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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eric
  • ASIN: B008LC8QYG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It Never Rains in Southern California - Albert Hammond
2. Living Next Door to Alice - Smokie (RARE)
3. Undercover Angel - Alan O'Day
4. Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder
5. Puttin' On the Ritz - Taco (RARE)
6. Whispering/Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon - Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band (SINGLE VERSION DEBUT)
7. Never Ending Story - Limahl (RARE)
8. Torn Between Two Lovers - Mary MacGregor
9. Friends and Lovers - Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
10. How 'Bout Us - Champaign
11. The Captain of Her Heart - Double (RARE)
12. The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & The Range
13. You're Only Lonely - J.D. Souther
14. Cool Night - Paul Davis
15. Key Largo - Bertie Higgins
16. I Love You - Climax Blues Band (RARE)
17. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
18. The Promise - When in Rome
19. Easy Lover - Philip Bailey with Phil Collins

Editorial Reviews

It's been a little while since Eric Records' acclaimed ''Hard-To-Find 45's on CD'' series visited the 1970s. And, we've never stretched into the '80s! That makes Hard-To-Find 45's on CD Vol. 14: 70s & 80s Pop Classics a welcome addition to the family, as it celebrates the glittering decades that found popular music getting more popular - and unpredictable - than ever before. Hold on tight - or you might get whiplash as we survey nearly 20 years' worth of pop rarities!

Who, for instance, would have expected Taco's quirky synth-pop rendition of the Cole Porter classic ''Puttin' On The Ritz'' to become a worldwide smash? It did (#4 in 1983). Who would have expected a jazz-tinged piano ballad by a duo from Switzerland to hold its own against Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson? Double's ''Captain Of Her Heart'' did (#16 in 1986). Who would have thought that a guy could make it to #1 with a song about his erotic dreams? Alan O'Day did just that in 1977 with ''Undercover Angel.''

Hard-To-Find 45's on CD Vol. 14 also includes some off-the-beaten-path tracks by some big names, including ''You're Only Lonely'' by renowned California songwriter J.D. Souther, ''Easy Lover'' by former Earth Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey (with vocal support from superstar Phil Collins), and ''I Love You,'' the second biggest AM hit ever by FM rock icons Climax Blues Band. And, don't miss Gerry Rafferty's ''Baker Street,'' featuring one of the most famous saxophone solos in recorded history.

All but two of these songs made the Top 20, more than half made the Top 10, and three reached the pinnacle of the charts - but we dare you to find them on most oldies compilations, let alone collect them without buying a dozen or so (probably out-of-print and pricey) albums. Foremost among these precious gems is ''Cherchez La Femme,'' a Latin swing extravaganza by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band that crashed the disco party in 1976. The original single version makes its CD debut right here!

Hard-To-Find 45's on CD Vol. 14: 70s & 80s Pop Classics is built from original single versions on original master tapes, painstakingly engineered for crisp, vibrant, stereo sound. Like its companion volume, Hard-To-Find 45's on CD Vol. 13: The Love Album, it includes a detailed, illustrated 12-page booklet by well-known music author Greg Adams.

Customer Reviews

The sound quality is as good as it will ever be.
Alan Carner
Once again the sound quality was fabulous and as always I appreciate the 12 page booklet that features extensive liner notes and photos.
Paul Tognetti
Another must CD for the music lover's collection!
Henry M. Kiertscher II

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Paradoa on September 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Another terrific set of 19 stereo songs this time covering 1972-1988 including for the first time anywhere the single edits of "The Captain Of Her Heart" by Double and "Whispering/Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon" by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. Over ten pages of informative liner notes and great sound with some songs that are hard to find on CD these days like "I Love You" by the Climax Blues Band and "Living Next Door To Alice" by Smokie. The appeal of these CD releases by Eric Records is they feature the correct versions (edits, mixes, lengths) of the hit 45s as originally released and heard on the radio (and from the master tapes). So even "Torn Between Two Lovers" by Mary MacGregor sounds better on this disc than any other prior releases (some of which sound like used vinyl instead). I'm glad I got my copy for my collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. O.B.G.(Oldies But Goodies) on September 21, 2012
Format: Audio CD
What a great collection of songs! As much as I loved Vol. 13, I like this one as much or more. It Never Rains In So. Cal. has been around for quite a while but has never sounded as good as this. Imagine my surprise when I saw one of my favorite motivational songs: Break My Stride. I haven't heard this since I listened to it on my 45 when it first came out. Great song. Taco's Puttin' On The Ritz is a very unusual song and stands up on it's own when compared to Fred Astaire's version. Champaign's How About Us probably should have been included on Vol.13 but I'm just as happy it's here. The Captain Of Her Heart is one of the songs that was at the beginning of the Smooth Jazz movement and sounds just great. And how about one of my all time favorites, Cool Night by the late Paul Davis. Great sound and probably could have been a great fit on Vol. 13. It's available on his greatest hits CD but sounds much better here, more bass. Key Largo has always been one of my favorites and makes you want to cuddle up with your favorite one. I Love You is a song I haven't heard in quite a while and thoroughly enjoy. And what about that great Sax on Baker Street? Wow! One of those songs that stays in your head a long time. Easy Lover is another great song from the 80's. I'm basically a 50's, 60's 70's guy but the songs here are pure enjoyment. The sound is phenomenal. I very highly recommend both Vol. 13 & 14. Great job Bill and Co.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 20, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Now this is more like it! In September 2012 Eric Records issued two more volumes of its extremely popular "Hard To Find 45's on CD" series. "Volume 14: 70's and 80's Pop Classics" offers up a total of 19 tantalizing tunes for your listening pleasure. It is an eclectic mix of some the biggest and brightest pop songs of that era. The song selection is simply outstanding and the sound quality second to none. I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed each and every tune on this disc.

The collection kicks off with singer/songwriter Albert Hammond's bouncy 1972 Top Ten hit "It Never Rains In Southern California". Frankly I had not heard this one for quite some time and now I cannot seem to get it out of my head. A true pop classic! A couple of years later Alan O'Day came out of nowhere to score a #1 hit with "Undercover Angel". This tune is extremely hard to come by and I was happy to see it included in "Volume 14: 70's and 80's Pop Classics". Fan of 1970's pop music will also be pleased to discover that this collection includes a number of other terrific singles including J.D. Souther's "You're Only Lonely", Mary McGregor's #1 hit recording of "Torn Between Two Lovers" and Gerry Rafferty's signature tune "Baker Street" which went all the way to #2 back in 1978. That one features one of most memorable saxophone riffs in the history of rock and roll! Meanwhile, I was thrilled to see that one of most bizarre singles of this or any other decade for that matter was also included in this collection. According to the liner notes "combining the 1930's big band music of artists like Cab Calloway with slick disco beats, Latin percussion, and a carefully cultivated retro image, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band struck gold with the dance hit 'Whispering/Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon'".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Hodge on January 3, 2013
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The audio quality on this release and others from this label are superior, but hardly hard to find, for most tracks on this album. They need to go back to why I bought their releases in the first place--really hard, or impossible, to find tracks from especially the 50s. Some tracks here are not top 40 hits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Carner on October 16, 2012
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Not much more I can say about this cd than what has been said in the other reviews. This is another excellent release by Eric Records. Every song is in stereo and the correct single version of the song. The sound quality is as good as it will ever be. I have the entire series of Hard To Find 45's and look forward to more cd's. There are very few cd companies left to offer us collectors and music lovers good releases. Support Eric Records so we can have more more more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Misty Allen on April 9, 2014
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I ordered this CD from Amazon.com a couple weeks ago. And received it in the mail last week. It is so awesome to hear songs of the 70's and 80's. Long lost hits that you rarely ever hear on the radio anymore. It is so great to be able to purchase these CD's on Amazon.com.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TJ Ohio on November 1, 2012
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Having collected all of the Hard To Find 45's series so far I have not been disappointed. The sound quality is good and the selections they are coming up with are truly "Hard To Find"
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