Various Artists: NOW Presents…The 1970s (5LP)
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NOW Presents…The 1970s (5LP)

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NOW Music is delighted to introduce our new sub-brand ‘NOW Presents…’. This new series starts with ‘NOW Presents… The 1970s’, the first-ever NOW vinyl boxset featuring 5 LPs uniquely designed to reflect the era.

The boxset is a musical time capsule of the decade that saw so many different genres find chart success. Across its 74 tracks over 10 sides of vinyl, the massive hits sit alongside enduring classics from each year. The set not only includes 5 beautifully designed front covers on the individual albums (that slot into a rigid slip case), but also features track by track annotations with chart positions and facts about the artists and songs.

Each year, 1970-1979 is presented as 1 side of each LP… Kicking off with the iconic ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon & Garfunkel from the biggest selling album of the year, and of the decade. 1970 also includes Motown classics from Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and the debut hit ‘I Want You Back’ from the Jackson 5.

1971 includes the seminal ‘What’s Going On’ from Marvin Gaye, alongside Elton John’s breakthrough – the timeless ‘Your Song’, Rod Stewart’s breakthrough ‘Maggie May’, and The Who’s defining rock anthem ‘Baba O’Riley’.

The charts in 1972 began to reflect the popularity of ‘Glam Rock’ – and ‘Virginia Plain’ by Roxy Music, and ‘Metal Guru’ by T. Rex are included, as is the David Bowie-produced ‘Perfect Day’ from Lou Reed.

‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ – one of the most beautiful songs, and vocals ever from Roberta Flack opens 1973’s side – and is joined by, amongst others, Billy Joel’s signature song ‘Piano Man’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’.

1974 celebrates Queen having their first Top 5 single with ‘Killer Queen’, and title tracks from two of the decades’ biggest selling albums: Paul McCartney & Wings with ‘Band On The Run’, and ‘Tubular Bells’ from Mike Oldfield.

John Lennon released ‘Imagine’ in 1971 – but it became a UK hit in 1975, and so, starts this side… and finds space for some of the year’s perfect pop from Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, David Essex, 10cc, and the biggest hit ‘Bye Bye Baby’ from Bay City Rollers, at the peak of their popularity.

ABBA enjoyed 7 UK Number 1’s in the 1970s, and their biggest was the enduringly popular ‘Dancing Queen’ which leads into 1976. Electric Light Orchestra had a huge hit with ‘Livin’ Thing’, as did Thin Lizzy with ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ – plus Joan Armatrading emerged with ‘Love And Affection’.

1977 saw Fleetwood Mac release their mega-selling album ‘Rumours’, and from it ‘Don’t Stop’ is here, as is Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ – one of the most influential dance tracks of all time – and one of 1977’s favourite TV stars, David Soul, enjoyed a #1 single with ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’.

With ‘Wuthering Heights’, Kate Bush not only had 4 weeks at number 1 in 1978, but became the first female artist to achieve this with a self-written song. The Jam, The Boomtown Rats and Siouxsie And The Banshees all found consistent success as Punk & New Wave established new chart stars.

1979 concludes the set and opens with the iconic ‘London Calling’ from The Clash, and includes two of the biggest bands of the era, The Police and Blondie. A couple of years later the first video played on MTV would be ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ from The Buggles – and it’s fitting that this is the final track on the collection, a #1 in late 1979 – it signposted the synth-pop wave that would define the early 80s…. (but that’s a different box set).

With only 1000 numbered boxsets, this is both a fantastic collector’s item and a must-have for any fan of the fabulous music of the 1970s

LP1 - SIDE A – 1970
1 Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water  
2 Bread - Make It With You  
3 Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds  
4 Deep Purple - Black Night  
5 Free - All Right Now  
6 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Tears Of A Clown  
7 The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back  
8 Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)  
LP1 - SIDE B – 1971
1 Elton John - Your Song  
2 Rod Stewart - Maggie May  
3 Slade - Coz I Luv You  
4 The Who - Baba O'Riley  
5 Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary  
6 Marvin Gaye - What's Going On  
7 Diana Ross - I'm Still Waiting  
LP2 - SIDE A – 1972
1 Don McLean - American Pie - Pt. 1  
2 Sly & The Family Stone - Family Affair  
3 Bill Withers - Lean On Me  
4 Harry Nilsson - Without You  
5 Roxy Music - Virginia Plain  
6 T. Rex - Metal Guru  
7 Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes  
8 Lou Reed - Perfect Day  
LP2 - SIDE B – 1973
1 Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly With His Song  
2 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - If You Don't Know Me By Now  
3 Kiki Dee - Amoureuse  
4 Sweet - Ballroom Blitz  
5 Wizzard - See My Baby Jive  
6 Billy Joel - Piano Man  
7 Bob Dylan - Knockin' On Heaven's Door  
LP3 - SIDE A – 1974
1 Queen - Killer Queen  
2 Paul McCartney, Wings - Band On The Run  
3 Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells  
4 Suzi Quatro - Devil Gate Drive  
5 Mud - Tiger Feet  
6 Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us  
7 Barry White - You're The First, The Last, My Everything  
8 The Three Degrees - When Will I See You Again  
LP3 - SIDE B – 1975
1 John Lennon - Imagine  
2 10cc - I'm Not In Love  
3 Barry Manilow - Mandy  
4 Bay City Rollers - Bye Bye Baby  
5 David Essex - Hold Me Close  
6 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Make Me Smile (Come up and See Me)  
7 The Stylistics - Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)  
8 Minnie Riperton - Lovin' You  
LP4 - SIDE A – 1976
1 ABBA - Dancing Queen  
2 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)  
3 Chicago - If You Leave Me Now  
4 Joan Armatrading - Love And Affection  
5 Electric Light Orchestra - Livin' Thing  
6 Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town  
7 John Miles - Music  
LP4 - SIDE B – 1977
1 Fleetwood Mac - Don’t Stop  
2 Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell  
3 Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The World  
4 Donna Summer - I Feel Love  
5 Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  
6 David Soul - Don’t Give Up On Us  
7 Commodores - Easy  
LP5 - SIDE A – 1978
1 Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights  
2 Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking  
3 Chic - Le Freak  
4 Boney M. - Rivers Of Babylon  
5 The Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight  
6 The Boomtown Rats - Rat Trap  
7 Siouxsie And The Banshees - Hong Kong Garden  
LP5 - SIDE B – 1979
1 The Clash - London Calling  
2 The Police - Message In A Bottle  
3 Pretenders - Kid  
4 Blondie - Heart Of Glass  
5 Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions - Boogie Wonderland  
6 Tubeway Army - Are 'Friends' Electric?  
7 The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star