Pop Music: The Golden Era 1951-1975

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To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific, double-disc sets that culled highlights from the box. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box, perhaps ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific, double-disc sets that culled highlights from the box. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box, perhaps more so, because they're easily digestible. Even so, the scope of the 51-track Pop Music: The Golden Era 1951-1975 is impressive. Columbia and its subsidiaries may have moved slowly into rock & roll, having their first rock hits in the early '60s, but that actually makes this collection more effective, since you can hear traditional pop give way to rock and soul by the end of the first disc. And that's the best thing about Pop Music: The Golden Era -- it's a genuine narrative, beginning with Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett and ending with Patti Labelle and Earth, Wind & Fire. Between those bookends are pop classics of all stripes, from a head-spinning array of artists. Sure, it's possible to spot omissions from that list, but it gives the general feel of pop's progression, and it offers nothing but good listening as it does so. And that's a testament not only to the artists, but to Columbia, Epic, and Sony, since few other labels have captured the times quite so well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646579121
  • Catalog Number: 65791


Disc 1
  1. 1 Birth of the Blues - Frank Sinatra (3:30)
  2. 2 Because of You - Tony Bennett (2:57)
  3. 3 Jezebel - Frankie Laine (3:11)
  4. 4 Come on-A My House - Rosemary Clooney (1:58)
  5. 5 Cry - Johnnie Ray (3:04)
  6. 6 You Belong to Me (3:06)
  7. 7 The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller (3:03)
  8. 8 Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong (3:23)
  9. 9 Standing on the Corner - The Four Lads (2:53)
  10. 10 Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) - Doris Day (2:06)
  11. 11 Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell (2:27)
  12. 12 Chances Are - Johnny Mathis (3:03)
  13. 13 Summertime, Summertime - The Jamies (2:00)
  14. 14 Theme from "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith & His Orchestra (2:26)
  15. 15 Moon River - Andy Williams (2:47)
  16. 16 Bless You - Tony Orlando (2:09)
  17. 17 I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett (2:51)
  18. 18 Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton (2:49)
  19. 19 People - Barbra Streisand (3:42)
  20. 20 Ruby Baby - Dion (2:37)
  21. 21 The Monkey Time - Major Lance (2:48)
  22. 22 Hey Little Cobra - The Rip Chords (2:01)
  23. 23 Before and After - Chad & Jeremy (2:43)
  24. 24 For Your Love - The Yardbirds (2:30)
  25. 25 Down in the Boondocks - Billy Joe Royal (2:35)
  26. 26 Kicks - Paul Revere & the Raiders (2:29)
  27. 27 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan (6:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) - The Byrds (3:35)
  2. 2 Red Rubber Ball - The Cyrkle (2:19)
  3. 3 Sunshine Superman - Donovan (3:19)
  4. 4 Don't You Care - The Buckinghams (2:30)
  5. 5 San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie (2:59)
  6. 6 Carrie Anne - The Hollies (2:56)
  7. 7 Itchycoo Park - Small Faces (2:47)
  8. 8 Stoned Soul Picnic - Laura Nyro (3:50)
  9. 9 Time of the Season - The Zombies (3:31)
  10. 10 Young Girl - Gary Puckett (3:10)
  11. 11 You've Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat & Tears (3:30)
  12. 12 Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly & The Family Stone (2:43)
  13. 13 Evil Ways - Santana (2:58)
  14. 14 Bridge over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel (4:54)
  15. 15 25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago (2:55)
  16. 16 Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin (4:31)
  17. 17 Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass (3:04)
  18. 18 I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash (2:45)
  19. 19 Your Mama Don't Dance - Loggins & Messina (2:50)
  20. 20 I Can Help - Billy Swan (2:58)
  21. 21 Love Train - The O'Jays (3:00)
  22. 22 That Lady, Pt. 1 - The Isley Brothers (3:14)
  23. 23 Lady Marmalade - Labelle (3:19)
  24. 24 Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Bloomfield Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Chris Hillman Bass
Billy Joe Royal Vocals, Track Performer
Percy Faith Conductor
Philip Bailey Conga
Sandra Crouch Tambourine
Rosemary Clooney Vocals, Track Performer
Doris Day Track Performer
The Four Lads Track Performer
Frankie Laine Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Mathis Track Performer
Johnnie Ray Track Performer
Frank Sinatra Track Performer
Jo Stafford Track Performer
Barbra Streisand Track Performer
Bobby Vinton Vocals, Track Performer
Andy Williams Track Performer
Blood, Sweat & Tears Track Performer
The Buckinghams Track Performer
The Byrds Track Performer
Chad & Jeremy Track Performer
Chicago Track Performer
Gene Clark Tambourine, Vocals
The Cyrkle Track Performer
Dion Vocals, Track Performer
Donovan Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Dylan Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Earth, Wind & Fire Track Performer
Art Garfunkel Vocals, Track Performer
The Isley Brothers Track Performer
Ernie Isley Electric Guitar
Janis Joplin Track Performer
Carole King Conductor
Al Kooper Organ
Labelle Track Performer
Patti LaBelle Vocals
Major Lance Vocals, Track Performer
Kenny Loggins Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Loggins & Messina Track Performer
Curtis Mayfield Guitar, Background Vocals
Jim Messina Guitar, Vocals
Graham Nash Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Laura Nyro Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Jimmy Page Electric Guitar
Gary Puckett Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Simon & Garfunkel Track Performer
Paul Simon Guitar, Vocals
Sly & The Family Stone Track Performer
Small Faces Track Performer
Maurice White Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Kalimba
The Yardbirds Track Performer
The Zombies Track Performer
Tony Bennett Track Performer
Fred Lipsius Piano, Saxophone
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Paul Serrano Trumpet
Lew Soloff Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Earl Turbinton Saxophone
Chris White Bass, Vocals
Jerry Cole Guitar
George Van Eps Guitar
Stan Freeman Harpsichord
Tony Rizzi Guitar
Buddy Weed Piano
Allan Clarke Vocals
Nona Hendryx Vocals
The Hollies Track Performer
Santana Track Performer
Mitch Miller Conductor, Track Performer
The O'Jays Track Performer
Guy Mitchell Vocals, Track Performer
José Chepitó Areas Percussion
Rod Argent Keyboards, Vocals
Colin Blunstone Vocals
David Clayton-Thomas Vocals
Sarah Dash Vocals
Larry Graham Bass, Vocals
Bruce Johnston Vocals, Background Vocals
Robert Lamm Keyboards
Elliot Lurie Guitar, Vocals
Steve Marriott Guitar, Vocals
Peter Matz Conductor
Scott McKenzie Track Performer
Ian McLagan Keyboards, Vocals
Terry Melcher Vocals, Background Vocals
The Rip Chords Track Performer
Gregg Rolie Organ, Vocals
Artie Schroeck Vibes
Bunny Sigler Guitar, Piano
Billy Swan Track Performer
Freddy Weller Guitar
Frank deVol Conductor
Chris Jasper Keyboards
Bob Bain Guitar
Bobby Gregg Drums
Brian Auger Harpsichord
Dave Carey Percussion
Kerry Chater Bass
Jim McCarty Percussion, Drums
Chet Amsterdam Bass
Louis Armstrong Track Performer
Don Arnone Guitar
Paul Atkinson Guitar
John Avant Trombone
Hal Blaine Drums
Edward Batts Guitar
Richard Bell Piano
Thom Bell Conductor
Dwight Bement Saxophone
Lea Jane Berinati Background Vocals
Hayword Bishop Drums
Harold Bradley Guitar
David Brown Bass
Lester Caliste Trombone
Bernie Calvert Bass
Brad Campbell Bass
Al Capps Conductor
Mike Carabello Percussion
Tony Carr Percussion
Frank Carroll Bass
Peter Cetera Bass, Vocals
Roland Chambers Guitar
Chip Young Electric Guitar
Eric Clapton Guitar
Jon Clarke Baritone Saxophone
Mike Clarke Drums
Bobby Colomby Percussion, Drums
Jimmy Crawford Drums
David Crosby Guitar, Vocals
Don Danneman Bass, Vocals
Tom Dawes Guitar, Vocals
Don Renaldo Strings, Horn
Chris Dreja Guitar
Larry Dunn Keyboards
Ray Edenton Guitar
Bobby Eli Guitar
Bobby Elliott Drums
Morris Ellis Trombone
James R. Budd Ellison Piano
Herman V. Ernest III Drums
Greg Errico Drums
Joe Farrell Flute
Fred Ferrara Vocals
Jim Fielder Bass
Clarence Ford Saxophone
Eric Ford Electric Guitar
Marty Fried Drums
Al Garth Tenor Saxophone
Looking Glass Track Performer
Harvey Goldstein Bass
Larry Gonsky Keyboards, Vocals
Emory Gordy Bass
Paul Griffin Piano
Jeff Grob Drums
Hugh Grundy Drums
Dick Halligan Keyboards
Buddy Harman Drums
Norman Harris Guitar
Spike Heatley Bass
Tony Hicks Guitar, Vocals
Milt Hinton Bass
Milt Holland Percussion
Steve Howard Trumpet
Leon Huff Piano
Marvin Isley Bass
O'Kelly Isley Conductor, Background Vocals
Rudolph Isley Conductor, Background Vocals
Terry Kath Guitar, Vocals
Steve Katz Guitar
Larry Knechtel Keyboards
Ricky Knight Piano
Ronnie Lane Bass, Vocals
Mike Leech Bass
Cliff Leeman Drums
Eddie Levert Vocals
Drake Levin Guitar
Mark Lindsay Vocals
Lee Loughnane Trumpet
Marty Manning Conductor
Jerry Martini Saxophone
Hugh McCracken Electric Guitar
Al McKay Guitar, Percussion
Robert Mersey Conductor
Vince Montana Vibes
George Moreland Drums
Floyd Morris Piano
Johnny Nash Track Performer
Michael Omartian Piano
Tony Orlando Track Performer
Bobby Orr Drums
Lenny Pakula Organ
James Pankow Trombone
Walter Parazaider Trumpet
Ken Pearson Organ
Clark Pierson Drums
John Pizzarelli Guitar
George Porter Jr. Bass
William Powell Vocals
Lon Price Flute, Saxophone
Keith Relf Vocals
Paul Revere & the Raiders Track Performer
Cynthia Robinson Trumpet
Buddy Saltzman Drums
Paul Samwell-Smith Bass
Daniel Seraphine Drums
Larry Sims Bass, Background Vocals
Phil Stephens Bass
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Keyboards, Vocals
Freddie Stone Guitar
Piet Sweval Bass, Vocals
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Alvin Thomas Flute, Saxophone
Truman Thomas Organ
John Till Guitar
Allen Toussaint Percussion, Electric Piano
Phil "Fang" Volk Bass
Larry Washington Percussion
Murray Watson Trumpet
Fred White Percussion, Drums
Hy White Guitar
Verdine White Bass
Paul Whithead Drums
Chuck Winfield Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gary Withem Keyboards
Andrew Woolfolk Flute, Saxophone
Earl Young Drums
Reggie Young Electric Guitar
Tears Track Performer
Alton Hendrickson Guitar
Kenney Jones Drums
Al Lucas Saxophone
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Arthur Blair Vocals
Frank Busseri Vocals
Fred Carter Jr. Guitar
Connie Coderini Vocals
Carl Fischer Piano
Nick Fortune Bass
Serena Jameson Vocals
Tom Jameson Vocals
The Jamies Track Performer
Dennis Miccolis Keyboards
Jeannie Roy Vocals
Bernard Toorish Vocals
Walter Williams Vocals
Carlos Santana Guitar
Percy Faith & His Orchestra Track Performer
James Arnold Vocals
Alan Hanton Guitar
Garfunkel Track Performer
Tommy South Drums
Paul Revere Keyboards
Joe Osborn Bass
Bobby Fiela Vocals
Ronnie Baker Bass
Versine White Bass
Paul Whitebread Drums
Joe Zinan Bass
Merel Bergante Drums, Background Vocals
Carl Blonin Saxophone
John Carmeron Keyboards
Sol Evans Drums
Joe Falto Guitar
Vincent Terri Guitar
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Percy Faith Arranger
Pete Seeger Composer
Donovan Composer
Art Garfunkel Producer
Ernie Isley Composer
Carole King Arranger
Jim Messina Producer
Laura Nyro Producer
Paul Simon Composer, Producer
Joe South Composer, Producer
Maurice White Composer, Producer
Chris White Producer
Mitch Miller Producer
Rod Argent Composer, Producer
Bruce Johnston Producer
Steve Marriott Producer
Peter Matz Arranger
Terry Melcher Producer
John Phillips Producer
Chris Jasper Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
John Simon Producer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Steven Berkowitz Executive Producer
Lou Adler Producer
Billy Altman Editorial Coordinator
Ernie Altschuler Producer
Thom Bell Arranger
Michael Berniker Producer
Al Capps Arranger
Lor Crane Producer
Ray Evans Composer
Larry Fallon Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Ernie Freeman String Arrangements
Kenny Gamble Producer
Looking Glass Producer
Jack Gold Producer
Giorgio Gomelsky Producer
James William Guercio Producer
Sonny Henry Composer
Leon Huff Producer
Marvin Isley Composer
O'Kelly Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jack Keller Producer
Kathryn King Editorial Production
Ronnie Lane Producer
Bob Liftin Producer
Jay Livingston Composer
Marty Manning Arranger
Robert Mersey Arranger, Producer
Bob Morgan Producer
Mickie Most Producer
Johnny Nash Arranger, Producer
Al Nevins Producer
Ron Richards Producer
Charles Stepney Arranger
Jule Styne Composer
Allen Toussaint Arranger, Producer
Ed Townsend Producer
Bernie Wayne Composer
Verdine White Composer
Tom Wilson Producer
Johnny Pate Arranger
Sonny Burke Composer
Bob Merrill Composer
Al Quaglieri Producer
Henry Beau Arranger
Mitchell Cohen Annotation
Stephen Holden Essay
Arthur Blair Producer
Serena Jameson Producer
Tom Jameson Composer, Producer
Lee Morris Composer
Jeannie Roy Producer
Jimmy Carroll Arranger
Carlos Santana Producer
Darcy Proper Mastering
Janet Boye Art Direction
Chris Athens Mastering
David Katzenstein Back Cover, Cover Photo
Randall Martin Label Design
Charlie Sarrica Graphic Design
Sandy Lorenzo Marketing
Joe Zack Composer
Rosemary Mulligan Marketing
Brent Dangerfield Producer
George Cory Composer
Douglass Cross Composer
Sherman Feller Composer
Artie Yeranian Graphic Design
Jerry Fuller Producer
Traditional Composer
Ron Juliano Graphic Design
Judy Thomas Tape Research
Dianne Spoto Shattuck Marketing
Marni Elliott Marketing
Darren Salmieri Copy Coordination
Marguerite Hisen Marketing
Chilton Price Composer
EWF Horns Arranger
Eddie Cerchoine Tape Research
Mike Gershman Producer
Charlie Callelo Arranger, Producer
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
Carl Davis Producer
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