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Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1971

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This edition of Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits chronicles 1971, a year that included everything from moody funk to happy-go-lucky pap. While Sly & the Family Stone's "Family Affair" sounds like pure groove submerged in cool water and contains the classic line "Blood's thicker than the mud," it's sequenced immediately next to the Milquetoast R&B of the Osmonds' "One Bad Apple." Paul Revere & the Raiders' "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)" peaked on the charts in July 1971; its tense, humid quality no doubt heated things up that summer. At the same time, the easygoing funk of the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose's "Treat Her Like a Lady" -- a cautionary tale of an entirely different kind -- hit its chart zenith that same month. This is another schizophrenic slice of '70s radio weirdness from Rhino.

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