Chartbusters USA, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like volume one, this is a high-grade assortment of hits, all but one by American artists, from the five years or so following the Beatles' invasion of the United States (though a couple of the tracks are from 1963). If there's one thing that might keep some listeners from lavishing unrestrained praise on this collection, it's that there's no real theme other than they were all, or virtually all, big hits and all pretty good. (You can't even say that the theme is American pop and rock, due to the inclusion of the Zombies' "Time of the Season.") Naturally, part of what makes rock and '60s rock in particular interesting is its diversity, and this 29-song anthology ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like volume one, this is a high-grade assortment of hits, all but one by American artists, from the five years or so following the Beatles' invasion of the United States (though a couple of the tracks are from 1963). If there's one thing that might keep some listeners from lavishing unrestrained praise on this collection, it's that there's no real theme other than they were all, or virtually all, big hits and all pretty good. (You can't even say that the theme is American pop and rock, due to the inclusion of the Zombies' "Time of the Season.") Naturally, part of what makes rock and '60s rock in particular interesting is its diversity, and this 29-song anthology covers a lot of bases. Among them are folk-rock (the Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man"), blue-eyed soul (the Rascals' "Good Lovin'," the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"), Motown (Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street"), psychedelia (the Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love"), hard rock (Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride"), hot rod (Jan & Dean's "Little Old Lady from Pasadena"), and garage rock (the Syndicate of Sound's "Little Girl," the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie"). Plus there's good old pop
ock in the Turtles, one-shots like John Fred's "Judy in Disguise" and the Newbeats' "Bread & Butter," and even a little non-rock in Mongo Santamaria's "Watermelon Man" and Lalo Schifrin's "Mission: Impossible." Nothing here's real rare; even the few low-charting items, like Jerry Jeff Walker's original version of "Mr. Bojangles" and the Gants' cover of "Road Runner," aren't hard to get elsewhere. But if you're not a specialist collector yet are on the lookout for '60s oldies anthologies, this series and this volume are recommended above most others. That's due to the exceptional quantity (29 songs on a single disc), consistent high quality (even the novelties and light pop tunes here are fun guilty pleasures), and packaging (excellent annotation provides the stories, some relatively little known, behind each track).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667183222
  • Catalog Number: 832
  • Sales rank: 84,943

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Lovin' - The Young Rascals (2:30)
  2. 2 Spooky - Classics IV (2:50)
  3. 3 Summer in the City - The Lovin' Spoonful (2:40)
  4. 4 Little Girl - The Syndicate of Sound (2:27)
  5. 5 Louie, Louie - The Kingsmen (2:44)
  6. 6 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - The Righteous Brothers (3:43)
  7. 7 Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl (3:05)
  8. 8 Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas (2:40)
  9. 9 Classical Gas - Mason Williams (3:04)
  10. 10 Mr. Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker (3:44)
  11. 11 Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds (2:17)
  12. 12 Baby Don't Go - Sonny & Cher (3:08)
  13. 13 Liar, Liar - The Castaways (1:53)
  14. 14 Mission: Impossible - Lalo Schifrin (2:33)
  15. 15 Cara-Lin - The Strangeloves (2:44)
  16. 16 Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane (2:58)
  17. 17 Polk Salad Annie - Tony Joe White (3:40)
  18. 18 Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf (4:25)
  19. 19 I Can't Believe What You Say - Ike & Tina Turner (2:00)
  20. 20 Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) - John Fred & His Playboy Band (2:55)
  21. 21 Watermelon Man - Mongo Santamaría (2:27)
  22. 22 Love's Made a Fool of You - The Bobby Fuller Four (2:01)
  23. 23 Sunny - Bobby Hebb (2:44)
  24. 24 Batman Theme - Neal Hefti Orchestra (2:19)
  25. 25 Bread and Butter - The Newbeats (1:57)
  26. 26 The Little Old Lady from Pasadena - Jan & Dean (2:31)
  27. 27 Time of the Season - The Zombies (2:54)
  28. 28 Road Runner - The Gants (2:17)
  29. 29 Elenore - The Turtles (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lalo Schifrin Track Performer
Mason Williams Track Performer
Bob & Earl Track Performer
The Byrds Track Performer
Classics IV Track Performer
The Bobby Fuller Four Track Performer
Jan & Dean Track Performer
Jefferson Airplane Track Performer
The Kingsmen Track Performer
The Lovin' Spoonful Track Performer
The Righteous Brothers Track Performer
Ike & Tina Turner Track Performer
The Turtles Track Performer
The Zombies Track Performer
The Gants Track Performer
The Strangeloves Track Performer
Tony Joe White Track Performer
Martha & the Vandellas Track Performer
The Newbeats Track Performer
The Syndicate of Sound Track Performer
Bobby Hebb Track Performer
The Castaways Track Performer
Jerry Jeff Walker Track Performer
Mongo Santamaría Track Performer
Sonny & Cher Track Performer
Steppenwolf Track Performer
The Young Rascals Track Performer
John Fred & His Playboy Band Track Performer
Neal Hefti Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Rob Finnis Annotation
Phil Smee Cover Design
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Chris Popham CD Layout
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