Various Artists: FM Rock
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."
Various Artists - FM Rock - 1999 - Time Life Music