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Greatest Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1-2

ON AIR
1995

Review

This two-disc set, released by the record label of the Columbia House record club, does not contain the greatest hits of the 1960s, of course. What it does contain are 40 tracks from the Sony vaults that were released as singles during the '60s, 39 of which reached the Billboard Hot 100. (The exception is the Electric Flag's 1967 debut, "Groovin' Is Easy.") Thirty-two of them made the Top 40, 21 the Top Ten, and six ("Hang on Sloopy," "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Kind of a Drag," "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Sunshine Superman," and "Take Good Care of My Baby") hit number one. So, for the '60s music fan, the compilation is a mixture of extremely familiar and long-forgotten (or never heard) recordings in which, for example, Adam Wade's revival of the 1953 hit "Crying in the Chapel," which may have inspired RCA Victor belatedly to release Elvis Presley's version, but which only spent a few weeks at the bottom of the charts in early 1965, is followed by the Byrds' chart-topping cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." And the random sequencing of recordings from a decade in which musical styles changed rapidly leads to other odd juxtapositions, such as when the Isley Brothers' funky Top Five 1969 hit "It's Your Thing" gives way to the Brill Building pop of Tony Orlando's Top 20 1961 hit "Bless You." There is plenty of good music here by major artists, and the listener may find some of the obscurities illuminating (Billy Joe Royal's original version of "Hush," which predated the remake by Deep Purple by only a year) or at least amusing (the novelty "Babysittin' Boogie"). But the set has little value as a piece of musical history, except in the most miscellaneous sense. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 You've Made Me So Very Happy by Blood, Sweat & Tears 4:14
  3. 2 Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison 3:3
  4. 3 Hang on Sloopy by The McCoys 3:2
  5. 4 Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison 2:54
  6. 5 Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um by Major Lance 2:21
  7. 6 The Madison Time, Pt. 1 by Ray Bryant 3:6
  8. 7 Hush by Billy Joe Royal 2:28
  9. 8 Hey Little Cobra by The Rip Chords 1:58
  10. 9 (Down at) Papa Joe's by Dixie Belles 2:32
  11. 10 It's Your Thing by The Isley Brothers 2:47
  12. 11 Bless You by Tony Orlando 2:8
  13. 12 Donna the Prima Donna by Dion 2:53
  14. 13 It's All Over by Walter Jackson 2:54
  15. 14 I Could Be So Good to You by Don & the Goodtimes 3:18
  16. 15 Summertime, Summertime by The Jamies 1:59
  17. 16 I Want Candy by The Strangeloves 2:34
  18. 17 Kind of a Drag by The Buckinghams 2:5
  19. 18 Lady Willpower by Gary Puckett & the Union Gap 2:37
  20. 19 Close Your Eyes by Peaches & Herb 2:35
  21. 20 Crying in the Chapel by Adam Wade 2:41
  22. 1 Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds 2:16
  23. 2 Time Has Come Today by The Chambers Brothers 4:48
  24. 3 Him or Me (What's It Gonna Be?) by Paul Revere & the Raiders 2:39
  25. 4 Turn-Down Day by The Cyrkle 2:33
  26. 5 My World Fell Down by Sagittarius 2:55
  27. 6 San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie 2:58
  28. 7 It's a Happening Thing by The Peanut Butter Conspiracy 2:24
  29. 8 Sunshine Superman by Donovan 3:15
  30. 9 Carrie Anne by The Hollies 2:55
  31. 10 I Don't Wanna Lose You Baby by Chad & Jeremy 3:7
  32. 11 Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vinton 2:46
  33. 12 Sugar and Spice by The Cryan' Shames 2:28
  34. 13 I Can't Get Used to Losing You by Andy Williams 2:17
  35. 14 I Can Make It With You by The Pozo-Seco Singers 2:17
  36. 15 Green, Green by The New Christy Minstrels 2:8
  37. 16 Groovin' Is Easy 3:4
  38. 17 Echo Park by Keith Barbour 3:43
  39. 18 I Got a Line on You by Spirit 2:46
  40. 19 Flowers on the Wall by The Statler Brothers 2:18
  41. 20 Babysittin' Boogie by Buzz Clifford 2:3

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