Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day is a series of music compilations containing chiefly one-hit wonders and lesser-known pop and rock music songs from the 1970s. The first fifteen volumes were released on cassette and (with bonus tracks) on CD, in 1990 by Rhino Records, covering the years 1969–1976. Compiled by Gary Stewart, David McLees, and Bill Inglot, each CD comes with an eight-page booklet which includes five pages of liner notes by Paul Grein. Follow-up volumes appeared in 1993 and 1996, extending the time period to 1979 and with additional songs from the 1972-76 period, available on cassette or CD (ALL 25 volumes were issued in both formats). Each volume has twelve songs. Despite the greater capacity of compact discs, the running time of each of the volumes is no longer than the limit of vinyl records in the 1970s, from 38 to 45 minutes long.
For most cuts, the (45 RPM) single version was included where differing from that found on the artist's original album. Many (not all) tracks were dubbed from the original stereo (or mono) master tapes, and therefore represent the best available version on CD. To avoid using lesser-quality tapes, single versions were recreated through Bill Inglot's digital editing of album-version tapes. The original stereo masters were not available in every case (CBS tracks in particular); Rhino's publicity forthrightly admitted those instances where other compilations' versions were superior.
Taking its inspiration from, among others, K-Tel Records, the Have a Nice Day series was among the first of many decade- and genre-delimited collections of lower-charting hits to appear with the arrival of the CD age. Some of the songs provided in this series appear on dozens of other compilations. None of them (including this one) are comprehensive, leaving out best-selling artists and songs unavailable for licensing or other reasons.
..and so we begin a 25 or so week journey through this epic series. Volume 1 is unique within the series as it includes several Autumn '69 releases that didn't make their full chart impact until the next year.
|Shocking Blue (1969): "Venus" (Robbie van Leeuwen) – 3:05||10|
|Mountain (1970): "Mississippi Queen" (Corky Laing, Felix Pappalardi, Leslie West) – 2:30||9|
|The Jaggerz (1970): "The Rapper" (Donnie Iris) – 2:42||4|
|Spiral Starecase (1969): "More Today Than Yesterday" (Pat Upton) – 2:48||4|
|The Flying Machine (1969): "Smile a Little Smile for Me" (Tony Macaulay, Geoff Stephens) – 2:55||3|
|Smith (1969): "Baby It's You" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:24||3|
|The Sandpipers (1970): "Come Saturday Morning" (Fred Karlin, Dory Previn) – 2:57||3|
|Steam (1969): "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" (Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka) – 3:45||2|
|Billy Joe Royal (1969): "Cherry Hill Park" (Billy Gilmore, Robert Nix) – 2:44||2|
|Mark Lindsay (1970): "Arizona" (Kenny Young)– 3:06||2|
|The Cuff Links (1969): "Tracy" (Lee Pockriss, Paul Vance) – 2:05||0|
|Vanity Fare (1970): "Early in the Morning" (Mike Leander, Eddie Seago) – 2:52||0|
― Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 16:41 (six months ago)