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Rock On: 1970-1974

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Each volume of Excelsior's Rock On series provides an extremely arbitrary snapshot of the year that's being covered. Only 12 songs are on each disc, meaning that a good amount of space goes to waste, and there's little in the way of stylistic focus. Needless to say, these hastily patched-together budget-line discs shouldn't be considered suitable documentation for the years they are covering. This five-disc box includes the volumes covering the years 1970 through 1974, which feature plenty of AM pop, soul, adult contemporary, and rock. Major hits from the likes of Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Joe Tex, Mike Oldfield, Climax, Norman Greenbaum, the Chi-Lites, and Terry Jacks can be heard here. It's a cheap way to obtain a lot of popular music, but you won't necessarily be getting a good value.

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