Welcome to this Now Presents the 70s review. This is the first vinyl boxset offering from the Now team and it is the first in a series called Now Presents…

This collection is being released on 10th December 2021. You can pre-order now though.

This is a 5 LP vinyl boxset which is designed to reflect the great music of the 1970’s.

Now describe the boxset as a musical time capsule of the decade that saw so many different genres find chart success. There are 74 tracks over 10 sides of vinyl, and a must for every fan of 70s music.

The set not only includes 5 beautifully designed front covers on the individual albums (that slot into a rigid slip case), but also features track by track annotations with chart positions and facts about the artists and songs.

 

Now presents the 70s

Now Presents The 70s 

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Now Presents The 70s

Each year between 1970-1979 is presented on 1 side of each LP… Kicking off with  ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon & Garfunkel from the biggest selling album of the year, and of the decade. 1970 also includes Motown classics from Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. 1970 also features the debut hit from the Jackson 5  ‘I Want You Back’.

 

1971 includes the classic ‘What’s Going On’ by Marvin Gaye, Elton John’s breakthrough hit  ‘Your Song’, Rod Stewart’s also had his first number one song with ‘Maggie May’, this year also includes The Who’s rock anthem ‘Baba O’Riley’.

 

Glam Rock ruled the charts in 1972.  ‘Virginia Plain’ by Roxy Music, and ‘Metal Guru’ by T. Rex are included, as is  ‘Perfect Day’ from Lou Reed which was produced by David Bowie.

 

1973 starts with ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ – one of the most beautiful songs, and vocals ever from Roberta Flack. It also features Billy Joel’s signature song ‘Piano Man’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’.

 

1974 celebrates Queen having their first Top 5 single with ‘Killer Queen’, and title tracks from two of the decades’ biggest selling albums: Paul McCartney & Wings with ‘Band On The Run’, and ‘Tubular Bells’ from Mike Oldfield.

 

John Lennon with ‘Imagine’ starts the 1975 side of this boxset, it also features Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, David Essex, 10cc, and the biggest hit ‘Bye Bye Baby’ from Bay City Rollers.

 

ABBA had 7 UK Number 1’s in the 1970s, and their biggest was the still popular ‘Dancing Queen’ which leads us into 1976. Electric Light Orchestra had a huge hit with ‘Livin’ Thing’, Thin Lizzy released ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ and Joan Armatrading emerged with ‘Love And Affection’.

 

1977 saw Fleetwood Mac release their mega-selling album ‘Rumours’, and from it ‘Don’t Stop’ is here, as is Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ – one of the most influential dance tracks of all time – and one of 1977’s favourite TV stars, David Soul, enjoyed a number 1 single with ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’.

 

1978 gives us ‘Wuthering Heights’, by Kate Bush which had 4 weeks at number 1.  The Jam, The Boomtown Rats and Siouxsie And The Banshees all found consistent success as Punk & New Wave established new chart stars.

 

The final LP takes us to the last year of the decade. 1979  opens with the iconic ‘London Calling’ from The Clash, and includes two of the biggest bands of the era, The Police and Blondie. The collection finishes with The Buggles song ‘Video Killed The Radio Stars’. This song went on to be the first video played on MTV when it launched in the 80’s.

 

With only 1000 numbered boxsets, this is both a fantastic collector’s item and a must-have for any fan of the fabulous music of the 1970s.

 

Now presents the 70s

Now Presents The 70s 

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Tracklist

LP1 – SIDE A – 1970

1.            Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water

2.            Bread – Make It With You

3.            Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds

4.            Deep Purple – Black Night

5.            Free – All Right Now

6.            Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – The Tears Of A Clown

7.            The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back

8.            Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)

 

LP1 – SIDE B – 1971

1.            Elton John – Your Song

2.            Rod Stewart – Maggie May

3.            Slade – Coz I Luv You

4.            The Who – Baba O’Riley

5.            Ike & Tina Turner – Proud Mary

6.            Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

7.            Diana Ross – I’m Still Waiting

 

LP2 – SIDE A – 1972

1.            Don McLean – American Pie – Pt. 1

2.            Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair

3.            Bill Withers – Lean On Me

4.            Harry Nilsson – Without You

5.            Roxy Music – Virginia Plain

6.            T. Rex – Metal Guru

7.            Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes

8.            Lou Reed – Perfect Day

 

LP2 – SIDE B – 1973

1.            Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly With His Song

2.            Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – If You Don’t Know Me By Now

3.            Kiki Dee – Amoureuse

4.            Sweet – Ballroom Blitz

5.            Wizzard – See My Baby Jive

6.            Billy Joel – Piano Man

7.            Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

 

LP3 – SIDE A – 1974

1.            Queen – Killer Queen

2.            Paul McCartney, Wings – Band On The Run

3.            Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells

4.            Suzi Quatro – Devil Gate Drive

5.            Mud – Tiger Feet

6.            Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us

7.            Barry White – You’re The First, The Last, My Everything

8.            The Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again

 

LP3 – SIDE B – 1975

1.            John Lennon – Imagine

2.            10cc – I’m Not In Love

3.            Barry Manilow – Mandy

4.            Bay City Rollers – Bye Bye Baby

5.            David Essex – Hold Me Close

6.            Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come up and See Me)

7.            The Stylistics – Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love)

8.            Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You

 

LP4 – SIDE A – 1976

1.            ABBA – Dancing Queen

2.            Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)

3.            Chicago – If You Leave Me Now

4.            Joan Armatrading – Love And Affection

5.            Electric Light Orchestra – Livin’ Thing

6.            Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town

7.            John Miles – Music

 

LP4 – SIDE B – 1977

1.            Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop

2.            Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell

3.            Status Quo – Rockin’ All Over The World

4.            Donna Summer – I Feel Love

5.            Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

6.            David Soul – Don’t Give Up On Us

7.            Commodores – Easy

 

LP5 – SIDE A – 1978

1.            Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights

2.            Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking

3.            Chic – Le Freak

4.            Boney M. – Rivers Of Babylon

5.            The Jam – Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

6.            The Boomtown Rats – Rat Trap

7.            Siouxsie And The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden

 

 

LP5 – SIDE B – 1979

1.            The Clash – London Calling

2.            The Police – Message In A Bottle

3.            Pretenders – Kid

4.            Blondie – Heart Of Glass

5.            Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions – Boogie Wonderland

6.            Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric?

7.            The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star

 

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That’s it for this review of Now Presents The 70s. As you can see above this is a great vinyl collection that would sound great on any 70s music fans record player. Why not get it as a gift for the 70s music fan in your life.

Thanks for visiting today.

Frank

frank@musicofthe70s.co.uk