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British Invasion Gold

August 8, 2006 | Format: MP3

$18.99
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 8, 2006
  • Release Date: August 8, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: CHRON REISSUES
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:25:26
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  • ASIN: B001O4P8K8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,877 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By pm444 on February 18, 2007
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I originally ordered this as a gift for a friend, but after listening to her copy, bought it for myself. The 2 disc collection offers an excellent compilation, including some that are indispensible and others that are very hard to find without buying an entire album by the artist. Most of the tracks sound as good as you're likely to ever hear them, considering their age and the technological limitations of the time. As always with such compilations, one can quibble over the inclusion or exclusion of certain songs, but this collection is essential for any fan of British rock of the 60's and 70's.
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This 32-track, 2-CD collection from Hip-O Records is, for all practical purposes, a stripped down version of Hip-O's 54-track, 3-CD collection titled "British Invasion: 1963-1967" that was released in 2004, and which Amazon also carries. The only tune here that does not appear on the earlier collection is The Who's "Happy Jack." As one might expect, recordings from The Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, and The Dave Clark Five are not represented here due to rights issues, but the collection does manage to squeak in one non-EMI/Capitol Beatles song from their early years in Hamburg, Germany. What is somewhat surprising is that The Kinks, Manfred Mann, and The Yardbirds, all staples of British Invasion collections over the years, are not represented on this set.

The song selection is mostly on target and provides a nice sampling of the various styles that made the British Invasion years so exciting musically. Pop is represented by Tom Jones, The Seekers, and Lulu; group harmonies are typified by Peter & Gordon, Chad & Jeremy, The Searchers, and The Hollies; straight ahead rock is provided by The Troggs, The Spencer Davis Group and The Who; we even get a sampling of psychedelia courtesy of Donovan and some very early prog rock from Procol Harum. It's also good to see some groups and performers from the era that are typically not represented on these collections like Georgie Fame, The Merseys, The Merseybeats, and The Silkie. The only real disappointment for me on this collection is the track selected for Eric Burdon & The Animals, probably done so for rights issues. But, for a 2-CD set, "British Invasion: Gold" is a terrific collection, one of the best available.
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This CD is awesome! I bought it mainly for "You've Got Your Troubles" (took three months to find the ORIGINAL), but almost all the others are good, too. I've never seen (or heard) some of these songs,like Cat Stevens' "The First Cut is The Deepest" and am surprised because these songs are awesome! "Aint She Sweet" and "Bad to Me" are rare, too. I've never seen this CD at regular stores, for some reason. So anyway, order this CD if you want good, rare, and cheap music. You won't be sorry (I can't see why I'M first to review)!
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This album has really hip sounds and the lyrics are far out. It has a groovy beat and it's easy to dance to....
Seriously, I really dig John Lennon's vocal on "Ain't She Sweet." This is very classic ultra-Early Beatles. This track was the first thing about this disc that got my attention, but there are also many other great hits, absolute staples of the British Invasion era music:
Freddie and the Dreamers' "I'm Telling You Now", The Hollies' "Bus Stop" and "Game of Love", "Groovy Kind of Love," "Ferry Cross the Mersey"....This CD has many of the most important recordings of that magical era. Essential
And the CD quality of the music means this is the best I've ever heard some of these songs sound. It's also interesting to hear Cat Stevens doing his own version of his song "The First Cut is the Deepest," which was a hit for Rod Stewart
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This is the music I grew up with, back in the days when you left your phone at home (where it belongs) and there was no such thing as auto-tune to cover up a bad vocal; either you had talent or not. There's more talent on these two discs than you can find in all the songs recorded this century. Great music!
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Universal Music's "Gold" collections, like the "Millennium" series before them, attempt to give an overview of an artist or, in this instance, an era. Results have been mixed, with the "Millennium" discs often containing too few tracks, and the "Gold" two-CD releases seeming sometimes to lose their way after a point. For instance, Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' is on no fewer than three of these collections (this one, "60s Gold", and "Summer of Love Gold").

Nonetheless, there are good things here, and an apparent effort to cover a lot of musical territory. There is a selection apiece from Chad & Jeremy and Peter and Gordon, different acts who performed during the same time period and in similar styles. The "Mersey" sound is represented by at least three groups over four tracks (Gerry & the Pacemakers are heard twice). Georgie Fame and Lulu, who stand about as far apart stylistically as one could imagine, are both included.

Most of the tracks are in stereo, while music from this era was almost exclusively heard in mono via AM radio and 45-RPM records. So, there are a few rather old-fashioned stereo mixes, mostly in the earlier recordings. The Hollies' 'Bus Stop' is an example, with the vocals isolated in one track and drums in the other. 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' by the Walker Brothers sounds cavernous in stereo, possibly an attempt to replicate Phil Spector's "wall of sound". It doesn't work, and sounds overproduced, where the mono version was clean and focused. (I can't resist commenting here that I compared 'Ferry Across the Mersey' on this set to the same recording on another CD I have, and found the stereo image reversed--drums in the left channel on one, the right channel on the other, etc.
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