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Rock on 1978: Hot Blooded

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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 1978: Hot Blooded documents the commercial triumph of disco with tracks by Frankie Valli ("Grease"), the Tramps ("Disco Inferno"), and A Taste of Honey ("Boogie Oogie Oogie"), the rise of AOR singles artists like the Cars ("Just What I Needed") and Foreigner ("Hot Blooded"), and the continued power of soft rock (Walter Egan's "Magnet and Steel," Exile's "Kiss You All Over," and Todd Rundgren's "Can We Still Be Friends?") While there are certainly many high quality songs, there are too few songs, and the presentation is too scattered for this collection to be considered a necessary purchase.

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