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Billboard: Top Soft Rock Hits 1971
Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock
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You might not like "Soft Rock" but this is a good collection
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 12/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Be fair, now, because the issue is not really what you think about the status of "Soft Rock" in the year 1971, but how good of a job this Billboard collection does of capturing the spirit of the times. By that standard, this is certainly an excellent collection and the fact that these are not "rock" songs per se, or that "soft rock" is an oxymoron, does not really enter into it. My rule of thumb has always been whether any sort of album featuring a collection of hits can add five or more songs to my music collection that I would like to have. Even after tossing out the first three tracks by Neil Diamond, Tom Jones and Bread, because I already have these songs in my collection, I can still get up to the magic number of five. This is actually a nicely balanced collection, which gives you both Glen Campbell and Bill Withers as well as Bobby Goldsboro and Engelbert Humperdinck. However, most people are going to like the "feel good" songs best, like "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" and "Put Your Hand in the Hand." Listening to these songs it is hard to believe we will still fighting the war in Vietnam and Watergate was still more than a year away. Overall, Billboard's collections are definitely above average collections when it comes to helping us recall the years of our youth and for 1971 there are also the Rock & Roll and Hot Soul collections."
Pieter | Johannesburg | 09/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This a good collection of soft rock and pop from 1971 although the omission of Carole King's It's Too Late is a pity - it spent many weeks at No. 1 that year and is a perfect example of the soft rock style of the time. I Am I Said is one of my favourite songs by Neil Diamond, a lament about being torn between New York and Los Angeles. If by Bread is a slow, gentle ballad but She's A Lady by UK artist Tom Jones isn't particularly soft at all, more like power pop in his booming voice. Me And You And A Dog Named Boo is a lovely country number and Put Your Hand In The Hand is an engaging gospel number with a propulsive rhythm. Watching Scotty Grow by Bobby Goldsboro is a pop country number similar in style and mood to his huge hit Honey, whilst Aint No Sunshine by Bill Withers is a lovely soul song. This is an excellent compilation of melodic songs that will bring back lots of memories for those old enough to remember."
Zub | Forks Twp., PA | 01/21/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"One more in Rhino's Billboard chart-oriented, year-by-year compilation discs, this one featuring so-called soft rock hits from 1971. Each of the tracks here were top-five on the Adult Contemporary charts that year and made some noise in the top-100 singles charts. For a reissue CD, the track count is stingy, but that is the format of most of these Billboard collections. Sound quality is overall very good and there is a little backround on the included tracks in the liner notes booklet. Nothing special here, but if the soft-rock sound of these tunes interests a prospective purchaser, this is a safe bet. For anyone other than the most casual listener, there is not much of interest here other than possibly Engelbert Humperdinck's "When There's No You", a tune not often found on CD elsewhere."