It is around this age that memories are becoming real, and it is the crossover period of can I actually remember that or can I just remember reading about it? I am 4 years old now, and oddly having just watched the news when they were discussing the penultimate Space Shuttle launch it was this year that Nixon authorised the development of the Shuttle. I can remember distinctly watching the first launch, so have now book ended all relevant parts of the Shuttle in my experience.
In the usual roundup of terrorism activity around the world this year saw bombing campaigns in England, Ireland, Germany along with an amazing amount of hi-jackings of planes the world over. This was the year of Bloody Sunday in Derry and the murders of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. It is safe to say that looking back over the years of my life so far has taken the rose tinted glasses off, and it is becoming very clear that 1984 by George Orwell and it's descriptions of continual war against changing enemies is closer to the truth than I think we actually want to admit. This shown in part as no Nobel Prize for peace was awarded this year.
The film The Godfather was released this year, in my view possibly one of the greatest films ever made and having visited Sicily where the story originates from and the town of Corleone and experienced some low level extortion in Trapani I consider myself an expert in such matters!
Single: Puppy Love - Donny Osmond
A classic slice again of 70's pop. Not really a novelty record as The Osmonds, everyones favourite Mormon band, were among the most famous people on the planet at this time. TV and radio shows and no end of music output as a band and as individuals cemented them firmly in the 70s collective memory.
One of those tracks that again I doubt that there are many people that wouldn't know what it was as soon as it starts on the radio. A cover of a Paul Anka song, that has more recently been covered by S Club Juniors in the UK, is is bubblegum pop music, not quite disposable as it does stick in your head - I can vouch for this having listened to it a couple of times this week. A couple of times is one thing, but due to the magic on Wiki (so this may not actually be true, but I have seen other references to it - the best I could find about this single is this - "On March 15, 1972, D.J.Robert Morgan played the Donny Osmond version for 90 minutes straight on KHJ in Los Angeles. The LAPD mistakenly raided the station studios after receiving numerous calls from listeners. Confused, the officers left without making any arrests." Which would still be better than listening to Moyles in my view.
Album: 20 Dynamic Hits - Various Artists from K-Tel
Firstly and quite amazingly this is on ebay at the moment for £5.99 if you really want to be a completionist collector on my life - you can get it here. Assuming that nobody reading this is actually that weird, I will just tell you a little about it.
Greatest Hits compilations have been around in various guises for ever, and are frowned upon by some as a lower form of getting music, which is something I have never really understood. For many it was a case of simple maths, 50p for a single or £4 for an album with 20 tracks on it - you got more for your money. A varied mix on this album, and shows how varied the charts used to be as this dynamic album had tracks by Cilla Black, Deep Purple, Sanata and Blue Mink to mention but a few. A mix of pop, rock, hippie influenced prog rock and some absolute dross - that is what compilations are all about.
Many smaller labels have and still do release compilations, or sampler, albums as it is a way of getting more exposure to new bands. So if you like a couple of bands or artists on a label, to buy their taster album and get new tracks by a number of other bands is a cost effective way of finding out if you do like the other bands. The K-Tel releases did have the original tracks as well, not like the Top of the Pops equivalents at the time, so you would at least get the right tracks to listen to.
Well, I got to age 4 before the UK pop charts let me down a little bit, so I did a quick bit of cheating and can confirm that this is definitely a low point for single and album, and the next few years have some far better offerings.
See you in 1973.