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On the whole, a bold and interesting selection of songs
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.