Rhino's SUPER HITS OF THE 70s: HAVE A NICE DAY Series Vols. 7-9 [HERC'S M!X]

Much has been written, debated and discussed about Rhino's beloved Super Hits Of The 70s: Have A Nice Day series (HAND) of compact discs and cassettes since their introduction in 1990.  Volume by volume, song by song sound quality analysis has been performed by Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber (HERE) and suitably nostalgic reviews have been written by the soft rock kid­™ (HERE) yet one issue fans frequently mention about HAND is the lack of a true chronological running order to each album as most of them are ordered by when a song peaked rather than when it was released and later albums in the series seem to be the results of some late in the game licensing deals.  Another grumble from fans is the inclusion of just a dozen songs per CD; for the majority of the albums in the series less than half the disc's capacity was utilized.  Well, your boy HERC took both matters into his own hands and is proud to announce his personal preferred mix of the venerable series.  Owing to the noted K-Tel album influence and inspiration for the series, each volume now has 20 songs, which means there are just fifteen albums in the newly envisioned collection instead of twenty-five as in the original HAND.  And each of those albums will be arranged in strict chronological order based on a song's debut on the Hot 100 (or in one case, The Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart as the song failed to make the bigs) with ties broken by debut position on chart with lower debuts preceding higher ones, countdown style.  This is the third installment and with the fifth and final one to be posted this Friday; in each installmentHERC will spotlight three albums from his newly sequenced playlists along with his usual A/V embellishments.

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11-0407-01Funny FaceDonna Fargo9/30/1972955
09-1007-02Something's Wrong With MeAustin Roberts10/14/19729812
10-0107-03It Never Rains In Southern CaliforniaAlbert Hammond10/21/1972655
17-0107-04Dancing In The MoonlightKing Harvest10/28/19729013
09-1107-05ClairGilbert O'Sullivan10/28/1972862
10-0507-06The Cover Of 'Rolling Stone'Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show12/2/19721006
10-0207-07Oh, Babe, What Would You SayHurricane Smith12/2/1972743
10-0307-08Last SongEdward Bear12/16/1972983
11-0607-09Big City Miss Ruth AnnGallery12/30/19728823
11-0307-10Dueling BanjosEric Weissberg & Steve Mandell1/13/1973802
10-0407-11Dead SkunkLoudon Wainwright III1/27/19738816
11-0507-12Also Sprach ZarathustraDeodato2/3/1973742
10-0607-13The Night The Lights Went Out In GeorgiaVicki Lawrence2/10/19731001
11-0707-15Daisy A DayJud Strunk2/17/19738814
10-0807-16Drift AwayDobie Gray2/24/1973855
23-0107-17Hocus PocusFocus3/3/1973989
10-0707-18Stuck In The Middle With YouStealers Wheel3/3/1973866
09-1207-19FrankensteinEdgar Winter Group3/10/1973981
11-0107-20Playground In My MindClint Homes3/24/1973832

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23-0608-01Back When My Hair Was ShortGunhill Road3/31/19739740
11-0908-02The Free Electric BandAlbert Hammond4/28/197310045
11-0208-03The Morning AfterMaureen McGovern6/23/1973991
10-1008-04Brother LouieStories6/23/1973831
11-0808-05Get DownGilbert O'Sullivan6/23/1973767
11-1008-06Uneasy RiderCharlie Daniels6/30/1973849
10-1108-07Jimmy Loves Mary-AnneLooking Glass7/21/19739333
11-1108-08My MariaB.W. Stevenson7/28/1973819
17-0308-09(I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got Me AnywaySutherland Brothers & Quiver8/18/19739948
10-1208-10Heartbeat--It's A LovebeatDeFranco Family9/8/1973813
17-0808-11Smokin' In The Boys RoomBrownsville Station10/27/19731003
17-0508-12Painted LadiesIan Thomas10/27/19739634
12-0508-13Rock OnDavid Essex11/10/1973975
12-0208-14Spiders And SnakesJim Stafford11/10/1973933
11-1208-15Tell Her She's LovelyEl Chicano11/17/19738340
12-0308-16Jim DandyBlack Oak Arkansas12/15/19738825
12-0608-17StarStealers Wheel1/5/19749229
12-0108-18Seasons In The SunTerry Jacks1/12/1974991
12-0808-19Eres Tu (Touch The Wind)Mocedades1/12/1974909
12-0908-20Come And Get Your LoveRedbone1/12/1974855

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12-0409-01Rock And Roll, Hoochie KooRick Derringer1/19/197410023
12-0709-02Hooked On A FeelingBlue Swede2/16/1974871
23-0209-03Tubular BellsTubular Bells2/23/1974997
13-0109-04Midnight At The OasisMaria Muldaur2/23/1974976
12-1009-05The Lord's PrayerSister Janet Mead2/23/1974714
12-1109-06The EntertainerMarvin Hamlisch3/23/1974883
12-1209-07The StreakRay Stevens4/13/1974841
13-0309-08Billy Don't Be A HeroBo Donaldson & the Heywoods4/20/1974901
13-0209-09My Girl BillJim Stafford4/20/19747412
13-0409-10Radar LoveGolden Earring5/11/19749913
13-0709-11Keep On Smilin'Wet Willie5/25/19749310
13-0609-12Please Come To BostonDave Loggins6/1/1974985
13-0509-13The Night Chicago DiedPaper Lace6/15/1974981
13-0909-14Rock Me GentlyAndy Kim6/22/1974811
13-1009-15Beach BabyFirst Class7/20/1974744
13-0809-16Who Do You Think You AreBo Donaldson & the Heywoods7/27/19748915
23-0409-17Never My LoveBlue Swede8/24/1974777
13-1209-18Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me)Reunion9/7/1974908
23-0309-19I've Got The Music In MeKiki Dee Band9/14/19749012
14-0509-20So You Are A StarHudson Brthers9/21/19748621

Many of the songs featured on the playlists from this post can be found on the following four vintage K-Tel albums, all of which have been profiled over at HERC's K-TEL KOLLECTION:

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