20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the '70s

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
No album containing only 12 songs with a running time of 52 minutes can claim anything like a comprehensive look at the 1970s, much less present "the best" of the decade. But Hip-O's discount-priced compilation, part of Universal Music's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series and drawing upon the major label's vast archives, plus a couple of licensed songs from other companies, can attempt to be representative of the diverse musical styles of the '70s. Major trends in popular music included singer/songwriters Cat Stevens' "Wild World" and Southern rock Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama". R&B music often referred to as "soul" in the '70s ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
No album containing only 12 songs with a running time of 52 minutes can claim anything like a comprehensive look at the 1970s, much less present "the best" of the decade. But Hip-O's discount-priced compilation, part of Universal Music's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series and drawing upon the major label's vast archives, plus a couple of licensed songs from other companies, can attempt to be representative of the diverse musical styles of the '70s. Major trends in popular music included singer/songwriters Cat Stevens' "Wild World" and Southern rock Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama". R&B music often referred to as "soul" in the '70s continued to be broadly popular, but it had expanded its styles to include social concerns Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," Edwin Starr's "War" as well as easy listening Gladys Knight & the Pips' "Midnight Train to Georgia" and bubblegum the Jackson 5's "ABC". Similarly, the British Invasion that had begun in the '60s continued to lap American shores, but it was diverse, touching on everything from reggae Eric Clapton's "I Shot the Sheriff" to creamy pop Elton John's "Daniel" and even folk-rock Rod Stewart's "Maggie May". All of these songs were popular, but the only two titles to rank among the most successful records of the decade are the final two on the disc: Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World," a piece of pure pop, and Don McLean's epic "American Pie." Annotator Sal Nunziato says of the latter that it "could be the 'anthem' of the decade," which is both ironic and fitting, since the song's lyrics actually constitute a musical history of the '60s, the decade from which most people spent the '70s recovering.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731454183529
  • Catalog Number: 541835
  • Sales rank: 24,079

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What's Going On (3:57)
  2. 2 Wild World (3:21)
  3. 3 Sweet Home Alabama (3:40)
  4. 4 Maggie May - Rod Stewart (5:15)
  5. 5 War (3:29)
  6. 6 I Shot the Sheriff (4:24)
  7. 7 Show Me the Way (4:40)
  8. 8 Daniel (3:54)
  9. 9 Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight & the Pips (4:40)
  10. 10 ABC (2:59)
  11. 11 Joy to the World (3:17)
  12. 12 American Pie - Don McLean (8:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Jackson 5 Track Performer
Elton John Track Performer
Lynyrd Skynyrd Track Performer
Don McLean Track Performer
Edwin Starr Track Performer
Cat Stevens Track Performer
Three Dog Night Track Performer
Tony Camillo Conductor
Eric Clapton Track Performer
Gladys Knight & the Pips Track Performer
Technical Credits
Peter Frampton Arranger, Producer
Marvin Gaye Producer
Gladys Knight Producer
Al Kooper Producer
Cat Stevens Composer
Rod Stewart Producer
Tony Camillo Arranger, Producer
Tom Dowd Producer
Gus Dudgeon Producer
Ed Freeman Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Producer
Bubba Knight Producer
Alphonso Mizell Producer
Freddie Perren Producer
Richard Podolor Producer
Deke Richards Producer
Paul Samwell-Smith Producer
Norman Whitfield Producer
William Guest Producer
Edward Patten Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Dana Smart Producer
Laura Graven Art Direction
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Sal Nunziato Liner Notes
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