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Please don't be fooled (as I was), this is another example of a Jive Bunny album being re-released under a different title. With the exception of a different sleeve, this is an exact copy of an earlier album, "Pop Back To The 70s".
After almost a decade of sampling hits from the 50s & 60s, Jive Bunny moves to the decade that musical taste forgot! Split into four elongated megamixes, this particular CD begins with a 'Glam Rock' mix featuring snippets from all the top 'tunes' from that era. Yeah, you've heard them all before, but the mixing treatment given to the songs adds a little freshness. Mix 2 concentrates on the 'disco' boom of the mid-late 70s. Some tracks may not be 'classics', yet you'll have no doubt heard each and every one of them.
Mix 3 is a brilliant 'pop' mix, featuring the likes of "Love Is In The Air" (recently covered by 'Milk & Sugar feat JPY), "Baker Street", "Living Next Door To Alice" and "Beautiful Sunday". However, the fourth megamix, 'Euro Pop', is absolutely PANTS! As the title suggests, it samples ten European hits of the 70s, and in all fairness, it isn't even worth playing, never mind writing about!
"Pop Back In Time To The 70s" is worth buying for all you nostalgia buffs out there, but it's certainly not an album you'll play time and time again.
(Incidentally, mixes one, two and three also appear in shorter versions on the Jive Bunny CD, "Hop Around The Clock").
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Three out of the four megamixes found on this album are extended versions of those found on "Hop Around The Clock", proving that the Master Mixers seem to be running out of ideas! As the title suggests (duh!), this is a tribute to the music of the 70s featuring four megamixes split into different genres. Megamix One is dedicated to the British Glam Rock era, so it's surprising they've used The Osmond's, "Crazy Horses" to start it off! I've never been a fan of Glam Rock, so this megamix isn't exactly a favourite of mine. It does boast contributions from the likes of The Sweet, Slade, Wizzard, Gary Glitter, Mud, T-Rex, The Rubettes and The Bay City Rollers, so you can't deny the Master Mixers haven't chosen the cream of the crop. All tracks sampled are genuine classics too, and with the mixing just right, this is a first class megamix, but better enjoyed if you like this style of music. (Track Rating: 3/5)
Megamix Two pays tribute to the disco era, but the choice of songs sampled here could've been a whole lot better. All genuine disco stompers, but where's Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive"? Why isn't there any Bee-Gees tracks or songs from "Saturday Night Fever"? And haven't the Master Mixers ever heard of Hot Chocolate, Tavares, Earth Wind & Fire, Donna Summer, Heat Wave, Boney M, The Emotions or even Melba Moore (and those are just some of the artists that should've appeared). Nevertheless, this is an adequate track that has the quality to ensure this is a party favourite. Of course, ABBA pitches in with a contribution, "Dancin' Queen", and then there's the dancefloor favourite, "Car Wash" by Rose Royce. But the rest of this megamix seems to be full of one-hit wonders. I recognise a few of them, but some just pass me by. What should've been a good megamix turns out to be extremely mediocre. (Track Rating: 2/5)
Megamix Three is the best on this album. 'Pop Back To The 70s' features classic tracks from the decade that taste forgot! It begins with the (I suppose) disco classic, "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas - a song that transformed many a kid into Bruce Lee addicts! Further great songs include: "December '63 (Oh What A Night)", "Love Is In The Air" and The Manfred Mann's Earth Band's legendary, "Blinded By The Light". There's two songs worth mentioning for different reasons: "Baker Street" - the Gerry Rafferty song which deserves the label of 'classic' - features the great man himself. But the version of Don McLean's, "American Pie" is truly awful. I just hope Don never manages to hear this version, and how this sound-a-like has ruined it. Notwithstanding a few minor gripes, this is a brilliant megamix for fans of 70s pop music. (Track Rating: 5/5)
The final megamix on the album, paying tribute to the big European hits of the decade, just happens to be the worst Jive Bunny megamix since "Hot Summer Salsa". I suppose you've really got to hear it to fully understand just how bad it is. You may recognise some of the tracks sampled ("Rivers Of Babylon" by Boney M and "Radar Love" by Golden Earring), but most are one-hit wonders that seem to invade the British charts every summer. Two words can easily sum up this megamix: 'instantly forgettable'. (Track Rating: 0/5)
Because the 1970s produced so many different styles of popular music, I guess it's difficult to make an album that covers all those genres. And since this CD was part of a rather mediocre time for Jive Bunny, I never really expected anything great. With the exception of the 'pop' megamix, a poor album is what I got. "Pop Back In Time To The 70s" is directed more at fans of this kind of music rather than Jive Bunny fans. Purchase with caution!