2020 Album Draft- Round 14 Pick 3- Box Sets- Introgroove selects- Superstars Of The 70’s.

At the outset today I want to take a moment to thank Hanspostcard for hosting this draft and for keeping it going seamlessly. It’s been a fun diversion over these past four-plus bizarre and sometimes stressful months. And to everyone who participated, thank you for sharing such great content and for your feedback and support with my posts. My music horizons have been broadened. I also find it rather impressive that ten online strangers could stick to a schedule the way we have. Cheers to us!

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With my final desert island draft pick I’m taking this rabbit trail off my personal memory lane as a nod to my oft-mentioned older brothers who got me started on my journey in music when I was still in diapers. Thank you brudduhs.

The four LP Superstars of the 70’s box set, released by Warner Bros. in 1973, represents an odd case in my music listening life. My older brothers owned it, but I have little memory of them playing it. I can see it in my mind’s eye, resting flat on the musty indoor/outdoor carpet in our somewhat finished basement underneath their stereo stand. I’d pull it out from time to time out of curiosity but was probably nine or ten years old before I started to recognize many of the names (other than Roberta Flack, whose albums my mom played upstairs on her Motorola console, and Judy Collins because I’d seen her on Sesame Street).

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As much as I learned about music from my brothers, they weren’t really into most of the artists included in this set until they were older, at least not enough to spend after school part-time job paychecks on individual albums by the likes of Black Sabbath or Emerson, Lake & Palmer. One of them recently told me, looking back, that they kind of cherry picked the songs they liked, but otherwise they tended to think of it as one of those “As Seen on TV” types of releases. And it may have been just that.

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When my interest in music from the era other than the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and Elton was beginning to take off in the mid-1980s, I copied most of the songs from Superstars of the 70’s onto cassette. To my surprise, there were some snaps, crackles, pops, and even a skip or two. Evidently it had been spun a few times over the years after all! Yet while giving it a listen when trying to decide which songs to tape, I still wasn’t familiar with some of them, such as the Byrds’ version of Cowgirl in the Sand (which was actually a new track from their ill-fated reunion album that came out about the same time as this release) and the post-Morrison Doors’ Tightrope Ride.

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By no means is this the box set that I’ve listened to the most over the years. Retrospectives by Clapton, Dylan, Bruce, and others top that list. But as it turned out, the songs in this collection – which has now probably spent way too many North Texas summers in my brother’s attic to be playable – formed a cornerstone or two of the foundation of my music tastes going forward.

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A1 – Alice Cooper – School’s Out
A2 – Seals & Crofts – Summer Breeze
A3 – Beach Boys – Surf’s Up
A4 – Randy Newman – Sail Away
A5 – Judy Collins – Both Sides Now
A6 – The Doors – Tightrope Ride
B1 – The Bee Gees – Lonely Days
B2 – James Taylor – Fire & Rain
B3 – The Grateful Dead – Truckin’
B4 – Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Where Is The Love
B5 – Stephen Stills – Love The One You’re With
B6 – Yes – Roundabout
C1 – The Doors – Light My Fire
C2 – Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
C3 – CSN – Marrakesh Express
C4 – Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
C5 – The Bee Gees – To Love Somebody
C6 – The Kinks – Lola
D1 – Carly Simon – Anticipation
D2 – The Guess Who – American Woman
D3 – Todd Rundgren – We Gotta Get You A Woman
D4 – America – Ventura Highway
D5 – Jo Jo Gunne – Run, Run, Run
D6 – Rolling Stones – Tumbling Dice
E1 – Otis Redding – (Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay
E2 – Deep Purple – Hush
E3 – Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind
E4 – Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
E5 – Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady
E6 – Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
F1 – Eagles – Take It Easy
F2 – America – A Horse With No Name
F3 – The Byrds – Cowgirl In The Sand
F4 – Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
F5 – The Guess Who – These Eyes
F6 – Van Morrison – Domino
F7 – Judy Collins – Amazing Grace
G1 – Doobie Brothers – Listen To The Music
G2 – Joni Mitchell – Woodstock
G3 – Wilson Pickett – In The Midnight Hour
G4 – Arlo Guthrie – City Of New Orleans
G5 – Jackson Browne – Doctor My Eyes
G6 – Black Sabbath – Paranoid
H1 – Allman Brothers Band – One Way Out
H2 – Aretha Franklin – (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
H3 – Faces – Stay With Me
H4 – Graham Nash – Chicago
H5 – Rolling Stones – Happy
H6 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man


  1. I have never heard of this one- a great ‘surprise’ kind of selection. A great mixture of music on this.! I’ve enjoyed reading your selections-write ups over the past four months- you will keep yourself entertained on your deserted island!

  2. A good collection for sure! And a great read to see how you came to be inspired to pick it. You and I are a bit similar in musical tastes, I think, as my pick for this round will show, not to give too much away.
    I have an older brother who was into a lot of prog rock like EL&P, Yes and Pink Floyd when I was little … of them, only his love of Pink Floyd really stuck with me…but I’m sure he probably steered my musical tastes at least a little back then too.

    • Funny, though I think a disproportionate percentage of my favorite records came out in 80s, the ’70s were my favorite decade for music. Odd, right? the thing is, I liked almost all the hits of the 70s… the 80s were a lot more extreme- very good or very bad. I don’t get nostaligice for say, Michael Bolton or Poison or Michael Jackson being ‘Bad”…

  3. Great pick Stephen! You can’t go wrong with this. This is variety at it’s best…The Grateful Dead to the Bee Gees…that covers a lot of ground. Many of those songs brings back memories of growing up…not at the time they were released but when I heard them…

  4. The description of your somewhat-finished basement with indoor/outdoor carpet is straight from ‘That 70s Show’, and my own family’s 1970s basement. The song list on this set is also totally 1970s. I can picture my ‘tween’ self looking at it in the record store back then, calculating how many nights of babysitting it would take to be able afford it. I’ve enjoyed all of your draft picks and write ups. This is a very nice final pick.

  5. I used to like these compilation albums, which were sort of a ‘greatest hits of the year’ or of a specific time frame. I have an old K-Tel album I bought in early 1970 that contains lots of hits from 1967-69 from such artists as Deep Purple, Tommy James & the Shondells, the Stone Ponies and Canned Heat.

    • One thing that surprises me a little if this is something that was mass-advertised on TV is that they used the regular album cuts instead of shorter radio edits for things like “Light My Fire.”

  6. Stephen, you hit the jackpot with this collection. A veritable who’s who of hitmakers! I know every one of those songs and like 99% of them. This box set would have all of us on our islands dancing all night long. These are the songs of my teenhood. Great choice and write up and yes, the DID has been a lot of fun and echo everything you said about it. Cheers!

  7. I got a box set a sa present when I was kid. Similar to the one you got but mine was the 50’s. I still have it. I wore it out. It was more of a double album come to think of it but same idea. Han’s crew should make a box set like this.

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