Joel Goldenberg

Retro Roundup

A Suburban journalist for more than a quarter century, Joel Goldenberg is also an avid fan of the music of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s — and he loves to write about it.

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We're taking a break this week from the top-10 hits of the 1970s to provide a new list of Retro Roundup's favourite YouTube channels — since our last installment, I have subscribed to many new channels exploring retro music, TV and movies.

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We interrupt our weekly look at the top-10 hits of the 1970s to take a look at a recently released box set, From Elvis In Nashville.

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We interrupt our top-10 1970s hits survey not only to mark the 50th anniversary this year of a landmark Beach Boys album, but to further the case for the group to release its completed Feel Flows box set, part of which likely includes unreleased songs and alternate versions from this very album.

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Before we resume our survey of the top-10 hits of the 1970s, another update on the continued efforts to ensure the release of the completed Feel Flows box set of Beach Boys session outtakes from between 1969 and 1971.

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We interrupt our weekly look at the top-10 hits of the 1970s so that I can contribute to bringing attention to an urgent situation to help reverse what could be an utter travesty, the potential non-release of what could possibly be one of the best box set collections in years.

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Retro Roundup will now embark on a new long-term project — evaluating the top-10 hits of the Billboard U.S. charts, and since I began becoming aware of music in the very late 1960s and mostly the 1970s, we'll start with the 1970s charts.

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A musical milestone took place in the late 1980s with the unofficial release of LPs and CDs called Ultra Rare Trax, a series of unreleased Beatles recordings of mostly stellar audio quality.

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Much attention was paid in recent weeks to the new Rolling Stones song Living in a Ghost Town, particularly because it seemed to be prescient in regards to the COVID-19 lockdown, with many of us staying indoors and the resulting near-empty streets of major cities.

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Some albums in pop and rock history are absolute perfection, in my mind, like the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, the Who's Quadrophenia and Who's Next, the Rolling stones' Beggar's Banquet and Exile on Main Street, and many others that were sequenced perfectly and in which each song contributes to …