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on 22 July 2012
Sadly, 1972 will be remembered for the massacre at the Munich Olympics and power cuts and strikes at home but I also recall it as my favourite year for music. I was eight years old and vividly remember the excitement generated by the bands of the era. The seventies are often sneered at (usually by people who weren't around at the time) for the hairstyles and the clothes but musically, this decade has never been bettered. When I saw that a compilation of songs from 1972 had been released I scrolled down to inspect the selections and was very pleasantly surprised. As a rock music fan I would have left out Shirley Bassey and Hurricane Smith; Without You by Harry Nilsson is on my list of songs I never want to hear again (the "Lady In Red" list) but I accept that the compilers wanted to give an overview of musical styles and the rest of the choices reflect the quality of 1972 pretty well. ELO's innovative and daring 10538 Overture and The Move's hellraising California Man are inspired and often overlooked. Roy Wood is featured again as the leader of Wizzard with the brilliant Ball Park Incident. The inclusion of Fireball by Deep Purple is also a bold inclusion on a pop/rock cd. I was delighted to see All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople, a fine and talented band, who, with a David Bowie song written in 20 minutes in a bid to revive Mott's flagging fortunes(and the man himself on backing vocals), delivered the release of the year. I can still see Ian Hunter on Top Of The Pops delivering this supreme song in his cool, understated style. Ultimate praise must go to the person who decided to feature Burlesque by Family, not a song which casual listeners will recall but Roger Chapman's unique vocals helped to make this song a stunning piece of music. Of course, anyone who appreciates rock music will own the best of these songs already but this release serves as a good introduction for those who think the 70s were all about The Carpenters, The Osmonds and disco. The lack of any Slade, who had four major hits in this year, however, is a massive and rather curious oversight, (Slade were everywhere in the early 70s and were fundamental to the musical landscape) as is the omission of Alice Cooper who broke through commercially in 72 and gave an exciting American edge to the British dominated music scene.

Overall, this CD is an excellent place to start if you want to get a taste of the energy and creativity of 1972. Imagine listening to the chart countdown on a Sunday evening, waiting to hear which of the many rock classics released that year were also major hits. It will never happen again. Use it as an introduction to the music of early ELO, Family and Mott The Hoople, it's worth buying just for that reason.
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1972 Was most certainly a great year on the pop-scene 'Glam-Rock' had become much of the charts
make-up back then with many great-names around to enjoy.
Though this 20 number CD has a lot of great sounds missing, it really is a great reflection of the music
mood of that time, I shouldn't think those looking for the elusive track to slot into their collection will
have much luck with this one, it's quite simply jam-packed with popular Hit-Material of the day.
I'll jot down a few of the tracks on offer on this release to act as an example of it's overall content, I think
pop fans will, if not already in your collection, might just want this one........'T.Rex' --'Telegram Sam'.......
'Wizzard' --'Ball Park Incident'........'E.L.O' --'10538 Overture'........'Lindisfarne' --'Meet Me On The Corner'
.....'Sly and Family Stone' --'Family Affair'........and........'Johnny Cash' --'A Thing Called Love'.......I have
merely highlighted just half a dozen of the truly great memories harboured on-board.
Certainly a 70's disc worth a second glance from the 'Top of The Pops' music series.
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on 25 September 2012
i bought this for a ruby wedding anniversary present and the music did represent the period of which it was from. our friends really liked it
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on 15 December 2012
A good product, brought this for a birthday present that represents his birth year, some good songs on the cd!
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on 31 October 2015
A good album from the TOTP 2007 cd series it includes 20 Top Hits from '72 including... T. Rex (Telegram Sam), Sweet (Wam Bam), Wizzard (Ball Park Incident), E.L.O. (10538 Overture), Shirley Bassey (Diamomds Are Forever), Nilssons (Without You), Sly & The Family Stone (Family Affair) amongst others. Great for people who love the 70s!
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on 20 December 2014
Great gift - these are like little time capsules that transport you back in time. This was a great present as it had the songs that were popular in the year that they were born.
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on 9 January 2013
Arrived quickly and the birthday people liked it, as it was something nobody else had got them, we also had a laugh by seeing which songs we actually knew!!
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on 15 August 2013
Very happy with CD, was a gift for a family member, who is very ahppy with collection of hits, would recommend.
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on 28 December 2012
Niece in America was happy on her 40th birthday. Came well packaged and in good time for her birthday. Thanks
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on 15 January 2013
It bought this for a 1972 music fan who was delighted with the selection of the music. Good value for money.
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