Hard to Find 45s on CD, Volume 8: 70's Pop Classics
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20 tracks-all in stereo-that are, like the title says, hard to find on CD! Includes Which Way You Goin' Billy? Poppy Family; Fool (If You Think It's Over) (original single version) Chris Rea; After the Goldrush Prelude; Last Song Edward Bear; My Angel Baby Toby Beau; Rivers of Babylon Boney M, and more.
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You can be confident with this label. It's the kind of label where the people involved love the music, know their stuff and are dedicated to getting it right. You'll find only original masters here, engineered by people who know how it should sound, and highly informative booklets that discuss every track. The licensing of the songs only lasts so long so get them now. Once before most fell out of print and were selling for around $100.00
This is their first 70's volume and it focuses mainly on the mid to late part of that decade when the purely 70's sound had developed. The representatives of the early 70's here all show a bit of the more folk and rock influences carried over from the Sixties. These include Last Song by Edward Bear (a group not a single person and in those days of radio, who knew?) and Beautiful Sunday by Daniel Boone (aka Peter Lee Stirling). Hurricane Smith's riff on Twenties ballads is timeless even though it was from early 1973. The rest is a symphony of later 70's pop, and most of it has the super slick production of 70's recordings. Most 70's pop had really full production with strings and sometimes horns, and in the fore some percussion and usually an electric guitar doing riffs that made the music acceptable to a rock audience. Songs like Jennifer Warnes' Right Time of the Night and bob Welch's Ebony Eyes typify this type of later 70's pop. Of course it's full of one hit wonders like Exile (later big in country) with Kiss You All Over,an interesting Chapman/Chinn number that starts as an average pop ballad then takes off on a cajun chorus.; the incredibly catchy (and Badfinger influenced) Magic is the true rocker in the collection and was produced by Alan Parsons. You'll also find such oddities as Prelude's acapella After the Goldrush and Carl Douglas' memento of the Kung Fu fad. Eric usually ends their collections with a big upbeat number and what could be better than the smooth, dynamic, pure opo of Love Is In the Air.
Like all their collections, you'd be hard pressed to find most of these songs unless you'd buy The Poppy Family's Greatest Hits, and though many of them are Top Ten's they're not the usual songs you'd find on collections like Super Hits of the Seventies or hear too often on the radio. It's a winner.
It's true many of these songs aren't extremely hard to find ~
but this compilation is very convenient,
and I prefer owning the C.D. when I can.
There are some of Eric's volumes that stand out because they contain
some of the best & hardest songs to find.
A key word here is 'original' recordings.
Some highlights of this particular collection:
1. Stumblin' in ~ Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman, 1979 ~ super good song !!!
2. Last song ~ Eward Bear, ~ 72.
3. You don't have to be a star (to be in my show), ~ Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr ~76.
4. Fool (if you think it's over) ~ Chris Rea, 78 ~ this is a great song !!!
Rea is still recording music, but his voice doesn't sound anything like it used to.
which makes this C.D. a good place to get Rea's hit instead of paying $24.00 for a used copy of
the original C.D. it was on, - "Whatever Happened to Benny Santini?"
All twenty tracks are stereo, and are the original 45 single versions.
Spanish Language/ Si tu esperas encontrar la versión original de la canción "Fool If You Think It's Over" escuchada en las radioemisoras de fines de los 70's, este es el cd apropiado. Todas las canciones son muy buenas! y vienen en sus versiones originales!!
* This CD has the original version of Fool (If You Think It's Over), but it's just the single (listed at 3:32). Chris Rea's album version added another minute or so to the song. Still, it's great to have the original at any length on CD; this honestly hard-to-find sing is the reason I bought it.
* At this writing, there is a link to buy the supposed MP3 version of the album. Except that the MP3 album that comes up has nothing to do with this CD. One reviewer sounded like he got confused by this. It appears that the only way to get an MP3 of the original Fool is to buy this CD and rip it. (For personal use only, of course.)