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Jackie: The Party Album

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AllMusic Review by Jon O'Brien

Following its Summer Special and Love Songs collections, Jackie: The Party Album is the sixth installment to be released by the compilation series spinoff from the hugely popular 1970s teenage girls' magazine. The three-CD collection features 76 classic pop tracks from the era of the Cathy and Claire problem page, illustrated front covers, and pull-out posters of David Cassidy, who unsurprisingly appears here, with "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do." Alongside the first number one of the decade, Edison Lighthouse's "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)," there are also chart-toppers from ABBA ("Waterloo"), the Rubettes ("Sugar Baby Love"), and Baccara ("Yes Sir I Can Boogie"), and sounds from the world of disco (the Nolans), Motown (the Four Tops), glam rock (Slade), teen pop (Bay City Rollers), and heavy metal (Black Sabbath). In addition to tracks from iconic pop stars still as popular now as they were in the '70s (Elton John, Rod Stewart, David Bowie), there are also one-hit wonders such as John Paul Young, Norman Greenbaum, and George Baker Selection, and songs that have also reached number one in the noughties through various cover versions ("Lady Marmalade," "Thunder in My Heart"). Highlights from the first disc include the Foundations' infectious "Build Me Up Buttercup," Desmond Dekker's reggae classic "You Can Get It If You Really Want," and the lounge-pop of Tony Christie's "Avenues and Alleyways." Heatwave's dancefloor favorite "Boogie Nights," Ike & Tina Turner's rock anthem "Nutbush City Limits," and the Police's ska-fused "Can't Stand Losing You" provide the standouts from disc two, while Jackson 5's joyous "I Want You Back," Diana Ross' seductive "Love Hangover," and Barry Manilow's party number "Copacabana" are the choice cuts from the third disc. Destined to evoke memories for any listener who grew up in the '70s, Jackie: The Party Album is a nostalgia-filled hit-packed compilation album that undoubtedly provides some of the most familiar and fun pop tunes of the decade.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 ABBA 02:45 Amazon
2 Jeff Beck / Cher 02:36 Amazon
3 Jeff Beck / The Foundations 02:52 Amazon
4 The Drifters / The Foundations 02:53 Amazon
5
Desmond Dekker / The Drifters 02:27 Amazon
6 Lynn Anderson / Desmond Dekker 02:36 Amazon
7 Lynn Anderson / Edison Lighthouse 02:50 Amazon
8
Edison Lighthouse / The Four Tops 02:48 Amazon
9 Diana Ross / The Temptations / The Four Tops 02:43 Amazon
10 Billy Ocean / Diana Ross / The Temptations 02:32 Amazon
11 Billy Ocean / The Real Thing 03:30 Amazon
12 The Fortunes / The Real Thing 03:23 Amazon
13 Carole King 02:25 Amazon
14 Dion 02:41 Amazon
15 The Chiffons 02:19 Amazon
16 Rubettes 03:25 Amazon
17 Tony Christie 03:18 Amazon
18 George Baker Selection 03:15 Amazon
19
Shocking Blue 03:01 Amazon
20 Christie 02:40 Amazon
21 The Tremeloes 03:46 Amazon
22 Mama Cass 03:01 Amazon
23 Three Dog Night 03:15 Amazon
24 Smokey Robinson & the Miracles / The Miracles / Smokey Robinson 03:00 Amazon
25
Freda Payne 02:54 Amazon
26 Marmalade 03:04 Amazon
27 Tommy James & the Shondells 02:51 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Police 03:01 Amazon
2 Elton John 04:54 Amazon
3 Rod Stewart 03:14 Amazon
4 Mott the Hoople 03:06 Amazon
5 Slade 03:32 Amazon
6 Ike & Tina Turner / Ike Turner / Tina Turner 02:50 Amazon
7 Sweet 03:11 Amazon
8 The Osmonds 02:30 Amazon
9 Mud 03:49 Amazon
10 Status Quo 03:44 Amazon
11 Black Sabbath 02:46 Amazon
12 Sparks 03:37 Amazon
13 T. Rex 02:28 Amazon
14 David Bowie 03:01 Amazon
15 McGuinness Flint 03:39 Amazon
16 Albert Hammond 03:24 Amazon
17 David Essex 03:04 Amazon
18 Leo Sayer 03:36 Amazon
19 Pilot 03:29 Amazon
20 Heatwave 03:37 Amazon
21 Labelle 03:55 Amazon
22 Wild Cherry 03:10 Amazon
23 Harry J All-Stars 02:51 Amazon
24 Dave & Ansel Collins 02:46 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 David Cassidy 03:00 Amazon
2 Bay City Rollers 02:33 Amazon
3 Wizzard 04:58 Amazon
4 Kenny 02:33 Amazon
5 Suzi Quatro 03:47 Amazon
6 The Jackson 5 02:52 Amazon
7 Timebox 02:49 Amazon
8 The Hollies 03:00 Amazon
9 Norman Greenbaum 03:56 Amazon
10
Showaddywaddy 02:46 Amazon
11 Little Eva 02:23 Amazon
12 Dawn / Norman Greenbaum 02:31 Amazon
13 Hues Corporation 03:18 Amazon
14 The Three Degrees 02:42 Amazon
15 Middle of the Road 03:12 Amazon
16 The New Seekers 02:20 Amazon
17
John Paul Young 03:25 Amazon
18 Boney M. 02:33 Amazon
19 The Dooleys 03:42 Amazon
20 The Nolans 03:18 Amazon
21 Baccara 03:16 Amazon
22 Barry Manilow 03:55 Amazon
23 Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons / The Four Seasons / Frankie Valli 03:28 Amazon
24 Diana Ross 03:45 Amazon
25 Barry White 03:22 Amazon
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