60 of the biggest hits from the 1960s from the biggets stars including The Animals, The Beach Boys, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Hollies, Manfred Mann,Lulu, Bobby Vee and many more. All originall recordings, digitally remastered. EMI Gold. 2006.
This is a fairly good collection of oldies from the sixties, but be aware that, as with many British import compilations, there are several tracks that may be unfamiliar to you.I've always liked Shane Fenton and the Fentones "I'm a moody guy" for example, but he's not a household name on this side of the pond. Ken Dodd and Ricky Valance probably won't ring a bell either, Artists like Helen Shapiro and Frank Ifield, who did crack the North American market, are represented by their signature hits. In Helen Shapiro's case, it's the bubbly "Walking back to happiness",presented here in an uncommon stereo mix. Frank Ifield's "I remember you", was a top five from 1962 and it is here in an alternate mono version. Others in the line up include Dion, Bobby Vee, The chiffons and The Beach Boys. The sound quality is a bit uneven,ranging from the anemic (Rubber Ball) to the robust ("House of the rising sun", in its four minute unedited version).Many of the songs are mono when they should be stereo, such as "Sweet talking guy" and "How do you do it". There are no liner notes other than track annotations. An uneven collection, to be sure, but all of the recordings are the originals and clocking in at over two hours, I'd say it's not bad for the price.
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