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Sounds of the Seventies: 1971

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Sounds of the Seventies: 1971 is another fine entry in a fine series from the folks at Time Life. It collects 20 songs that made the year what it was, while drawing from a wide range of styles and genres. It provides both a fine introduction to the year's music and a highly entertaining exercise in nostalgia, and either way it is a great listen. The disc is crammed full with classic songs like Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," Van Morrison's "Wild Night," Lee Michaels' "Do You Know What I Mean," Ike & Tina's "Proud Mary," and Rod Stewart's "Maggie May." There isn't a weak song to be found, and in fact the large amount of undisputed great songs makes one realize just what a wonderful year 1971 was for music. Time Life once again has done stellar work.

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