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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B0000457EN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The mid-70s belonged to a group of hopelessly plaid Scotsmen who named themselves after a northern Michigan resort town. With an affect on fans that resembled Beatlemania in terms of screaming, fainting, and pledges of undying love, the Bay City Rollers enjoyed a string of U.K. pop hits along with modest American success. In retrospect, the band's music is still sugary enough to give listeners a toothache; however, there is a certain charming innocence to tunes like "Saturday Night," "Summer Love Sensation," and (of course) "Shang-a-Lang." Boy-band nostalgia, anyone? --S. Duda

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If you know what's good for you, you will buy this CD, no questions asked.
The Cranky Reviewer
For anyone growing up in the early to late seventies, this album should bring back great memories of football games and dance contests.
Polish Peach
This excellent sounding CD includes all of the U.S. hits and rare British singles omitted on original U.S. LP's.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Before introducing the Bay City Rollers for the first time to an American sudience on "Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell" in 1975, Cosell posed the question: "Is it hype? Is it hope?" In hindsight it was probably both. For those who were led to believe this was the second coming of the Beatles, it was certainly the former. But after a string of successful U.S. hits, it gave hope to record buyers that yes there is life after disco.
This latest compilation succeeds on several levels:
1. The twenty tracks doubles the number of songs on 1991's Greatest Hits. Except for the most devoted fans, this is all you'll ever really need.
2. Unlike the previous Greatest Hits package, The Definitive Collection does not focus exclusively on the Rollers stateside career. They had six Top Ten singles and two No. 1 albums in England dating back to 1971--four years before they charted in America! So you get their lively cover of the Gentrys' hit "Keep on Dancin," such uptempo numbers as "Remember (Sha La La La)," "Shang-a-Lang" and a remake of the Four Seasons' "Bye Bye Baby."
3. The sound on this CD is excellent and the liner notes are thoroughly done.
The Rollers only topped the U.S. charts once with their million-seller "Saturday Night," but this and other power pop hits like "Money Honey, "Rock and Roll Love Letter" and a cover of the Dusty Springfield classic "I Only Want To Be With You" were infectious songs.
By 1977, however, they began drifting into Barry Manilow territory with string-laden songs like the Top Ten "You Make Me Believe In Magic," but the lush ballad "The Way I Feel Tonight" peaked at No.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "the-disco-kid" on April 18, 2000
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No offense, but I wonder if PC Fields (below) even LISTENed to this album at all. At any rate, his/her review(s) surely sound like he/she just glanced at the press release for it. Or something. Oh well, unfortunately the Rollers have always been subjected to that sort of dismissive attitude from critics, so why should it be any different now? Unless, of course, as in this case when we have before us the very first CD selection of the Rollers' songs which collects ALL of their U.K. and U.S. hits - the big, the small & the almost non-existent - onto one album. Arista certainly took their time doing this, but, given how this album fairly showcases the band's unfairly little heralded versatility, the wait seems certainly - almost - worth it. From the first U.K. single in 1971, the Jonathan King-produced "Keep On Dancing", to 1979's lost-in-action Power Pop gem "Turn On The Radio"; this is as good as it gets when we're talking pure, unpretentious, instantly gratifacational 1970's pop music. Never mind Led Zeppelin, and forget the annoying BCR image - not to mention the hype and the scandals that still hover over the Bay City Rollers' name even today; if you only ever buy one BCR album in your whole life, this surely has got to be it. Minor nuances such as Arista's over-zealous, but maybe well-meaning, representation of its contents (The version of "Remember" here-in is not, like the booklet states, the original single version, but the later album version; and a 'single version' of "Turn On The Radio"? I think not. Such a thing never even existed to begin with!Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ludwig J. Pluralist on January 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Like Rodney Dangerfield, the Bay City Rollers never earned much respect; arguably they deserved at least some. They were tagged as a mere teenybopper (with a loyal legion of tartan scarf waving girl fans) or bubblegum band, soft, mindless and manufactured, as if there is something wrong with bubblegum. As a matter of fact, late 1960s-based bubblegum pop (The Archies, The Cowsills, 1910 Fruitgum Company, Tommy James and the Shondells, etc.), and its early 70s, slightly more British cousin, glitter pop (Sweet, Gary Glitter, Mud, David Essex, etc.) are two of the seminal genres of rock/pop music history. Bands like the Ramones, REM and Talking Heads have all admitted to being influenced by glitter/bubblegum. The boundaries of glitter pop and glitter rock (i.e., David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, T-Rex, NY Dolls, early Queen, etc.) have certainly not always been so clear. The Bay City Rollers, then, were as much as anything, victims of bad timing; coming about in the mid 70s, they kind of missed the boat of the early 70s glitter invasion, but were too early to cash in on the early 80s, MTV fueled pop renaissance (ala Duran Duran, Culture Club, Flock of Seagulls, Wham, etc.); of course, they might have had to change their sound, somewhat.

Listening to this collection, which contains all their big hits, including the song they are best known for, Saturday Night, as well as such pure pop pleasures as their cover of Dusty Springfield's I Only Want To Be With You, and what may be their greatest song ever, the wonderful tune Rock and Roll Love Letter (I once heard Yo La Tengo playfully cover this, and do it justice, at an all covers show of theirs), you come to realize that the Bay City Rollers had a true knock for very catchy, very melodic pop music. Call it a guilty pleasure, but this stuff sounds better than I think anyone might have expected it to, all these years later.
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