machinery must have a very limited target audience these days!

      My final tips come in the form of The Motors' 'Airport' which is fast and furious onslaught of instruments, conjuring up images of making that mad last dash to the airport in time. It always makes me feel on edge and I love the way it builds tension. Also check out Debbie Harry's icy cool vocal on 'Denis Denis.' Her singing is so effortless and sensual and she really captures the magic of the seventies disco vibe.

      This is a worthy hits package and a snip at under a tenner!

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 KC & The Sunshine Band - (Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty
      2 Hot Chocolate - Every 1s A Winner
      3 Tavares - Don?t Take Away The Music
      4 Gonzales - Haven?t Stopped Dancing Yet
      5 Marshall Hain - Dancing In The City
      6 Maxine Nightingale - Love Hit Me
      7 George McCrae - I Can?t Leave You Alone
      8 Timmy Thomas - Why Can?t We Live Together
      9 T-Connection - Do What You Wanna Do
      10 Dr Hook - When You?re In Love With A Beautiful Woman
      11 David Soul - Don?t Give Up On Us
      12 Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy
      13 Billie Jo Spears - Blanket On The Ground
      14 Kenny Rogers - Lucille
      15 Pussycat - Mississippi
      16 The Hollies - I Can?t Tell The Bottom From The Top
      17 Herman?s Hermits - Years May Come, Years May Go
      18 Bobby Goldsboro - Hello Summertime
      19 Don McLean - Vincent
      20 Minnie Riperton - Loving You

      Disc #2 Tracklisting
      1 Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug
      2 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - (Make Me Smile) Come Up & See Me
      3 Mud - The Cat Crept In
      4 Wizzard - Angel Fingers (A Teen Ballad)
      5 Suzi Quatro - Can The Can
      6 Arrows - A Touch Too Much
      7 Racey - Some Girls
      8 Pilot - Magic
      9 The Move - California Man
      10 Electric Light Orchestra - Showdown
      11 The Knack - Good Girls Don?t
      12 C.C.S. - Whole Lotta Love
      13 Deep Purple - Black Night
      14 UFO - Doctor Doctor
      15 Hawkwind - Silver Machine
      16 Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky
      17 Jeff Beck & Rod Stewart - I?ve Been Drinking
      18 Steeleye Span - All Around My Hat
      19 The Wurzels - Combine Harvester (Brand New Key)
      20 Meri Wilson - Telephone Man

      Disc #3 Tracklisting
      1 Blondie - Denis
      2 Buzzcocks - What Do I Get
      3 The Stranglers - (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
      4 Stiff Little Fingers - Straw Dogs
      5 Dr Feelgood - She?s A Wind Up
      6 The Skids - Into The Valley
      7 The Members - Sound Of The Suburbs
      8 Generation X - Valley Of The Dolls
      9 Flying Lizards - Money
      10 P.I.L. - Public Image
      11 The Ruts - Babylon?s Burning
      12 Tom Robinson - 2-4-6-8 Motorway
      13 XTC - Making Plans For Nigel
      14 The Specials - Nite Club
      15 The Beat - Rankin? Full Stop
      16 Madness - The Prince
      17 The Selecter - On My Radio
      18 Wire - Outdoor Miner
      19 Gang Of Four - At Home He?s A Tourist
      20 The Motors - Airport