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A.M. Gold [St. Clair]

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St Clair's A.M. Gold shouldn't be confused with the Time-Life series of the same name. They come from two different leagues, St. Clair being strictly bush league in comparison. The ten songs on A.M. Gold are a smattering of actual hits by the original artist, like Rick Springfield's "Speak to the Sky," Starship's "Sara," live versions of hits by Dionne Warwick ("What the World Needs Now"), Leo Sayer ("More Than I Can Say"), and weirdness like the Commodores' instrumental take on "Who's Making Love," Jack Jones ham-fisting his way through "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Acker Bilk's smooth jazz cover of Randy VanWarmer's "Just When I Needed You Most." Add to that Elton John's cover of Cat Stevens' "Lady d'Arbanville" from his days as a session singer in the late '60s, plus an early track by Hall & Oates ("They Needed Each Other") that wasn't anything resembling a hit, and you have a complete mess of a compilation. A.M. Tin is more like it. Anyone looking for a collection of songs you may actually have heard on AM radio should probably look elsewhere for such a collection.

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