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Instant Party: More 70's Rock

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Instant Party: More 70's Rock Review

by Stephen Cook

Rhino strikes again -- and for those decidedly in the core '70s rock and pop camp, this volume is not to be missed. Sure, it's all been emblazoned upon many a brain, but if you're in need of a handy hits roundup, this is a perfect selection. The variety itself is even to be admired: from America and Fleetwood Mac's eternal electric-piano sunset to Deep Purple and Foghat's vintage Marshall stax boogie, the well-worn territory is always trod with class. And, of course, you can't forget the template-setter: Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." So, with Alice Cooper, Free, ELP, and Gary Wright also along for the ride, be sure to include this bit of arcane booty in your next festive nod to the decade that really partied like it was 1999.

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