Rock & Roll: first 50 Years The Late 6 CD (2005)

Artist: Various Artists

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Label Varese Sarabande
SKU 63949150
UPC 030206663723
UPC 14 00030206663723
Format CD
Release Date 3/1/2005
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Producer Cary E. Mansfield (Compilation); Steve Massie (Compilation)
CatalogID 066 637
Lable Name Var?se Sarabande (USA)
Released 03/01/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00030206663723
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Disc 1
1 Mony Mony - Tommy James & The Shondells
2 Kind Of A Drag - The Buckinghams
3 Backfield In Motion - Mel & Tim
4 Get Together - The Youngbloods
5 Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In - The 5th Dimension
6 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - The Casinos
7 Horse, The - Cliff Nobles & Company
8 Spooky - Classics IV
9 Hooked On A Feeling - B.J. Thomas
10 Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy
11 Gimme Little Sign - Brenton Wood
12 Little Woman - Bobby Sherman
13 Happy Together - The Turtles
14 If I Were A Carpenter - Bobby Darin
15 Western Union - The Five Americans
16 Sugartown - Nancy Sinatra
17 Expressway To Your Heart - The Soul Survivors
18 Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited
19 Skinny Legs And All - Joe Tex
20 Groovin' - The Young Rascals
21 Color Him Father - The Winstons
22 Time Of The Season - The Zombies
23 Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
24 Venus - Shocking Blue
25 You've Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat & Tears

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