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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
The recent PBS documentary was first-rate, and this companion CD box set is equally excelent. There are, however, a few caveats to consider:

1) The sequencing is not chronological. This is not a huge issue, but when you're covering nearly an entire decade of music it would have made sense to present the songs in the order that they were issued. Chronological sequencing would also have helped eliminate multiple tracks by the same artist showing up on the same disc. For example, all three Donovan songs are on Disc 2. And if you're going to include four Dusty Springfield tracks (the only artist with that many songs), why not include one of her biggest hits of the Sixties--"Son-of-a Preacher Man"?

2) The Moody Blues biggest hit of the Sixties on either side of the Atlantic was "Go Now," which went No. 1 in the U.K. and No. 10 in the U.S., but it is not included here. Instead, they use "Nights in White Satin" which only reached No. 19 in the U.K. and didn't chart in the U.S. until 1972!

3) Sandie Shaw is virtually unknown in the U.S. While "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" spent three weeks at No. 1 in 1964 in the U.K., it only reached No. 52 in the U.S. In fact, her biggest U.S. hit was 1965's "Girl Don't Come," which stalled at No. 42.

4) Technically, the Walker Brothers (who aren't really brothers) aren't really British either. They are all three Californians, who moved to England and had more success abroad than in the states. Their only two Top 40 U.S. hits are included here.

5) And it should come as no surprise that the Beatles--the group that started the British Invasion--are not included. Also conspicuous by their absence are the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Bee Gees, and the Dave Clark Five.

6) All three discs clock in at less than 60 minutes--in fact, they would almost all fit on two discs. So with a list price of $50, it's not a terrific bargain. [This would be my biggest concern regarding this box set.]

With those thoughts in mind, Shout! Factory (working with licensing restrictions) has put together a top notch collection of some of the Sixties' biggest hits from the Tornados' No. 1 instrumental hit "Telstar" from 1962 through the Zombies' million-seller "Time of the Season" from 1969. In all there are 57 songs from 35 different artists. If you can get over the sticker shock, this is a very enjoyable collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED [Disc 1 - 54:22, Disc 2 - 51:41, Disc 3 - 54:14, Bonus Disc - 28:07]

Update: I originally purchased this used (there was no bonus disc), but I purchased this as a gift during amazon.com's Black Friday deals for less than half the list price. It does, indeed, come with a bonus disc of ten songs. But this disc only reaffirms some of my concerns: the songs are not presented in chronological order, and too often multiple songs by the same artist are grouped together on the same disc, minimizing the variety such a compilation should provide. In the case of the 10-song bonus disc, there are only three artists. Here's what you get:

1. The Animals - "House of the Rising Sun" #1, 1964
2. The Animals "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" #15, 1965
3. Herman's Hermits "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" #2, 1965
4. Marianne Faithful "As Tears Go By" #22, 1964
5. Herman's Hermits "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter" #1, 1965
6. The Animals "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" #13, 1965
7. Herman's Hermits "(What a) Wonderful World" #1, 1965
8. Marianne Faithful "Come Stay with Me" #26, 1965
9. Herman's Hermits "There's a Kind of Hush" #1, 1967
10. The Animals "It's My Life" #23, 1965

It would have made more sense (and certainly more variety) for these ten songs to have been spread out over the original three discs, which all clock in at under 60 minutes each anyway. In addition, the bonus disc comes in a loose cardboard sleeve, so there is no way for it to attach to the box. [Probably explains why my used copy was minus the bonus disc.] Don't get me wrong, this is still one of the best British Invasion collections available, but I have issues with their packaging, sequencing, and price.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A very nice collection of works from British singers and groups of the 1960s. This 3 CD set, as some note, costs a bunch, but it takes one back in time very nicely. Also, in the version that I acquired, there is a bonus CD that includes some of the best works of that decade--The Animals sing "House of the Rising Sun"; Marianne Faithfull does "As Tears Go By"; there are Herman's Hermits classics, "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" and "There's a Kind of Hush." Of course, there are obvious absences, such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, etc. Some strange songs show up, too. Is "Winchester Cathedral" really a song to be included here? Do we need four cuts from Dusty Springfield, good as she might be?

That said, many of these songs are classics of the 60s. Think about these:

The Troggs ("Wild Thing"); The Mindbenders ("A Groovy Kind of Love"); Gerry and the Pacemakers ("Ferry Cross the Mersey" and "How Do You Do It?"); Manfred Mann ("Do Wah Diddy Diddy"); Donovan ("Mellow Yellow"); The Searchers ("Love Potion Number Nine"); The Yardbirds ("For Your Love"); Petula Clark ("Downtown"); Lulu ("To Sir with Love"); and so on.

There is a nice booklet going with this CD set. It provides some nice photos, a brief essay on the British music of the 1960s. Worth the price? If you're someone interested in the British music of that decade, then, yes, it is probably a good investment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2009
I already had a lot of these songs when I ordered this set, but given the lower price I was able to find through a third-party seller, it was well worth it.
If you really want to make a complete british invasion playlist, you will still (obviously) need to add some beatles, rolling stones, and some hits missing from the groups that are on here.
Oh - I almost forgot: there was a bonus disc in the set I purchased, and I don't remember seeing a note about it in the description. The bonus disc isn't outtakes or interviews - it is additional songs that might appear to be missing in the basic description (i think there were several tunes by Herman's Hermits, among others).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2007
I absolutely LUV~LUV~LUV my new CD collection of 60s "British Invasion" music! Although I am slightly disappointed that, for reasons unknown, The Dave Clark Five were completely left off of this compilation; despite the many, many hits they had (i.e. "Because", "Catch Us If You Can", etc.), AND the missing Peter & Gordon's songs "I Go To Pieces" and "Nobody I Know", you can't ask for much more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is absolutely one of the most exciting music purchases I have ever made. It has all the hits that I have not been able to locate anywhere else. I love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2007
This is a (mostly) good collection that could have been better (I know, I know,can't they all?). My biggest gripe, and the reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars, was the length of these cd's. At appox. 50 minutes each, many more songs could have fit. Either that or this should could have been narrowed down to a 2cd set.
Another gripe is the inclusion of "Winchester Cathedral". It just doesn't belong here. Also, much as I loved Dusty Springfield, four songs by her was a little much, especially "The Look Of Love"
Other than that, the rest of the collection presents a fairly good mix of songs, and memories, for me. The sound is pretty much excellent throughout.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2007
I totally like the song selection! SOME of the songs were recorded in stereo, and they sound TERRIFIC! However, my disappointment is that some -like Gimme Some Lovin' were recorded only in mono. I have a top-end music system, and I was really looking forward to getting a "room-full of sound"...with different instruments/voices coming out of different speakers.

Had all of the songs been stereo, I would have given this a perfect five. As it is, however, I WILL concede that even the "mono songs" were recorded well. That is, they don't sound tinny like poorly recorded CD's. do. Pricey, but there's a TON of songs! I'm glad I bought it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2008
We were watching channel 13 concert showing the groups from these cds. My husband wanted to pledge $ to get them. I then ran upstairs, went on amazon, found them and ordered them for x-mas for a fraction of the pledge. My husband was surprised and thrilled. It is his kind of music.
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on September 30, 2013
I got this as a bonus gift for my donation when PBS did a fund raiser years ago. I find myself dancing around and smiling whenever I play these songs. Definitely from a more innocent time. As for why no Beatles or Rolling Stones or other top artists, I imagine the licensing fees were prohibitive. Still, this is a good introduction to lesser known bands of the time. You can search Youtube for clips from the original shows many years ago. Nostalgia!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2007
I suspect that the bulk of my money for this product went toward the packaging which by the way is tastefully done. I could have done without it though for $20 bucks less! This compilation is wonderful to me because it evoked memories of my emotional, harmone-charged youth.

There's a lot of important british groups missing from this compilation. However, I am guessing that they will be included on the NEXT compilation for another $$$ more. Oh well, after all this IS someone elses vision of what the best of the '60s British Beat was. And after all, it's NOT an anthology. <sigh>

Yes, I was all of 12 yo listening intently to my new transistor radio when I heard the British Beat... yeah "You Really Got Me."
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