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The British Beat: Best of the '60s [Box set]

The Troggs , Moody Blues , The Kinks , The Zombies , Donovan , The Yardbirds , The Foundations , Petula Clark , Procal Harum , Various Artists Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • 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: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000N69P6G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Wild Thing - The Troggs
2. Hippy Hippy Shake - Swinging Blue Jeans
3. Black Is Black - Los Bravos
4. It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
5. I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
6. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - The Silkie
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
2. She's Not There - The Zombies
3. Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
4. Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
5. Mellow Yellow - Donovan
6. Baby, Now That I Found You - The Foundations
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Disc: 3
1. Time Of The Season - The Zombies
2. For Your Love - The Yardbirds
3. Here Comes My Baby - The Tremeloes
4. A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum
5. Bus Stop - The Hollies
6. I'm A Man - Spencer Davis Group
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars + 1/2 stars...British Invasion Extravaganza March 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection May 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Buy!! May 2, 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice compilation January 24, 2009
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars The British Invasion At It's Finest! :) August 4, 2007
By Lucy B.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what my husband wanted for xmas January 1, 2008
By Diane G
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good music, cheap on the content October 25, 2007
By jaemel
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music.
Published 20 days ago by ReneinMiami
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was a great gift, thanks. Wonderful service!
Published 24 days ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't be unhappy when you listen to this music
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by BeautyCook
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Disc 2
I've had this collection for years and it's fabulous. I recently found however that disc 2 is missing. I'd pay someone to make me a copy. Respond to andrea4212@att.net.
Published 20 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the British Beat
This is a fabulous set by all original artists and brought back lots of memories from the 60s! I highly recommend it.
Published 21 months ago by Janine J. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Compilations of 60's music ever...
Take away the Beatles, The Stones, The Who, Motown.. and this compilation represents a great deal of what 60's music was all about... Read more
Published on July 16, 2011 by NM 156
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BRITISH BEAT; Best of the '60's=FANTASTIC
If you are a sixties nut of British music, you will LOVE the group boxed set. It includes so many one hit wonders and other regular hits. YOU WON'T BE DISAPOINTED!!! Read more
Published on April 10, 2010 by Caroline McMASTER
5.0 out of 5 stars 1960's Music
Shopped for the best price and this set is awesome. Listen to the cd's quite often. Just bloody great and a wee bit more....yancyd of TN
Published on September 5, 2008 by David H. Kuehn
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GOOD MUSIC DAYS
What can I add to what allready has been said by other reviewers. I grew up listening to every song on these cds and Im glad I did. Music was great then! Read more
Published on June 16, 2008 by Charles Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MUSIC OF ALL TIME
I grew up with the britsh groups and these cd's just brought back so many wonderful memories for me. i put these songs on my ipod and listen to them daily.
Published on June 15, 2008 by Judi L. Stanco
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