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Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box

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6/16/1998

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For anyone who grew up during the last days of AM radio, anyone who remembers gas shortages, disco scarves, and feathered hair, this mammoth seven-disc box set, Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box, will be a holy grail of nostalgia. First of all, the discs themselves contain a staggering 164 tracks. Basically, if you remember the song, it's probably included: from enduring chestnuts even today's teenagers can sing ("Fire and Rain," "Fly Like an Eagle") to obscure gems of kitsch like "The Night Chicago Died" and the supremely maudlin "Billy Don't Be a Hero." If you were born in the 1960s, you'll probably find this stuff enjoyable rather than embarrassing (to the degree that you can think back on your adolescence without cringing). But don't let the music distract you from the packaging, either. The box is covered in avocado-green shag carpeting (embroidered with a happy-face pattern), and the booklet contains photos of all the artists, essays on the politics and culture of the period, and capsule references to notable events, fads, and people. Only Rhino Records could have put out a reissue package of music, images, and text this perfect. ~ Rick Anderson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) Edison Lighthouse 2:49
  3. 2 Venus Shocking Blue 3:2
  4. 3 Rose Garden Lynn Anderson 3:27
  5. 4 American Woman The Guess Who 3:50
  6. 5 Green-Eyed Lady Sugarloaf 3:36
  7. 6 Vehicle The Ides of March 2:53
  8. 7 Little Green Bag George Baker Selection 3:24
  9. 8 Ride Captain Ride Blues Image 3:7
  10. 9 Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum 3:58
  11. 10 Superstar Murray Head 4:23
  12. 11 Give Me Just a Little More Time Chairmen of the Board 2:39
  13. 12 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) The Delfonics 3:19
  14. 13 O-O-H Child The Five Stairsteps 3:13
  15. 14 ABC The Jackson 5 2:41
  16. 15 Band of Gold Freda Payne 2:54
  17. 16 Fire and Rain James Taylor 3:54
  18. 17 Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) Raiders 3:27
  19. 18 Put Your Hand in the Hand Ocean 2:54
  20. 19 One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley 3:19
  21. 20 Signs Five Man Electrical Band 3:25
  22. 21 Don't Pull Your Love Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds 2:39
  23. 22 Me and You and a Dog Named Boo Lobo 2:54
  24. 23 Wild World Yusuf / Cat Stevens 3:18
  25. 24 Joy to the World Three Dog Night 3:13
  26. 1 Theme from Shaft Isaac Hayes 3:14
  27. 2 Family Affair Sly & The Family Stone 3:3
  28. 3 Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get The Dramatics 3:30
  29. 4 Treat Her Like a Lady Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 2:42
  30. 5 Have You Seen Her The Chi-Lites 4:46
  31. 6 Want Ads Honey Cone 2:44
  32. 7 Let's Stay Together Al Green 3:14
  33. 8 Do You Know What I Mean Lee Michaels 3:12
  34. 9 Maggie May Rod Stewart 5:19
  35. 10 Mr. Big Stuff Jean Knight 2:27
  36. 11 Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It) Daddy Dewdrop 2:48
  37. 12 Brand New Key Melanie 2:23
  38. 13 One Tin Soldier Coven 3:38
  39. 14 School's Out Alice Cooper 3:27
  40. 15 Popcorn Hot Butter 2:31
  41. 16 Joy 2:43
  42. 17 I Am Woman Helen Reddy 3:12
  43. 18 A Horse with No Name America 3:47
  44. 19 I'll Take You There The Staple Singers 3:23
  45. 20 Everybody Plays the Fool The Main Ingredient 3:40
  46. 21 I Gotcha Joe Tex 2:26
  47. 22 I'll Be Around The Spinners 3:8
  48. 23 Lean on Me Bill Withers 3:39
  49. 24 Day by Day Godspell 3:14
  50. 1 Alone Again (Naturally) Gilbert O'Sullivan 3:36
  51. 2 Precious and Few Climax 2:44
  52. 3 Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) Looking Glass 3:2
  53. 4 Dancing in the Moonlight King Harvest 2:49
  54. 5 Nice to Be with You Gallery 2:36
  55. 6 The Candy Man Sammy Davis, Jr. 3:7
  56. 7 Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast Wayne Newton 3:21
  57. 8 Hot Rod Lincoln Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen 2:42
  58. 9 Rock and Roll, Pt. 2 Gary Glitter 2:59
  59. 10 The Cover of the Rolling Stone Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show 2:52
  60. 11 You're So Vain Carly Simon 4:17
  61. 12 Me and Mrs. Jones Billy Paul 4:45
  62. 13 Freddie's Dead (Theme from Superfly) Curtis Mayfield 3:27
  63. 14 The Morning After Maureen McGovern 2:19
  64. 15 That Lady The Isley Brothers 3:49
  65. 16 I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little Bit More Baby Barry White 4:7
  66. 17 Love's Theme Love Unlimited Orchestra 3:32
  67. 18 Jungle Boogie Kool & the Gang 3:5
  68. 19 Tell Her She's Lovely El Chicano 3:12
  69. 20 Stuck in the Middle with You Stealers Wheel 3:23
  70. 21 Tie a Yellow Ribbon (Round the Old Oak Tree) Tony Orlando 3:22
  71. 22 Smokin'in the Boys Room Brownsville Station 2:56
  72. 23 Frankenstein Edgar Winter 3:25
  73. 24 Duelling Banjos Eric Weissberg 2:17
  74. 1 Love Train The O'Jays 2:56
  75. 2 Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:56
  76. 3 The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia Vicki Lawrence 3:33
  77. 4 Long Train Running The Doobie Brothers 3:24
  78. 5 Brother Louie Stories 3:53
  79. 6 Hello It's Me Todd Rundgren 3:28
  80. 7 Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks 3:44
  81. 8 The Air That I Breathe The Hollies 3:44
  82. 9 Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin 3:37
  83. 10 The Night Chicago Died Paper Lace 3:29
  84. 11 Tell Me Something Good Rufus 3:30
  85. 12 Billy, Don't Be a Hero Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods 3:37
  86. 13 Lady Styx 3:32
  87. 14 The Payback James Brown 4:7
  88. 15 You're No Good Linda Ronstadt 3:36
  89. 16 The Entertainer Marvin Hamlisch 3:2
  90. 17 Rock the Boat Hues Corporation 3:6
  91. 18 Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas 3:13
  92. 19 Midnight at the Oasis Maria Muldaur 3:45
  93. 20 The Streak Ray Stevens 3:12
  94. 21 Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) B.T. Express 3:11
  95. 22 Radar Love Golden Earring 5:3
  96. 1 Beach Baby The First Class 5:2
  97. 2 Sideshow Blue Magic 4:8
  98. 3 You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Bachman-Turner Overdrive 3:24
  99. 4 I'm Not in Love 10cc 3:56
  100. 5 The Bertha Butt Boogie The Jimmy Castor Bunch 3:36
  101. 6 Black Superman (Muhammed Ali) Johnny Wakelin 3:34
  102. 7 Jackie Blue Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:33
  103. 8 Chevy Van Sammy Johns 2:55
  104. 9 Shining Star Earth, Wind & Fire 2:51
  105. 10 Why Can't We Be Friends? War 3:47
  106. 11 Love Will Keep Us Together Captain & Tennille 3:20
  107. 12 Feelings Morris Albert 3:56
  108. 13 Miracles Jefferson Starship 3:26
  109. 14 Magic Pilot 3:2
  110. 15 Love Machine The Miracles 2:56
  111. 16 You Sexy Thing Hot Chocolate 3:28
  112. 17 Lady Marmalade Labelle 3:17
  113. 18 Fame David Bowie 3:47
  114. 19 Sky High Jigsaw 2:46
  115. 20 Convoy C.W. McCall 4:12
  116. 21 Bad Blood Neil Sedaka 3:17
  117. 22 Slow Ride Foghat 3:55
  118. 1 Get Down Tonight KC & the Sunshine Band 3:9
  119. 2 Love Rollercoaster Ohio Players 2:52
  120. 3 December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) The Four Seasons 3:30
  121. 4 Saturday Night Bay City Rollers 2:53
  122. 5 The Rockford Files Mike Post 3:10
  123. 6 Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell 3:10
  124. 7 Fly Robin Fly The Silver Convention 3:39
  125. 8 Evil Woman Electric Light Orchestra 3:17
  126. 9 Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To) Diana Ross 3:21
  127. 10 Happy Days Pratt & McClain 3:15
  128. 11 Making Our Dreams Come True Cyndi Grecco 2:29
  129. 12 Let Your Love Flow The Bellamy Brothers 3:14
  130. 13 Tear the Roof off the Sucker Parliament 4:9
  131. 14 Right Back Where We Started From Maxine Nightingale 3:13
  132. 15 Fooled Around and Fell in Love Elvin Bishop 2:55
  133. 16 Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band 3:49
  134. 17 Dream Weaver Gary Wright 3:23
  135. 18 I'd Really Love to See You Tonight England Dan & John Ford Coley 2:34
  136. 19 Disco Duck Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots 3:44
  137. 20 Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson 3:50
  138. 21 Car Wash Rose Royce 4:8
  139. 22 More, More, More Andrea True 3:0
  140. 23 You Are the Woman Firefall 2:54
  141. 24 Fly Like an Eagle Steven Miller 2:59
  142. 1 Do You Feel Like We Do Peter Frampton 7:46
  143. 2 Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:55
  144. 3 Ridin' the Storm Out REO Speedwagon 3:2
  145. 4 Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band Meco 3:59
  146. 5 Disco Inferno The Trammps 3:33
  147. 6 Brick House Commodores 3:58
  148. 7 Got to Give It Up Marvin Gaye 4:9
  149. 8 Feels Like the First Time Foreigner 3:19
  150. 9 Don't Give Up on Us David Soul 3:35
  151. 10 Sometimes When We Touch Dan Hill 3:29
  152. 11 Sir Duke Stevie Wonder 3:53
  153. 12 I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor 3:34
  154. 13 I Love the Nightlife Alicia Bridges 2:58
  155. 14 Happy Anniversary Little River Band 3:35
  156. 15 Baby Hold On Eddie Money 3:0
  157. 16 Werewolves of London Warren Zevon 3:23
  158. 17 Kiss You All Over Exile 3:27
  159. 18 I Want Your Love Chic 3:28
  160. 19 We Are Family Sister Sledge 4:8
  161. 20 Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now McFadden & Whitehead 3:38

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