Various Artists

The Best of the 70's, Vol. 1

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On the surface Direct Source's three-disc set Best of the 70's, Vol. 1 looks like a pretty good deal; 30 hit songs by some of the biggest artists of the era all taken from a wide range of styles. You get some disco (Gloria Gaynor's "Never Can Say Goodbye," Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes' "Get Dancin'"), power pop (Badfinger's "Come and Get It," Pilot's "Magic"), hard rock (the Blues Image's "Ride Captain Ride," Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz") and plenty of AM pop (Paper Lace's "The Night Chicago Died," Sammy Johns' "Chevy Van"). Unfortunately what you don't get are the original versions of all these songs. Instead you are subjected to lousy remakes and live versions done on the down side of the artists' careers. Not all the versions are terrible, a couple are even listenable, but what people really need are the originals. This is a waste of plastic that hopefully won't sucker too many people into buying it.

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