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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Bell Bottom Bliss Pt. 1 “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass

posted by on July 18 at 12:35 PM

Thanks to Mizell’s post on Grand Funk Railroad I’m feeling inspired to dig deep into the golden vaults of ’70s FM hits and misses.

When I worked at Rhapsody I was charged with making several playlists a week, which was fun at first but got pretty taxing after the first 20 or so. My favorite of all was called “Bell Bottom Bliss,” which I described thusly:

Forget gas shortages, Watergate, Vietnam, cocaine and disco: The ’70s were a magical time for rock ‘n’ roll. There was a fantasy world unfolding from the music, one wrapped in bell bottoms and sporting Jew-fros and grasping at stardom one single at a time, one that took a back seat to the big-budget AOR that dominated the charts. Here are those 8-Track b-sides, those late-night AM curveballs that might not be classics but carry a heady whiff of nostalgia. Breathe deep.

The tracklist:

1. Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)
Looking Glass
2. Brother Louie
The Stories
3. Magic
4. Viva Tirado
El Chicano
5. The 6 Teens
6. The Groove Line
7. Love Is Alive
Gary Wright
8. Kiss You All Over
9. Classical Gas
Mason Williams
10. Baker Street
Gerry Rafferty
11. I’m Not In Love
12. Flirtin’ With Disaster
Molly Hatchet
13. No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature
The Guess Who
14. Keep On Smilin’
Wet Willie
15. Slow Ride (Single Version)
16. Free Ride
Edgar Winter
17. I Just Want To Celebrate
Rare Earth
18. The Rapper
The Jaggerz
19. Come And Get Your Love
20. Spooky
Atlanta Rhythm Section
21. Temptation Eyes
Grass Roots
22. The Night Chicago Died
Paper Lace
23. Ride Captain Ride
Blues Image
24. Something In The Air
Thunderclap Newman

I’ve been fascinated by this kind of music for the last year or so. A lot of it is truly awesome stuff—real songs, innovative arrangements, a weird and groovy blend of disco, soul, pop, doo-wop, and the general weed-headed haze that pervades much of the mid-’70s.

Due to liscensing restrictions, a few tracks weren’t included in the Rhapsody mix, most notably “Green Eyed Lady” by Sugarloaf, “Couldn’t Get it Right” by the Climax Blues Band, and “Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest. Man, those are all kickass songs. I’ll dig. If they’re on the net, you’ll find ‘em here eventually.



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