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At first glance, Direct Source's 1975 looks like a decent, low-cost sampler of some really good music from 1975. When you look at the fine print on the back cover, however, 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 '90s. A quick listen would also tell you that the remakes are uniformly terrible. For example, the versions of Pilot's "Magic," Sammy Johns' "Chevy Van," and Freddy Fender's "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" are tinny and overly smooth musically, as well as very weak in the vocal department. The horror of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils' hoarse and tired sounding "Jackie Blue" 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 recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken. 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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