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Sounds of the Seventies: FM Rock, Vol. 3

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Time Life collections are usually rock-solid groupings of classic songs presented carefully and lovingly, and the FM Rock series is no exception. The theme seems to be songs you might find on a free-form FM station, because each volume contains songs that no commercial program director would come close to allowing on the air. Mixed in with these selections are some classic FM tunes as well, making for a wild and unpredictable listen. For example, Vol. 3 has hit tracks by Jethro Tull ("Aqualung") and Yes ("Long Distance Runaround"), but mostly features cool obscurities like Big Star's "September Gurls," Leon Russell's "Stranger in a Strange Land," and Joni Mitchell's "California," as well as oddball choices like John Cale's "Momamma Scuba" and Bloodrock's "D.O.A." Beyond being entertaining listening, all the entries in the series could turn listeners on to bands they missed the first time around, and are fine additions to the collection of someone who wants to delve deeper into the music of the '70s.

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