Have a Nice Day (album series)

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Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day is a series of music compilations containing chiefly one-hit wonders and lesser-known pop and rock music songs from the 1970s. The first fifteen volumes were released on cassette and (with bonus tracks) on CD, in 1990 by Rhino Records, covering the years 1969–1976. Compiled by Gary Stewart, David McLees, and Bill Inglot, each CD comes with an eight-page booklet which includes five pages of liner notes by Paul Grein. Follow-up volumes appeared in 1993 and 1996, extending the time period to 1979 and with additional songs from the 1972-76 period, available on cassette or CD (ALL 25 volumes were issued in both formats). Each volume has twelve songs. Despite the greater capacity of compact discs, the running time of each of the volumes is no longer than the limit of vinyl records in the 1970s, from 38 to 45 minutes long.

For most cuts, the (45 RPM) single version was included where differing from that found on the artist's original album. Many (not all) tracks were dubbed from the original stereo (or mono) master tapes, and therefore represent the best available version on CD. To avoid using lesser-quality tapes, single versions were recreated through Bill Inglot's digital editing of album-version tapes. The original stereo masters were not available in every case (CBS tracks in particular); Rhino's publicity forthrightly admitted those instances where other compilations' versions were superior.

The songs "Jackie Blue", "Fooled Around and Fell in Love", "Sometimes When We Touch" and "Amie", which appear on volumes 14, 18, 21 and 23 respectively, have the 45 RPM single edits appear on the cassette tape versions, as well as the compact disc releases.

Taking its inspiration from, among others, K-Tel Records, the Have a Nice Day series was among the first of many decade- and genre-delimited collections of lower-charting hits to appear with the arrival of the CD age. Some of the songs provided in this series appear on dozens of other compilations. None of them (including this one) are comprehensive, leaving out best-selling artists and songs unavailable for licensing or other reasons.

In a review of the Volume 1 for Allmusic, Bruce Eder started out his review as follows: "The inaugural volume of what is now a 25-CD series moves from strength to strength in several different categories, and buying it is not only a no-brainer but also essential to one's education in pop music (assuming one needs it)." In spite of his presumption about 30 volumes being made, only 25 were ever produced.

In 1998, Rhino released Have A Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box, a seven-disc compilation with 172 songs, 82 of which could be found on the Have a Nice Day series. Some songs contain sound snippets of the decade at the end of the song. In addition, more soul, rhythm and blues and disco are added. Some well-known artists (for example, David Bowie, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens) have songs on this compilation as well.

Series review[edit]

Original series (1–15)[edit]

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 1 (January 5, 1990)
Songs on Volume 1
Volume 1 1. Spiral Starecase – More Today Than Yesterday (02:48)

2. Smith – Baby It's You (02:24)

3. The Flying Machine – Smile A Little Smile For Me (02:55)

4. Billy Joe Royal – Cherry Hill Park (02:44)

5. Steam – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (03:45)

6. The Shocking Blue – Venus (03:05)

7. Vanity Fare – Early In The Morning (02:52)

8. Mark Lindsay – Arizona (03:06)

9. The Jaggerz – The Rapper (02:42)

10. The Sandpipers – Come Saturday Morning (02:57)

11. The Cuff Links – Tracy (02:05)

12. Mountain – Mississippi Queen (02:30)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 2 (January 5, 1990)
Songs on Volume 2
Volume 2 1. Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) (02:51)

2. The Tee Set – Ma Belle Amie (03:10)

3. Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky (03:57)

4. The Marmalade – Reflections Of My Life (04:18)

5. Bobbi Martin – For The Love Of Him (02:35)

6. George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag (03:21)

7. The Poppy Family – Which Way You Goin' Billy? (03:10)

8. White Plains – My Baby Loves Lovin' (02:38)

9. Vanity Fare – Hitchin' A Ride (02:37)

10. The Brotherhood Of Man – United We Stand (02:54)

11. Ray Stevens – Everything Is Beautiful (03:29)

12. Robin McNamara – Lay A Little Lovin' On Me (03:04)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 3 (January 5, 1990)
Songs on Volume 3
Volume 3 1. Melanie & The Edwin Hawkins' Singers – Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) (03:49)

2. Alive & Kicking – Tighter, Tighter (02:45)

3. Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime (03:40)

4. Hotlegs – Neanderthal Man (04:29)

5. Sugarloaf – Green-Eyed Lady (03:37)

6. R. Dean Taylor – Indiana Wants Me (02:53)

7. The Partridge Family – I Think I Love You (02:28)

8. Bobby Bloom – Montego Bay (02:53)

9. Brian Hyland – Gypsy Woman (02:32)

10. Jerry Reed – Amos Moses (02:19)

11. Bobby Sherman – Julie, Do You Love Me? (02:52)

12. Punch – Fallin' Lady (03:40)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 4 (January 5, 1990)
Songs on Volume 4
Volume 4 1. Christie – Yellow River (02:40)

2. Lynn Anderson – Rose Garden (02:52)

3. Ray Price – For The Good Times (03:48)

4. Sammi Smith – Help Me Make It Through The Night (02:32)

5. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Mr. Bojangles (03:36)

6. Wadsworth Mansion – Sweet Mary (02:40)

7. Brewer & Shipley – One Toke Over The Line (03:16)

8. Ocean – Put Your Hand In The Hand (02:52)

9. The Bells – Stay Awhile (03:15)

10. Matthews' Southern Comfort – Woodstock (04:26)

11. Mark Lindsay – Silver Bird (03:05)

12. The Glass Bottle – I Ain't Got Time Anymore (02:27)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 5 (January 5, 1990)
Songs on Volume 5
Volume 5 1. Daddy Dewdrop – Chick a Boom (Don't Ya Jes Love It) (02:53)

2. Lobo – Me and You and a Dog Named Boo (02:54)

3. Richie Havens – Here Comes the Sun (02:34)

4. Murray Head – Superstar (04:19)

5. Jerry Reed – When You're Hot You're Hot (02:22)

6. Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds – Don't Pull Your Love (02:45)

7. Paul Revere and The Raiders – Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) (02:55)

8. The Fortunes – Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again (02:52)

9. Chase – Get It On (03:01)

10. Tommy James & the Shondells – Draggin' the Line (02:47)

11. Redeye – Games (03:05)

12. Mike Curb Congregation – Burning Bridges (02:47)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 6 (April 4, 1990)
Songs on Volume 6
Volume 6 1. Crabby Appleton – Go Back (02:45)

2. The Buoys – Timothy (02:45)

3. The Pipkins – Gimme Dat Ding (02:10)

4. Lulu – Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby) (02:45)

5. John Kongos – He's Gonna Step On You Again (04:25)

6. Brewer & Shipley – Tarkio Road (03:10)

7. Five Man Electrical Band – Signs (04:05)

8. Bobby Russell – Saturday Morning Confusion (03:05)

9. Stampeders – Sweet City Woman (03:15)

10. Lighthouse – One Fine Morning (05:15)

11. Five Man Electrical Band – Absolutely Right (02:12)

12. Gayle McCormick – It's A Cryin' Shame (02:52)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 7 (April 4, 1990)
Songs on Volume 7
Volume 7 1. Lee Michaels – Do You Know What I Mean (03:11)

2. Sweathog – Hallelujah (02:56)

3. Coven – One Tin Soldier (The Legend Of Billy Jack) (03:18)

4. Melanie – Brand New Key (02:26)

5. Jonathan Edwards – Sunshine (02:16)

6. Bullet – White Lies, Blue Eyes (02:54)

7. Redbone – The Witch Queen Of New Orleans (02:45)

8. Beverly Bremers – Don't Say You Don't Remember (03:13)

9. Apollo 100 – Joy (feat. Tom Parker) (03:10)

10. Climax – Precious And Few (02:43)

11. The English Congregation – Softly Whispering I Love You (02:58)

12. Giorgio – Son Of My Father (03:42)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 8 (April 4, 1990)
Songs on Volume 8
Volume 8 1. Jo Jo Gunne – Run Run Run (02:33)

2. Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen – Hot Rod Lincoln (02:40)

3. The Addrisi Brothers – We've Got To Get It On Again (02:49)

4. Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show – Sylvia's Mother (03:31)

5. Gallery – Nice To Be With You (02:37)

6. Mouth & MacNeal – How Do You Do? (02:57)

7. Python Lee Jackson – In A Broken Dream (03:37)

8. Godspell – Day By Day (03:07)

9. Gilbert O'Sullivan – Alone Again (Naturally) (03:40)

10. Argent – Hold Your Head Up (02:52)

11. Sammy Davis, Jr – The Candy Man (feat. Mike Curb Congregation) (03:10)

12. Sailcat – Motorcycle Mama (02:07)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 9 (April 4, 1990)
Songs on Volume 9
Volume 9 1. Looking Glass – Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) (02:55)

2. Daniel Boone – Beautiful Sunday (03:00)

3. Gary Glitter – Rock And Roll Part 2 (03:10)

4. Rick Springfield – Speak To The Sky (02:42)

5. Hot Butter – Popcorn (02:30)

6. Lobo – I'd Love You To Want Me (03:59)

7. Gallery – I Believe In Music (02:26)

8. Cashman & West – American City Suite (07:42)

9. Chi Coltrane – Thunder And Lightning (02:56)

10. Austin Roberts – Something's Wrong With Me (03:07)

11. Gilbert O'Sullivan – Clair (03:00)

12. The Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein (03:28)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 10 (April 4, 1990)
Songs on Volume 10
Volume 10 1. Albert Hammond – It Never Rains In Southern California (03:36)

2. Hurricane Smith – Oh, Babe, What Would You Say? (03:22)

3. Edward Bear – Last Song (03:15)

4. Loudon Wainwright III – Dead Skunk (03:08)

5. Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show – The Cover Of 'Rolling Stone' (02:53)

6. Vicki Lawrence – The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia (03:36)

7. Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You (03:24)

8. Dobie Gray – Drift Away (03:57)

9. Skylark – Wildflower (04:07)

10. Stories – Brother Louie (03:55)

11. Looking Glass – Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne (03:25)

12. The DeFranco Family – Heartbeat—It's A Lovebeat (feat. Tony DeFranco) (03:10)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 11 (October 15, 1990)
Songs on Volume 11
Volume 11 1. Clint Holmes – Playground In My Mind (02:57)

2. Maureen McGovern – The Morning After (02:22)

3. Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell – Dueling Banjos (02:19)

4. Donna Fargo – Funny Face (02:49)

5. Deodato – Also Sprach Zarathustra (05:07)

6. Gallery – Big City Miss Ruth Ann (02:27)

7. Jud Strunk – Daisy A Day (02:51)

8. Gilbert O'Sullivan – Get Down (02:42)

9. Albert Hammond – The Free Electric Band (03:27)

10. The Charlie Daniels Band – Uneasy Rider (05:22)

11. B.W. Stevenson – My Maria (02:32)

12. El Chicano – Tell Her She's Lovely (03:14)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 12 (October 15, 1990)
Songs on Volume 12
Volume 12 1. Terry Jacks – Seasons In The Sun

2. Jim Stafford – Spiders & Snakes

3. Black Oak Arkansas – Jim Dandy

4. Rick Derringer – Rock & Roll, Hoochie Koo

5. David Essex – Rock On

6. Stealers Wheel – Star

7. Blue Swede – Hooked On A Feeling

8. Mocedades – Eres Tu (Touch The Wind)

9. Redbone – Come And Get Your Love

10. Sister Janet Mead – The Lord's Prayer

11. Marvin Hamlisch – The Entertainer

12. Ray Stevens – The Streak

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 13 (October 15, 1990)
Songs on Volume 13
Volume 13 1. Maria Muldaur – Midnight At The Oasis

2. Jim Stafford – My Girl Bill

3. Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods – Billy Don't Be A Hero

4. Golden Earring – Radar Love

5. Paper Lace – The Night Chicago Died

6. Dave Loggins – Please Come To Boston

7. Wet Willie – Keep On Smilin'

8. Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods – Who Do You Think You Are

9. Andy Kim – Rock Me Gently

10. First Class – Beach Baby

11. Billy Swan – I Can Help

12. Reunion – Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 14 (October 15, 1990)
Songs on Volume 14
Volume 14 1. Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting (03:17)

2. Sugarloaf & Jerry Corbetta – Don't Call Us, We'll Call You (03:22)

3. Hot Chocolate – Emma (03:55)

4. Sammy Johns – Chevy Van (02:59)

5. Hudson Brothers – So You Are A Star (03:49)

6. Polly Brown – Up In A Puff Of Smoke (03:29)

7. Leo Sayer – Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance) (03:07)

8. Ozark Mountain Daredevils – Jackie Blue (03:38)

9. Ace – How Long (03:24)

10. Michael Murphey – Wildfire (03:18)

11. Pilot – Magic (03:06)

12. 10cc – I'm Not In Love (03:58)

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 15 (October 15, 1990)
Songs on Volume 15
Volume 15 1. Dwight Twilley Band – I'm On Fire (03:18)

2. Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds – Fallin' In Love (03:02)

3. Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band – Black Superman - 'Muhammad Ali' (03:38)

4. Jessi Colter – I'm Not Lisa (03:23)

5. Janis Ian – At Seventeen (03:59)

6. David Geddes – Run Joey Run (02:55)

7. Austin Roberts – Rocky (03:38)

8. Pete Wingfield – Eighteen With A Bullet (03:32)

9. Jigsaw – Sky High (02:52)

10. Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night (02:57)

11. C.W. McCall – Convoy (03:50)

12. Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing (04:05)

Second series (16–22)[edit]

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 16 (April 6, 1993)
  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 17 (April 6, 1993)
  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 18 (April 6, 1993)
  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 19 (April 6, 1993)
  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 20 (August 17, 1993)
  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 21 (August 17, 1993)
  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 22 (August 17, 1993)

Third series (23–25)[edit]

  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 23 (March 26, 1996)
  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 24 (March 26, 1996)
  • Have a Nice Day, Volume 25 (March 26, 1996)

Box set[edit]

  • Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box (7 discs) June 16, 1998

References[edit]