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Poptopia! 70's Power Pop Classics

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Named after an annual power-pop festival in the Los Angeles, Rhino's three-disc Poptopia! Power Pop Classics series attempts to chronicle power pop's evolution from its '70s roots to its '90s incarnation as a cult genre. Power pop, in many ways, is the ultimate cult music: it has a specific sound, a strict songwriting formula, and a small number of classic artists. In other words, it's a genre that lends itself easily to an anthology -- it's possible to feature both the classics and a number of obscure gems on one compact disc. The first volume of Poptopia proves this point, as it skillfully balances the familiar with the relatively unknown. Over the course of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Named after an annual power-pop festival in the Los Angeles, Rhino's three-disc Poptopia! Power Pop Classics series attempts to chronicle power pop's evolution from its '70s roots to its '90s incarnation as a cult genre. Power pop, in many ways, is the ultimate cult music: it has a specific sound, a strict songwriting formula, and a small number of classic artists. In other words, it's a genre that lends itself easily to an anthology -- it's possible to feature both the classics and a number of obscure gems on one compact disc. The first volume of Poptopia proves this point, as it skillfully balances the familiar with the relatively unknown. Over the course of 18 tracks, the album features all of the key power-pop bands, from the Raspberries "Go All the Way" and Big Star "September Gurls" to Cheap Trick "Come On, Come On" and 20/20 "Yellow Pills". Nearly every artist is represented by one of their big songs, with the notable exception of Badfinger, whose Capitol material wasn't available due to licensing restrictions. As a result, Poptopia! Power Pop Classics of the '70s is a basic primer on the genre, offering every major artist and many of the great songs that provided power pop with its foundation, including Nick Lowe "Cruel to Be Kind", the Dwight Twilley Band "I'm on Fire", Flamin' Groovies "Shake Some Action", Todd Rundgren "Couldn't I Just Tell You", the Knack "Good Girls Don't", Bram Tchaikovsky "Girl of My Dreams", the Shoes "Too Late", Pezband "Baby It's Cold Outside", the Rubinoos "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", and the Records "Starry Eyes". Any serious power pop fan, and many casual listeners as well, will have everything here, but this is where the curious should start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/1997
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227272821
  • Catalog Number: 72728

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Badfinger Track Performer
Big Star Track Performer
Eric Carmen Bass, Piano, Vocals
Cheap Trick Track Performer
Alex Chilton Guitar, Vocals
Dave Edmunds Guitar, Vocals
Flamin' Groovies Track Performer
The Knack Track Performer
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
The Raspberries Track Performer
The Records Track Performer
Todd Rundgren Vocals, Multi Instruments, Track Performer
Shoes Track Performer
Dwight Twilley Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
The Beat Track Performer
Blue Ash Track Performer
Paul Collins Guitar, Vocals
Fotomaker Track Performer
Pezband Track Performer
The Rubinoos Track Performer
Phil Seymour Bass, Drums, Vocals
Bram Tchaikovsky Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
20/20 Track Performer
Joey Molland Guitar, Vocals
Robin Zander Guitar, Vocals
Royse Ader Bass, Vocals
George Alexander Bass, Vocals
Bill Bartolin Guitar, Vocals
Mimi Betinis Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Will Birch Drums
Jim Bonfanti Drums, Vocals
Keith Boyce Percussion, Drums
Billy Bremner Guitar, Vocals
Micky Broadbent Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Wally Bryson Guitar, Vocals
Bun E. Carlos Drums
Gene Cornish Bass, Vocals
Dino Danelli Drums
Tommy Dunbar Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Tom Evans Bass, Vocals
Larry Fast Synthesizer
James Ferrell Guitar
Doug Fieger Guitar, Vocals
Ron Flynt Bass, Vocals
Mike Gallo Drums
Bruce Gary Drums
Mike Gibbins Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Mike Gorman Bass, Vocals
Huw Gower Guitar, Vocals
John Grazier Organ
Pete Ham Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Steve Huff Bass, Vocals
Andy Hummel Bass
Cyril Jordan Guitar, Vocals
Jim Kendzor Guitar, Vocals
Gary Klebe Guitar, Vocals
Nick Lowe Bass, Vocals, Track Performer
Lex Marchesi Guitar, Vocals
Skip Meyer Drums, Vocals
Jeff Murphy Guitar, Vocals
John Murphy Bass, Vocals
Rick Nielsen Guitar, Vocals
Prescott Niles Bass
Bill Pitcock Guitar
Mick Rain Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Michael Ruiz Percussion, Drums
Frank Secich Bass, Vocals
Chris Silagyi Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals
Donn Spindt Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Jody Stephens Drums, Vocals
Frankie Vinci Keyboards, Vocals
Larry Whitman Guitar, Vocals
Terry Williams Drums
Chris Wilson Guitar, Vocals
Tommy Gauvenda Guitar
Dr. David Evans Drums, Vocals
John Wicks Guitar, Vocals
Dwight Twilley Band Track Performer
Tom Petersson Bass, Vocals
David Wright Drums
Jon Rubin Guitar, Vocals
Phil Brown Bass, Vocals
Johnny "Tub" Johnson Bass
Steve Allen Guitar, Vocals
John Payne Saxophone
David Smalley Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer
Gary Stewart Producer
Eric Carmen Composer
Alex Chilton Producer
Dave Edmunds Producer
Ted Nugent Composer
Todd Rundgren Producer
Dwight Twilley Producer
Nick Garvey Producer
Tommy Keene Composer
John Phillips Composer
Phil Seymour Producer
Bram Tchaikovsky Producer
Frank Loesser Composer
Howard Albert Producer
Ron Albert Producer
Will Birch Producer
Bruce Botnick Producer
Harold Bronson Producer
Tommy Dunbar Composer
John Fry Producer
Stephan Galfas Producer
John Grazier Producer
Andy Hummel Producer
Bill Inglot Producer
Dave Kapp Producer
Matthew King Kaufman Producer
Eddie Kramer Producer
Mike Lewis String Arrangements
Nick Lowe Producer
Earle Mankey Producer
David McLees Producer
Gary Peterson Producer
Jody Stephens Producer
Mike "Clay" Stone Producer
Dennis Weinreich Producer
Tom Werman Producer
Peter Ker Producer
Jim Neill Producer
Chris Thomas Producer
Rachel Gutek Producer
Patrick Milligan Producer
Mike Chapman Producer
Steve Poltorak Producer
David Gorman Producer
John Hagelston Producer
James Gangwer Composer
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