Disc 20 of 25. With the exception of the Mac Davis tune which was released in 1972, songs on this compilation peaked on the charts in 1975-77. Of the twelve tracks here, only about half are good, but the good ones are some of my '70s favorites.
- Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me - Mac Davis: Peaked at #1 in September 1972. As a child, I mistakenly grouped Davis in with C&W singers and therefore didn't give him a chance. Elvis liked Davis' writing; I could easily hear Elvis recording this one in Muscle Shoals.
- The Last Game Of The Season (A Blind Man In The Bleachers) - David Geddes: Peaked at #18 in December 1975. I'd never heard this before and now I'm a blubbering mess. As a father who has been to hundreds of his sons' ballgames, I don't think I'll ever voluntarily listen to this one again because it gets to me.
- Get Closer - Seals & Crofts: Peaked at #6 in July 1976. A soft rock classic. Everything works with this one: the vocal harmonies, the background strings, and the guest vocals of soul singer Carolyn Willis.
- Devil Woman - Cliff Richard: Peaked at #6 in September 1976. At the time of its release, I had no idea what Richard was singing about, but I knew a great hook when I heard it. I would sing along loudly, trying my best to figure out the lyrics: "She's just a devil woman! with evil ottomans!" The cowbell in the chorus is fantastic.
- Judy Mae - Boomer Castleman: Peaked at #33 in June 1975. I don't remember this one, probably because its a forgettable, vague crime narrative disguised as a song that might have charted better if it had been released 5 years earlier. Pass.
- Disco Duck (Part I) - Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots: Peaked at #1 in October 1976. Dees gets credit for having a disco hit that shamelessly pokes fun at disco. This is the kind of novelty song that would seemingly only appeal to 10 year kids (which I was when this song was released). It's 100% cheese and I love every bite. Quack.
- Angel In Your Arms - Hot: Peaked at #6 in July 1977. A two-timin' C&W song done up R&B style and somehow it works. The verse has a smooth, soulful feel (belying the lyrics) while the chorus has more of a country-crossover feel (belying the tasty disco guitar part on top). Reading that description, I shouldn't like it, but I do.
- Living Next Door To Alice - Smokie: Peaked at #25 in February 1977. Another story song, another pass. I think the stalker/creeper lyrics were intended to be romantic, but to me, they come across as disturbing.
- Do You Wanna Make Love - Peter McCann: Peaked at #5 in August 1977. I remember this country-tinged tune being all over the radio in West Texas as a kid. Much to my mother's dismay, I would sing along loudly with the song on the radio. No worries, Mom, I didn't have any idea what I was singing about. While that's a fun memory, I really don't care much for this song these days.
- After The Lovin' - Engelbert Humperdinck: Peaked at #8 in January 1977. I always liked this one (then again, I was always a smooth, romantic ladykiller). Much like the previous track, I would sing along with this lush ballad while having no idea what I was singing. I'm sure the sound of me singing along with the female back-up singers was particularly disturbing for moms.
- Ariel - Dean Friedman: Peaked at #26 in June 1977. For a derivative knock-off of the Four Seasons, this isn't bad, but it's no Uptown Girl.
- Smoke From A Distant Fire - The Sanford/Townsend Band: Peaked at #9 in September 1977. A great way to end this disc. Hall & Oates meets The Doobie Brothers. The liner notes characterize this song as "a crackling mix of blue-eyed soul and high-energy pop/rock." What they said.
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