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Sounds of the Seventies: 1976 - Take Two

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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra

Sounds of the Seventies: 1976 - Take Two is another fine entry in a fine series from Time-Life that fills in some of the holes that the soft rock-centric Sounds of the Seventies: 1976 left. The 21 songs here delve into hard rock with Blue Öyster Cult ("Don't Fear (The Reaper)") and Thin Lizzy ("The Boys Are Back in Town"), disco and funk with Rufus ("Tell Me Something Good"), Maxine Nightingale ("Right Back Where We Started From"), and Johnnie Taylor ("Disco Lady"), and even go a tiny bit off the beaten track with Roxy Music's "Love Is the Drug." It also includes some soft rock and easy AOR but provides a more diverse and interesting view of the year. Taken with the first volume, these two CDs paint a limited but still vibrant picture of the year and are near essential listening for '70s music fans.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Blue Oyster Cult 03:53 Amazon
2 Thin Lizzy 03:37 Amazon
3 Rufus 03:23 Amazon
4 Parliament 03:41 Amazon
5 Paul Simon 03:27 Amazon
6 Gary Wright 03:28 Amazon
7 Diana Ross 03:51 Amazon
8 KC & the Sunshine Band 03:05 Amazon
9 Steve Miller Band 02:52 Amazon
10 Bad Company 02:40 Amazon
11 Electric Light Orchestra 03:28 Amazon
12 Roxy Music 04:00 Amazon
13 Maxine Nightingale 03:17 Amazon
14 Johnnie Taylor 04:31 Amazon
15 Hot Chocolate 03:34 Amazon
16 The Brothers Johnson 03:32 Amazon
17 Kiss 02:47 Amazon
18 Foghat 03:59 Amazon
19 Peter Frampton 03:39 Amazon
20 Daryl Hall & John Oates 03:28 Amazon
21 Dorothy Moore 03:35 Amazon
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