Various Artists

Then 1: Totally Oldies

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There isn't much of an obvious connection or theme to the 18 hit singles of 1969-1979 on this compilation, other than, of course, that they were hits. "Original 45 versions" it states on the back cover, but if any or all of these are different from other versions in circulation, the differences are not delineated in the liner notes. The selection isn't too impressive either, other than Shocking Blue's "Venus" and William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful for What You Got." It goes all over the place in terms of styles: soul with Al Wilson's "Show and Tell" and New York City's "I'm Doin' Fine Now," singer/songwriter on Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," teen idoldom with Shaun Cassidy's "Hey Deanie," and disposable summer pop with Starbuck's "Moonlight Feels Right." Various tunes don't have much going for them at all save their sales records, like France Joli's disco hit "Come to Me," Dorothy Moore's "Misty Blue," Samantha Sang's "Emotion," and Climax's too-often-anthologized ballad "Precious and Few."