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Amazing Early 60s Box: 88 Hard-to-Find Hits Box set

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Editorial Reviews

Do you remember what it felt like to be a teenager in the early 1960s? I do. It was a wildly exciting time because everything seemed so new, especially the terrific music I heard on the radio and at the record shop. The music, like my life, was exuberant and positive. For me, the only thing that mattered was, did I like it? Did I feel it? And when I did, I wanted to hear it over and over, sometimes hundreds of times.

Rock and roll was young and innocent like I was, but it was going through its adolescence too. In a mere year or two the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and dozens of other British stars would change the feel of music forever. Yes, the early 60s was my favorite period in pop music.

As America transitioned from the Eisenhower era to the world of Camelot, artists such as Gene Pitney, Brian Hyland, Brenda Lee and Jay & The Americans were just getting started! Chart mainstays like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin and Paul Anka were riding high, and newcomers like Tony Orlando and Glen Campbell launched chart careers that would ultimately transcend the decade and extend well into the 1970s.

Sue Thompson, Anita Bryant, Bobby Rydell and Johnny Tillotson were at their hit-making zenith while stars like Pat Boone and Steve Lawrence made swan-song appearances. It was a fascinating period of diverse rock, pop, R&B, country and folk hits, and even some crazy novelties, all on the charts together. Sit back, strap in and get ready to enjoy a nearly 4-hour musical ride that can only be called ''AMAZING!''

Why ''amazing,'' you ask? First, this imported box of three CDs truly contains the most interesting songs you're ever likely to hear in such a set. Because we're collectors, we created everything in this box for other collectors. Even though 80 of the 88 songs here were Top 40 hits, most of them aren't the obvious tracks you'll find on other such collections.

And because collectors appreciate top sound quality, we assigned two of the best sound engineers anywhere to the project. They worked for months, paying close attention to all the details that matter: the best possible sources and EQ, correct fades and speed. Every song was compared to the original vinyl single to give you ONLY the original 45-rpm hit single versions in every case. Why take chances with risky, mediocre mp3 downloads of dubious originality?

Best of all, there are 25 CD debuts here, including SIGNIFICANT NEW STEREO DEBUTS on nearly a dozen great songs like ''Town Without Pity,'' ''Venus In Blue Jeans,'' ''Let The Little Girl Dance'' and ''Sealed With A Kiss,'' just to mention a few. We even included a few important mono debuts. Just try not to drool when reviewing all these in the song list below! Oh, I almost forgot the 10,000-word essay by Greg Adams with fascinating biographical details about every one of the 72 different artists who perform here.

In short, no expense has been spared, no detail overlooked, to bring you, the collector, the most AMAZING sound experience you'll ever hear from the great music of this seminal period in popular music. Simply a MUST for your collection! (NOTE: All songs are STEREO except those marked with an asterisk (*)


Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. WONDERFUL WORLD - Sam Cooke
  2. LET THE LITTLE GIRL DANCE - Billy Bland (Stereo Debut)
  3. GEORGIA ON MY MIND - Ray Charles
  4. O DIO MIO* - Annette (English Orig. Version)
  5. VOLARE* - Bobby Rydell
  6. LET'S HAVE A PARTY - Wanda Jackson (Stereo Debut)
  7. HANDY MAN* - Jimmy Jones
  8. GOOD TIMIN' - Jimmy Jones (Single Version Stereo Debut)
  9. PUPPY LOVE - Paul Anka
  10. PAPER ROSES - Anita Bryant
  11. DUTCHMAN'S GOLD* - Walter Brennan
  12. MAMA SANG A SONG - Walter Brennan (CD Debut)
  13. CRAZY ARMS - Bob Beckham (CD Debut)
  14. HE'LL HAVE TO STAY - Jeanne Black
  15. HAPPY GO LUCKY ME Paul Evans (Stereo Debut)
  16. FINGER POPPIN' TIME - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
  17. LET'S GO, LET'S GO, LET'S GO - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
  18. A ROCKIN' GOOD WAY - Dinah Washington & Brook Benton
  19. ALLEY OOP* Dante & The Evergreens (CD Debut)
  20. MULE SKINNER BLUES* - Fendermen
  21. HOT ROD LINCOLN - Johnny Bond (Stereo Debut)
  22. LOVE YOU SO* - Ron Holden
  23. IMAGE OF A GIRL* - Safaris
  25. WONDERLAND BY NIGHT - Anita Bryant (CD Debut)
  26. MARINA* - Rocco Granata
  28. CORINNA, CORINNA* - Ray Peterson
  29. BABY SITTIN' BOOGIE* - Buzz Clifford

Disc: 2

  1. TOWN WITHOUT PITY - Gene Pitney (Stereo Debut)
  2. SAD MOVIES - Sue Thompson
  3. PORTRAIT OF MY LOVE - Steve Lawrence
  5. MY BOOMERANG WON'T COME BACK - Charlie Drake (Stereo Debut US Version)
  6. THE STORY OF MY LOVE - Paul Anka (Stereo Debut)
  7. AT LAST - Etta James
  9. UNCHAIN MY HEART* - Ray Charles (Mono Hit Version Debut)
  10. YOU CAN HAVE HER - Roy Hamilton
  11. STAND BY ME - Ben E. King
  12. HALFWAY TO PARADISE - Tony Orlando
  13. BLESS YOU* - Tony Orlando
  14. LET'S TWIST AGAIN* - Chubby Checker
  15. BRISTOL STOMP* - Dovells
  16. LET ME IN* - Sensations
  17. THE MOUNTAIN'S HIGH* - Dick & Dee Dee
  18. TOWER OF STRENGTH - Gene McDaniels
  19. AS IF I DIDN'T KNOW* - Adam Wade (Mono Hit Version Debut)
  20. TOGETHER - Connie Francis (Original Single Version)
  22. DANCE ON LITTLE GIRL - Paul Anka
  23. TRADE WINDS, TRADE WINDS* - Aki Aleong (CD Debut)
  24. MICHAEL - Highwaymen
  25. TURN AROUND, LOOK AT ME* - Glen Campbell
  26. FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY - Jimmy Elledge
  27. I'M GONNA KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR* - Eddie Hodges
  28. SPEEDY GONZALES - Pat Boone
  29. DOES YOUR CHEWING GUM LOSE ITS FLAVOR - Lonnie Donegan (Rare Stereo)

Disc: 3

  1. GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL - Steve Lawrence
  3. A WONDERFUL DREAM - Majors (Stereo Debut)
  4. I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU - Ray Charles (Original Single Version)
  5. VENUS IN BLUE JEANS - Jimmy Clanton (Stereo Debut)
  6. SEALED WITH A KISS - Brian Hyland (Stereo Debut)
  7. GINNY COME LATELY - Brian Hyland
  8. SHE CRIED - Jay & The Americans
  9. RHYTHM OF THE RAIN* - Cascades
  10. WEST OF THE WALL* - Toni Fisher (U.S. CD Debut)
  11. SHOUT! SHOUT! (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca
  12. LET'S DANCE - Chris Montez
  13. DO YOU LOVE ME - Contours (Stereo Debut)
  14. BRING IT ON HOME TO ME - Sam Cooke
  15. OH MY ANGEL* - Bertha Tillman
  16. REMEMBER THEN - Earls
  17. IT KEEPS RIGHT ON A HURTIN' Johnny Tillotson
  19. SHUTTERS AND BOARDS - Jerry Wallace (Hit Version Stereo Debut)
  20. THINGS - Bobby Darin
  21. LOVE ME TENDER - Richard Chamberlain (CD Debut)
  22. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM - Richard Chamberlain
  23. ZIP A DEE DOO DAH Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans (Stereo Debut)
  24. HE'S SURE THE BOY I LOVE - Crystals (Stereo Debut)
  25. WHAT'S A MATTER BABY - Timi Yuro
  26. ANNA - Arthur Alexander
  27. CINDERELLA* - Jack Ross (CD Debut)
  28. WHO STOLE THE KEESHKA?* - Matys Brothers (U.S. CD Debut)
  29. MONSTER MASH - Bobby (Boris) Pickett
  30. THE BALLAD OF THUNDER ROAD* - Robert Mitchum

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 2013)
  • 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: B00FA1DG82
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Henri Bronsgeest on November 20, 2013
This set is a Collector’s dream. To say that these are HARD-TO-FIND, in my opinion, is an understatement. You might think that you already have most of these songs but it is not true. First of all if you have any of these songs, you do not have them in this pristine sound. Many on here are first time versions, or as we like to say “The correct versions”, the ones we heard on the radio. These songs have been checked against the actual single to make sure that every note is as it was on the single hit. No other record company does that. That is why we have so many “Greatest Hits” compilations with the wrong take of a song, or the wrong speed, or just plain wrong.

The first song not only set the tone but is one of the most beloved Sam Cooke songs ever. I notice young and old singing along with WONDERFUL WORLD and now to have it in TRUE stereo is amazing. I will never play those RCA versions again. But let’s look at some of the other very hard to find tunes. Even the Disney Annette box set did not have ODIO MIO, the English hit version, on it. Strange since it was one of her top 3 songs. Nice to finally have that one. Paul Evans’ HAPPY-GO-LUCKY-ME in true stereo is a joy. Dante & the Evergreens is one of those second versions of the ALLEY-OOP hit that seems to be totally forgotten by today’s Oldies Stations. HOT ROD LINCOLN took a long time to finally show up on CD, but, again, here we have the only showing of this in true stereo.

Anita Bryant has a strange career. A beauty Queen with a beautiful voice who, through her political stance, changed from pop music to religious music.
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By Aj Watson on November 22, 2013
I have to agree with other reviewers on the quality of this package, although one reviewer has it totally wrong - this is NOT an Eric Records release. It's an entirely different company - 'Complete 60s'. The sound quality of this new release is really amazing to borrow a word from the title. That's not surprising as I was equally happy with the same company's earlier series of "Complete Instrumental Hits of The Sixties" which also appeared as 3 CD sets.

While I have all of these songs on other compilations, the attention to detail that the producers of this set have given to the inclusions is exceptional. It's obvious they have done their research well in making their selections for this release. To hear familiar songs such as Gene Pitney's "Town Without Pity", Brian Hyland's "Sealed With A Kiss" and Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World" in stereo for the first time, is a real treat. I am not generally a fan of artificially created stereo, however the DCS conversion of Wanda Jackson's legendary "Let's Have A Party" to stereo is very well done, with good separation, but without that awful echoey fake stereo that different record companies gave us back in the 70s for other songs from this same era.

I'm also pleased to see the producers have given us the correct HIT versions of these songs, including Ray Peterson's "Corrina Corrina", Buzz Clifford's "Baby Sittin' Boogie" and Tony Orlando's "Bless You". These are all the original mono single versions - the commonly reissued stereo versions of those songs on other compilations feature alternate vocals.
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This is one great CD collection. The Sound Quality is second to none. First we have the Stereo debuts of "A Town Without Pity", "Venus In Blue Jeans", "Let The Little Girl Dance" and "Sealed With A Kiss". These songs have never sounded better. Crystal clear and plenty of bass. We also get the Rare Stereo version of "Wonderful World" by the late great Sam Cooke. Then there's the Stereo Debut of Wanda Jackson's, "Let's Have A Party". Not Elvis but interesting. Then there's the Single Stereo Debut of Jimmy Jones, "Good Timin'.

How about Walter Brennan's Rare "Dutchman's Gold"? A truly great song. I had never heard Paul Evan's "Happy-Go-Lucky-Me" but I like this song! Then there's the Stereo Debut of Johnny Bond's "Hot Rod Lincoln". This is a great car song and very enjoyable. When I first saw Anita Bryant's 3 songs I cringed. Anita Bryant? After one listen, I am a fan. This lady can truly sing! Her style is similar to Connie Francis. Speaking of Connie, her song "Together" is here. This is my favorite Connie song. Clarity and bass here.

Now we get to Steve Lawrence And Eydie Gorme. I have a bootleg of "Portrait Of My Love" but this CD song far out shines that. This song sounds great. So does "Go Away Little Girl". Ace has this song on one of their collections but in my opinion, this one sounds better. Unfortunately we lost Eydie a few months ago but her music lives on and "Blame It On The Bossa Nova" sounds terrific! We finally get the Stereo version of Paul Anka's "Story Of My Love". Paul always put out great songs and this is no exception. By the way, he wrote most of his material.

For those of you who are into Mono, there is Ray Charles' "Unchain My Heart". It Makes it's Mono Hit Single Debut here. Comedy has it's place here also.
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