If you're glancing at the track listing of Hits of the '70s and think that it looks like a decent compilation of pop and rock from the '70s, make sure you notice the telling blurb below it: "This album contains some tracks that have been re-recorded. . .Tracks featuring groups were recorded using as many of the original group members as possible." That tells you all you really need to know. None of these re-recordings should be preferred over the original versions (yes, that also goes for Billy Ocean's "Love Really Hurts Without You," which sounds like it was made in one of those recording booths you used to see at suburban malls). Most versions are both poorly recorded and executed, making the disc worthless.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman