Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years/The Late '60s: 25 Top 10 Hits

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To most observers, the title of Varese's The Late '60s: 25 Top 10 Hits installment of their ongoing Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years series would suggest that the 2005 collection would be filled with trippy psychedelia and acid rock. After all, the late '60s were when rock got heavy and serious, both in sound and sentiment, so it would only make sense that a compilation chronicling that time would also be heavy and serious. However, the late '60s were also the time of light, swinging, cheerfully trippy sunshine pop, bubblegum, pop-soul, and folk-pop, and those are the sounds that hit the charts, so it makes sense that this disc concentrates on this area. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To most observers, the title of Varese's The Late '60s: 25 Top 10 Hits installment of their ongoing Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years series would suggest that the 2005 collection would be filled with trippy psychedelia and acid rock. After all, the late '60s were when rock got heavy and serious, both in sound and sentiment, so it would only make sense that a compilation chronicling that time would also be heavy and serious. However, the late '60s were also the time of light, swinging, cheerfully trippy sunshine pop, bubblegum, pop-soul, and folk-pop, and those are the sounds that hit the charts, so it makes sense that this disc concentrates on this area. The closest this comes to psychedelia is the Youngbloods' "Get Together," the Turtles' "Happy Together" and the Zombies' "Time of the Season," with most of this concentrating on mainstream pop from the likes of Tommy James, Bobby Darin, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bobby Sherman, and the Buckinghams. There's a surprisingly heavy dose of soul -- including Joe Tex's funky "Skinny Legs and All," the Soul Survivors' hard-hitting "Expressway to Your Heart," and Brenton Wood's "Gimme Little Sign," which is as perfect as music gets -- and is not only a welcome balance to the breezy sunshine pop and lite MOR here, but it helps draw a greater picture of the era. Most of the songs here are quite familiar and easy to find on other collections -- the exceptions are Mercy's "Love Can Make You Happy," which rarely shows up anywhere, and "Gimme Little Sign," which isn't on nearly as many comps as it should be -- but this is a well-selected, highly enjoyable set regardless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206663723
  • Catalog Number: 066637
  • Sales rank: 101,599

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mony Mony - Tommy James (2:55)
  2. 2 Kind of a Drag (2:11)
  3. 3 Backfield in Motion - Mel & Tim (2:36)
  4. 4 Get Together - The Youngbloods (4:41)
  5. 5 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - The 5th Dimension (4:51)
  6. 6 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - The Casinos (3:08)
  7. 7 The Horse - Cliff Nobles & Company (2:44)
  8. 8 Spooky - Classics IV (2:52)
  9. 9 Hooked on a Feeling (2:49)
  10. 10 Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy (3:16)
  11. 11 Gimme Little Sign (2:20)
  12. 12 Little Woman (2:31)
  13. 13 Happy Together (2:56)
  14. 14 If I Were a Carpenter (2:25)
  15. 15 Western Union (2:40)
  16. 16 Sugar Town - Nancy Sinatra (2:27)
  17. 17 Expressway to Your Heart - The Soul Survivors (2:25)
  18. 18 Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited (3:04)
  19. 19 Skinny Legs and All (3:09)
  20. 20 Groovin' (2:32)
  21. 21 Color Him Father - The Winstons (3:07)
  22. 22 Time of the Season (3:35)
  23. 23 Sugar, Sugar (2:48)
  24. 24 Venus (3:08)
  25. 25 You've Made Me So Very Happy (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ron Dante Vocals
Billy Strange Conductor
Al Capps Conductor
Toni Wine Vocals
Michael Rabon Vocals
Technical Credits
Tim Hardin Composer
Joe Tex Composer
Bill Holman Arranger
Bobby Martin Orchestration
Chris White Producer
Rod Argent Composer, Producer
Dale Hawkins Producer
Lee Hazlewood Composer, Producer
Eugene Record Composer
Billy Strange Arranger
Bobby Bloom Composer
Andy Kim Composer
Galt MacDermot Composer
Mark James Composer
Bob Alcivar Arranger
Jeff Barry Composer, Producer
Garry Bonner Composer
Eddie Brigati Composer
Buddy Buie Arranger, Composer, Producer
Al Capps Arranger
Felix Cavaliere Composer
Ritchie Cordell Composer, Producer
Johnny Durrill Composer
Norm Ezell Composer
Gamble Producer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Alan Gordon Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
James William Guercio Producer
Patrice Holloway Composer
Brenda Holloway Composer
Bones Howe Arranger, Producer
Leon Huff Composer
Gene Hughes Producer
Jesse James Composer
Buddy Killen Producer
Charles Koppelman Producer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Chips Moman Producer
Felix Pappalardi Producer
Chester Powers Composer
Don Rubin Producer
Sonny Sanders Composer
Richard Spencer Composer
Robbie Van Leeuwen Composer
Hal Winn Composer, Producer
Joseph Wissert Producer
The Young Rascals Producer
Michael Rabon Composer
Danny Janssen Composer
Jackie Mills Producer
Jimmy Holvay Composer
Harry Middlebrooks Jr. Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
James Cobb Composer
Joe Hooven Composer, Producer
James Rado Composer
Gerome Ragni Composer
Melvin Harden Composer
Jack Sigler Jr. Composer
Frank Wilson Composer
Tommy James Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Mike Shapiro Composer
Steve Massie Mastering
Karl Tarleton Producer
Dan Belloc Producer
Don Carroll Producer
Alfred Smith Composer
Bo Gentry Composer, Producer
Jesse James Producer
Carl Bonafede Producer
Mike Apsey Producer
Ron Resler Producer
Carl Davis Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Top-40 radio fare 1966-69 + lots of true stereo

    The music industry may be bigger now than in the '60s, but it's definitely not better. The loss of radio listeners to other conveyances (MP3 players, Internet webcasts, etc.) and media (such as music television) has led to a fragmentation of pop music's audience and resulted in a balkanization of radio's formats. It's nearly impossible to imagine a commercial radio station that would program the variety heard on this CD. ¶ Varese's fourth volume in this series focuses on the years 1966-1969, and gives a good sense of the variety that was programmed on Top-40 radio, including pop, rock, folk, soul and bubblegum. These work together on a variety of levels. There are soul songs ("Soulful Strut" "The Horse" – both, ironically, backing tracks to vocals releases that weren't nearly as successful) that segues with pop that has blue-eyed soul and jazz underpinnings ("Groovin'" "You've Made Me So Very Happy"), there are party-time anthems in both straight-ahead rock ("Mony Mony") and soul ("Expressway to Your Heart"), and there are all manner of pop tunes from Nancy Sinatra's lazy "Sugar Town" to the ear candy or The Archies' "Sugar Sugar." The freedom to create music for radio without strict genre boundaries lent itself to the era's ethos. ¶ With the dawning of the '70s, independent record labels found themselves marginalized in a record business increasingly dominated by conglomerates. This volume amply demonstrates the savvy music business "ears" that created hits for long-gone labels like Roulette, USA, Bamboo, Soul City, Fraternity, Phil-L.A., Metromedia, Imperial, Sceptor, Sundi, Double Shot, White Whale, Abnak, Crimson, Dial, Date, Calendar, and Colossus. ¶ Without tracks from the Beatles, Stones or the psychedelic and hard-rock camps (e.g., Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, Electric Prunes, Steppenwolf, Donovan, Vanilla Fudge), this isn't a complete exposition of the late '60s pop musical stew, but it is a generous helping of some of the era's most memorable radio hits, nearly all presented in true stereo. Only cuts 9, 14, 20, 24 are delivered in mono. Informative liner notes and detailed discographical and chart info make this a fine walk down memory lane for those who lived the era and a good introduction to radio's late '60s riches for those who didn't.

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