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Rock On: 1973

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Madacy's Rock On 70s series is a low-priced roundup of popular songs from each year of the decade. The songs are wide-ranging and although they seem thrown together with little regard to context or pacing, they do a fairly good job of re-creating what 45 or so minutes of listening to a decent AM station would have been like. Rock On 1973 covers a lot of ground in 12 songs ranging from glam (Sweet's "Little Willy") to soft rock (Seals & Crofts' "Diamond Girl") to smooth soul (the Stylistics' "Break Up to Make Up") to unabashed pop (Tony Orlando & Dawn's "Say Has Anyone Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose") . While it does hold many treasures, the collection is too far on the skimpy side to be considered an essential purchase.

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