Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 70's

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Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 70's Review

by Johnny Loftus

Like most of the decade-based installments in Casey Kasem's America's Top 10 series, this set has its hands full with the genre-flooded charts of 1970s pop. But while most retrospectives would include just a few hits surrounded by hit-or-miss filler, Top 10 is crammed with well-known radio favorites, and offers a nice cross-section of the decade's disparate sounds. There's bombastic album rock from Foreigner ("Feels Like the First Time") and the Guess Who ("American Woman"), light funk in the form of Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good," and perennial favorites from heavyweights like Fleetwood Mac ("Don't Stop"), and Rod Stewart ("Maggie May"). '70s soft rock is represented by Seals and Crofts' classic "Diamond Girl," as well as the rakish, blue-eyed soul of the early Hall and Oates hit "Rich Girl." The delightful oddities department is represented well by the starstream art rock of Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver," as well as Nilsson's classically melodramatic interpretation of "Without You." Top 10's booklet includes liner notes and artist photos.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Guess Who 03:53 Amazon
2 Daryl Hall & John Oates 02:26 Amazon
3 Carly Simon 04:20 Amazon
4 Rod Stewart 05:16 Amazon
5 Foreigner 03:53 Amazon
6 Peter Frampton 03:35 Amazon
7 KC & the Sunshine Band 03:07 Amazon
8 Rufus 04:39 Amazon
9 Gary Wright 04:18 Amazon
10 Fleetwood Mac 03:13 Amazon
11 War 03:49 Amazon
12 Frankie Valli 03:34 Amazon
13 Three Dog Night 03:19 Amazon
14 Tom Jones 02:51 Amazon
15 Seals & Crofts 03:56 Amazon
16 Harry Chapin 03:46 Amazon
17 The Doobie Brothers 03:47 Amazon
18 America 04:11 Amazon
19 Harry Nilsson 03:23 Amazon
20 The Spinners 04:09 Amazon
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