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The 10 Best Sappy Love Songs of the 1970s

Just in time for Valentine's Day... If you were a child of the 1970s, you no doubt grew up hearing these tunes on your parents' eight-track player and car radio. The songs on this list are sappy, high-drama love ballads -- and for that they're being celebrated.

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'For Discos Only' Is the Rare Archival Release You Can Truly Boogie To

With For Discos Only, Craft Recordings have created a multi-disc mirrorball extravangza that simply cannot be beat in terms of groovy fun.

Books

Time Out of Minds: Interview with Author Ryan Walsh on Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks'

Ryan Walsh chronicles the making of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and the chaotic Boston scene that gave birth to it and tells us all about it in this expansive interview.

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'A Tokyo Romance' Is a Timeless Commentary on Cross-cultural Engagement

There's something deeply personal and universalistic about Ian Buruma's writing. He acknowledges the multiplicity of possible perspectives without sliding into the rudderless waters of postmodernism.

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'Astral Weeks' and the Making of a Van Morrison Classic

Ryan H. Walsh's Astral Weeks beautifully captures a not-so-distant era of free-form radio playing the "boss-town sound", people living communally, thriving underground newspapers -- and a 22-year-old Van Morrison coming into his own.

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Zipper Morals: Walerian Borowczyk's 'Immoral Tales'

Immoral Tales is either a curious failure or a problematic success, depending on where one draws the line between art and exploitation.

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Revisiting the Sexual Power Politics in 'Mary Tyler Moore' in the Era of #MeToo

Here we are, perched upon our mountaintop, comforted by experience and enlightenment, by our "wokeness" -- and we cast our judgment upon this '70s-era show. Rightly so.

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Yesterday's Jukebox: Jackson Browne - 'Running on Empty' (1977)

When that last guitar's been packed away: Forty years ago, Jackson Browne introduced a new kind of concept album.

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Can: The Singles

A compilation of singles by legendary German experimentalists Can may seem bizarre at first, but it helps brings their pop-minded tendencies to the forefront like never before.

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Home Alone: Laird Koenig's 'The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane'

Novelist Laird Koenig managed to capture the world of children with an exactitude that is rare nowadays. His children are often sagacious -- and sometimes they're sociopaths.

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Bob Brown: The Wall I Built Myself / Willoughby's Lament

Tompkins Square brings a pair of forgotten 1970s gems long cherished by vinyl collectors into the digital age. Bob Brown’s delicate baroque-folk musings will be welcome to fans of the singer-songwriter genre.

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X = Why? Annette Peacock's 'X-Dreams'

In 1978, legendary music artist Annette Peacock released X-Dreams, a phantasmagorical exercise in harnessing the slipstreams of dreamed noises.

Film

'The Connection' Makes Familiar Paths Exciting Again

Although there's not much new in its' story, the way that director Cédric Jimenez balances formal style and emotional substance makes The Connection a worthwhile watch.

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Various Artists: Sounds of the City Experience

Sounds of the City Experience showcases vintage soul at its best.

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Earth, Wind & Fire: Now, Then & Forever

Earth, Wind & Fire sound effortlessly modern.

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BLO: Step Three

BLO does almost everything well, nothing eccentric or extravagant.

Deanne Sole
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When Hair, Fashion, Drugs, Disco and Baseball Collide: 'Big Hair and Plastic Grass'

Baseball remained largely insulated against the tumult of the previous decade, but the shadow of the '60s loomed large over the early '70s.

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Bill Medley: Bill Medley 100% / Soft and Soulful

They're only classics in the sense that they're prototypical examples of an esteemed and technically excellent singer singing songs banal beyond redemption.

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Jay Gonzalez: Mess of Happiness

The Drive-By Truckers keyboardist establishes himself as a secret pop threat on a solo debut that sounds nothing like Hood, Cooley and company.

Film

Before There Was 'The Exorcist', There Was 'The Possession of Joel Delaney'

Once again, the film industry came in and took a perfectly creepy book and upped the sensationalism because nothing can ever be too shocking in Hollywood.

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'NEDS': Tough choices in '70s Glasgow

NEDS is the very antithesis of the well-made film exemplified by 2011 BAFTA winner The King's Speech, favoring energy and impact over easily digested storytelling.

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Cracking the Spine: The Lovely Bones

The author's 'heaven' is a concrete and unexpected place with"lumbering women throwing shot put and javelin"; whereas the filmmaker's interpretation changes 'heaven' to something like a garish, 3-D Hallmark card.

Books

Strange Days Indeed by Francis Wheen

Richard Nixon, runaway unemployment, fuel shortages, Uri Geller bending spoons, and the threat of nuclear holocaust. Why was everyone so paranoid?

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The Damned United

Sheen has portrayed real life British figures who achieved popularity and notoriety in the respective industries of politics, broadcasting and sports. This is his best performance yet.

Film

The Ice Storm: America Out in the Cold

Ang Lee captures the '70s on film the way Rick Moody captures the era in the book The Ice Storm. It's the midst of the sexual revolution, the Watergate scandal is erupting, and the country's social consciousness is changing.

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Hardal: Nasil? Ne Zaman?

Nasil? Ne Zaman? was the first of the band's two albums, and it's a game rowl of psych.

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Sarolta Zalatnay: Sarolta Zalatnay

Ultimate, absolute, utter gusto would need more waaaaaow! but the gusto she's got is great.

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Getting Loose by Sam Binkley

Binkley does more than simply mark the transition from Yippy to yuppie.

Vince Carducci
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The Damned: Damned Damned Damned

This lavishly packaged three-disc edition makes a strong case for this excellent punk album's entry into the "must have" canon alongside the classic debuts from the Sex Pistols and the Clash.

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Ian Hunter: Shrunken Heads

At the tender age of 68, Ian Hunter has not yet retreated gracefully into retirement. Who else can put out a solid mix on just his second proper studio record in 24 years?

Comics

Truth, Justin and the American Way #1-5

'70s and '80s nostalgia trend in comics? This series is soaking in it!

William Gatevackes
Music

A Long Way from Wonderland

In 1980, Donna Summer walked away from disco's strobe-lit boogie wonderland on The Wanderer. Critics embraced her bold statement; audiences less so. Where exactly was Summer going?

Christian John Wikane
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