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Sounds of the Seventies: The Late '70s

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Sounds of the Seventies: The Late '70s is a 22-song collection that does a fine job of rounding up and presenting the disparate strands of music that ruled the charts near the end of the decade. From new wave (Blondie, the Buggles) to smooth soul (Minnie Riperton, Marvin Gaye), soft rock (Paul Davis, Walter Egan), AOR (Boston), disco (Donna Summer, Village People), and good old weird pop (Alan O'Day's "Undercover Angel") with a detour to the theme songs from Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, every song is a hit and while they don't flow in any kind of coherent pattern, they do provide a woozy and quite enjoyable nostalgia trip as well as a very nice entry to anyone who wants to find out what pop in the late '70s was all about.

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