Hear It Now! The Sound of the '60s

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is one of the better compilations that Sony Music or any major label has ever issued on CD, gathering together remastered versions of memorable and notable songs from across the rock spectrum, from Simon & Garfunkel and Scott McKenzie to Janis Joplin "Down on Me", the Chambers Brothers "Time Has Come Today", and Sly & the Family Stone "I Want to Take You Higher", and even a Bob Dylan cut "Subterranean Homesick Blues". What's more, the song selection, although predictable, is of a uniquely appealing variety -- they're defining hits, and are perfect representatives of their era. The disc is practically an oldies station's playlist, and is almost worth owning just ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is one of the better compilations that Sony Music or any major label has ever issued on CD, gathering together remastered versions of memorable and notable songs from across the rock spectrum, from Simon & Garfunkel and Scott McKenzie to Janis Joplin "Down on Me", the Chambers Brothers "Time Has Come Today", and Sly & the Family Stone "I Want to Take You Higher", and even a Bob Dylan cut "Subterranean Homesick Blues". What's more, the song selection, although predictable, is of a uniquely appealing variety -- they're defining hits, and are perfect representatives of their era. The disc is practically an oldies station's playlist, and is almost worth owning just for the presence of the thunderous remastering of "I Want to Take You Higher" -- the poor audio quality of the Sly Stone CD catalog has long been a vexation, but there's nothing substandard here. You also get a preview of what the upcoming Dylan remasterings may sound like -- "Subterranean Homesick Blues" is pure rolling post-folk thunder as it pours out here in a crisper version than anyone has heard, even as the remastering permits one to perceive the layered acoustic and electric guitars. The most modern digital incarnations of "Sunshine Superman," "San Francisco," "Brown Eyed Girl," "Spinning Wheel," and "Down on Me" are here as well -- what makes these remasterings especially worthwhile is that they're not only bright, but deep -- the bass on "San Francisco" grinds and crunches, and "Kicks" now sounds about as rich and heavy as any '60s track ever put on CD, and more than a match for those old Beatles masterings that Capitol is still selling. The graphics are almost a parody of the period, and the notes by Arthur Levy are the usual historical/musical panorama -- one irony of this collection, by the way, is that with several exceptions Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Revere, etc., the lineup here is almost a tribute to then-Columbia president Clive Davis, who signed or authorized the signing of virtually every other act here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972299822
  • Catalog Number: 722998
  • Sales rank: 219,618

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) [Vers - The Byrds (3:52)
  2. 2 The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel (3:06)
  3. 3 I Want to Take You Higher - Sly & The Family Stone (5:23)
  4. 4 Sunshine Superman - Donovan (4:33)
  5. 5 Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat & Tears (4:08)
  6. 6 Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan (2:20)
  7. 7 San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie (2:59)
  8. 8 Kicks - Paul Revere & the Raiders (2:28)
  9. 9 Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Santana (5:19)
  10. 10 Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison (2:57)
  11. 11 Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers (4:53)
  12. 12 Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison (3:04)
  13. 13 It's Your Thing - The Isley Brothers (2:48)
  14. 14 Down on Me - Big Brother & the Holding Company (2:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Brother & the Holding Company Track Performer
Blood, Sweat & Tears Track Performer
The Byrds Track Performer
The Chambers Brothers Track Performer
Donovan Track Performer
Bob Dylan Track Performer
The Isley Brothers Track Performer
Roy Orbison Track Performer
Simon & Garfunkel Track Performer
Sly & The Family Stone Track Performer
Santana Track Performer
Scott McKenzie Track Performer
Van Morrison Track Performer
Paul Revere & the Raiders Track Performer
Technical Credits
Pete Seeger Composer
Donovan Composer
Roy Orbison Composer
Santana Producer
David Clayton-Thomas Composer
Terry Melcher Producer
Lou Adler Producer
Bert Berns Producer
Fred Catero Producer
Fred Foster Producer
James William Guercio Producer
O'Kelly Isley Producer
Ronald Isley Producer
Rudolph Isley Producer
Bob Johnston Producer
Mickie Most Producer
John Phillips Producer
David Rubinson Producer
Bob Shad Producer
Tom Wilson Producer
Arthur Levy Liner Notes
Steve Byram Artwork, Art Direction
Howard Fritzson Artwork, Art Direction
Debra Parkinson Mastering
Darcy Proper Mastering
Bill Dees Composer
Traditional Composer
Sly & Freddie Producer
Johnny Phillips Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pretty good assortment for someone with a modest collection

    some obvious choices, some less known.

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