The seventies was the golden age of AM radio, the time after the Beatles era and the influence of British Invasion in popular was evident. Several music styles were just firmly established including country-rock, punk, and hard rock. Rhino records tried to summerize the colorful of pop/rock singles from this decade with 'Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Decade' series, which was one of their most ambitious projects up-to-date.
This enormous series consisted of 25 separated CD album (you can also buy as a whole set), each contains 12 tracks from several mainstream music styles - except R&B and soul. Throughout the series, there were many big hits of the decade including Shocking Blue's "Venus", Terry Jacks' "Season in the Sun", Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)", Looking Glass's "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)", Alan O'Day's "Undercover Angel", etc.. This series was a mix bag of music samples from several different genes. The selection ranged from pop/rock (Gallery's "Nice to Be With You", Orleans' "Still the One", and Starbuck's "Moonlight Feels Right") to hard rock (Golden Earring's "Radar Love", Nazareth's "Love Hurts", and Ram Jam's "Black Betty"), from media theme (Cyndi Grecco's "Making Our Dreams Come True", Murray Head's "Superstar", and The New Seekers' "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)") to novelty (Rick Dees' "Disco Duck", London Wainwright III's "Dead Skunk", and Jim Stafford's "My Girl Bill"). There were numerous one-hit wonders from various genes throughout the series such as Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In The Sky", Jo Jo Gunne's "Run Run Run", Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life", Sanford & Townsend's "Smoke From A Distant Fire", and Daniel Boone's "Beautiful Sunday". Several two-hit wonders were also presented such as Stealers Wheel, The Poppy Family, Maria Muldaur, and Hunson Brothers.
However, there was two flaws in this collection; first was the number of disc in this series might proved too much for some buyers, and second was the number of songs in each disc was far too short for many music fans. But if you don't care about those issues, this is an ideal collection for anyone who want to dig deep into seventies music, not just the hits but also the great samples of radio favourites.