- Audio CD (April 4, 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B0000032RN
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 10
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A noticeable difference with this volume, however, is how many of these were in fact huge hits. All but two of them cracked the Top 10. The first that did not is folk artist Loudon Wainwright's tribute to road kill, "Dead Skunk." [Though this was his lone hit, he continues to record to this day and has a legion of rabid fans--myself included. (Check out my review of his latest SO DAMN HAPPY.)] The other answers the question "What did Looking Glass do to follow up with their No. 1 hit "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)?" The answer is their No. 33 (and last) hit "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne."
Sometimes it's better to have been just a one-hit wonder. Albert Hammond had a million-seller with "It Never Rains in Southern California," and Stealers Wheel (which included Gerry Rafferty) hit the Top 10 with the infectious "Stuck in the Middle With You" and Edward Bear sold a million copies of "Last Song." But does anyone remember their follow-up hits? [Answer: It was "I'm a Train" (No. 31), "Star" (No. 29 ) and "Close Your Eyes" (No. 37) respectively. ("Star" shows up on vol. 12.)]
A couple of the one-hit wonders pulled off the ultimate by taking their only charting single all the way to No. 1. Vicki "Mama's Family" Lawrence did it with "The Night That the Lights Went Out In Georgia," as did Stories' song of interracial love "Brother Louie.Read more ›
There are a number of unusual, difficult to find tracks on this disc, highlighted by the powerful, socially conscious "Brother Louie" by Stories and Stealers Wheel's smash hit "Stuck in the Middle With You." Other strong entries are "It Never Rains in California", "Cover of the Rolling Stone", "Wildflower", and the marvelous "Drift Away." "Jimmy Loves Mary-Ann" and "Dead Skunk" are the stinkers of this collection (sorry, couldn't resist that) and they're not all that bad.
If you can only take one volume from this series, Volume 10 is the one. It provides an excellent microcosm of the music of the 70s; one wonderful musical memory after the other. Highly recommended!
Overall, it's a pretty good collection, though. I can't expect them to only pick songs I like.
Albert Hammond's "It Never Rains In Southern California" is a meaningful ballad which can pull on your heartstrings; life isn't always easy. Just one listen to this song and you'll know why it's remembered as a classic hit from the `70s. In addition, I think that the very brightest star on the album comes rather early; listen for Hurricane Smith's stunning love ballad "Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?" Hurricane Smith sings this so sweetly and the strings, horns and other instruments make a powerful arrangement. Hurricane Smith delivers this ballad with heart and soul. If you like romantic and yet somewhat innocent ballads about true love you are bound to be thrilled with Hurricane Smith's "Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?"
Dr. Hook And The Medicine Show deliver a strong "The Cover Of 'Rolling Stone';" this country rock style ballad is very nicely done. Vicki Lawrence's haunting "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" strikes me as one of the better 1970s rock ballads and the country twist enhances the melody.
Stealers Wheel's "Stuck In The Middle With You" takes the blending of country and rock even further to make a smash hit straight out of the `70s; and "Brother Louie" is an excellent, funky tune that really tells it like it is about race relations. "Brother Louie" is an excellent tune!
As usual with this series, I am disappointed that the CDs in this series have only twelve songs.Read more ›
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I Think it's a great 70's hits CD and It's the only CD that has Brother Louie on it other than The Stories CD itself.Published 5 months ago by Andrew Constance
Real good music if you're into the seventies.twenty five disc series enjoyPublished 11 months ago by jerry
I have a music CD collection containing over 400 CDs, but I was missing one song "Wild Flower" by Skylark and this acquistion completed my collection. Thank you!Published 14 months ago by Rick Gomez