Classic Rock Greatest Hits (2003)
|Artist: Various Artists|
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|Includes liner notes by Alan Di Perna.|
|Liner Note Author: Alan Di Perna.|
|This is an average collection of classic rock radio hits from the '70s. The only difference between this and a host of similar classic rock compilations is Casey Kasem's name attached to it. Among the 20 tracks are "Smoke on the Water," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Come Sail Away," and "Sweet Home Alabama." While most of these songs fit the "classic rock" scheme, "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)," "Nights in White Satin," and "Cover of the Rolling Stone" may be a bit of a stretch. ~ Al Campbell|
|Release Date : 05/20/2003|
|Original Release Date : 2003|
|Catalog ID : 71896|
|Label : Top Sail Productions|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00805667189620|
If you like rock11/27/2012
If you like older rock and don't want to buy 15 albums and you don't like/use MP formatted music, this CD compilation is a good choice for hits. Good production as all the Casey Kasem productions seem to be.
Fine collection of 70s radio rock6/24/2003
This generous collection (clocking in at a disc-stuffing 76:55) is filled with the radio candy that kept ears glued to the dial throughout the 70s. It may very well represent the last great gasp of top-40 radio, wherein the experimental sounds of 60s FM progressive rock were strained through the pop sensibilities of the AM hit single machine. These twenty selections focus on the rock hits of the 70s, eschewing other movements like disco, teen pop, and singer/songwriters (some of which are covered on other volumes of this series). ¶ From Boston’s intricately layered "More Than a Feeling" to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s anthemic "Sweet Home Alabama," the electric guitar was rock radio’s focal point, with outsized riffs (courtesy of Mick Ralphs, Paul Kossoff, Steve Miller, Carlos Santana, and Duane Allman, among others) topped by swaggering vocals from the likes of Paul Rodgers (Bad Company and Free) and Lou Gramm (Foreigner). The result filled arenas and summer days-on-the-green around the world. ¶ Even acoustic numbers like Kansas’ "Dust in the Wind" and novelties like Brownsville Station’s "Smokin’ in the Boys Room" resound with the era’s allegiance to the overboard. Covers by Santana ("Black Magic Woman," originally waxed by Fleetwood Mac) and Nazareth ("Love Hurts," originally a hit for the Everly Brothers) became amped-up icons that buried the earlier incarnations for many listeners. ¶ Though twenty tracks barely scratches the surface -- even in this relatively narrow swath of 70s hit music -- this is a solid hour-plus of party music that’s sure to revive a few memories. It’s like listening to your favorite Classic Rock station without the commercials!