70's Radio Hits, Volume 5
by Various Artists
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- Released: June 10, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Rhino Flashback
- 1.Hamilton, Joe Frank & ReynoldsDon't Pull Your Love
- 2.Tommy JamesDraggin' The Line
- 3.Five Man Electrical BandSigns
- 4.Undisputed TruthSmiling Faces Sometimes
- 5.Lee MichaelsDo You Know What I Mean
- 6.Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Guitar BandScorpio
- 7.Lou RawlsA Natural Man
- 8.The StampedersSweet City Woman
- 9.The PersuadersThin Line Between Love And Hate
- 10.The Chi-LitesHave You Seen Her
The fifth volume of Rhino subsidiary Flashback Records' '70s Radio Hits series is focused on the late spring to the early fall of 1971, presenting ten Top 20 songs that entered the charts in that period, four of them gold records. Most of the artists are one- or two-hit wonders: the Five Man Electrical Band's "Signs," the Undisputed Truth's "Smiling Faces Sometimes," Lee Michaels' "Do You Know What I Mean," Dennis Coffey & the Detroit Guitar Band's "Scorpio," and the Stampeders' "Sweet City Woman" were these performers' only Top Ten hits. Some artists were more successful on the R&B charts, but these songs represented rare crossover hits: "Have You Seen Her" was one of the Chi-Lites' two Top Ten pop hits, and the Persuaders' "Thin Line Between Love & Hate" was their only Top 20 pop hit. Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, meanwhile, had only one Top Ten hit besides "Don't Pull Your Love," and though Tommy James had a raft of hits with his old band the Shondells, "Draggin' the Line" was his only Top Ten pop hit as a solo artist. Thus, these songs are sometimes better known than the artists who recorded them. Those who were listening to AM Top 40 radio in 1971 will remember them, and others may discover pop music that sometimes had a surprising degree of social consciousness, a tone of skepticism that seemed to carry over from the '60s, especially in songs like "Signs," "Smiling Faces Sometimes," and "A Natural Man." ~ William Ruhlmann
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