The British Beat: Best of the '60s

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The British Invasion, that virtual flood of Anglo-pop that swept America's shores in the wake of the Beatles' 1964 breakthrough, produced some of the most joyous music of the era. In the roughly five-year period 1964-68 documented on this triple-CD set, a plethora of three-minute gems crossed the Atlantic. This wonderful collection presents the surprisingly wide musical range of Brit hits, encompassing folk-pop Chad & Jeremy's "A Summer Song"; flat-out rockers the Troggs' "Wild Thing,"; pure pop the Foundations' "Build Me Up Buttercup"; sweeping production numbers the Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin"; ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The British Invasion, that virtual flood of Anglo-pop that swept America's shores in the wake of the Beatles' 1964 breakthrough, produced some of the most joyous music of the era. In the roughly five-year period 1964-68 documented on this triple-CD set, a plethora of three-minute gems crossed the Atlantic. This wonderful collection presents the surprisingly wide musical range of Brit hits, encompassing folk-pop Chad & Jeremy's "A Summer Song"; flat-out rockers the Troggs' "Wild Thing,"; pure pop the Foundations' "Build Me Up Buttercup"; sweeping production numbers the Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin"; psychedelic pop the Small Faces' "Itchyoo Park," Donovan's 'Sunshine Superman"; music hall ditties the New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral"; R&B-influenced kickers Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin' " and "I'm a Man"; and much more. There's not a weak track in the bunch, and, apart from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, few major names are missing. With representative cuts from Dusty Springfield, the Kinks, the Searchers, Peter & Gordon, Lulu, and Tom Jones -- not to mention some terrific one-hit-wonders -- the Swinging Blue Jeans, Unit 4 + 2, the Fortunes, the Easybeats, and Los Bravos -- the Fab Four and the Stones aren't missed for even a moment.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Shout! Factory's triple-disc set The British Beat: Best of the '60s was released in conjunction with the 2007 PBS documentary of the same name and, like the show, this compilation is targeted at a general audience, so collectors shouldn't be surprised that there's hardly anything unfamiliar here. Indeed, the strength of this 57-track set is that it serves up many of the basics of the British Invasion. Of course, it doesn't have such heavy-hitters as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Who -- they never show up on sets like this -- but this is a well-chosen, very entertaining set that draws a pretty accurate portrait of '60s British pop through cuts by the Kinks, the Zombies, Donovan, Manfred Mann, the Searchers, the Tornados, the Hollies, Peter & Gordon, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Yardbirds, the Tremeloes, Spencer Davis Group, Petula Clark, Lulu, Small Faces, Sandie Shaw, the Troggs, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, the Walker Brothers, and the Easybeats (who technically may be Australian but they fit). No, this doesn't have every great British Invasion song, but it does have 57 of them and anybody looking to get a crash course in one of the greatest eras of pop music should certainly use this as a primer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2007
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663103557
  • Catalog Number: 631035

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wild Thing (2:36)
  2. 2 Hippy Hippy Shake (1:43)
  3. 3 Black Is Black - Los Bravos (2:58)
  4. 4 It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones (2:00)
  5. 5 I Only Want to Be with You (2:37)
  6. 6 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - The Silkie (2:12)
  7. 7 The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) (3:03)
  8. 8 A Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders (2:01)
  9. 9 Bad to Me (2:19)
  10. 10 Game of Love - Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders (2:07)
  11. 11 Concreete and Clay - Unit 4+2 (2:16)
  12. 12 Wishin' and Hopin' (2:55)
  13. 13 You've Got Your Troubles - The Fortunes (3:23)
  14. 14 A Summer Song (2:37)
  15. 15 Love Is All Around (3:00)
  16. 16 I'll Never Find Another You - The Seekers (2:41)
  17. 17 Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (2:36)
  18. 18 The Look of Love (3:35)
  19. 19 Nights in White Satin (7:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You Really Got Me - The Kinks (2:13)
  2. 2 She's Not There - The Zombies (2:23)
  3. 3 Gimme Some Lovin' (2:52)
  4. 4 Dow Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann (2:35)
  5. 5 Mellow Yellow - Donovan (3:41)
  6. 6 Baby, Now That I Found You (2:36)
  7. 7 Tell Her No - The Zombies (2:05)
  8. 8 Sunshine Superman (4:33)
  9. 9 All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks (2:22)
  10. 10 Friday on My Mind (2:51)
  11. 11 Needles and Pins - The Searchers (2:13)
  12. 12 How Do You Do It? (1:55)
  13. 13 Love Potion Number Nine - The Searchers (2:05)
  14. 14 A Wolrd Without Love (2:40)
  15. 15 Carrie-Anne (2:57)
  16. 16 Telstar - The Tornados (3:15)
  17. 17 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (2:49)
  18. 18 Everyone's Gone to the Moon - Jonathan King (2:32)
  19. 19 Catch the Wind (2:54)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Time of the Season - The Zombies (3:31)
  2. 2 For Your Love - The Yardbirds (2:29)
  3. 3 Here Comes My Baby (3:03)
  4. 4 A Whiter Shade of Pale (4:01)
  5. 5 Bus Stop (2:55)
  6. 6 I'm a Man - The Spencer Davis Group (2:38)
  7. 7 Build Me Up Buttercup (2:59)
  8. 8 Downtown (3:06)
  9. 9 Georgy Girl - The Seekers (2:20)
  10. 10 What's New Pussycat? - Tom Jones (2:19)
  11. 11 Silence Is Golden (3:08)
  12. 12 Ferry Cross the Mersey (2:25)
  13. 13 I Know a Place (2:44)
  14. 14 To Sir with Love - Lulu (2:45)
  15. 15 Itchycoo Park - Small Faces (2:52)
  16. 16 Winchester Cathedral (2:25)
  17. 17 (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me (2:44)
  18. 18 Make It Easy on Yourself (3:13)
  19. 19 Woman (2:26)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Donovan Composer
Justin Hayward Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Graham Nash Composer
Cat Stevens Composer
Steve Winwood Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Allan Clarke Composer
Joe Meek Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Rod Argent Composer
Gary Brooker Composer
Graham Gouldman Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Steve Marriott Composer
Jack Nitzsche Composer
Chip Taylor Composer
Bob Crewe Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
Simon Napier-Bell Composer
Don Black Composer
Les Chadwick Composer
Michael d'Abo Composer
Hal David Composer
Bob Gaudio Composer
Tony Hatch Composer
Tony Hicks Composer
Jonathan King Composer
Ronnie Lane Composer
Mark London Composer
Les Maguire Composer
Freddie Marsden Composer
Gerry Marsden Composer
Ken Noble Composer
Reg Presley Composer
Ivor Raymonde Composer
Keith Reid Composer
Tom Springfield Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Chad Stuart Composer
Harry Vanda Composer
Vicki Wickham Composer
Toni Wine Composer
Muff Winwood Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Chan Romero Composer
Tommy Moeller Composer
Spencer Davis Composer
Tony Macaulay Composer
Leslie Reed Composer
Pat Kraus Remastering
Clint Ballard Jr. Composer
Geoff Stevens Composer
Giuseppe Donaggio Composer
Steve Wadey Composer
Tony Hayes Composer
Vito Pallavicini Composer
Michael Hawker Composer
Mitch Murray Composer
Emily Johnson Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
Jim Dale Composer
Bernard Webb Composer
Kirk Tsuye Licensing
Brian Parker Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Must have for 60s fans!

    Instead of trying to find these hits on each group's cds (some haven't even been converted) this set will give you all those songs you remember and some that don't get any air time on oldies stations.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I traveled back in time to Senior Year high school!

    My sister got me this collection for Christmas and I've been playing it almost nonstop since I opened it. Every song on this got me to say: "Oh, I LOVED this song." If I were to compile a collection for myself on a CD from burning from other CD's, I would come very close to the songs picked for this collection. It's a MUST get for anyone growing up in the 60's. I graduated high school in '66 and can still remember all the words to these songs! BUY IT...YOU WON'T BE SORRY!!!

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