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, April 18, 2018

Various Artists - The Best of 70s Supergroups (1988)

An early CD compilation from Priority Records. The track list looks like a playlist for your local classic rock station. 14 tracks in an hour, so there are a few noticeable truncations. No liner notes and the definition of "supergroup" here doesn't exactly jibe with my own, but that doesn't mean this isn't a great compilation. Heck, if I had seen it in sitting in a longbox in 1988 with a list price of $14.98, I might have bought it for my burgeoning collection. Not a skippable track in the bunch.

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

Tracks, including Billboard Hot 100 chart peak:

Title Artist
More Than A Feeling Boston 1976 5
Evil Woman ELO 1976 10
Come Sail Away Styx 1977 8
Taking Care of Business [sic] BTO 1974 12
American Woman The Guess Who 1970 1
I Just Want to Celebrate Rare Earth 1971 7
Black Magic Woman Santana 1970 4
Never Been To Spain Three Dog Night 1972 5
Green Eyed Lady Sugarloaf 1970 3
We're an American Band Grand Funk 1973 1
Lola* The Kinks 1980 81
So Into You Atlanta Rhythm Section 1977 7
Help Is On Its Way Little River Band 1977 14
Dust in the Wind Kansas 1978 6

*Live version from the album One For The Road included on this CD. Later issues of the CD removed this track altogether, substituting Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd (which is actually a better fit for this comp).

Let's play a game. Let me turn on the local classic rock station (KTKXThe Eagle, 106.7) and see how long we go before one of these songs plays (my money is on the Boston tune, but I can't in good conscience encourage wagering).
  • 2:10 PM  Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top (this is Texas, after all)
  • 2:13 PM  Call Me - Blondie
  • 2:22 PM  Angel - Aerosmith
  • 2:27 PM  Girls, Girls, Girls - Mötley Crüe (we seem to be trending '80s, so this may not have been a good idea)
  • 2:31 PM  Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
  • 2:35 PM  Jack and Diane - John Cougar
  • 2:39 PM  Separate Ways - Journey
  • 2:55 PM  Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks (was hoping for two in a row, but now I'll just end this game here)
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Nothing specific, but I'm transported back to childhood in Odessa. I need to drive over to the west Texas desert for a dusty trip down nostalgia lane. Maybe this summer.

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