Direct Source's Best of the 70's: Hits of 1974 is the kind of budget collection that might catch your eye. It is short at only ten tracks, but they are a well-selected and interesting bunch drawn from a fairly wide range of styles. The only problem is that, for the most part, the songs are re-recordings of the hit versions, sometimes cut by the original band or artist and sometimes by just the singer from the band. Either way, the tracks are pale imitations of the originals and the collection is basically useless to anyone who wants to hear the actual best of the '70s.
AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra