Various Artists

Rolling Back the Years: 1976-1977

  • AllMusic Rating
    4
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

The 14th volume of British budget label Prism Leisure's Rolling Back the Years series, which samples pop hits of two-year periods dating back to 1950-1951, is, like most of its predecessors, marred by the lack of original recordings included. "Some of the tracks featured are live concert performances, or re-recordings made by the soloist or by one or more members of the original group," reads a legal disclaimer in small print on the back cover, and that should be fair warning. Beyond this sourcing problem, for American listeners the selection is also problematic, since the material is oriented toward the U.K. charts rather than the U.S. ones. Three-quarters of the 20 songs included did reach the Billboard Hot 100 (albeit, usually in different versions), but only five were Top Ten hits: "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty," "Don't Give Up On Us," "Car Wash," and "Boogie Nights." In contrast, all 20 were British chart entries, 17 of them Top Ten hits, including such unknown-in-America numbers as Sailor's "Girls Girls Girls," Tina Charles' "I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)," the Glitter Band's "People Like You and People Like Me," and French group Space's "Magic Fly." Thus, even for those Americans willing to overlook the re-recordings, this does not constitute a good survey of U.S. popular music in the mid-'70s.

blue highlight denotes track pick