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Complete Pop Instrumental Hits Of The Sixties, Volume 2 - 1961 Box set


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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Complete 60s
  • ASIN: B006KEO2XG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert
2. Wonderland By Night - Louis Prima
3. Wabash Blues - The Viscounts (mono/CD Debut)
4. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Jerry Murad's Harmonicats
5. Exodus - Ferrante & Teicher
6. Main Theme from 'Exodus' (Ari's Theme) - Mantovani
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. (Love Theme from) One Eyed Jacks - Ferrante & Teicher
2. (Theme from) My Three Sons - Lawrence Welk
3. Like, Long Hair - Paul Revere & The Raiders (mono)
4. Brass Buttons - The String-A-Longs
5. Tenderly - Bert Kaempfert
6. Hop Scotch - Santo & Johnny (mono)
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Charleston - Ernie Fields (mono)
2. Quite a Party - The Fireballs (mono)
3. The Guns of Navarone - Joe Reisman (mono/CD Debut)
4. San-Ho-Zay - Freddy King
5. Now and Forever - Bert Kaempfert
6. Back Beat #1 - The Rondels (mono)
See all 28 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

(3-CD set) No words can describe this great second release from Complete 60s Records - because there are no words! This exciting new label from England is undertaking an unprecedented project to compile every single Billboard Hot 100 instrumental hit of the 1960s. Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 2 - 1961 is the second in a series of releases that will definitively document the decade when the pop instrumental genre truly reached its zenith (Vol. 1 -1960 is still available).

Rock, rhythm 'n' blues, country, and orchestral instrumental singles all vied for a spot in the Hot 100 weekly charts. Hundreds of them earned that coveted spot in history, and when this project is complete you'll own them all in the order they peaked on the charts! That way, you can experience them the way the world did in 1961. You'll hear how surf music evolved, how rock combos and orchestral arrangers influenced each other, and how easy listening emerged as a distinct sound during this golden decade.

Bert Kaempfert, Al Caiola, Billy Vaughn, Sandy Nelson, The Ventures - these giants of the genre are all here on Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 2 - 1961. But, so are The Viscounts, The Texans, The Don Shirley Trio & Jack Eubanks. Who, you ask? All of them scored instrumental hits in 1961, none of which have ever been on a CD before now. In fact, this 86-track, 3-CD set includes no less than 17 CD debuts and dozens of genuinely rare tracks - 50 in true stereo. That's nearly three & half hours of music!

The research team at Complete 60s combed the vaults for the best possible sources for these wordless wonders, making sure to locate the original hit versions in true stereo whenever possible. Then, no less than three sound engineers carefully remastered the original recordings until the twangy guitars, pounding drums, and soaring strings practically leap out of your speakers. You'll be speechless! Thank goodness, however, writer Greg Adams wasn't at a loss for words. His detailed, 28-page liner notes include biographies of all 53 artists, plus release notes and chart information for every track.

The same creative folks who lovingly compile those great Eric CDs in the States are working on this project, so you know there's the same commitment to high quality sound and an attention to detail missing from so many oldies collections. Why settle for less? Why take a chance with risky, off-brand, mediocre MP3 downloads of dubious origin? Simply put, if you love instrumentals (of any kind), Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties is the final word!

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If you like them, too, you must have this boxset.
Johnboy1
This stuff is playing in the house as background music constantly.
nosehair351
The sound on these tracks in both mono and stereo is excellent.
Mr. O.B.G.(Oldies But Goodies)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. O.B.G.(Oldies But Goodies) on February 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I've been waiting since last year for this set and I am not disappointed. In my opinion this set is as good if not better than 1960. The sound on these tracks in both mono and stereo is excellent. To start things off, both versions of Wonderland By Night never sounded better. The stereo separation and bass are outstanding. A real surprise here is Mantovani's Exodus which I haven't heard before. Then there's the dynamic Magnificent Seven, it just might make you want to watch the movie. If your looking for an instrumental by a group known for their 60's vocals you can't go wrong with Paul Revere's Like, Long Hair. This was their first hit and is quite interesting. Another instrumental by a singer is Ray Charles' One Mint Julip. A very good tune. Exodus by Eddie Harris is another surprise, a jazzy version of Ferrante & Teicher hit. Image by Hank Lervine is a song you never get tired of. Also give a listen to Stick Shift by The Duals. A great car song. Like I said last time there are too many songs to be reviewed here. If your wondering how I can review these songs so early is because I pre-ordered them from Eric Records and received them approx. 2 weeks ago. Anyway this set has great sound and is Highly Recommended. Thanks again to Bill Buster & Co. for another fine CD set. This is in no way a complete review so hopefully others will weigh in with their input. Really looking forward to 1962. Let's see if Bill & Co. can find the multi-track tape of The Lonely Bull single (lost according to Herb Alpert).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bill Busse on February 26, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a truly awesome undertaking! Imagine finding the best sources for the 86 instrumental hits in this collection. The people at Eric have done it and done it well. The sound is state of the art, the liner notes are great and the selection is awesome.
It's like a lazy Saturday in 1961 with just me and my radio as I am familiar with at least 90% of these (and lots of the 45s are still in my collection).
From one hit wonders to the great orchestral hits of Billy Vaughn, Lawrence Welk and Bert Kaempfert this is a 1961 time capsule you will enjoy opening and reopening time and time again.

Thanks to the producers of this truly outstanding 3 CD collection for the work and love they've put into getting this out. I cannot wait for the next in the series.

And it looks like lots of buyers appreciate these sounds as the Amazon sales show!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aj Watson on March 7, 2012
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A wonderful follow-up to the first volume, 1960. As with that one, this 1961 issue is superbly mastered, and the sound quality and attention to detail in getting the actual 45 versions of all these tracks is fantastic. A lot of the tracks have appeared widely-spread over previous collections from other companies, but here you have them all collected under the one umbrella. Also, unlike other compilations, you are getting the correct charting versions, not album versions which other comps often feature and which differed from what was issued on the singles. Quite a number of these tracks have never been reissued since 1961 and there are also first time stereo versions in amongst the 86 tracks which fill this package. Can't wait for Vol.3!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nosehair351 on May 11, 2012
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I have both volumes thus far and really like them. Highlights (for me) is Ray Charles doing "one mint julep" , and anything by Billy Vaughn or Ferrante &Teicher. This stuff is playing in the house as background music constantly. It drives the kids nuts, which is p art of the appeal for me! Can't wait for the upcoming volumes...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger R. Stoffel on July 28, 2012
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Fantastic 3-cd set of every instrumental single to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 during 1961. Songs are all remastered (remarkable sound!!) and are in chronological order, according to the date of their highest chart position, 86 songs total, 51 of them in true stereo, with a total playing time of 204 minutes. Included is a 27 page booklet with a fun & fact filled bio of every artist (listed alphabetically), and each disc has a separate page with song title/ composer/ artist/ chart peak/ date of peak positon/ song length. This is the second release in a projected 10 volume series, one for each year of the 60's (volume 1 is equally impressive). The people who put these first 2 volumes together did an outstanding job!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Johnboy1 on February 29, 2012
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I can't say enough good about this collection! It's incredible! Aside from tne fact that so many of these songs are making their CD debut, it's the stereo versions that really get me excited.....Duane Eddy's theme from Ring of Fire (not to be confused with the Johnny Cash hit), Brass Buttons by The String-a-Longs, and The Cambridge Strings And Chorus' version of (Theme From) Tunes of Glory. I had all three but not in stereo, and never would have heard them that way without this release. The mono single versions of the Bill Black Combo are also a treat. Thanks to the magnificent engineering work of Tom Daly, Mark Mathews, and Walt Weiskopf, these songs never sounded better. It didn't hurt that I tended to like the 1961 instrumentals best of all the sixties. If you like them, too, you must have this boxset. It's as good as it'll ever be, trust me. Thanks Bill Buster. You the man!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan George on April 9, 2013
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This 3-CD set comprises a very interesting mixture of quite well-known items ( by performers such as Duane Eddy , the Ventures , Bert Kaempfert , and Lawrence Welk ) , and , on the other hand , obscure tracks by Adrian Kimberly , Si Zetner , Piero Soffici , and Jerry Murad's Harmonicats , among others. It also represents a wide variety of instrumental styles ( rock , easy listening , jazz , etc. ) , and , while I could not say that I like every selection , I certainly enjoy listening to more than 90% of them. I would recommend this CD set to anyone who , like myself , is fond of early '60s music , particularly instrumentals.
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