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Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 3: The Seventies

Various Artists , Billy Preston , Van McCoy , Ramsey Lewis , Wind & Fire Earth , Electric Light Orchestra , Deodato , Gary Glitter , B.T. Express , Edgar Winter Group Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 22, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B000003387
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Joy - Apollo 100
2. Outa-Space - Billy Preston
4. The Hustle - Van McCoy
5. Movin' - Brass Connection
6. Sun Goddess - Ramsey Lewis
7. Whole Lotta Love - King Curtis And The Kingpins
8. Daybreaker - Electric Light Orchestra
9. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) - Deodato
10. Rock And Roll, Part 2 - Gary Glitter
11. Pick Up The Pieces - AWB
12. A Fifth Beethoven - Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band
13. Popcorn - Hot Butter
14. Express - B.T. Express
15. Jungle Fever - The Chakachas
16. K-Jee - The Nite-Liters
17. Apricot Brandy - Rhinoceros
18. Frankenstien - The Edgar Winters Group

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Media Type: CD
Title: VOL. 3-70'S
Street Release Date: 03/22/1994

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile, But Eclectic Mix August 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
You can always count on Rhino to put together nice compilation CDs. This one is no exception. However, rock fans might be a bit thrown off.
Although labeled "Rock Instrumental Classics," there are perhaps only two or three tracks that fit that description. Partially a reflection of the period covered, most of the tracks have a stronger disco or jazz flavor. As long as you come in understanding that and are not thrown off by the title, you won't be disappointed.
Truth be told, this particular volume of the five CD set is quite eclectic. Listening to this and the following volume ("Soul"), one wonders if some tracks should have been switched. On this collection, it seems that "Sun Goddess" and "Pick Up the Pieces," while both fine tracks, would have fit better in the "Soul" CD.
Some pleasant surprises on this set were "Apricot Brandy" by Rhinoceros and "Whole Lotta Love" by the late King Curtis. The former track is definitely rock, so you can forgive the fact that the song is actually from 1969. Simply put, the King Curtis track is jazzy fun.
On the disco front, a hidden gem was "K-Jee" by the Nite-Liters. After hearing this snappy track, you'll want to play it over and over again.
It's also got several very familiar tracks. "Rock and Rock, Part 2" by Gary Glitter is a standard of marching bands across the country. Lighter tunes like "Popcorn" and "A Fifth of Beethoven" are sure to bring back memories of the era.
A curious thing about this compilation (along with the "Soul" one) is the fact that they avoid the late 1970s altogether.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let get it on! It's time to get down! December 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a pretty cool compilation of instrumentals from the '70s. 12 of the 18 songs here were Top Ten hits, with the rest being minor hits. The title says "rock" instrumentals, but only a few of the songs are actually rock. There is more funk and disco than rock here. One of the odder trends of the '70s was dance/pop versions of classical instrumetals, and this CD has three examples of that. They are kind of cheesy, but fun. This is the weakest of the "Rock Instrumental Classics" CDs, but it's still very good, despite not including anything from later than 1976.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing collection April 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
as stated by the person before me, this is a collection of mainly disco and funk and very little rock. Only frankenstein by the edgar winter group is a true example of 70s rock instrumental. volume one and two are far superior to this one and the music is much better. there should have been more rock instrumentals here instead of van mcvoy and brass construction
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Do the Hustle...!!! March 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Get out your leisure suit, bell-bottom slacks, mood ring, and platform shoes and boogie to this collection of 1970's classic instrumentals!! If you are too young to have been part of this era, then just enjoy the funky sounds! This is a fun collection (one of a series). My other favorite is the "Surf' collection. Have fun and have a 1970's party....plug in your lava lamp....and have fun.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Check That Title Again July 1, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Many of these tracks don't qualify as "rock," as the CD's title proclaims. In fact, it's closer to funk and/or disco with only a few guitar-heavy songs, one of which, "Frankenstein," is presented in a horribly edited version. Still, a few of these tracks are hard to come by elsewhere, and might be worth the price. All original versions.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Instrumental Classics Vol. 3: The '70s March 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a very well put together collection of some of the best "funk" and "jazz" from the 70's and 80's. Most notably: Outta Space, The Hustle, Sun Goddess. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001),Pick Up The Pieces and Frankenstein. These were gigantic hits and represent a style that is very fast and strongly coming back. In big style nonetheless. Anyone who would like to be ahead of the music trends of the 2000s should consider getting this record. Bravo for this compilation
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Hey Rhino compilation geniuses: What about including edited versions of Eumir Deodato's "Also Sprach Zharatustra", and MFSB's "The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP)"???... C'mon...!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE THAN WORDS... December 3, 2010
Format:Audio CD
ROCK INSTRUMENTAL CLASSICS VOL.3-THE 70'S: Long after 50s and 60s instrumental hitmakers Duane Eddy, Dave "Baby" Cortez, and Herb Alpert had laid down their weapons of choice, the great tradition of tunes-with-no-lyrics-but-chops-to-spare carried on through the talents of Edgar Winter's "creature feature" jam FRANKENSTEIN, Scottish funk ensemble the Average White Band's PICK UP THE PIECES, and sideman-to-the-stars Billy Preston's OUTA-SPACE. 70's radio also rippled via instrumentals laced with disco (A FIFTH OF BEETHOVEN and THE HUSTLE), funk (MOVIN' and EXPRESS), jazz (Ramsey Lewis' SUN GODDESS), sex (JUNGLE FEVER), and "the final frontier" (2001 and Apollo 100's JOY). The only thing missing here is a country contender like DUELING BANJOS, but the dumb fun of Gary Glitter's ROCK AND ROLL, PART 2 and Hot Butter's percolating POPCORN are enough to make you ignore such trivialities. Bonus points for including "WHO THE HELL ARE THEY?" acts Rhinoceros and the Nite-Liters. Crank it up!

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4.0 out of 5 stars great!!!
great moment!!! groovy, soul , pop !!! a great mix for enjoying with friends!!!i like the cover of led zeppelin!!!popcorn is really funny!!!!great sound!!!!!!
Published on October 4, 2010 by Patrick Kever
1.0 out of 5 stars The Seventies didn't "Do" instrumentals.
Not much going on here. The seventies weren't good years for instrumentals. Buy it if you are trying to round out a collection. Read more
Published on November 11, 2007 by chiefjohn
4.0 out of 5 stars Muzak this AIN'T
Sometimes ya need to have just MUSIC in the background -- no words. Fortunately these classics haven't lost their "touch," and this CD definitely fills the bill ! Read more
Published on August 24, 2006 by M. K. O'Connor
3.0 out of 5 stars More Than I Bargained For
I bought this album for one reason only, to get "The Hustle" and "A Fifth of Beethoven". And frankly, those are the only tunes I recognized on this album. Read more
Published on October 24, 2001 by John DePrisco
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough To Fill A Few Gaps In My Collection
Don't you hate it when you have to buy a whole CD just to get those few elusive songs? That's what I ended up doing with this one. Read more
Published on December 11, 2000 by Daryl A. WESTFALL
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine, if you seek some of these
Just about every "collection" will leave some thing to be desired. They just are not sufficiently custom. Read more
Published on October 12, 2000 by Eric V. Moye
4.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Varied Collection
OK, I'll admit, the last adjective I'd apply to some of these tracks is "rock". But as a whole, especially to a pop music fanatic as myself, this is a very interesting... Read more
Published on November 9, 1999 by Alf Kremer
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