DYNAMITE [1974]

When K-Tel released Dynamite in 1974, they established a precedent, a benchmark, for all of their compilations that were to follow.  With ten songs per side, there were opportunities for filler picks but the wizards of K-tel chose well. They were not guilty of false advertising with the tagline: CAUTION! EXPLOSIVE HITS!
The balance of Dynamite is just about right; it's not too top (hits) heavy nor is it all cellar dwellers. It's a decent snapshot of AM Top 40 radio in 1974, which is where HERC's earliest radio memories began. Although the songs on Dynamite all preceded the creation of Billboard's Disco Action charts, several songs are definitely proto-disco.  Eight songs made the R&B Top 40 and thirteen songs made the Easy Listening Top 40; if anything, the diverse track listing on Dynamite could be dinged a point or two for not including any country-pop crossover hits of the time by John Denver, Charlie Rich, Mac Davis or Olivia Newton-John.

DYNAMITE [1974]
K-tel Scale:28.85
Top 40 chart peaks
PopR&BDiscoAC
The Night Chicago DiedPaper Lace127
Takin' Care Of BusinessBachman-Turner Overdrive12
This Flight TonightNazareth
Be Thankful For What You GotWilliam DeVaughn4131
I Shot The SheriffEric Clapton133
Hollywood SwingingKool & the Gang61
Stuck In The Middle With YouStealers Wheel613
I'm A TrainAlbert Hammond3115
Rock Your BabyGeorge McCrae1119
Honky CatElton John86
Seasons In The SunTerry Jacks11
Rock & Roll Hoochie KooRick Derringer23
Meet Me At The Corner Down At Joe's CafePeter Noone22
Save The Last Dance For MeThe DeFranco Family18
RingsLobo8
The Lord's PrayerSister Janet Mead42
Love's ThemeLove Unlimited Orchestra1101
Show And TellAl Wilson1103
On An OnGladys Knight & the Pips52
Let's Put It All TogetherThe Stylistics18826



Dynamite was issued internationally in the United Kingdom (1974), Germany (1975), the Netherlands and Brazil (1976) and in France and Italy (1977) with differing track listings and cover art.  K-tel also released a Canadian verison of the album in 1974 which upped the ante with 22 songs including 11 holdovers from the US version.



DYNAMITE [1974]
K-tel Scale:24.09
Top 40 chart peaks
PopR&BDiscoAC
Takin' Care Of BusinessBachman-Turner Overdrive12
Rock & Roll Hoochie KooRick Derringer23
Rock Me GentlyAndy Kim140
Be Thankful For What You GotWilliam DeVaughn4131
Summer GirlCraig Ruhnke
You Make Me Feel Brand NewThe Stylistics256
If You Go AwayTerry Jacks29
On An OnGladys Knight & the Pips52
Hollywood SwingingKool & the Gang61
Rock OnDavid Essex5
Come And Get Your LoveRedbone5
Honky CatElton John86
Rock Your BabyGeorge McCrae1119
Billy, Don't Be A HeroPaper Lace
There's Something I Like About ThatChilliwack
Finally Got Myself Together (I'm A Changed Man)The Impressions171
The Lord's PrayerSister Janet Mead42
I Want You to Love MeSusan Jacks
I'm A TrainAlbert Hammond3115
Stuck In The Middle With YouStealers Wheel613
This Flight TonightNazareth
My Girl BillJim Stafford129

In 1996, K-tel issued Dynamite as a ten song CD.
However, only five of the songs were originally on the vinyl LP and there is
some debate over whether the songs used were the orginal recordings.
An avid reader suggested HERC run the K-Tel CDs through the K-Tel Scale machine, so here goes nothing. Because most of the ten songs were big hits, HERC is expecting a high score.

DYNAMITE [1996]
K-tel Scale:38.90
Top 40 chart peaks
PopR&BCOUAC
Love's ThemeLove Unlimited Orchestra1101
ShamabalaThree Dog Night33
Yes We Can-CanPointer Sisters1112
I Can HelpBilly Swan116
Be Thankful For What You GotWilliam DeVaughn4131
FrankensteinEdgar Winter Group1
On An OnGladys Knight & the Pips52
Diamond GirlSeals & Crofts64
Show And TellAl Wilson1103
Seasons In The SunTerry Jacks11

Looks like he was right.  The disc has five Number Ones and not a single hit below #11 on the Top 40 Pop chart.  Unofficially, it's the new benchmark.

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