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Sounds of the Seventies: 1973

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Sounds of the Seventies: 1973 is another fine entry in a fine series from the folks at Time-Life. It collects 19 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 blast. The highlights run from the smooth soul of Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly" and the Spinners' "Could It Be I'm Fallin in Love" to the soft rock of Todd Rundgren's "Hello It's Me" and Seals & Crofts' "Diamond Girl" to the hard rock of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" and the street poetry of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side."

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