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Flashback: The Seventies

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BMG's Flashback: The Seventies presents 18 tracks from the decade, arranged roughly in chronological order. This creates a stylistic arc that links Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" to the Sugarhill Gang's "Rappers Delight," by way of "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath, Andrea True Connection's "More More More," and "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" from the Delfonics. While the numerous shifts in style are a bit jarring, that is, after all, how the decade's musical map was shaped. Nevertheless, as compilations like this are usually designed with the budget-priced, casual consumer in mind, it's a bit of a risk to include the harder-edged punk rock of Sham 69's "If the Kids Are United," even though it represents a genre that helped define the end of the 1970s.

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