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

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(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!

ALL TRACKS STEREO UNLESS INDICATED

Track Listings

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
  7. The Magnificent Seven - Al Caiola
  8. Flamingo Express - The Royaltones (mono)
  9. Pepe - Duane Eddy
  10. Lost Love - H.B. Barnum (mono/U.S. CD Debut)
  11. Calcutta - Lawrence Welk
  12. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky - The Ramrods (mono)
  13. Ja-Da - Johnny & The Hurricanes (mono)
  14. Wheels - The String-A-Longs
  15. Ram-Bunk-Shush - The Ventures
  16. Cerveza - Bert Kaempfert
  17. (Theme from) Tunes of Glory - The Cambridge Strings & Singers (CD Debut)
  18. Tunes of Glory - Mitch Miller
  19. Wheels - Billy Vaughn
  20. Honky Tonk (Part 2) - Bill Doggett (mono)
  21. Hearts of Stone - Bill Black's Combo (mono/CD Debut)
  22. Orange Blossom Special - Billy Vaughn
  23. Green Grass of Texas - The Texans (mono/CD Debut)
  24. Apache - Jorgen Ingmann (mono)
  25. Theme from 'The Great Impostor' - Henry Mancini
  26. Hide Away - Freddy King
  27. Asia Minor - Kokomo (Stereo CD Debut)
  28. On the Rebound - Floyd Cramer
  29. Theme from 'Dixie' - Duane Eddy

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)
  7. One Mint Julep - Ray Charles
  8. Bumble Boogie - B. Bumble & The Stingers (mono)
  9. Underwater - The Frogmen (mono)
  10. African Waltz - The Cannonball Adderley Orchestra
  11. Bonanza - Al Caiola
  12. Lullaby of the Leaves - The Ventures
  13. That's the Way with Love - Piero Soffici (mono)
  14. Exodus - Eddie Harris
  15. Ring of Fire - Duane Eddy
  16. Anna - Jorgen Ingmann (mono)
  17. (Theme from) Goodbye Again - Ferrante & Teicher
  18. You Can't Sit Down - The Phil Upchurch Combo (mono)
  19. Ole Buttermilk Sky - Bill Black's Combo (mono/CD Debut)
  20. Blue Tomorrow - Billy Vaughn
  21. Yellow Bird - Lawrence Welk
  22. (The Graduation Song...) Pomp and Circumstance - Adrian Kimberley (mono)
  23. Boogie Woogie - B. Bumble & The Stingers (mono)
  24. San Antonio Rose - Floyd Cramer
  25. Should I - The String-A-Longs
  26. Yellow Bird - The Arthur Lyman Group
  27. Drivin' Home - Duane Eddy
  28. La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) - Ray Ellis (CD Debut)
  29. Last Night - The Mar-Keys (mono)

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)
  7. (Theme from) Silver City - The Ventures
  8. My Blue Heaven - Duane Eddy (mono)
  9. Night Train - Richard Hayman
  10. Mexico - Bob Moore
  11. Riders in the Sky - Lawrence Welk (mono/CD Debut)
  12. Water Boy - The Don Shirley Trio (Stereo CD Debut)
  13. Take Five - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (mono)
  14. Honky Train - Bill Black's Combo (mono/CD Debut)
  15. Movin' - Bill Black's Combo (mono/CD Debut)
  16. Hang On - Floyd Cramer (CD Debut)
  17. Image (Part 1) - Hank Levine (mono/U.S. CD Debut)
  18. Late Date - The Parkays (mono/CD Debut)
  19. Stick Shift - The Duals (mono)
  20. Your Last Goodbye - Floyd Cramer
  21. Berlin Melody - Billy Vaughn
  22. Morning After - The Mar-Keys (mono)
  23. Come September - Billy Vaughn
  24. Blue Moon - The Ventures
  25. Searching - Jack Eubanks (mono/CD Debut)
  26. Tonight - Ferrante & Teicher
  27. Up a Lazy River - Si Zentner
  28. Let There Be Drums - Sandy Nelson (mono)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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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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I love music and will listen to almost anything, with the exceptions of opera and so-called 'rap music' (there's a contradiction in terms if ever there was one). But instrumental has always been my favorite genre. The 1960's would not only witness some of the biggest instrumental hits of pop music, but also the rapid decline of the instrumental as a Top 40 staple. By the 1970's, artists like Deodato, Billy Preston, Walter Murphy and others could still land the occasional instrumental hit, but not with the frequency we saw in the 60's.

Nearly all the great standards are here. Bob Moore's 'Mexico' sounds as good as any other version I've heard. Talk about a popular tune that became an instrumental standard...'Mexico' would go on to be covered by everyone from The Ventures to Lawrence Welk. And speaking of those two, both are well represented here, including Welk's most popular hit, 'Calcutta'. I was delighted to find 'On the Rebound', pianist Floyd Cramer's delightful, but lesser known follow-up to his first big hit, 'Last Date' (featured on Vol.1, 1960). Among the surprises were two infectious tunes I had never heard before: 'Flamingo Express' by the Royaltones and 'Ja-Da' from Johnny and the Hurricanes. Although they're both in mono, they sound great and have become two of my favorites. Another eye-opener came from Billy Vaughn. I had always thought of this composer/bandleader as being a bit on the stuffy side, but he and his orchestra really cut loose on their version of 'Orange Blossom Special'.

All in all, this was a positive purchase and one I'll never regret. I had originally been hesitant to spend $30+ for this collection, but I'm glad I did. It's a fair bargain, when you consider it works out to $10 bucks a disc. Plus, in addition to the great music, there's a considerable amount of artist info and background stories included in the booklet. Brought back a lot of great memories and well worth the money.
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