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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Please Sir! - I want some more!', 20 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: I Grew Up in the 70s (Audio CD)
Having already procured for myself a copy of pretty much every 80s CD compilation that has ever existed, I was faced with a rather bleak choice; I could finally consider myself cured of my addiction to buying music compilations of all shapes and sizes... or I could rush headlong into the welcoming embrace of a whole new decade's worth of material. And, since I myself date from late 1970, the decision as to which time-period would be the next one to witness my somewhat profligate spending seemed to be pretty much a foregone conclusion. The fact that this is a really well thought-out selection of music does not take away the shame I feel for having succumbed to yet another impulse-buying temptation. Oh, alright then - yes it does!

This particular collection of music had two things going for it, right from the start. First, I was able to get my hands on it almost immediately, thanks to that 'AutoRip' MP3 thing that is included. And, perhaps more important even than that, CD3 proudly boasts the theme tune to 'Please Sir!'. This is an absolutely explosive combination for any fan of Deryck Guyler, most especially one who has just opened his birthday presents to discover that someone has actually paid attention to one of his more subtle gift-buying hints DERYCK GUYLER 24x36 COLOR PHOTO POSTER PRINT. Well, naturally, finally taking possession of such a fine photo of Mr Guyler makes a man just want to play the theme tune to 'Please Sir!' loudly and proudly ad infinitum... No? Oh well, that must just be me then. The point is, it was all the excuse I really needed to send for this rather splendid compilation.

I am, by no means, any kind of Seventies music aficionado, but even I know the first two of these three discs contain some real classics of that period. 'Wuthering Heights' for instance, is a truly wonderful track. It would have been even more wonderful had it been allowed to reach its natural conclusion here though, rather then poor Kate Bush's epic masterpiece being faded down almost a minute before it really ought to have been.

I was intrigued to read the review which happened to mention the 'speeding up' of 'Under The Moon Of Love' and in fact made that my second musical stop (after giving 'Please Sir!' at least a dozen airings). I have to say, I probably wouldn't have really noticed anything wrong with the song at all if I hadn't felt obliged to then go looking for it on the internet in order to compare the two. To me, it just sounded like Showaddywaddy were in a bit of a party mood when they recorded the track that sits proudly on CD1, with maybe just the merest hint that they may have been passing a balloon full of helium around between them at the time. It's only when you hear the proper version alongside it that the version on this collection begins to sound more and more like something Ray Stevens and 'Bridget The Midget' might have sung backing vocals for.

CD3 is what sets this compilation apart from any of its 70s box-set brethren; these themes have been very well chosen to evoke all kinds of warm and fuzzy memories. With a couple of exceptions ('Suicide Is Painless' being perhaps the most obvious of them), this third disc contains some fabulously feel-good music. Once Deryck Guyler relinquishes his hold on me (do I even want him to, I ask myself? Hm... interesting), I shall be free to play the theme from 'Starsky and Hutch' while imagining I am leaping off a wall and landing on someone's car roof. Or, rather more likely, I'll be able to listen to the theme to 'Charlie's Angels' and ponder the riddle of how Farrah Fawcett ever got her hair to look like that...
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