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Your Favorite 70's Era Soft Rock/Easy Listening Songs?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by BeefPie84, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. BeefPie84


    Mar 29, 2019
    I figure there are a lot of guys on this board whose knowledge of this will will be right in their wheelhouse. Why not tap into the board's Big Brains...? :hyper:

    It's been awhile since I've really reconnected with this music, but I really love it. Smooth melodic basslines, great to sing along with, hand out of the window road trip music.

    I just caught wind of this song and was wondering what are some of your own personal favorites along with ones that have nice bass driven sounds?

    All of these songs are going to go directly into a brand new playlist!

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  2. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    None. ‘Soft Rock’ is an oxymoron. Now, when I was a kid, owing to what my parents listened to, I developed a taste for non-rock ‘easy listening’, not all if it, but in particular, schmaltzy German orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert...

    He still had a certain bouncy swing to his stuff, and featured a European style of electric bass called ‘knack-bass’, which started my acknowledgement of, and interest in, the instrument. Grooved better than any James Taylor cut.
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  3. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State

    I really like playing this on guitar. It’s fun to kick on the phase shifter. The bass line ain’t bad either.
  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    American Pie. It may be the singer/songwriter version of Brown Eyed Girl, but great lyrics and tight musicianship.
  5. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State

    I was in a band where our “fans” would request this song ironically, so we learned it to show them who was boss. Wait…maybe they showed us. :speechless:
  6. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays...

    Mar 23, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Awww yeeeeah! That's the stuff. ;)
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  7. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    OK, 'Hand out the window'...you just watched El Camino, correct?
    We did...and my wife has played this song about a dozen times today. :)

    How about the other soft Rock tune from El Camino? "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" by England Dan & John Ford Coley.
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    RHCP covered this on their Live In Hyde Park album... :)

    How about "Summer Breeze" - Seals & Crofts
    The Isley Brothers do a nice cover, too.
  9. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" - Lobo
    "Reminiscing" - Little River Band
    "What a Fool Believes" and "Minute By Minute" - the Doobie Brothers
    "Biggest Part of Me" - Ambrosia
  10. Man this is taking me back to grade/middle school....
    Damn I'm gettin' old...

    ...fond memories of a LOT of these tunes though:rolleyes:
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  11. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I could probably post songs all day. Soft (Yacht) Rock is one of my guilty pleasures. :rolleyes:

    How ‘bout…
    Hall & Oats
    Christopher Cross
    Alan Parsons Project
    Air Supply

    The list goes on…

    Here’s a gem by Bob Welch (formerly from Fleetwood Mac):

    Anyone see Family Guy - Yacht Rocky? :D
  12. BeefPie84


    Mar 29, 2019
    "Caught wind..."guilty as charged.
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  13. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    "Stormy" by Classics IV

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  14. Montana Matt

    Montana Matt

    Sep 15, 2015
    The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.
  15. Damn... the band I'm in is playing about 2/3 or the stuff listed above. With a name like Vinyl Revival what would you expect?

  16. fretter


    May 24, 2012
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  17. Davbassdude


    Mar 16, 2012
    Pretty much anything by Bread or America.
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  18. nnnnnn


    Oct 27, 2018
    Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty.
    The Ballad of Billy the Kid, and various other Billy Joel songs.
  19. Leo Smith

    Leo Smith

    Oct 21, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Thanks for sharing this. I'm loving this track. Yes I'm corny like that. The knack-bass is like the euro equivalent to the Nashville tic-tac bass. I've heard the same bass sound on several Domenico Modugno singles (italian singer of the same 60s/70s era). How did they get that sound?
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  20. dr doofie

    dr doofie

    Jul 6, 2017
    They used to put “complementary” cassettes or 8 tracks in those faux wood panel Oldsmobiles... it always had Christopher Cross, and remember Mike Post and Pete Carpenter? They did all the TV themes (Magnum, Greatest American Hero, etc...) :laugh:

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