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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Various Artists - Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 3 (1990)

Disc 3 of 25.  This disc contains singles that peaked on the charts between August 1970 - August 1971.  This contains mostly top 10 singles from that time (a rarity for this series) and ends with a single that never charted (also a rarity for this series).  More than a few one-hit wonders on this compilation, which completely falls apart during the final third of the disc.  I'm familiar with a few of these songs, but I wasn't listening to much radio at the time unless my parents had it on in the station wagon. 

  • Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) - Melanie With The Edward Hawkins Singers: Peaked at #6 in July 1970. A strong late '60s gospel vibe written about Woodstock.  Melanie's Joplinesque vocals aren't great, but they're better here than on Brand New Key.
  • Tighter, Tighter - Alive & Kicking: Peaked at #7 in August 1970.  Alive & Kicking was a one-hit wonder from Brooklyn.  Written by Tommy James, it definitely has his sound to it.  Not bad at all.  With a definitive '70s groove, this probably would have been a hit in any of year of the '70s.
  • In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry: Peaked at #3 in September 1970. If this isn't one of the most infectious summer singles ever, I don't know what is. This million-selling hit with the fun call-and-response vocals is so goofy you either love it or love to hate it. 
  • Neanderthal Man - Hotlegs:  Peaked at #22 in September 1970. Never underestimate the power of the communal chant, even if you can't quite make out the lyrics. Legend has it that this was just a few guys messing around with a new 4 track recorder, simply a studio experiment.  An interesting listen once or twice; I don't see how it became a hit.  Hotlegs would eventually evolve into 10cc.
  • Green-Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf:  Peaked at #3 in October 1970. This song has had strong staying power over the years, mainly because it sounds like it was written for AOR FM radio, which was a rare animal in 1970. Great boogie shuffle bass line and organ work.
  • Indiana Wants Me - R. Dean Taylor:  Peaked at #5 in November 1970. Taylor is famous largely for being pretty much the only white guy to have a solo hit on Motown. A story song of a man wanted by the Indiana State Police (sirens, gunfire, and police radio samples included, unfortunately).  It has a groove that reminds me of Mac Davis' Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me. I'll pass on this one.
  • I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family: Peaked at #1 in November 1970.  Classic baroque bubblegum pop.  Very infectious.  I won't name names, but this song is a guilty pleasure of more than one of my colleagues at work.  I'll admit to enjoying it from time to time myself.
  • Montego Bay - Bobby Bloom:  Peaked at #8 in November 1970.  As far as reggae goes, this is pretty lame.  As a pop song, however, it's fantastic bubblegum concoction full of hooks.  With a lyricless chorus, it's very easy to sing along with.
  • Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland: Peaked at #3 in December 1970. A bland cover of a 1961 tune written by Curtis Mayfield. 
  • Amos Moses - Jerry Reed: Peaked at #8 in February 1971. Hilariously bad novelty song about an alligator-poaching Cajun.  Reed is smart enough to play the song for laughs.  I'll pass, but I'm surprised this isn't the theme to the TV show Swamp People. 
  • Julie, Do Ya Love Me - Bobby Sherman: Peaked at #5 in September 1970. Yawn.
  • Fallin' Lady - Punch: Did not chart. Not only didn't this song chart (it appeared on the Bubbling Under Chart at #110 in October, 1971), it doesn't even get a mention in the liner notes.  That should tell you all you need to know.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  None.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Volume 1Volume 2
Volume 6Volume 9
Volume 12Volume 16
Volume 18Volume 19
Volume 21   Volume 22

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