Various - Planet 70's
This 43 track compilation is a cut above its competitors, and concentrates more on the rock and glam end of the 70's market. It is actually a real good mix, from both sides of the Atlantic, full of classic tracks and some interesting touches too.
The first CD has some great stuff - a lot of cheese, for sure, but the sort of songs that you can't help but like. "Blockbuster" by the Sweet is wonderfully stupid, as is "Black Betty" by Ram Jam. Also you get the delights of "Tiger Feet", Slade, and a little bit of Leo Sayer. Terry Jacks with "Seasons in the Sun" is a nice piece of nostalgia (for some reason we used to have to sing this week after week in music class at school), and "Crazy Horses" by The Osmonds is fun, even if just for that shrieking noise. And it all ends with the tune to "The Professionals", nice touch!
The second CD is a bit more grown up, and a little bit more American with some very different choices. JJ Cales "Cocaine" is a weird but welcome addition, as is Lou Read's "Vicious". You also get the wonderful Sparks, heaps better than Justin Hawkin's cover version. To top it all they bring you Kiss, Black Sabbath, and Rainbow, a text book example of screechy rocking vocals and lets face it, one of the greatest riffs going. Even Status Quo can't spoil things.
And to top it all, they've even seen fit to include Dennis Waterman belting out the theme from Minder. What more could you ask for. This is a well put together collection, that has some of the songs you would expect and some surprises. Whoever put this together obviously has a real love for the era, and its not that bad a purchase all things considered.