Various Artists

Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 23

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Rhino starts to wind down the '70s with this, the 23rd installment in their seemingly never-ending survey of the decade of stadium rock, disco, and glam. Once again the songs are all over the map, with Mike Oldfield's ambient pop ("Tubular Bells") sharing space with Pure Prairie League's California country ("Aime") and Sweet's bit of synth- and reverb-heavy teen madness ("Fox on the Run"). And don't forget the rest, as Focus finds a way to meld the sounds ofJethro Tull's flute snorting to Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein," Blue Swede drains all the subtlety out of the Association's "Never My Love," and Player heralds the soft-serve wonders of quiet storm rock. For sadistic kitsch fans, though, the price of admission might just be paid in full by the sounds of Kiki Dee and Yvonne Elliman on the brink of pop oblivion.

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