1970 Greatest Hits: Man, there's an awful lot of awful here...
I'll Be There- Jackson Five
(They Long To Be) Close To You- Carpenters
ABC- Jackson Five -- What a creepy song this is in retrospect. Corwin used it in his excellent Buffista Frankenmix a couple years ago, so I listen to it now and then (something I never did in the seventies). Michael Jackson was way too young to be singing these lyrics.
Ain't No Mountain High Enough- Diana Ross
5. The Wonder Of You - Elvis Presley -- Don't recognize the title, but all of Elvis's stuff in that era was crap.
Tears Of A Clown- Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
I Want You Back- Jackson 5
Evil Ways- Santana
25 or 6 to 4- Chicago -- This song grew on me over the years. I never especially liked Chicago, but I like the music here, even if the lyrics are nonsense.
Give Me Just a Little More Time- Chairmen of the Board
The Letter- Joe Cocker -- I like the Boxtops' version of this song quite a bit. Never cared much for Cocker, his so-called voice, or his uninspired air guitar playing.
Montego Bay- Bobby Bloom
Band Of Gold- Freda Payne
14. Get Up - James Brown
American Woman- Guess Who -- I generally liked Guess Who, but this one was crap.
The Love You Save- Jackson Five
Venus- the Shocking Blue -- So much better than the Bananarama version.
Make It With You- Bread
I Think I love You- Partridge Family
Let It Be- Beatles -- The Let It Be album was twice a victim, first in that it got caught in the middle of the disintegration of the band, and second in that they then handed it over to Phil Spector rather than George Martin for production. Spector's brilliant idea: strings! There are some great songs on the album, but the two that got the most airplay were the two that Spector most thoroughly neutered, "Let It Be" and "The Long and Winding Road" (aka the worst Beatles song EVAH). Unforgiveable, really.
21. Still Water (Love) - Four Tops
Get Ready- Rare Earth
Hey There Lonely Girl- Eddie Holman
Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)- Delphonics
Spirit In The Sky- Norman Greenbaum
In The Summertime- Mungo Jerry
No Time- Guess Who
Fire and Rain- James Taylor -- One of my all time favoritest singalong songs.
Thank You Falettin Me Be Myself Again- Sly and the Family Stone
We've Only Just Begun- Carpenters -- Man, I hated the Carpenters...
Mississippi Queen- Mountain -- Great intro.
Instant Karma- We All Shine On
War- Edwin Starr
34. What Is Truth - Johnny Cash
Lola- Kinks -- Not the best song Ray ever wrote, only the most famous.
36. Tighter, Tighter - Alive and Kicking
37. Yellow River - Christie
Whole Lotta Love- Led Zeppelin
39. Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynne
Uncle John's Band- The Grateful Dead -- One of the few Dead songs that I like.
Bridge Over Troubled Water- Simon and Garfunkle -- Grossly overrated song. I liked every song on the album except this one.
42. Paranoid - Black Sabbath -- I should know this one, as my brother (and roommate at the time) had the album. The first two albums he ever bought were the Black Sabbath, and John B. Sebastian. It was interesting sharing a room with him.
43. Okie From Muskogee - Merle Haggard
Up On Cripple Creek- The Band
Roadhouse Blues- The Doors -- Let it roll, baby, roll...
46. Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac
47. Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley
48. Funk # 49 - James Gang
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother- Hollies -- Graham Nash had moved on to better things, the next song on the list , for example...
Our House- Crosby Stills Nash and Young
All Right Now- Free
52. Cold Turkey - John Lennon
Cecilia- Simon and Garfunkle
54. Fresh Air - Quicksilver Messenger Service
Who'll Stop The Rain- Creedence Clearwater Revival
Question- Moody Blues
Mama Told Me Not To Come- Three Dog Night
58. Superman - The Ides Of March
Woodstock- Crosby Stills Nash and Young
Ticket To Ride- Carpenters -- I had expunged this atrocity from my memory until now.
Spill the Wine- Eric Burdon and War
Cinnamon Girl- Neil Young
Summertime Blues- the Who
Carolina In My Mind- James Taylor
After Midnight- Eric Clapton
66. 1984 - Spirit
Rubber Ducky- Ernie (Jim Henson, Sesame Street) -- How could you not?
68. Empty Pages - Traffic
69. Big Yellow Taxi - Neighborhood -- DOn't know this version. I love Joni's.
70. Court Of The Crimson King - King Crimson
Living Lovin Maid (She's Just a Woman)- Led Zeppelin -- The only Zep song I like.
Funky Chicken (part 1)- Willie Henderson
73. Julie Do Ya Love Me - Bobby Sherman
74. Oh My My - Monkees
Green Eyed Lady- Sugarloaf
Some of the unknowns I would probably know if I heard them.