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, February 26, 2014

Various Artists - Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 20 (1993)


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.

Tracks:
  • 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.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: see above

Previously revisited for the blog:

2 comments:

  1. You are getting closer to having this whole series covered. As a 70's AM radio junkie as a kid, I enjoyed a lot of these tunes. Oh, and I so had "Disco Duck" on a 45. Love it!

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  2. This may be the closest we have been to complete agreement in this series. Except for the Peter McCann ditty.

    Had the 45s for "Disco Duck", "Devil Woman" and "Smoke From A Distant Fire" - still have the 45s for "Get Closer" and "Do You Wanna Make Love".

    Someone suggested I somehow work this series and Time-Life's AM Gold and Sounds Of The Seventies series into my K-tel Kollection posts. Specifically where the K-tel songs could be found.

    Any thoughts or suggestions on that?

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