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1972: 20 Original Chart Hits

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1972: 20 Original Chart Hits continues British label A Time To Remember's look at the hits of the decade. The tracks featured are a strange mix of novelty, pop, and hard rock tracks that give a very good, if narrow, feel for the times. Narrow because like many of the volumes in the series there are multiple entries by artists and there is a great deal of overlap from year to year (i.e. the same bands the Hollies, Deep Purple) and singers (Shirley Bassey, Olivia Newton-John) showing up on each year's collection). That being said, there are many great tracks here, like Wizzard's "Ballpark Incident," the Fortunes "Storm in a Teacup," and the Hollies' "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)," and some obscure (to American ears anyway), too, in Duncan Brown's "The Journey." There are also a few clinkers, too, like Charlie Drake's obnoxious "Puckwudgie," but not enough to sink the ship. In all, this is a decent collection that almost works and will certainly bring back memories for devotees of British pop music of the '70s.

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