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"Super Hits Of The '70s: Have A Nice Day, Volume 20"

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Year of Release: 1993

track listing
  • "Baby Don't Get Hooked
    On Me"--
    Mac Davis
  • "The Last Game Of
    The Season
    (A Blind Man In The
  • "Get Closer"--
    Seals & Crofts
  • "Devil Woman"--
    Cliff Richard
  • "Judy Mae"--
    Boomer Castleman
  • "Disco Duck (Part 1)"--
    Rick Dees &
    His Cast Of Idiots
  • "Angel In Your Arms"--
  • "Living Next Door
    To Alice"--
  • "Do You Wanna
    Make Love"--
    Peter McCann
  • "After The Lovin'"--
    Engelbert Humperdinck
  • "Ariel"--
    Dean Friedman
  • "Smoke From
    A Distant Fire"--
    The Sanford/
    Townsend Band

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    "Super Hits Of The '70s: Have A Nice Day, Volume 20"

    Rhino Records put together a great series of music that was to some, from a period that was not the greatest time in music. But for those who lived in the 1970s, the music of the times were memorable, and of course, there were songs from this decade that we'd like to forget. But the Have A Nice Day series is classic: It features the best assortment of tunes from the 1970s, whether they'd be memorable or not. Sure, some of these can be considered terrible songs to listen to, but I grew up in the 70s, and personally, I never thought like most critics who said that these songs were awful, and made you want to think that the music of the 70s was a bad taste left in your mouth.

    Most of the songs in this entire series are by groups and artists that did not have a lot of albums to their names. Some were one-hit wonders. Volume 20 features 12 songs by some well-known artists and the not-so-well-known. Of the well-known: Mac Davis, Seals & Crofts, and Engelbert Humperdinck.

    Mac Davis' #1 hit "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me", the oldest of the 12 songs here, (1972, the remaining were from 1975-1977), is a real good song. Seals & Crofts' light rock "Get Closer" may be a sleeper to many, but then again, many felt that Seals & Crofts were a boring duo. Not so, Seals & Crofts may be in the league of such talents as The Carpenters and Barry Manilow (zzzz), but their music is still enjoyable to listen to.

    Engelbert Humperdinck's "After The Lovin'" is a great love song. Back in the sex-idol days of the 70s, both Engelbert and Tom Jones were on many women's minds, with their good looks and crooning love songs.

    Now for the songs that I didn't remember: "Judy Mae", by Boomer Castleman reminds me of the song by Mark Lindsay, called "Arizona". "Angel In Your Arms" by Hot is one of those songs that could have been included on Rhino's Soul series. It has the early 1970s Soul feeling. Smokie's "Living Next Door To Alice" features vocalist Chris Norman, who has a slight resemblance vocal sound to Tom Jones. And this song sounds like "Down In The Boondocks" by Billy Joe Royal, in a more upbeat fashion. "Smoke From A Distant Fire" by The Sanford/Townsend Band is another Soul-influenced song with a good pop-rock beat.

    From the Oh! I Remember That One! Department: I vaguely remember David Geddes's blind man tale of "The Last Game Of The Season (A Blind Man In The Bleachers)". This has to be one of the many songs that can easily be forgotten. Cliff Richard was a big name in England, but not easily recognized here in the U.S. His "Devil Woman" is here, as this song was heavily played on AM radio. And here's one where all of the critics kept saying that this is one of the reasons why the 70s music was so bad: The #1 song by Rick Dees--"Disco Duck". From my recollection, I had this 45 rpm single, and it wasn't THAT bad of a song. Probably beause it focused on Disco music, another reason the critics blasted 70s music.

    Peter McCann had everyone asking the musical question: "Do You Want To Make Love", or do you just want to fool around?" I'm sure this song had everyone's sexual knowledge at it's attention. And probably considered my favorite song from this 12-song set, is Dean Friedman's "Ariel". This song was another AM radio favorite. It's a happy-go-lucky tune, as I remember this song very well, and how everyone used to try to sing the main chorus--just to see if you could reach the high notes.

    I truthfully enjoyed the music of the 70s, despite other people's criticism. This was the music I was growing up to. As you're growing up, music seems to capture your youth. And today's music is considered great for some of the youngsters of today, where most people disagree that today's music is just as terrible as the 70s music was. But music is for everyone to decide what's good and what's bad. Where some may like songs like "Disco Duck", others just despised them.

    The Rhino Have A Nice Day series will bring back a lot of great memories for those who lived through this decade. Some enjoybable, some distracting to others, this collection has the 'best' tunes put together from a decade, like all decades, that captured the 'popular' tunes throughout.

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