Friday, June 17, 2022

K's SOFT ROCK SPECIAL VA - The 350 Greatest Soft Rock Songs of All Time (Super Deluxe Edition) (19 x CD) [2022]

SOFT ROCK

K's SOFT ROCK SPECIAL, VA - The 350 Greatest Soft Rock Songs of All Time (Super Deluxe Edition) (19 x CD) [2022]

The latest in my 'greatest' compilation series.

Following weeks of extensive research reading through critics and experts polls, scanning through soft rock radio playlists, plus fan polls, soft rock music blogs, online discussion forums votes (Steve Hoffman), Wikipedia info,

Billboard and UK Charts, my own recollections and favourites, I have finally settled upon my 350 Greatest Soft Rock Songs of All Time compilation.

These are the songs which feature most on the many many lists of the best and greatest soft rock and yacht rock songs ever released.

Soft rock (also known as light rock, adult-oriented rock and yacht rock is a derivative form of pop rock that originated in the late 1960's in the U.S. region of Southern California and in the United Kingdom.

The style smoothed over the edges of singer-songwriter and pop rock, relying on simple, melodic songs with big, lush productions. Soft rock was prevalent on the radio throughout the 1970's and eventually metamorphosed

into a form of the synthesized music of adult contemporary in the 1980's:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_rock

There has never been a really good official soft rock compilation with an extensive overview and cross section from its humble beginnings in the late 1960's to the present day, and like my previous 'greatest' collections, my goal was to include the very very best of the genre, the cream of the crop, and to add a number of hard to find and often rare tracks you just never see on compilations due to licensing restrictions, music rights issues, etc.   Compiled as always using the very latest and highest quality digital remasters for superior sound quality and enjoyment.  ALL tracks are the 100% original versions, NO later re-recorded or 'live in concert' releases only the original 7” 45 single mixes and longer album versions are included in this mammoth 19CD set.

Take some time to sit back, kick off those shoes and relax this summer listening to the soothing sounds of classic soft rock.

Enjoy!

K

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Track lists


CD01

01 Toto Africa 4:57

02 Starland Vocal Band Afternoon Delight 3:16

03 Phil Collins Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) 3:26

04 Bill Withers Ain't No Sunshine 2:03

05 The Hollies The Air That I Breathe 4:04

06 Steely Dan Aja 8:00

07 Eric Carmen All By Myself 7:10

08 Air Supply All Out of Love (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:54

09 Heart Alone 3:40

10 Gilbert O'Sullivan Alone Again (Naturally) 3:38

11 Richard Marx Angelia 5:17

12 The Rolling Stones Angie 4:32

13 John Denver Annie's Song 2:59

14 Phil Collins Another Day In Paradise 5:23

15 Sutherland Brothers & Quiver Arms of Mary 2:38

16 Christopher Cross Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (from "Arthur") 3:51

17 Styx Babe 4:27

18 Tracy Chapman Baby Can I Hold You 3:12


CD02

19 Player Baby Come Back (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 3:38

20 Bread Baby I'm-a Want You 2:23

21 Mac Davis Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me 3:04

22 Peter Frampton Baby, I Love Your Way (1976 7" Single Edit) 3:39

23 Gerry Rafferty Baker Street 6:08

24 Paul McCartney & Wings Band On the Run 5:13

25 The Rolling Stones Beast of Burden 4:25

26 Kiss Beth 2:44

27 Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes 3:45

28 Crowded House Better Be Home Soon 3:08

29 Ambrosia Biggest Part of Me 5:25

30 Snowy White Bird of Paradise (Original 1983 7" Single Edit) 4:16

31 Alannah Myles Black Velvet 4:33

32 Manfred Mann's Earth Band Blinded by the Light (Original 1976 7" Single Edit) 3:49

33 Linda Ronstadt Blue Bayou 3:57

34 Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now 4:34

35 Don Henley The Boys of Summer 4:46

36 Looking Glass Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) 3:03

37 Gallagher & Lyle Breakaway 4:03


CD03

38 Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:50

39 Mr. Mister Broken Wings 5:45

40 Dire Straits Brothers in Arms 7:00

41 Glen Campbell By the Time I Get to Phoenix 2:42

42 REO Speedwagon Can't Fight This Feeling 4:52

43 Elton John Candle in the Wind (Original 1974 7" Single Version) 3:49

44 Double The Captain of Her Heart 4:34

45 George Michael Careless Whisper 5:01

46 James Taylor Carolina in My Mind 3:38

47 Kansas Carry on Wayward Son 5:23

48 Harry Chapin Cat's in the Cradle 3:43

49 Rickie Lee Jones Chuck E.'s in Love 3:29

50 Gilbert O'Sullivan Clair 3:02

51 Little River Band Cool Change 4:58

52 Climax Blues Band Couldn't Get It Right 3:18

53 Orleans Dance with Me 3:20

54 Elton John Daniel 3:55

55 Eagles Desperado 3:33


CD04

56 Seals and Crofts Diamond Girl 4:12

57 George Michael A Different Corner 3:58

58 Captain & Tennille Do That to Me One More Time 4:12

59 Jackson Browne Doctor My Eyes 3:20

60 Crowded House Don't Dream It's Over 3:58

61 Lobo Don't Expect Me to Be Your Friend 3:34

62 Blue Öyster Cult (Don't Fear) The Reaper 5:09

63 Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush Don't Give Up 6:34

64 David Soul Don't Give Up on Us 3:36

65 Crystal Gayle Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue 2:36

66 Elton John Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Original 1974 7" Single Version) 5:37

67 Journey Don't Stop Believin' 4:11

68 Gary Wright Dream Weaver (Original 1975 7" Single Version) 3:26

69 Fleetwood Mac Dreams 4:17

70 Dobie Gray Drift Away 3:57

71 Travis Driftwood 3:33

72 The Cars Drive 3:55

73 Sniff 'n' the Tears Driver's Seat (Original 1978 7" Single Edit) 3:39

74 Kansas Dust in the Wind 3:23


CD05

75 Commodores Easy 4:13

76 The Beatles Eleanor Rigby 2:06

77 Don Henley The End of the Innocence 5:17

78 Richard Marx Endless Summer Nights 4:31

79 Rupert Holmes Escape (The Pina Colada Song) (Original 1979 7" Single Version) 3:51

80 Barbra Streisand Evergreen (Love Theme from 'A Star Is Born') 3:06

81 The Police Every Breath You Take 4:13

82 Sad Café Every Day Hurts 3:59

83 Paul Young Every Time You Go Away) (Original 1985 7" Single Version) 4:29

84 The Korgis Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 4:16

85 Bread Everything I Own 3:06

86 Fleetwood Mac Everywhere 3:43

87 The Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky 4:27

88 Tracy Chapman Fast Car 4:57

89 ABBA Fernando 4:14

90 Sting Fields of Gold 3:39

91 James Taylor Fire and Rain 3:21

92 Rod Stewart The First Cut Is the Deepest 4:31

93 Genesis Follow You Follow Me 4:00


CD06

94 Chris Rea Fool (If You Think It's Over) 4:05

95 The Rolling Stones Fool to Cry 4:08

96 Carpenters For All We Know 2:32

97 Buffalo Springfield For What It's Worth (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 2:40

98 Clifford T. Ward Gaye 3:35

99 Supertramp Give a Little Bit 4:08

100 Peter Cetera Glory of Love 4:20

101 Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way 3:39

102 The Beach Boys God Only Knows (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 2:51

103 John Stewart Gold 4:22

104 Carpenters Goodbye to Love 3:56

105 Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 3:15

106 Bread Guitar Man 3:43

107 Chicago Hard to Say I'm Sorry) (Original 1982 7" Single Version) 3:41

108 Quarterflash Harden My Heart 3:49

109 Creedence Clearwater Revival Have You Ever Seen the Rain? 2:40

110 The Hollies He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother 4:21

111 Neil Young Heart of Gold 3:09

112 Dionne Warwick Heartbreaker 4:18

113 Bryan Adams Heaven 4:05

114 Lionel Richie Hello 4:05


CD07

115 The Beatles Here Comes the Sun 3:05

116 Steve Winwood Higher Love (Original 1986 7" Single Version) 4:06

117 Richard Marx Hold On to the Nights 5:14

118 Toto Hold the Line 3:55

119 America A Horse with No Name 4:11

120 Eagles Hotel California 6:31

121 Michael Bolton How Am I Supposed to Live Without You 4:16

122 Bee Gees How Deep Is Your Love 4:02

123 Ace How Long 3:23

124 Ambrosia How Much I Feel 4:42

125 Eric Carmen Hungry Eyes 4:08

126 Def Leppard Hysteria 5:54

127 Johnny Nash I Can See Clearly Now 2:48

128 Daryl Hall & John Oates I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) (Original 1981 7" Single Edit) 3:44

129 Bonnie Raitt I Can't Make You Love Me 5:32

130 Colin Blunstone I Don't Believe in Miracles 3:00

131 Rod Stewart I Don't Want to Talk About It 4:49

132 Paul Davis I Go Crazy 3:53


CD08

133 Gino Vannelli I Just Wanna Stop 3:40

134 Todd Rundgren I Saw the Light 2:55

135 U2 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For 4:37

136 Gallagher & Lyle I Wanna Stay with You 2:57

137 Foreigner I Want to Know What Love Is 5:03

138 Rod Stewart I Was Only Joking 6:07

139 Donald Fagen I.G.Y. 6:03

140 Lobo I'd Love You to Want Me 4:02

141 England Dan & John Ford Coley I'd Really Love to See You Tonight 2:37

142 Jon & Vangelis I'll Find My Way Home 4:30

143 The Pretenders I'll Stand by You 4:00

144 10cc I'm Not in Love (Original 1975 UK 7" Single Version) 6:00

145 Bruce Springsteen I'm on Fire 2:39

146 The Stylistics I'm Stone in Love with You 3:18

147 Bread If 2:33

148 The Bellamy Brothers If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me 3:14

149 Dr. Hook If Not You 3:12

150 Gordon Lightfoot If You Could Read My Mind 3:47

151 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes If You Don't Know Me by Now 3:24


CD09

152 Chicago If You Leave Me Now 3:55

153 John Lennon Imagine 3:07

154 Phil Collins In the Air Tonight 5:36

155 Genesis In Too Deep 4:58

156 Peter Gabriel In Your Eyes 5:28

157 Whitesnake Is This Love 4:44

158 Stephen Bishop It Might Be You 4:13

159 Albert Hammond It Never Rains In Southern California 3:51

160 Supertramp It's Raining Again 4:24

161 Carole King It's Too Late 3:55

162 Roxy Music Jealous Guy 4:58

163 Steve Miller Band The Joker 4:26

164 Chris Rea Josephine 4:36

165 Firefall Just Remember I Love You 3:16

166 Billy Joel Just The Way You Are 4:50

167 Randy VanWarmer Just When I Needed You Most 4:01

168 Marillion Kayleigh (Original 1985 7" Single Version) 3:34

169 REO Speedwagon Keep on Loving You 3:22


CD10

170 Roberta Flack Killing Me Softly with His Song 4:47

171 Rod Stewart The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II) 6:29

172 The Manhattans Kiss and Say Goodbye 4:25

173 Exile Kiss You All Over (Original 1978 7" Single Version) 3:29

174 Bob Dylan Knockin' on Heaven's Door 2:29

175 Chris de Burgh The Lady in Red 4:17

176 Marillion Lavender (Original 1985 7" Single Version) 3:44

177 Bill Withers Lean on Me (Original 1972 7" Single Version) 3:42

178 The Beatles Let It Be (1970 7" George Martin Single Version) 3:52

179 The Bellamy Brothers Let Your Love Flow (Original 1976 7" Single Version) 3:14

180 Joe Walsh Life's Been Good (Original 1978 7" Single Version) 4:38

181 The Doobie Brothers Listen to the Music 4:43

182 Dr. Hook A Little Bit More 3:13

183 Fleetwood Mac Little Lies 3:39

184 Mike + The Mechanics The Living Years 5:32

185 Supertramp The Logical Song 4:10

186 Andrew Gold Lonely Boy 4:21

187 The Beatles The Long and Winding Road 3:39


CD11

188 Air Supply Lost in Love (1980 Re-recorded 7" Single Version) 3:52

189 Nicolette Larson Lotta Love 3:11

190 Jim Capaldi Love Hurts 3:24

191 Pablo Cruise Love Will Find a Way 4:01

192 Boz Scaggs Lowdown 3:18

193 Eagles Lyin' Eyes (Original 1975 7" Single Edit) 4:16

194 Rod Stewart Maggie May (Original 1971 7" Single Edit) 5:15

195 Bread Make It with You 3:12

196 Paul McCartney Maybe I'm Amazed 3:51

197 Billy Paul Me and Mrs. Jones 4:46

198 Maria Muldaur Midnight at the Oasis 3:48

199 The Doobie Brothers Minute by Minute 3:29

200 John Waite Missing You 3:56

201 Starbuck Moonlight Feels Right 3:39

202 Cat Stevens Moonshadow 2:48

203 Boston More Than a Feeling 4:45

204 Roxy Music More Than This 4:30

205 Cat Stevens Morning Has Broken 3:19

206 Charlie Rich The Most Beautiful Girl 2:42

207 Frankie Valli My Eyes Adored You 3:32


CD12

208 Paul McCartney & Wings My Love 4:10

209 George Harrison My Sweet Lord 4:43

210 ABBA The Name of the Game 4:54

211 Sérgio Mendes feat. Joe Pizzulo and Leeza Miller Never Gonna Let You Go (Original 1983 7" Single Version) 4:12

212 Andrew Gold Never Let Her Slip Away 3:21

213 INXS Never Tear Us Apart 3:05

214 Donald Fagen New Frontier 6:21

215 Eagles New Kid in Town 5:03

216 Don Henley New York Minute 6:36

217 Billy Joel New York State of Mind 6:05

218 Donald Fagen The Nightfly 5:47

219 Elton John Nikita 5:44

220 Howard Jones feat. Phil Collins No One Is to Blame (Original 1986 7" Single Mix) 4:16

221 Sade No Ordinary Love 7:20

222 Carly Simon Nobody Does It Better 3:28


CD13

223 Nick Drake Northern Sky 3:44

224 Sinéad O'Connor Nothing Compares 2 U 5:10

225 Glenn Medeiros Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You 3:48

226 Starship Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now 4:29

227 The Chi-Lites Oh Girl (Original 1972 7" Single Edit) 3:14

228 Stephen Bishop On and On 3:00

229 Randy Crawford One Day I'll Fly Away 5:02

230 Phil Collins One More Night 4:49

231 Journey Open Arms 3:19

232 Steely Dan Peg 4:00

233 Ringo Starr Photograph 3:59

234 Billy Joel Piano Man (Original 1973 7" Single Version) 4:36

235 Brian Protheroe Pinball 3:10

236 Phoebe Snow Poetry Man 4:39

237 Jennifer Rush The Power of Love 6:04

238 Prince & The Revolution Purple Rain 8:44

239 Carpenters Rainy Days and Mondays 3:35


CD14

240 Brook Benton Rainy Night in Georgia 3:50

241 Little River Band Reminiscing 4:05

242 Fleetwood Mac Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win) (Original 1975 7" Single Version) 3:46

243 Christopher Cross Ride Like the Wind 4:30

244 Gerry Rafferty Right Down the Line 4:29

245 Richard Marx Right Here Waiting (Original 1989 7" Single Version) 4:05

246 Steely Dan Rikki Don't Lose That Number 4:00

247 Nick Drake River Man 4:19

248 Elton John Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time) 4:42

249 Dire Straits Romeo and Juliet 6:01

250 Toto Rosanna 5:30

251 Elton John Sacrifice 5:05

252 Robert John Sad Eyes 4:13

253 Christopher Cross Sailing 4:16

254 Starship Sara 4:52

255 Daryl Hall & John Oates Sara Smile 3:07

256 Colin Blunstone Say You Don't Mind 3:18

257 Clifford T. Ward Scullery 2:53


CD15

258 Terry Jacks Seasons in the Sun 3:26

259 Henry Gross Shannon 3:50

260 Billy Joel She's Always a Woman 3:21

261 Daryl Hall & John Oates She's Gone (Original 1973 7" Single Version) 3:25

262 Sade Smooth Operator 4:18

263 The Beatles Something 3:02

264 Dan Hill Sometimes When We Touch (Original 1977 7" Single Edit) 3:32

265 Neil Diamond Song Sung Blue 3:15

266 Elton John Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word 3:50

267 Joe Jackson Steppin' Out 4:21

268 Commodores Still 3:44

269 Orleans Still the One 3:55

270 Bryan Adams Straight from the Heart 3:32

271 Ralph McTell Streets of London 4:08

272 Stealers Wheel Stuck In the Middle with You 3:24

273 Seals and Crofts Summer Breeze 3:23

274 Carpenters Superstar 3:47

275 Neil Diamond Sweet Caroline 3:22

276 Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show Sylvia's Mother 3:50

277 Eagles Take It to the Limit 4:46

278 Berlin Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from "Top Gun") 4:14


CD16

279 Supertramp Take the Long Way Home (Original 1979 7" Single Version) 4:05

280 Crystal Gayle Talking in Your Sleep 2:54

281 Eric Clapton Tears in Heaven 4:31

282 Squeeze Tempted 4:01

283 Diana Ross Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To) 3:23

284 Heart These Dreams 4:14

285 Carpenters (They Long to Be) Close to You 3:41

286 Racing Cars They Shoot Horses, Don't They (Original 1976 7" Single Version) 3:41

287 10cc The Things We Do for Love 3:29

288 Kenny Loggins This Is It 3:56

289 Rod Stewart This Old Heart of Mine (Original 1975 7" Single Version) 4:05

290 Commodores Three Times a Lady (Original 1978 7" Single Version) 3:37

291 Genesis Throwing It All Away 3:52

292 Cyndi Lauper Time After Time 4:03

293 Jim Croce Time In a Bottle 2:26

294 Al Stewart Time Passages 6:36

295 Elton John Tiny Dancer 6:15

296 Rod Stewart Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) 3:56

297 Bee Gees Too Much Heaven 4:54


CD17

298 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse of the Heart (Original 1983 7" Single Version) 4:28

299 Spandau Ballet True (Original 1983 7" Single Edit) 5:32

300 Cyndi Lauper True Colors 3:47

301 Meat Loaf Two Out of Three Ain't Bad 5:24

302 Aretha Franklin Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) 3:28

303 Steve Winwood Valerie (Original 1982 7" Single Version) 4:06

304 Don McLean Vincent 4:00

305 Foreigner Waiting for a Girl Like You 4:47

306 Lou Reed Walk on the Wild Side 4:13

307 Bruce Hornsby & The Range The Way It Is 4:57

308 Barbra Streisand The Way We Were 3:30

309 Tina Turner We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) 4:16

310 Rita Coolidge We're All Alone 3:35

311 Crowded House Weather with You 3:44

312 The Band The Weight 4:34

313 The Doobie Brothers What a Fool Believes 3:39

314 Marvin Gaye What's Going On (Original 1971 7" Mono Single Version) 3:54

315 Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do With It 3:48


CD18

316 Leo Sayer When I Need You 4:09

317 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway Where Is the Love 2:43

318 Procol Harum A Whiter Shade of Pale (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 4:08

319 Travis Why Does It Always Rain on Me? 4:25

320 Dire Straits Why Worry 8:31

321 Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman 3:05

322 Chris Isaak Wicked Game 4:46

323 The Rolling Stones Wild Horses 5:46

324 Cat Stevens Wild World 3:20

325 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 5:34

326 U2 With or Without You 4:56

327 Nilsson Without You 3:21

328 John Lennon Woman 3:32

329 Tears for Fears feat. Oleta Adams Woman in Chains 6:30

330 Black Wonderful Life 4:45

331 Eric Clapton Wonderful Tonight 3:41

332 Yes Wonderous Stories 3:49


CD19

333 The Police Wrapped Around Your Finger 5:12

334 Al Stewart Year of the Cat 6:39

335 The Beatles Yesterday 2:05

336 Carpenters Yesterday Once More (Original 1973 7" Single Version) 3:59

337 Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye You Are Everything 3:08

338 Liverpool Express You Are My Love 3:09

339 Fleetwood Mac You Make Loving Fun 3:36

340 The Stylistics You Make Me Feel Brand New (Original 1974 7" Single Edit) 4:48

341 James Blunt You're Beautiful 3:22

342 Rod Stewart You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim) 4:31

343 Linda Ronstadt You're No Good 3:44

344 Carly Simon You're So Vain 4:18

345 Chicago You're the Inspiration 3:49

346 Ambrosia You're the Only Woman (You & I) 4:22

347 James Taylor You've Got a Friend 4:29

348 Dire Straits Your Latest Trick 6:29

349 Sade Your Love Is King 3:42

350 Elton John Your Song 4:03

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15 comments:

  1. Pure AM Gold (aka smooth as Butter-boy) -- thanks!

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    1. Hi MrDave.
      Just looking at the track list you can see this an impressive collection.
      We all have our favorites in this list. Enjoy!
      Cheers.

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  2. Thank you for all the time and effort. Fantastic!!!

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  3. A lot more faves here than I expected - a definite download - thanks!!

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  4. Wonderful! How did I not know I wanted these songs? Many thanks--Lev

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  5. I'm gonna need a bigger boat!
    Thanks K and BB

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  6. Fantastic set. Appreciating a lot here. Could I suggest for the future entries on these mammoth compilations, a set of late '70s/early '80s west coast pop? Would be great too. Thanx a million, man.

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    1. Thanks, Guilherme Rodrigues (Yerblues).
      I will be posting a Westcoast 1965-1979 next week not a massive set but is still 4 x CD's.
      Cheers.

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    2. Oh, great news, man. Can't wait to hear. "Just" 4 CD's is more than ok 😊

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    1. Hi bluero54.
      350 x You're welcome(s).
      Cheers.

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  8. Somehow it's a sin to put Nick Drake and Terry Jacks in the same league. But I'll skip the few onces I really can't stand and enjoy the rest.
    Thanks.

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    1. Hi Peerke,
      The songs fit for me, but that is the beauty of such a big set, you can always choose the tracks you want to hear.
      Cheers.

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  9. Amazing. Soft rock heaven. Thanks so much K and BB.

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