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AM Gold: 1978

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Time-Life's AM Gold series takes a wide-ranging look at the music that shaped the '70s, sticking mainly to the biggest hits of each year and providing an hour-plus of first-rate oldies radio programming. Each disc is heavy with classic tracks from huge artists, but also finds space for one-offs from lesser-known groups and singers. AM Gold: 1978 features mostly soft rock classics like Player's "Baby Come Back," Bob Welch's "Sentimental Lady," Pablo Cruise's "Spending the Night Together," and Gino Vannelli's "I Just Wanna Stop" but also picks up a couple of AOR nuggets (Sweet's "Love Is Like Oxygen" and Boston's "Don't Look Back"), some fine disco hits (Chic's "Le Freak," Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You"), and the slickest pop-jazz tune of all time, Chuck Mangione's "Feels So Good." Toss in a couple of oddball hits like Nick Gilder's "Hot Child in the City" and John Paul Young's "Love Is in the Air" and you end up with another well-chosen, evenly paced, and highly entertaining collection from the fine folks at Time-Life. Look for it at a secondhand store near you today.

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