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.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Various Artists - Rockin' Down the Block (1987)


Mined from the Capitol Records vaults, this 2 CD set contains 40 classic oldies that, at the time of purchase in June 1988, I would have described as "frat rock."  The song selections were seemingly influenced by the 1978 movie Animal House.  Good for parties and that's why these were originally purchased: parties at 1311 Lee St., Commerce.  It's a fantastic, fun compilation and I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of it because it still holds up today, especially when a bunch of us old folk are hanging out in the back yard.  As a 21 year old college kid, I'm sure I was unfamiliar with at least a third of these tunes, but what a great introduction.

Amazingly, this set was also released under the name "1st And Ten: The Party Animal Album" that tied in with the '80s HBO comedy series, 1st and Ten.   Yes, that's series star O.J. Simpson on the cover.


Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks:  No complaints here. The '70s tunes don't really fit in, but they're not bad tunes so I won't pick at that nit.



Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I didn't own a CD player until January 1988 (Sony D-160), so these are surely the first oldies compilation CDs I ever bought.  They're also the only CDs I've ever purchased via mail-order based on a block party TV ad:

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