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Various Artists
"Super Hits Of The '70s: Have A Nice Day, Volume 18"

© Rhino Records

Year of Release: 1993

track listing
  • Wasted Days And
    Wasted Nights--
    Freddy Fender
  • Dream Weaver--
    Gary Wright
  • Let Your Love Flow--
    Bellamy Brothers
  • Right Back Where
    We Started From--
    Maxine Nightingale
  • Falling Apart
    At The Seams--
  • Fooled Around
    And Fell In Love--
    Elvin Bishop
  • Happy Days--
    Pratt & McClain
  • Shannon--
    Henry Gross
  • Making Our
    Dreams Come True--
    Cyndi Grecco
  • Afternoon Delight--
    Starland Vocal Band
  • Moonlight Feels Right--
  • I'd Really Love To
    See You Tonight--
    England Dan &
    John Ford Coley

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    "Super Hits Of The '70s: Have A Nice Day, Volume 18"

    Ahh, the 1970s, a decade to some considered to be the WORST decade of music... Absolutely NOT true! Compared to our current pop music, the 1970s showcased all different styles of music, and not just focused on one style, as it is today. Rhino Records series of Super Hits of the '70s, Have A Nice Day has its Volume 18 as our Album Pick of the Week.

    Volume 18 looks at September, 1975 to September, 1976, with 12 songs from this year period, where 3 songs reached #1, on either the Pop/Country charts: "Wasted Days And Wasted Nights" by Freddy Fender (#1 Country), "Let Your Love Flow" by The Bellamy Brothers (#1 Pop), and "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band (#1 Pop) -- Although some thought this song was recorded by Fleetwood Mac.

    There are other memorable songs from this set, as I vividly remember hearing these songs when I growing up in the 1970s (I was 11 years old in September, 1975). "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright, I would remember this song more as I was much older. "Right Back Where We Started From" was remembered for me, hearing this song when it was popular on AM radio. My brothers had the 8-track of Struttin' My Stuff by Elvin Bishop, and the standout song from this album was "Fooled Around And Fell In Love," with the lead vocal by an unknown at the time, Mickey Thomas, who would acclaim fame in the later decade of the 1970s, as one of the vocalists for the reformed Jefferson Starship.

    "Happy Days" by Pratt & McClain was the theme of the TV series, which everyone was watching in 1975, and having the 45 single of this song when I was younger, the flip side of this song was even better -- "Cruisin' With The Fonz," a song I would use for background music for on-air radio commercials. (Unfortunately there isn't a Best Of Pratt & McClain, as they were considered a one-hit wonder.) England Dan & John Ford Coley's "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" was another AM radio lite-rock favorite.

    Now for the songs that I didn't recognize: Marmalade's "Falling Apart At The Seams," Henry Gross' "Shannon," Cyndi Grecco's "Making Our Dreams Come True," [Oh wait! That was the Laverne & Shirley TV theme! Just looking at the title and artist didn't ring a bell at first. It's kinda nice that this song was on this set, along with the Happy Days theme, as Laverne & Shirley was a spinoff show.] Starbuck's "Moonlight Feels Right" was one of those in the category of "Ohhh, I remember that one." (I just didn't recognize the artist and title at first.) Honestly, these songs were kinda lame, as most critics felt how the 1970s decade was. Of course, this decade had its share of "lame" songs, but most of them were quite popular, whether you really liked them or not.

    For the oldies lover of the 1970s music, fans of this era will enjoy the entire Nice Day series. With the popularity of Internet Radio now, I'm sure there's a station on internet radio that has the entire Nice Day series on it, as well as other 1970s oldies-type stations. As this series focuses on recognizable songs, but not easily recognizing most of the artist names, it should bring back wonderful memories for those who remember these songs well, while growing up.

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