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Various - Looking For the Magic: American Pop in the Seventies (CD)

Various - Looking For the Magic: American Pop in the Seventies (CD)

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Sealed. Three CD set.

Comprehensive three CD overview of the American power pop scene's evolution throughout the 70s. Featuring the genre's major bands, cult names, hits, rari7es and several previously unissued tracks. Although the power pop genre wasn't named and codified until late 1977, the sound and spirit had been slowly gathering steam throughout the decade. Surrounded by heavy metal and introverted singer/songwriters, the likes of The Raspberries, Big Star, Blue Ash and The Wackers spearheaded an early 70s return to the spiky, three-minute pop urgency of the mid-60s British Invasion bands. While only The Raspberries charted, such bands established a musical template that was adopted by a new raft of slightly younger acts including the Dwight Twilley Band, The Rubinoos and Shoes. The tide had turned by the late 70s, with such names as Cheap Trick and The Cars achieving success as the American music industry embraced power pop as a radio-friendly alternative to punk. When The Knack emerged from nowhere to dominate the summer of 1979 with the single 'My Sharona' and the album 'Get The Knack', it was clear that the decade was ending with power pop established as a significant commercial proposition. A chronologically-arranged set, 'Looking For The Magic' traces power pop's development throughout the Seventies as largely unsuccessful bands were afforded cult status by the burgeoning grass-roots fanzine network that nurtured them. As well as featuring all of the aforementioned acts, we include the likes of Todd Rundgren, Flamin' Groovies, Sparks, Ramones and the USA-based 1979 revamp of Badfinger, one of the seminal prototypal power pop bands at the start of the decade. We also focus on a huge number of cult names and little-known acts, showcasing many tracks that were unissued at the time and even several cuts now gaining a first-ever release. Housed in a clamshell box that includes a heavily annotated and illustrated 48-page booklet, 'Looking For The Magic' is a fascinating, highly entertaining celebration of a genre that went under the radar for most of it's formative years.

Disc 1
1 Shakin' Street - MC5
2 Go Back - Crabby Appleton
3 Egg Carton Wall - the American Dream
4 We Gotta Get You a
5 Woman - Todd Rundgren
6 Moon Tears - Grin
7 Down on My Knees - Bread
8 You Tore My Down -Flamin' Groovies
9 To Be Your Friend - Sid
10 Bradley (Erik)
11 When My Baby's Beside Me
12 (Alternative Mix) - Big Star
13 Top of the City - Stories
14 It's My Life - the Wackers
15 I Like Girls (Bearsville Version) - Sparks
16 Abracadabra (Have You Seen Her?) - Blue Ash
17 Must Be Love - Bang
18 Friday on My Mind - Earth Quake
19 Play on - the Raspberries
20 I Don't Mind - Athanor
21 Some Kind of Jerk- Foxpass
22 Ahead of My Time - the Droogs
23 I Don't Want to Know -Nils Lofgren
24 Little Lost and Innocent-Milk 'N' Cookies
25 Rock and Roll Love Letter - Tim Moore
26 Government Center -Jonathan Richman
27 She Might Look My Way (Take 2) - Alex Chilton
28 Familiar Faces - Target
29 Last Night - Eric Carmen

Disc 2
1 American Nights - the Runaways
2 (Don't Fear) the Reaper
3 (Single Edit) - Blue Öyster Cult 3 Downtown Menagerie -Hollins Ferry
4 All in All* - Just Boys
5 When You Find Out - the Nerves
6 If You've Got the Time -The Babys
7 Lonely Boy - Andrew Gold
8 To Stay - John Scoggins
9 See No Evil - Television
10 I Trust You* - the Meyce
11 Oh, Candy (Single Mix) - Cheap Trick
12 Ridin' in My Car - NRBQ
13 Boys Don't Lie - Shoes
14 She Say Yea - the Scruffs
15 She's the One - Themarshalls
16 Love in Action - Utopia
17 Alright You Boys - Venus & the Razorblades
18 Looking for the Magic -Dwight Twilley Band
19 Ecstasy - Paley Brothers
20 Forgive and Forget -Marbles
21 All for the Love of Rock
22 And Roll - Tuff Darts
23 You, Yeah You - the Quick
24 New Year's Eve - Van Duren
25 Mind of My Own - the Leopards
26 Walk in the Rain - the Pop
27 Decline and Fall -Sneakers

Disc 3
1 My Best Friend's Girl - the Cars
2 Losing You to Sleep -Tommy Hoehn
3 The First One - Gary Valentine
4 Leave the Past Behind -The Moberlys
5 I Wanna Be Sedated -Ramones
6 Let Her Dance - Spitballs
7 You Just Don't Wanna
8 Know - Jules & the Polar Bears
9 Gotta Have Pop - Segarini
10 Say Girl - Robert Johnson
11 Come Back - Fotomaker
12 Don't Listen to Them - Bill Kern
13 Love Is Gonna Come at
14 Last - Badfinger
15 Drivin' Music - Rubinoos
16 Rendezvous - the Greg Kihn Band
17 Your Number or Your
18 Name - the Knack
19 Poly Vinyl - the Mumbles
20 Rolene - Moon Martin
21 Get 'Im Outa Town - the Laughing Dogs
22 She Don't Know Why I'm
23 Here (Album Version) - the Last
24 Slip Away - Ian Lloyd
25 Should Have Known
26 Better - Richard Lloyd
27 No More Heartbreaks* -The Names
28 She Said - Cheese
29 Cheri - 20/20
19 Is It My Name - Todd Rundgren
20 You Know - Stray Dog
21 We're An American Band - Grand Funk

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