Various Artists

1970 [Direct Source]

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At first glance, Direct Source's 1970 looks like a decent, low-cost sampler of some really good music from 1970. When you look at the fine print on the back cover, you find the chilling disclaimer that says some of the songs have been re-recorded. Since the disc came out in 2000, one would assume that they are re-recordings from the '80s or '90s. A quick listen would also tell you that the remakes are uniformly terrible. For example, the versions of "Come and Get It" by Badfinger (a band who lost their two main members to untimely deaths), "Get Ready" by Rare Earth, and "Ride Captain Ride" by the Blues Image are tinny and overly smooth musically, as well as very weak in the vocal department.. The horror that is Freda Payne's "Band of Gold" is the absolute nadir of this disc; why anyone would want to hear that classic song ruined by modern production "techniques" is a mystery on par with the Nasca Plains. Don't be fooled by the splashy cover or the big names involved; this is a disc that must be avoided at all costs.

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