Various Artists

Rock On: 1970-1989

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A budget-line attempt to emulate Rhino's Billboard Top Rock & Roll/Top Pop series. The song selection is rather scattershot as MCA and Capitol/EMI (who packaged the albums for Madacy) tend to fill them with more from their back catalogues than deemed necessary. Still, they get an extra star because of the occasional left-field inclusion that usually misses most anthologies, like David Bowie's "Let's Dance," (from 1983), A Taste of Honey's "Sukiyaki," (from 1981), Sweet Sensation's "Sad Sweet Dreamer," (from 1975), and Jethro Tull's "Bungle in the Jungle" (from 1974). While they lack the unified historical verities of the Rhino series, the discs have decent mastering and the budget price makes them an attractive buy.