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reviewed The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers. November 30, 2011
posted in Music Matters
The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers
While I am not a particularly big fan of the music of the 1970's one group that stood head and shoulders above the rest was The Doobie Brothers.  Led by vocalist Tom Johnston, this group successfully …
reviewed Three Dog Night: Complete Hit Singles. November 24, 2011
posted in Music Matters
Three Dog Night: Complete Hit Singles
About ten years ago I purchased the two-disc set "Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975". At the time it was clearly the best Three Dog Night collection on the market.  But frankly, …
reviewed The Very Best of Neil Diamond: The Or.... November 11, 2011
posted in Music Matters
The Very Best of Neil Diamond
Between the years 1966 and 1983 Neil Diamond was one of the most consistent hitmakers in American popular music.  During this period he placed an impressive total of more than 50 singles on …
reviewed Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story .... August 27, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Celebrate The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975
When I purchased "Celebrate:  The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975"  several years ago it was easily the best available collection of Three Dog Night on the market.  No question …
reviewed Elvis Presley Elvis: 30 #1 Hits. June 04, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Elvis Presley 30 #1 Hits
How time flies by!  My old 2 CD compilation of Elvis Presley's biggest hits was issued way back in 1988.  And to put it mildly the sound quality on that collection left much to …
reviewed The Journey: The Very Best of Donna S.... March 25, 2010
posted in Music Matters
The Journey The Very Best of Donna Summer
There's just no question about it.  Donna Summer was one of a handful of shining stars to emerge from an otherwise lackluster decade in the history of American popular music.  Lots …
reviewed Stevie Wonder. September 25, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is amazing!!!   In a career spanning nearly a half century at Motown records he has produced some of the finest pop, soul and R&B records of his day.  I cannot think …
reviewed Bridge Over Troubled Water. August 03, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Bridge Over Troubled Water
The first time I heard Simon and Garfunkel's spectacular #1 hit record "Bridge Over Troubled Water" nearly 40 years ago I was positively mesmorized.  I thought to myself that …
reviewed Walter Cronkite. July 18, 2009
Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite is gone.  He was an American icon who set the standard for journalistic excellence.  He was 92 years old.  During his long and distinguished career Mr. Cronkite covered …
reviewed Network (1976 movie). June 25, 2009
posted in Screen Gems
Network
When Paddy Chayefsky's "Network" opened in theaters back in 1976 it created quite a stir all across America.  "Network" boasted an all-star cast that included such …
reviewed Let It Roll: The Songs of George Harr.... June 18, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Goerge Harrison
When The Beatles split up for good back in 1970 I wondered what in the world would become of George.  While I enjoyed much of his work as lead guitarist with The Beatles  I was …
reviewed The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John.... May 28, 2009
posted in Music Matters
The Long Road Home
Back in 2005 John Fogerty settled his decades long dispute with Fantasy records and returned to the label as a solo artist.  This multi-talented singer/songwriter/musician certainly …
reviewed All In The Family. March 23, 2009
All In The Family
For todays generation of television viewers the numbers seem incomprehensible.  Yet, it is indeed a fact that on Saturday nights in the early 1970's 60% of those watching television …
reviewed Little River Band The Definitive Coll.... March 22, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Little
Just how many times can a major record label reshuffle, recycle and reissue the same mediorcre material?   Capitol Records decided to find out by presenting us with the 2005 release "The …
reviewed Playlist: The Very Best of Earth Wind.... March 14, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Playlist: The Very Best of Earth, Wind & Fire
It all began in the City of Angels in 1969 when the Chicago bred producer/songwriter/vocalist/percussionist Maurice White and his brother Verdine formed an R & B group that they dubbed Salty Peppers. …
reviewed The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt. January 16, 2009
The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt
When you pause to consider Linda Ronstadt's entire body of work over a period of four decades it it difficult not to come to the conclusion that Linda really is one of the great singers of the past …
reviewed The Hollies: Epic Anthology from the .... January 12, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Hollies Epic Anthology
If you grew up in the 1970's and were a big fan of the Hollies, then "The Epic Anthology" just might be your ticket. This collection features all of the great Hollies tunes you would have heard on Top …
reviewed Something Happened: A Political and C.... December 16, 2008
Something Happened
For me "Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies" is a very difficult book to size up.   If you were over the age of 18 and paying any attention at all to current …
reviewed The Very Best of the Spinners. December 14, 2008
posted in Music Matters
The Very Best of The Spinners
Originally known as The Detroit Spinners this group was discovered by Moonglows great Harvey Fuqua around 1960.  In fact their very first release "Thats What Girls Are Made For" (sadly …
reviewed Helen Reddy The Woman I Am: The Defin.... December 11, 2008
posted in Music Matters
Helen Reddy The Woman I Am Definitive Collection
It has been an awfully long time since Helen Reddy had her last big chart hit.  Her music has all but disappeared from the radio.  That's too bad.  But the fact of the matter is that Helen …
reviewed The Best of the Stylistics. December 11, 2008
posted in Music Matters
The Best of The Stylistics
It was first released on vinyl on the old Avco label way back in 1975. "The Best of the Stylistics" offers up 10 of the biggest and best hit recordings from this important 1970's soul group. Yes, you …
reviewed Stevie Wonder: At The Close of A Century. December 07, 2008
posted in Music Matters
Stevie Wonder At The Close of A Century
Stevie Wonder is amazing!!!   In a career spanning over 40 years at Motown records he has produced some of the finest pop, soul and R&B records of his day. I cannot think of any other artist …
reviewed Al Green : Definitive Greatest Hits. December 05, 2008
posted in Music Matters
Al Green Definitive Greatest Hits
As decades go the 1970's was never among my favorites.  I have always felt that save for a handful of artists the music of that decade left an awful lot to be desired.  For about three and …
reviewed Elton John -- Greatest Hits 1970-2002. December 04, 2008
posted in Music Matters
Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002
Yes I realize there is always considerable consternation among collectors about the plethora of "Best of" and "Greatest Hits" packages that are put on the market every year.  …
reviewed Earth Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits. December 04, 2008
posted in Music Matters
Earth Wind & Fire Greatest Hits
It all began in the City of Angels in 1969 when the Chicago bred producer/songwriter/vocalist/percussionist Maurice White and his brother Verdine formed an R & B group that they dubbed Salty Peppers. …
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