Disc 10 of 25. This volume of the series contains singles that peaked on the charts in December 1972 - November 1973 and contains an usually high number of top ten hits (including two chart toppers) when compared to other volumes. Even so, this is one of the weaker discs in the series - not even Stealers Wheel and Stories could rescue it.
- It Never Rains In Southern California - Albert Hammond: Peaked at #5 in December 1972. This country rock ditty doesn't do much for me. The long, drawn out lyrics don't seem to match the pace of the rhythm section.
- Oh, Babe, What Would You Say? - Hurricane Smith: Peaked at #3 in February 1973. A flashback to vaudeville from the Beatles' former engineer (come to think of it, this sounds a little like a Carol Channing singing Ringo Starr tune, doesn't it?). I have no recollection of it from 1973, but it's enjoyable now.
- Last Song - Edward Bear: Peaked at #3 in March 1973. I can't put it any better than this sentence I found in the liner notes: "Heartfelt but kinda mopey and dopey, Last Song plays like the junior-high version of Since I Fell For You."
- Dead Skunk - Loudon Wainwright III: Peaked at #16 in March 1973. My childhood friend Troy had the 45 single of this novelty tune so I know all the words even though I find it a little hard to listen to these days. Still, I'll have a hard time getting the chorus out of my head today.
- The Cover Of Rolling Stone - Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show: Peaked at #6 in March 1973. Shel Silverstein's satirical lyrics about rock 'n' roll excesses are the star of this song. About the same time this song peaked, Rolling Stone thanked the group for the free publicity by putting them on the cover.
- The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia - Vicki Lawrence: Peaked at #1 in April 1973. This murder mystery song is ok, but I'm reminded of the crush I had on Vicki Lawrence when she was on the Carol Burnett Show. I like the modulation from minor to major for the chorus.
- Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel: Peaked at #6 in May 1973. A fantastic blues pop song; I've always liked Gerry Rafferty's voice. The cowbell break at the end of the bridge is brilliant in its simplicity. And, if you're like me, these days you can't separate this song from the movie Reservoir Dogs.
- Drift Away - Dobie Gray: Peaked at #5 in May 1973. I know I should support Gray since he's a fellow Texan, but I've never liked this country soul song ("country soul" - I'm not so sure those two words should ever go together). Guaranteed to make me change the radio station.
- Wildflower - Skylark: Peaked at #9 in May 1973. A Canadian version of Philly soul - and it woulda worked if they had just left out the guitar solo. Take that out and the song is a blue-eyed soul classic.
- Brother Louie - Stories: Peaked at #1 in August 1973. A fantastic cover of a Hot Chocolate tune, this is one of my favorite '70s songs. In 1973, I didn't know anything about the lyrics (I'm sure I was totally unfamiliar with the concept of interracial romance back then), but that didn't keep me from singing this loudly, especially that catchy chorus.
- Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne - Looking Glass: Peaked at #33 in October 1973. This follow-up to 1972's Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) sounds much the same, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I like the syncopated rhythm section groove, particularly in the verse. Overall, I prefer Josie Cotton's cover version.
- Heartbeat - It's a Lovebeat - The DeFranco Family featuring Tony DeFranco: Peaked at #3 in November 1973. If I didn't know better, I'd swear this was Donny Osmond and his brothers. Harmless bubblegum pop, but nothing I'd seek out.
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