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Greatest Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1-2

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1995
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 PT4M14S
  3. 2 Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison PT3M3S
  4. 3 Hang on Sloopy by The McCoys PT3M2S
  5. 4 Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison PT2M54S
  6. 5 Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um by Major Lance PT2M21S
  7. 6 The Madison Time, Pt. 1 by Ray Bryant PT3M6S
  8. 7 Hush by Billy Joe Royal PT2M28S
  9. 8 Hey Little Cobra by The Rip Chords PT1M58S
  10. 9 (Down at) Papa Joe's by Dixie Belles PT2M32S
  11. 10 It's Your Thing by The Isley Brothers PT2M47S
  12. 11 Bless You by Tony Orlando PT2M8S
  13. 12 Donna the Prima Donna by Dion PT2M53S
  14. 13 It's All Over by Walter Jackson PT2M54S
  15. 14 I Could Be So Good to You by Don & the Goodtimes PT3M18S
  16. 15 Summertime, Summertime by The Jamies PT1M59S
  17. 16 I Want Candy by The Strangeloves PT2M34S
  18. 17 Kind of a Drag by The Buckinghams PT2M5S
  19. 18 Lady Willpower by Gary Puckett & the Union Gap PT2M37S
  20. 19 Close Your Eyes by Peaches & Herb PT2M35S
  21. 20 Crying in the Chapel by Adam Wade PT2M41S
  22. 1 Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds PT2M16S
  23. 2 Time Has Come Today by The Chambers Brothers PT4M48S
  24. 3 Him or Me (What's It Gonna Be?) by Paul Revere & the Raiders PT2M39S
  25. 4 Turn-Down Day by The Cyrkle PT2M33S
  26. 5 My World Fell Down by Sagittarius PT2M55S
  27. 6 San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie PT2M58S
  28. 7 It's a Happening Thing by The Peanut Butter Conspiracy PT2M24S
  29. 8 Sunshine Superman by Donovan PT3M15S
  30. 9 Carrie Anne by The Hollies PT2M55S
  31. 10 I Don't Wanna Lose You Baby by Chad & Jeremy PT3M7S
  32. 11 Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vinton PT2M46S
  33. 12 Sugar and Spice by The Cryan' Shames PT2M28S
  34. 13 I Can't Get Used to Losing You by Andy Williams PT2M17S
  35. 14 I Can Make It With You by The Pozo-Seco Singers PT2M17S
  36. 15 Green, Green by The New Christy Minstrels PT2M8S
  37. 16 Groovin' Is Easy PT3M4S
  38. 17 Echo Park by Keith Barbour PT3M43S
  39. 18 I Got a Line on You by Spirit PT2M46S
  40. 19 Flowers on the Wall by The Statler Brothers PT2M18S
  41. 20 Babysittin' Boogie by Buzz Clifford PT2M3S

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