A value-priced collection of compilations which feature the music of the '50s through the '80s, Definitive Records' A Year in Your Life series presents a fun and eclectic mix of the sounds that defined the babyhood of the baby boomers through the adulthood of the "me" generation. Ranging across a variety of pop and R&B influenced styles, each CD in the series highlights the music of a single year. Historical tidbits and a musical trivia quiz are also included in the liner notes. On A Year in the Life: 1971, Vol. 2 the influence of the recently departed '60s is still evident on songs like the socially conscious "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Indian)," Sly and the Family Stone's "Family Affair," and the Motown-inspired "Have You Seen Her" by the Chi-Lites. Other great artists represented on this volume of the series include Tony Orlando & Dawn, the Fortunes, Ocean, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, making for a very wide-ranging compilation.
AllMusic Review by Stacia Proefrock