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Classic Album Reviews: Julian Lennon / Jim Croce / Harry Chapin / K.C. & The Sunshine Band | VH1 Behind the Music

Love Behind the Music, but don’t have any of the artists’ work? Well, you’re in luck.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


THE STORY: Loved that Julian Lennon Behind the Music episode, but don’t have any of his albums? Well, you’re in luck. In yet another life-enhancing example of corporate synergy, the musical biography series is issuing compilation albums, presumably to go with its shows. The first four: Lennon, tragic folkies Jim Croce and Harry Chapin, and disco mainstay K.C. & the Sunshine Band.

THE GOODS: A healthy selection of each artist’s best-known tunes — Chapin’s Taxi and Cat’s in the Cradle, Croce’s Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Lennon’s Valotte, K.C.’s Shake Your Booty and That’s The Way, etc.

THE GOODIES: None — just some generic biographical notes.

THE DOWNSIDE: Too bad those liner notes aren’t written in the same style as a Behind the Music script. You know — “Coming up next, Julian’s ride on the roller-coaster of fame comes to the end of the line.” In fact, why not have that narrator guy read the lines between songs?

PLAY IT WHILE: Watching TV with the sound off.