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Its been a little while since Eric Records acclaimed Hard-To-Find 45s on CD series visited the 1970s. And, weve never stretched into the 80s! That makes Hard-To-Find 45s on CD Vol. 14: 70s & 80s Pop Classics a welcome addition to the family, as it celebrates the glittering decades that found popular music getting more popular – and unpredictable – than ever before. Hold on tight – or you might get whiplash as we survey nearly 20 years worth of pop rarities!
Who, for instance, would have expected Tacos quirky synth-pop rendition of the Cole Porter classic Puttin On The Ritz to become a worldwide smash? It did (#4 in 1983). Who would have expected a jazz-tinged piano ballad by a duo from Switzerland to hold its own against Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson? Doubles Captain Of Her Heart did (#16 in 1986). Who would have thought that a guy could make it to #1 with a song about his erotic dreams? Alan ODay did just that in 1977 with Undercover Angel.
Hard-To-Find 45s on CD Vol. 14 also includes some off-the-beaten-path tracks by some big names, including You're Only Lonely by renowned California songwriter J.D. Souther, Easy Lover by former Earth Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey (with vocal support from superstar Phil Collins), and I Love You, the second biggest AM hit ever by FM rock icons Climax Blues Band. And, dont miss Gerry Raffertys Baker Street, featuring one of the most famous saxophone solos in recorded history.
All but two of these songs made the Top 20, more than half made the Top 10, and three reached the pinnacle of the charts – but we dare you to find them on most oldies compilations, let alone collect them without buying a dozen or so (probably out-of-print and pricey) albums. Foremost among these precious gems is Cherchez La Femme, a Latin swing extravaganza by Dr. Buzzards Original Savannah Band that crashed the disco party in 1976. The original single version makes its CD debut right here!
Hard-To-Find 45s on CD Vol. 14: 70s & 80s Pop Classics is built from original single versions on original master tapes, painstakingly engineered for crisp, vibrant, stereo sound. Like its companion volume, Hard-To-Find 45s on CD Vol. 13: The Love Album, it includes a detailed, illustrated 12-page booklet by well-known music author Greg Adams.
ALL TRACKS TRUE STEREO / ORIGINAL 45 RPM SINGLE VERSIONS
|play||1.||IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA||Albert Hammond||#5||10/72|
|play||2.||LIVING NEXT DOOR TO ALICE||Smokie||#25||12/76|
|play||3.||UNDERCOVER ANGEL||Alan ODay||#1||4/77|
|play||4.||BREAK MY STRIDE||Matthew Wilder||#5||9/83|
|play||5.||PUTTIN ON THE RITZ||Taco||#4||6/83|
LA FEMME/SE SI BON
|Dr. Buzzards Original Savannah Band||#27||11/76|
|play||7.||NEVER ENDING STORY||Limahl||#17||3/85|
|play||8.||TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS||Mary MacGregor||#1||11/76|
|play||9.||FRIENDS AND LOVERS (Both To Each Other)||Carl Anderson & Gloria Loring||#2||7/86|
|play||10.||HOW BOUT US||Champaign||#12||2/81|
|play||11.||THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART||Double||#16||6/86|
|play||12.||THE WAY IT IS||Bruce Hornsby & The Range||#1||9/86|
|play||13.||YOURE ONLY LONELY||J.D. Souther||#7||9/79|
|play||14.||COOL NIGHT||Paul Davis||#11||11/81|
|play||15.||KEY LARGO||Bertie Higgins||#8||11/81|
|play||16.||I LOVE YOU||Climax Blues Band||#12||2/81|
|play||17.||BAKER STREET||Gerry Rafferty||#2||4/78|
|play||18.||THE PROMISE||When In Rome||#11||9/88|
|play||19.||EASY LOVER||Philip Bailey (duet with Phil Collins)||#2||11/84|
Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburns Record Research series of Billboard chart books.