Sunday, 28 September 2014

Retro CD Review: The Jukebox Collection: In The Summertime (The Sounds Of The 70s - Part 2)

Here I am reviewing a retro CD of retro 1970s music, found in a charity shop last weekend.

Back in the 80s the Old Gold label was a great (but slightly more expensive) way of picking up an old recording as a single as they specialised in reissuing classic hits. The thing was you usually had to pay the going rate (if not slightly pricier in some stores) of the single.

As the 80s moved on and CD's became popular Old Gold capitalised on releasing classic hits on CD compilations through a variety of series. One series was entitled The Jukebox Collection culling together a selection of obvious and not so obvious hits from previous decades.

This release, In The Summertime: The Sounds Of The 70s - Part 2 features 14 records released between 1968 and 1977. The album is book-ended by two number ones from 1970 Mungo Jerry's In The Summertime and Pickettywitch's The Same Old Feeling.

Proving that instrumental hits didnt die out in the 1960s there are three included here,  Pepper Box by The Peppers, Egyptian Reggae by Jonathan Richman and Popcorn by Hot Butter (a favourite with TV continuity during the 70s).

Former Animal, Alan Price delivers his brilliant musical take on 1936's Jarrow Marches with 1974's  The Jarrow Song while Labi Siffre presents the beautiful Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying.

Jimmy James was taken by surprise when his single Go Where Your Music takes Me entered the charts after Jimmy Young played it on his radio show. Go Where Your Music Takes Me is featured here along with You To Me Are Everything by The Real Thing, Barbados by Typically Tropical and Everything I Own by Ken Boothe.

The odd one out is The Paper Dolls (pictured right)  Something Here In My Heart, itself a product and hit of 1968, but ultimately still a big airplay hit in the 70s and well into the 80s which still justifies its inclusion within this compilation.

On the whole an enjoyable compilation bringing together some hard to find tracks with a few obvious one.

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