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Various Artists: FM Rock

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FM Rock is part of Time Life's "Sounds of the Seventies Collection", a huge series of CDs with various artists and songs thrown together without meaning or purpose. Their excuse for releasing FM Rock is:

"Until 1967, Top 40 was the sole radio vehicle for rock; the very concept had developed in the early '50s. But the hippie explosion gave rise to a body of music that took pride in being anti-commercial and anti-establishment, and was thus inappropriate for what had become the big business style of AM radio. The music was often either too long or too experimental to fit into tight formats; sometimes the lyrics contained obscenities, or expressed radical political thoughts. The musicians invariably presented images that could not be marketed in mainstream teen America. But there was no denying that the new music had power, and many teens would listen to nothing else."
Despite the bullshit and the cover-art-from-hell, FM Rock has many excellent tracks, including The Band's "The Shape I'm In."


  1. All the Way from Memphis - Mott the Hoople
  2. Going to Mexico - Steve Miller Band
  3. Gypsy Wedding - Moby Grape
  4. Gone Dead Train - Crazy Horse
  5. Willin' - Little Feat
  6. The Shape I'm In - The Band
  7. Sugar Magnolia - The Grateful Dead
  8. (Is Anybody Going to) San Antone - Doug Sahm and Band
  9. Empty Pages - Traffic
  10. Satellite of Love - Lou Reed
  11. Jewel Eyed Judy - Fleetwood Mac
  12. The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
  13. Every Picture Tells a Story - Rod Stewart
  14. Chestnut Mare - The Byrds
  15. The Story in Your Eyes - Moody Blues
  16. Do the Strand - Roxy Music
  17. Jeepster - T. Rex
  18. Rockin' down the Highway - The Doobie Brothers
  19. Sail Away - Randy Newman

Various Artists - FM Rock - 1999 - Time Life Music

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