Various Artists

Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box

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For anyone who grew up during the last days of AM radio, anyone who remembers gas shortages, disco scarves, and feathered hair, this mammoth seven-disc box set, Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box, will be a holy grail of nostalgia. First of all, the discs themselves contain a staggering 164 tracks. Basically, if you remember the song, it's probably included: from enduring chestnuts even today's teenagers can sing ("Fire and Rain," "Fly Like an Eagle") to obscure gems of kitsch like "The Night Chicago Died" and the supremely maudlin "Billy Don't Be a Hero." If you were born in the 1960s, you'll probably find this stuff enjoyable rather than embarrassing (to the degree that you can think back on your adolescence without cringing). But don't let the music distract you from the packaging, either. The box is covered in avocado-green shag carpeting (embroidered with a happy-face pattern), and the booklet contains photos of all the artists, essays on the politics and culture of the period, and capsule references to notable events, fads, and people. Only Rhino Records could have put out a reissue package of music, images, and text this perfect.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Edison Lighthouse 02:53 Amazon
2 Shocking Blue 03:06 Amazon
3 Lynn Anderson 03:27 Amazon
4 The Guess Who 03:53 Amazon
5 Sugarloaf 03:40 Amazon
6 The Ides of March 02:56 Amazon
7 George Baker Selection 03:24 Amazon
8 The Blues Image 03:09 Amazon
9 Norman Greenbaum 04:02 Amazon
10 Murray Head 04:22 Amazon
11 Chairmen of the Board 02:41 Amazon
12 The Delfonics 03:23 Amazon
13 The Five Stairsteps 03:16 Amazon
14
The Jackson 5 02:43 Amazon
15 Freda Payne 02:55 Amazon
16 James Taylor 03:54 Amazon
17 Paul Revere & the Raiders / Raiders 03:27 Amazon
18 Ocean 02:57 Amazon
19 Brewer & Shipley 03:21 Amazon
20
Five Man Electrical Band 03:27 Amazon
21 Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds 02:43 Amazon
22 Lobo 02:57 Amazon
23 Cat Stevens 03:20 Amazon
24 Three Dog Night 03:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Isaac Hayes 03:17 Amazon
2 Sly & the Family Stone 03:06 Amazon
3 The Dramatics 03:33 Amazon
4 Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 02:46 Amazon
5 The Chi-Lites 04:49 Amazon
6 Honey Cone 02:47 Amazon
7 Al Green 03:18 Amazon
8 Lee Michaels 03:14 Amazon
9 Rod Stewart 05:19 Amazon
10 Jean Knight 02:30 Amazon
11 Daddy Dewdrop 02:51 Amazon
12 Melanie 02:26 Amazon
13 Coven 03:38 Amazon
14 Alice Cooper 03:30 Amazon
15 Hot Butter 02:33 Amazon
16
Apollo 100 / Tom Parker 02:46 Amazon
17 Helen Reddy 03:16 Amazon
18 America 03:50 Amazon
19 The Staple Singers 03:23 Amazon
20 The Main Ingredient 03:39 Amazon
21 Joe Tex 02:29 Amazon
22 The Spinners 03:12 Amazon
23 Bill Withers 03:42 Amazon
24 Godspell Cast Ensemble 03:14 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Gilbert O'Sullivan 03:39 Amazon
2 Climax 02:47 Amazon
3 Looking Glass 03:05 Amazon
4 King Harvest 02:51 Amazon
5 Gallery 02:38 Amazon
6 Sammy Davis, Jr. 03:10 Amazon
7 Wayne Newton 03:24 Amazon
8 Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen 02:44 Amazon
9 Gary Glitter 03:02 Amazon
10 Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show 02:54 Amazon
11 Carly Simon 04:20 Amazon
12 Billy Paul 04:47 Amazon
13 Curtis Mayfield 03:27 Amazon
14 Maureen McGovern 02:23 Amazon
15 The Isley Brothers 03:49 Amazon
16 Barry White 04:10 Amazon
17 The Love Unlimited Orchestra / Love Unlimited 03:35 Amazon
18 Kool & the Gang 03:06 Amazon
19 El Chicano 03:14 Amazon
20 Stealers Wheel 03:26 Amazon
21 Tony Orlando & Dawn / Tony Orlando 03:26 Amazon
22 Brownsville Station 02:58 Amazon
23 The Edgar Winter Group / Edgar Winter 03:27 Amazon
24 Eric Weissberg 02:17 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The O'Jays 02:58 Amazon
2 Gladys Knight & the Pips 03:58 Amazon
3 Vicki Lawrence 03:35 Amazon
4 The Doobie Brothers 03:27 Amazon
5 Stories 03:56 Amazon
6 Todd Rundgren 03:30 Amazon
7 Terry Jacks 03:44 Amazon
8 The Hollies 03:47 Amazon
9 Harry Chapin 03:39 Amazon
10 Paper Lace 03:31 Amazon
11 Rufus 03:32 Amazon
12 Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods 03:40 Amazon
13 Styx 03:31 Amazon
14 James Brown 04:06 Amazon
15 Linda Ronstadt 03:38 Amazon
16 Marvin Hamlisch 03:05 Amazon
17 Hues Corporation 03:08 Amazon
18 Carl Douglas 03:15 Amazon
19 Maria Muldaur 03:45 Amazon
20 Ray Stevens 03:16 Amazon
21 B.T. Express 03:12 Amazon
22 Golden Earring 05:04 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The First Class 05:05 Amazon
2 Blue Magic 04:11 Amazon
3 Bachman-Turner Overdrive 03:28 Amazon
4 10cc 03:58 Amazon
5 The Jimmy Castor Bunch 03:36 Amazon
6 Johnny Wakelin 03:36 Amazon
7 Ozark Mountain Daredevils 03:37 Amazon
8 Sammy Johns 02:58 Amazon
9 Earth, Wind & Fire 02:53 Amazon
10 War 03:50 Amazon
11 Captain & Tennille 03:24 Amazon
12 Morris Albert 03:56 Amazon
13 Jefferson Starship 03:29 Amazon
14 Pilot 03:04 Amazon
15 The Miracles 02:58 Amazon
16 Hot Chocolate 03:31 Amazon
17 Patti LaBelle / Labelle 03:20 Amazon
18 David Bowie 03:47 Amazon
19 Jigsaw 02:50 Amazon
20 C.W. McCall 04:11 Amazon
21 Neil Sedaka 03:17 Amazon
22 Foghat 03:56 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 KC & the Sunshine Band 03:13 Amazon
2 Ohio Players 02:54 Amazon
3 The Four Seasons 03:32 Amazon
4 Bay City Rollers 02:55 Amazon
5 Mike Post 03:12 Amazon
6 Glen Campbell 03:14 Amazon
7 Silver Convention 03:38 Amazon
8 Electric Light Orchestra 03:19 Amazon
9 Diana Ross 03:24 Amazon
10 Brother Love / Pratt & McClain 03:15 Amazon
11 Cyndi Grecco 02:31 Amazon
12 The Bellamy Brothers 03:17 Amazon
13 Parliament 04:09 Amazon
14 Maxine Nightingale 03:16 Amazon
15 Elvin Bishop 02:58 Amazon
16 Starland Vocal Band 03:49 Amazon
17 Gary Wright 03:26 Amazon
18 England Dan & John Ford Coley 02:38 Amazon
19 Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots 03:43 Amazon
20 Vicki Sue Robinson 03:50 Amazon
21 Rose Royce 04:08 Amazon
22 The Andrea True Connection / Andrea True 03:01 Amazon
23 Firefall 02:54 Amazon
24 Steve Miller Band / Steven Miller 03:01 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Peter Frampton 07:46 Amazon
2 Lynyrd Skynyrd 04:57 Amazon
3 REO Speedwagon 03:05 Amazon
4 Meco 03:59 Amazon
5 The Trammps 03:36 Amazon
6 Commodores 03:58 Amazon
7 Marvin Gaye 04:12 Amazon
8 Foreigner 03:22 Amazon
9 David Soul 03:37 Amazon
10 Dan Hill 03:32 Amazon
11 Stevie Wonder 03:55 Amazon
12 Gloria Gaynor 03:34 Amazon
13 Alicia Bridges 03:01 Amazon
14 Little River Band 03:39 Amazon
15 Eddie Money 03:04 Amazon
16 Warren Zevon 03:27 Amazon
17 Exile 03:31 Amazon
18 Chic 03:32 Amazon
19 Sister Sledge 04:07 Amazon
20 McFadden & Whitehead 03:41 Amazon
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