Billboard Soft Rock Hits: 1974
1997: Rhino R2 72740
I added this to my library specifically for two tracks.
First, Carly Simons Havent Got Time for the Pain, which Id always thought was tasty little bit of worksurprisingly short, with a mix of passion and either appreciation or dry dismissal, depending on how you read it (Im in the dry dismissal camp, taking the choruss lines as meaning that the singee provides enough complication and pain to make previous anxieties secondary). But more importantly to me was that it had a truly intriguingly long outro (about 35 seconds, all instrumental) which conveyed its own version of the story as being a complicated one with nagging afterthoughts. Whoever orchestrated that bit did a great job, as far as Im concerned.
The other track I wanted this for was Helen Reddys Angie Baby. I had recalled this track imperfectly from hearing it back in the day, and since years later Id wanted to first confirm that Id heard what Id heard and then consider it anew. Its such an odd story for Reddy (or anyone) to be telling, although in some ways it was also entirely appropriate fare for its era light fantasy with psychological overtones, at its core, delivered via light pop cloaked in light darkness.
As for the rest of the album, well, its a minor minefield of memories from my mid-70s youth, but none of the other tracks stands out much for me except maybe Tin Man, which always sounded like it meant something deep but never quite communicated whatever that was. Most of this stuff is just what filled the radio programming of the day, to me.
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