Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Various Artists - AM Gold Radio Gems (1998)

This is a disc from the Time/Life AM Gold CD series. As seen on TV.

  • Brother Louie - Stories: Peaked at #1 in August 1973.  In the '70s, I was unaware that this was a controversial song about an interracial love affair, so I would just sing along with the lyrics. Still like it.
  • Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass: Peaked at #1 in August 1972.  I was indifferent to this song. Still am.
  • These Eyes - The Guess Who: Peaked at #6 in May 1969.  I've always liked this song.
  • Sara Smile - Daryl Hall and John Oates: Peaked at #4 in 1976.  Since I didn't like ballads when I was 10, I didn't appreciate this song at the time, but now I can enjoy it. Very soulful.
  • Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band: Peaked at #1 in July 1976.  I had no idea what afternoon delight was back then, so, again, I would just belt out the lyrics. It isn't a very good song, but now I can't listen to it without thinking of the movie Anchorman.
  • One Toke Over The Line - Brewer and Shipley: Peaked at #10 in 1971.  a little too twangy for my tastes.
  • Put Your Hand in the Hand - Ocean: Peaked at #2 in 1971.  as a preacher's kid, I was forced to sing this song at church ad nauseam, so I've got issues with it.
  • Brand New Key - Melanie: Peaked at #1 in December 1971.  I can't stand this singer's voice. The roller skate and key is rather Freudian, no?
  • Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks: Peaked at #1 in March 1974.  Harmless, forgettable pop.
  • Wildfire - Michael Martin Murphy: Peaked at #3 in June 1975.  Not my thing, but as young boy, this song frightened me with its haunting, eerie mood and ghostly lyrics.
  • Wedding Bell Blues - The 5th Dimension: Peaked at #1 in November 1969.  Even with the strange choice of having a honky-tonk piano in the background, I have always liked this song. Bill better hurry up and propose.
  • Everybody's Talkin' - Nilsson: Peaked at #6 in 1969.  from the movie Midnight Cowboy
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: In March, 2008, I drove from Nacogdoches to Odessa (a 9 hour trip down I-20). Since I had lived in Odessa in the '70s, I went to the local Hastings and bought some used '70s CDs so I'd have the appropriate soundtrack for my long drive. This CD was one of those purchased. When I drove through Big Spring, I made sure that Everybody's Talkin' was playing (if you've seen the movie Midnight Cowboy, you understand why I did that).

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