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Rock On: 1975-1979

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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 1975 through 1979, which feature plenty of disco, soft rock, arena rock, and adult contemporary. Major hits from the likes of KC & the Sunshine Band, the Doobie Brothers, Dr. Hook, Minnie Riperton, Rufus & Chaka Khan, and Al Stewart can be found 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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