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    1. Sounds Of Summer - The Very Best Of The Beach Boys
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    Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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    The cynical may question just how many Beach Boys greatest hits albums are enough. Non-cynics, however, will appreciate what makes Sounds of Summer unique. This is the first single-disc collection to feature such a large cross selection of hits from the group's entire career, spanning 1962's "Surfin' Safari" through 1988's "Kokomo." All 30 tracks, spanning several label changes, were Billboard Top 40 hits and are probably now as identifiable as the national anthem to anyone with radio or TV access. The fact that the tracks aren’t in chronological order helps make for a fresh listening experience, as does the crisp digital sound. And yet these songs--even those that are more than four decades old--always sound strangely fresh and will likely remain so as long as there are beaches, young people, and that symbolic season of freedom and dreams. Which is to say that the title here passes "the truth in advertising" test. Perfect for those casual fans not yet ready to spring for the individual albums, Sounds of Summer is, in many ways, a better representation of this legendary band's art than Elvis' 30 No. 1 Hits and The Beatles 1 were of the King and the Fab Four. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best BEACH BOYS compilation ever!
    This is a very comprehensive compilation of Beach Boys' top 40 hits and it's a much more generous collection than any previous single disc BB "best of" package. 30 tracks are packed onto this one disc equaling to 75 minutes of non-stop Beach Boys classics! No one will feel that this collection is perfect (I would've preferred "Caroline, No" to "Do You Wanna Dance?" and "It's OK" to "Good Timin'") but how can you argue with 30 top 40 hits? In addition to the great track selection there are several first time stereo mixes to make this disc an even more interesting buy. "California Girls", "Shut Down", "Dance Dance Dance" and "Heroes and Villains" are all mixed to stereo for this disc. The songs from "Pet Sounds" are also included in their stereo versions. Plus the single versions of "Help Me Rhonda" and "Be True to Your School" are used instead of the inferior LP versions that were featured on the earlier "20 Good Vibrations" CD. All in all, an exceptional collection. Just once Beach Boys classic after another.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Collection of Their Classic Hits on One CD
    Many reviews focus on the plethora of best-of compilations that have been foisted on the record-buying public. And they make a valid point. However, don't let that obscure the fact that this is the best single-disc collection of Beach Boys music currently available. [And with many stores selling it at $10 or less, it's far and away the best bargain as well!]

    This album has 30 of their 33 Top 40 hits. The only missing singles are 1965's non-LP single "The Little Girl I Once Knew," 1966's "Caroline No" from PET SOUNDS, and 1976's "It's O.K." from 15 BIG ONES. With a running time of 75:58, it's unforgivable that at least one of these songs wasn't also added, but there was no way you could include them all.

    The only problem I have with the CD is its sequencing. "California Girls" is a classic Beach Boys song and a great lead-off track, but it was their 15th hit, not their first. And while "Good Vibrations" is unquestionably their crowning achievement and closes the album on a high note, elsewhere it's a bit awkward to go from a by-the-book cover of "Rock and Roll Music" from 1976 and then follow it up with a trio of tracks from their classic mid-Sixties period.

    With that kvetching aside, this is a very enjoyable collection. The 20-page booklet has some terrific photos and serviceable liner notes. The CD has the original yellow-and-orange 45 rpm label. And the music has never sounded better. ESSENTIAL

    5-0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get much better than this!
    I can't think of a better compilation of a single band's work than this!

    I've always been of two minds regarding the Beach Boys. On one hand they can provide fuel for cynics by producing songs with trite lyrics that look silly beyond belief on the printed page. But when you listen to the music and their harmonies, you quickly fall under the spell of fantastic musicianship. They can be crass and commercial in the extreme, with concerts that are formulaic and multiple "Best of..." collections that only exploit the show business maxim of "always leave them wanting more." But there is nothing to criticize here... nothing at all.

    When all is said and done, it's about the music, and the music of the Beach Boys is something special! Listening to this collection of thirty hits (with nary a clinker among them), you can almost wear yourself out just tapping your foot and moving with the music.

    Ask any group of fans for their favorite Beach Boys classic, and you'll likely get a different answer from each; my vote would be for Sloop John B. But I'd be willing to bet that 99% of the population will fine their own "my favorite Beach Boys" song on this CD. And they will sing/hum/dance or drum along with every cut on this fantastic body of work!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Single - Disc Beach Boys Collection Ever
    Countless Beach Boys hits collections have been thrown around like trash over the years. Most of them are not good. 2003's 30 - song "Sounds Of Summer" is the exception. It features all the big hits plus a few less recgonized tracks.

    All the Beach Boys classics are here. Whether you enjoy "Surfin' USA", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "California Girls" or "Good Vibrations", it's unlikely that your favorite Beach Boys song isn't here. But there's more than a few unrecognizable songs hear that make this collection even more worthwhile: the latter - day singles "Wild Honey", "Darlin'", "Do It Again", "I Can Hear Music", "Good Timin'", "Come Go With Me" and "Getcha Back" are just as good as anything from their peak period.

    As usual, there is a fair amount of hits missing, even with 30 songs. There are too many to list here, so I'll just list the ones that reached the Billboard top 40. They are:

    "Little Saint Nick" (numner 6)
    "The Warmth Of The Sun" (number 13)
    "The Man With All The Toys" (number 3)
    "Caroline No" (number 32)
    "It's Ok" (number 29)

    But overall, this a very worthwhile collection of classic music, perfect for this time of year. Also, get the boxed set "Thirty Years Of Good Vibrations".

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Beach Boys Are Cool.
    I don't think there is a single American child over the age of three that hasn't heard a Beach Boys song. They are still a significant part of our culture and a glimpse into the teen culture of our past (which isn't that different from today's). People loved them and still love them, that's why they are, perhaps, the greatest American band of all time. I don't think I can say that about many other artists, only R.E.M. and Talking Heads come to mind.

    The compilation contains thirty of their Top 40 hits and spans their entire career. If you're already a fan, you know all the songs and hold them dear to your heart. If you're a new fan, this is a great CD for you to begin your Beach Boys experience. There are a few splendid stereo mixes of songs that were only found in mono or poor stereo versions. "Heroes and Villians" is a major highlight, as well as "Good Vibrations." ... Read more

    2. The Beatles (The White Album)
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    Better known as the "White Album," this was meant to be the record that brought them back to earth after three years of studio experimentation. Instead, it took them all over the place, continuing to burst the envelope of pop music. Lennon and McCartney were still at the height of their powers, with Lennon in particular growing into one of rock's towering figures. But even McCartney could still rock, and the amazement on "Helter Skelter" was that he had vocal cords at the end. From Beach Boys knock-offs to reggae and to the unknown ("Revolution #9"), this has it all. Some records have legend written all over them; this is one. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST BEATLES ALBUM!
    Perhaps the most written about rock album of all time, the White Album is a masterpiece. Released in 1968, this was supposed to be a return to their old sound after getting involved in psychedelia. Instead of a drug- induced title, they choose a self-titled name. Instead of a wildly colorful album cover, they choose a stark white cover. The music shoots all over the map-there's pop, ska, metal, 30s music, avant-garde, blues, folk-rock, country, doo wop, straight up rock and roll and much more.

    The album kicks off with Back in the USSR, a great Beach Boys parody in the middle,Paul plays drums here. Dear Prudence is my favorite John ballad, very sad and emotional. Glass Onion is a sarcastic John tune which scorns people who overanaylaze his lyrics. Very good. Next is Paul's ska inflected Ob-la-di Ob-lo-da, which gets annoying fast. Wild Honey Pie is cool little experimental tune, very short. The Continuning Story of Bungalow Bill is a campfire sing-along type song, also a little annoying. While my Guitar Gently Weeps is a George masterpiece which features his close friend Eric Clapton on guitar. Happiness is a Warm Gun is 3 songs in one-a slow ballad,a pyschedilic hard rock song, and a 50s style song. very cool but lyrics make no sense.
    Martha My Dear is a Macca ballad about his dog, short. nice piano. I'm So Tired is a good pop song (sorta.)Blackbird is a great song about the civil rights, just Paul and his acoustic guitar. Piggies is a political commentary from George,complete with pig sound effects. Rocky Racoon is a mock country style song, nice old time harp and piano make it sound authentic. Dont Pass Me By is a Ringo tune with some nice fiddle but gets annoying. Why Don't We Do it in the Road? is a short hard rock song from Paul. I Will is a ballad that gets kinda dull. Julia is just John and his acoustic, pretty song, a tribute to his mother who died when he was young. Birthday is a straight up rock and roll song with good guitar riffs. Yer Blues is a bluesy hard rock type song, with John yelling sucicidal comments over the pounding music. Mother Nature's Son is a collobaration from Paul and John and is good acoustic music. Nice lyrics about the union between nature and man. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except me and My Monkey is a hard rock song with catchy lyrics and guitar riffs. Sexy sadie is a mellow John song about his total dissatisfaction the with Mahareshi. Helter Skelter is the hardest rocking Beatles song ever and is a great proto-metal song. Horribly, however, this along with another song, inspired Charles Manson to kill. Long, Long, Long is George song about coming to terms with God. It is an emotional powerhouse. Revolution 1 is a watered down doo wop take on the hard rocking single version. Honey Pie is a 30s type song that Paul wrote as a tribute to his father, who played this type of music. When he says i like this kind of music, it is a direct jab at Lennon, who hated Paul's music-hall romps. Savoy Truffle is cool George song about sweets written as a playful tribute to Eric Clapton, who was a chocohalocic. George found a choclate box at Clapon's house and most of the names in that song were real-life choclates. It has a sort of psychedlic Motown beat. Cry Baby Cry is a great John ballad with it's fairy tale lyrics and gentle melody. Revolution 9 is the most hated Beatles song, but i think it's pretty cool. It sounds like a soundtrack of a man's descent into insanity. To end the album is the schmatlzy Good Night, which features Ringo and an Orchestra. A nice end to an amazing album. BOTTOM LINE-buy it. better then srg pepper or revolver or any othe beatle. but their still great. This is definetly one of the 10 greatest rock albums of all time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Album In Rock And Roll History
    In the history of Rock and Roll music, no other band or individual has ever released a collection of songs with as much diversity as the Beatles did with the White Album in the Fall of 1968. With 30 tracks and a running time of about 94 minutes, the Beatles White Album is a brilliant reminder that no rock and roll act has ever been as good, past or present. By 1968, the Beatles could write music in literally any musical genre that they wanted to and pull it off with often amazing results. From folk leanings on this record there is Blackbird, Mother Natures Son, Rocky Raccoon, and Julia. When the Beatles attempted hard rock the results were, Helter Skelter, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey. With Pop music the White Album offers Obladi-Obladi, Martha My Dear, and Sexy Sadie. With classic rock, this records offers Birthday, Dear Prudence, I'm So Tired, Back in the USSR and Happiness is a Warm Gun. With country music the Beatles try and succeed with Don't Pass Me Bye. When its ballads, the Beatles treat the listener to the lush Good Night and when the Beatles take a turn at writing an old school show tune the result is the entertaining Honey Pie. Also, let's not forget the blues with the slow version of Revolution contained here and the classic Yer Blues. Good luck in trying to find another musical act that can deliver this kind of diversity that is around today. This album is why we record music and sell it to people folks, to preserve greatness. Buy this album!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A brilliant musical hodge-podge
    The Beatles left very deep footprints, and, love them or hate them, they are a cultural force to be reckoned with. The White Album represents both the peak of their art and the nadir of their personal relationships within the group (only to be surpassed by the gruesome Let It Be sessions...). Less of a group effort, each of Fabs here showcase their individual songwriting and singing talents, using the others as session players. They decisively destroy the image of the four happy pop clones of 1964. It was a liberating move for the musicians, but it can also be a jarring experience for the listener. It is a massive, sprawling masterwork that occasionally verges on complete collapse. The Beatles were never afraid to push the envelope to breaking point and beyond: The White Album is a case-in-point. As a historical document, The White Album can be heard as the "come down" from the Summer of Love, a testament to the idealism and disillusion (and dissipation) of 1968 (the year that saw the murder of both Martin Luther King and the death of the dream of peace, both within the US and internationally with the escalation of the Vietnam War). The minimalist cover artwork can be seen as the inevitable antidote to the colorful and florid excesses of Flower Power fashion. The White Album is a historical moment preserved in song. Matching the anguish and uncertainty of the era is the anguish and schizophrenia of the Beatles music on this record.

    Many (including producer George Martin) have complained that the album is too long and includes tracks of inferior quality, that it could have been boiled down to a single album of solid gold. Honestly, there is something here to offend everybody. While most people (including Paul McCartney) find Revolution #9 unlistenable, it was a major achievement of experimental electronica at the time, and it bears repeated listening (but not when you're in an Obla-di Obla-da mood!). You may find yourself consistently skipping over several tracks, like Why Don't We Do It in the Road?, Wild Honey Pie, Good Night, Don't Pass Me By because they're all put-ons.

    I find myself skipping over some tracks, like Yer Blues, not because it's a poorly written tune, but because it's just too emotionally painful, which is actually an acknowledgement of Lennon's success as an artist. He was in pain, and he conveyed it all too clearly. Helter Skelter, on the other hand, is completely empty of meaning, yet is absolutely hair-raising, perhaps the most terrifying pop song ever (after I Am the Walrus). The frantic clanging of Everybody's Got Something to Hide matches perfectly with Lennon's manic mood and mystical mind at the time. He describes the most profound LSD and/or meditation experience - "Your outside is in/when your inside is out" - but the way he sings it, it sounds like he's being torn apart by the experience, making the song both inspiring and frightening. I'm So Tired is such an effective evocation of apathy, insomnia, and frustration that it also makes my hair stand on end, esp. when he screams "I'd give you everything I've got for a little peace of mind!" That song has fit into the soundtrack of my life alarmingly well. In short, some people might be put off by The White Album because it is too emotionally charged and artistically adventurous. It wasn't designed as musical wallpaper and refuses to be reduced to that. You have to be prepared to listen to The White Album. When you are, it's an exhilirating experience. If not, it might make you want to puke.

    The contrast in mood between the tracks is most jarring. Lennon snarls at his fans in Glass Onion, layers sarcasm on gun lovers in Happiness is a Warm Gun, pointedly berates the Left in Revolution #1, savagely attacks the Maharishi in Sexy Sadie, wails of suicide in Yer Blues. In contrast, McCarney offers some of his mildest, sweetest songs - I Will, Blackbird, and Mother Nature's Son, as well as the syrupy, music hall kitsch of Honey Pie, Martha My Dear, and Rocky Raccoon. None of McCartney's tracks here are "deep," but if you're in the mood for some tasty musical candies, these fit the bill quite nicely. Obladi Oblada is perhaps the best of the fluffy treats here. If this is your first exposure to the Beatles, you might well wonder how the group could contain such dramatic differences in temperament. (In fact, it couldn't, and would soon collapse because of those very differences in personality).

    The classic tunes of this collection certainly more than justify the purchase of the two-disc set. John offers the stunning ode to his lost mother (and to Yoko) entitled Julia. George Harrison scores perhaps his greatest triumph with While My Guitar Gently Weeps (featuring Eric Clapton on lead guitar). Lennon's Dear Prudence is another touching masterpiece, written to order to induce Prudence Farrow to quit hiding out in her bungalow at Rishikesh. Ultimately, The White Album has something to delight everyone. If you prefer to avoid some tracks, you are among the majority of listeners. That's par for The White Album course. Once again, the inconsistency of the album accurately portrays the mind of each of the Beatles at the time as well as the larger cultural environment of 1968. It is required listening for anyone interested in 20th c. pop music. But be forewarned, it's not a smooth ride.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great in every sense of the word
    Most bands who attempt to follow up their most critically acclaimed album produce something mediocre at best. But not the Beatles. Nothing on this sounds like Sgt. Pepper. The variety of songs is breathtaking. Yes, it's obvious they were splintering but it doesn't take away from the fact that they still fed off of each other's creativity and were totally unafraid to take risks. It just may be the most adventurous musical offering of the 20th century. It is bold and thought-provoking while at the same time memorable and timeless. No collection is complete without it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not the best Beatles work
    This album,known as "the White Album", is truly a turning point in the band's history. We can agree on that. What people can't agree on is whether this album is amazingly good, or mediocre. Well, the fact is, while this album has some good material on it, some of it just sucks. The band were too drugged up at the time of recording, and the tensions within the band were just escalating. ... Read more

    3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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    Before Sgt. Pepper, no one seriously thought of rock music as actual art. That all changed in 1967, though, when John, Paul, George and Ringo (with "A Little Help" from their friend, producer George Martin) created an undeniable work of art which remains, after 30-plus years, one of the most influential albums of all time. From Lennon's evocative word/sound pictures (the trippy "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," the carnival-like "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite") and McCartney's music hall-styled "When I'm 64," to Harrison's Eastern-leaning "Within You Without You," and the avant-garde mini-suite, "A Day in the Life," Sgt.Pepper was a milestone for both '60s music and popular culture.--Billy Altman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic
    Sgt. Pepper is probably the most influencal rock album...ever. Starting with the impossibly catchy, rock friendly title track, which gices you the impression you are watching Sgt. Pepper preform live, Billy Shears (Ringo) is introduced and With A Little... starts. Ringo does a great job singing this pop clasic. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is an amazing song by John, which, allagedly, had nothing to do with LSD. As much as I hate to admit is, Getting Better sounds better in Phillips commercials. It still sounds good here though. Fixing A Hole is a strange song, by Paul I think, but not bad. She's Leaving Home is more of a classical song than a Rock Song, with mostly strings. Hard to dislike. Mr. Kite is an odd, slow circus song by John. Again, it's impossibly catchy. Within You... is a hypnotic Indian song by George. Paul sped up his voice for When I'm Sixty Four, a 1920's song that, ironically, looks at the future. Lovely Rita is an accoustic/electric rocker. Good Morning is an early (catchy) ska song with blasting horns. Sgt. Pepper (reprise) closes up the concert the same way it opened it(in other words, it the same as the first song). A Day In The Life is a schizofrenic ballad, for lack of a better word. I won't begin do describe this incredible song with it's epic srtings, and fast chorus. At the end, a dog whistle comes on as joke. Anyway BUY THIS ALBUM.

    Mr. Noname, The Fat Guy

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite By The Beatles!
    I only just got into the Beatles this year (I am only 15). I first bought a greatest hits disc, then I went out and bought Abbey Road. I didn't see what all the fuss was about. Sgt. Peppers was my next purchase and I was floored. This CD is brilliant....especially when I think about how it was made over 40 years ago. BUY IT!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is my reason
    This album changed my life. If it weren't for this album I'd be trying to make it as a professional soccer player. Believe, I would never have had a shot. Thank God for the Beatles!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stone says,the greatest album ever!!!
    Ignore malcontents who are imposible to make happy,this album was voted the greatest ever by rolling stone magazine,and you know they can't be wrong!!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sgt. Pepper
    "...they use so many instruments that no other artist of their era could think of?..." No one had ever played of a sitar? They were the first to use a symphonic orchestra? The statements made up by people regarding this album are incredible. There are three good songs on this release. At the going download rate of 99 cents per song, I might buy this if it were marked down to $2.97. ... Read more

    4. Forty Licks
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Now And Then;The Story of the Most Greatest Rock'n Roll Band
    This is the party to celebrate forty years of history in the rock'n roll world. 40 immortal tracks coming out from records that have done the story of rock'n roll(remember the Rolling Stones played together for the first time in 1959!!): Rolling Stones nr. 1, Aftermath, Simpathy for the Devil, Exile on the Main Street, etc... (If you don't have just done it) you can enjoy songs like "Not Fade Away, "It's All Over Now"both of them recorded in 1964, as 1994's "Love Is Strong"(remember the super technological video) going through the arrogant "Street Fighting Man" (it sohappens that's the opener) and "Satisfaction" (i hope i don't have to tell anything about it) respectively written in 1968 and 1965. A pleasant surprise is that, this best contanins four brand-new tracks: "Don't Stop" (that's the single you've heard on the radio), the wonderful "Keys To Your Love","Stealing My Heart" in the odour of punk and the heartfelt Keith's execution on the yearning ballad "Losing My Touch". On the sleeve of the box they have decided to design the famous "lick" made expressly by Andy Warhol on the occasion of 1971 "Sticky Fingers" pubblications. The real art is made by stealing from different styles far and wide;the Rolling Stones created the way to be greatest artists.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's Only Rock and Roll, But They Licked It
    Holiday stockings will fill with career greatest hits collections in the wake of "Beatles 1"'s huge sales success two years ago. The Rolling Stones' 40-year story, told for the first time comprehensively on the 2CD "Forty Licks," is a more salacious saga with a more uneven soundtrack. The Stones' story told here is familiar, but conveniently packaged./

    The first disc is sonically clean and cleverly sequenced, covering 20 songs from this legendary group's six years on Decca/London Records. It's a thrilling ride from slamming, fresh R&B and rock covers ("Not Fade Away," "It's All Over Now") to R&B and hard country adaptations ("Satisfaction," "The Last Time," "Honky Tonk Women") to experimentation into psychedelica light and dark ("She's A Rainbow," "Paint It Black," "You Can't Always get What You Want," the infamous "Sympathy for the Devil").

    You sense America's cultural shift and shock as the suburban drug abuse of "Mother's Little Helper" slides into the acoustic/electric guitar brawl of "Street Fighting Man," to 1967's open invitation , "Let's Spend the Night Together." You again appreciate Keith Richards' and Brian Jones' interlocking guitar riffs and Charlie Watts' disciplined, aggressive drums, given their due thanks to remastering earlier this year. Some hit singles and key LP tracks are missed ("As Tears Go By," "Tell Me," "2000 Light Years from Home"). But these chart the Stones' cultural and musical progress running with the 60s seismic changes, not to mention Mick Jagger becoming a cultural icon and symbol of independence and rebellion.

    The second disc, covering the group's last 31 years, is more uneven and problematic. Some of the Stones very best individual tracks are here; "Start Me Up" and "Brown Sugar" still rouse. The hits from "Some Girls" recall how Jagger and Richards easily poured the era's disco and punk rhythms back into their classic sound. But the rest of the disc finds the band drifting across convoluted styles, trying to recapture past glories in the studio but rarely (as with 1994's "Voodoo Lounge" tracks) succeeding. Four new tracks, including the popish "Don't Stop" and Richards' drowsy "Losing My Touch" are the Stones chasing their formidable shadow.

    Even so, "Forty Licks" covers the peak points of the Rolling Stones' career, demonstrates their instrinsic knowledge of rock and roll, and effectively explains the sellout crowds for their renowned tours. From here, step back in time with "Singles Collection," "Aftermath," "Beggars Banquet," and others in the recently remastered 60s Stones catalogue, which by all accounts give the Rolling Stones best and rawest music its cleanest treatment yet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Need 65 Licks +
    40 Licks was released worldwide on October 1, 2002. Obviously, there are 40 tracks including 4 new ones (the single Don't Stop, Stealing My Heart, Keys To Your Love, and Keith's Losing My Touch). This one is the 22nd compilation album the Stones have released. It is the 19th compilation in the UK and the 9th in the US. There are lots of opinions about what should and should have been included/left off (there are *25* single releases that were not included). Remember, if anyone ever releases the entire Stones catalog as a box set it will have to be packaged in a trunk that comes with a dolly to get it out of the store. Since everybody knows the songs anyway, how about if I list what is on it from when for you?

    These songs are the most popular from the Rolling Stones Records releases. Here are the original US and UK release dates of each song (US release and re-release dates were often different during this period):

    3-6-64 Not Fade Away
    7-24-64 It's All Over Now
    3-12-65 The Last Time
    6-4-65 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
    9-24-65 Get Off Of My Cloud
    2-11-66 19th Nervous Breakdown
    5-6-66 Paint It, Black
    7-1-66 Mother's Little Helper
    7-1-66 Under My Thumb (not a single, from album Aftermath)
    9-23-66 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
    1-13-67 Let's Spend The Night Together
    1-13-67 Ruby Tuesday
    12-22-67 She's A Rainbow
    5-31-68 Jumpin' Jack Flash
    8-30-68 Street Fighting Man
    12-6-68 Sympathy For The Devil (not a single, from album Beggar's Banquet)
    7-3-69 Honky Tonk Woman
    12-5-69 Gimme Shelter (not a single, from album Let It Bleed)
    12-5-69 You Can't Always Get What You Want (not a single, from album Let It Bleed)
    4-16-71, 5-7-71, & 6-29-84 Brown Sugar
    4-23-71 & 6-11-71 Wild Horses (on Sticky Fingers - not released as a single)
    4-14-72 Tumbling Dice
    5-12-72 Happy (on Exile On Main Street - not released as a single)
    8-21-73 Angie
    7-26-74 It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
    4-16-78 Fool To Cry
    11-28-78 Shattered
    5-19-78 Miss You
    8-29-78 & 6-1-82 Beast Of Burden
    6-20-80 Emotional Rescue
    8-14-81 & 2-11-83 Start Me Up
    11-1-83 Undercover Of The Night
    8-17-89 Mixed Emotions
    7-5-94 Love Is Strong
    9-94 You Got Me Rocking
    97 Anybody Seen My Baby?
    10-1-02 Don't Stop (new)
    10-1-02 Stealing My Heart (new)
    10-1-02 Keys To Your Love (new)
    10-1-02 Losing My Touch (new)

    Here are the *25* single releases that are NOT on the album: Saint Of Me, Out Of Contol, Like A Rolling Stone, I Go Wild, Out Of Tears, Sex Drive, Highwire, Terrifying, Almost Hear You Sigh,, One Hit (To The Body), She Was Hot, Time Is On My Side, Going To A Go Go, If I Was A Dancer, Out Of Time, I Don't Know Why, Sad Day, Hot Stuff, Respectable, Waiting On A Friend, Harlem Shuffle, Rock And A Hard Place, Heart Of Stone, As Tears Go By, Tell Me, Dandelion

    This information comes from "It's Only Rock And Roll: The Ultimate Guide To The Rolling Stones" by Karnbach and Bernson and from my own collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Forty Licks
    The Rolling Stones Forty Licks cover's years of greatest hits from their London Years to their latest songs, including a solo piece by Richard's Losing My Touch. The entire album is worth a buy for a begginer listener who is looking to here The Rolling Stones if your an experienced fan who ownes all of the stones albums then you dont need this one unless you want the four new tracks. I think this entire albums is a great one that is without a doubt the best. For any musical fan Forty Licks represents true meaning. It includes all of their hits if you like live recordings of the stones then Stripped, Get Your Ya Ya's Out, and No Security is for you!!!!!!!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Forty Licks.
    Not bad. Disc 1 is better than Disc 2. ... Read more

    5. The Beatles 1
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    Proving yet again their willingness to dice 'n' slice their burgeoning legacy into new--if not exactly fresh--product, the Fab Four Minus One have released this single-disc compendium of their No. 1 hits. Though obviously superfluous to longtime Fabs faithful (who may also find themselves quibbling over the precise definition of "No. 1 hit" and the exclusion of seeming contenders like "Please Please Me" and "Strawberry Fields"), newly arrived visitors from the Pleiades star cluster and other neophytes will find it a concise and generous (nearly 80 minutes) single-disc introduction to the band's career-spanning, unparalleled dominance of pop music in the 1960s. But beyond being a mere trophy case of commercial success (and it won't be hard to find critics who'll argue that these singles aren't even the band's best work), it's also a Cliff's Notes take on a remarkable seven-year run of musical evolution, one that stretches from the neo-skiffle of "Love Me Do" through a remarkable synthesis of R&B, rockabilly, Tin Pan Alley, gospel, country, and classical that still defies efforts to effectively deconstruct it. This is the pop monument equivalent of the '27 Yankees and '90s Bulls; it's every bit as obvious and dominating--and just as essential. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars What a bitter disappointment!
    As a life long Beatles fan, I can't begin to express my disappointment with this new release. I had hoped that this would be an opportunity for young people to hear how good the Beatles sounded to us older fans when these songs were originally released as singles. However, for the most part, the selections on this cd are not the original mono single versions, they are the same sloppy stereo outtakes that EMI has been foisting on us for the last 30 years. How could anyone who was not alive in 1964 listen to "I Want to Hold You Hand" on this CD and understand why this song changed so many peoples' lives? It sounds like it was recorded in someone's bathroom. As for the stereo versions of "I Feel Fine" and "Paperback Writer", they are painfully bad. This CD is just another way for EMI to make a few more bucks off of the memory of the greatest musical group ever. Fellow Beatles fans, I urge you not to be taken in. Do NOT waste you money on this worthless package. Hold out until the powers that be at EMI relent and give us either the original mono versions of these songs or newly remixed stereo versions.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Top Feeding
    This was a wonderful collection of many of the songs that I grew up with and wistfully placed on a higher plane of music than a lot of the tripe released today

    I realize it was an authorized collection of Number One hits, but this collection didn't always explore the depths and reach of the Beatles material.

    Somehwere out there the has to be a collection of the songs that actually made many differences in my life (granted, that doesn;t mean that most people would have the same personal "hit list".

    All in all, this was a wonderful collection, and I would purchase it again (It might turn out to be a great tool for informing my 17 year old daughter about the group that actually opened rock and roll to broader dimensions--without me just jabbering to her about it).

    On a scale of 1-10, I would give it an 8.5

    3-0 out of 5 stars Beatles 1
    Pretty good if you listen to tracks 1 - 14 and just start over. Songs like Come Together and the Ballad of John and Yoko shouldn't even be on a best of the Beatles album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Display of Music
    Before I got this album. I had never heard a real Beatles song. I had heard a modern hard-rock-style cover of A Hard Day's Night (which, while not comparing to the origional, was still awesome), and in my vocal class at school, I sang A Hard Day's Night (which, by the way, made me something of a singing sensation at school; people everywhere were asking me to sing for them).

    When I first got this album, I liked about sixteen songs. But as I listened to it more and more, the more it grew on me, until I liked every single song on the CD.

    This CD made me a total Beatles fan. Before I really knew the Beatles' music, I listened to country music on KNCI (which I still do admittedly). Now, I listen to the Eagle, Sacramento's classic rock. In my vocal class, instead of just singing A Hard Day's Night (which I still sing, of course), I also sing Eight Days A Week, Something-the best song of all time-, I Want to Hold Your Hand, All You Need Is Love, and She Loves You.

    The Beatles remain the greatest band of all time, and this CD is a true legacy to them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST single CD collection
    This is the best single CD Beatles collection available. It provides an excellent, high-level overview of their career and music. It contains 26 songs that hit number 1 either in the US or UK. The one exception being George Harrison's "Something", which peaked at number 3, though the liner notes give it credit for hitting number 1 because it was the B-side of a number 1 single ("Come Together"). But I can forgive that fudging, since I'm sure it was done to ensure that a Harrison song was included on the collection. All-in-all, a classic collection and a great introduction to the Beatles for new fans. I just wish they would release a Beatles 2 CD similar to the Elvis 2nd to None CD. They certainly have plenty of material to pick from!

    Btw, an interesting bit of trivia: The British Beatles hold the record for the most number 1 singles in the US, followed by the American Elvis. While Elvis holds the record for most number 1 singles in Britian followed by the Beatles. ... Read more

    6. Rubber Soul [UK]
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    Rank 'em how you like, Rubber Soul is an undeniable pivot point in the Fab Four's varied discography no matter where, or how, you first heard it. The album was softened up in its original12-song American edition to jibe with the Dylan/Byrds folk-rock sound, as well as squeeze money from the Parlophone catalog. The 14-song U.K. edition--the version now available on compact disc--is a different, more dynamic, and ultimately more accomplished achievement. So many classics: "Drive My Car" and "Nowhere Man" (both omitted from the U.S. edition) merge the early combustible Beatifics to a burgeoning studio consciousness; "The Word" can be read as a pre-psych warning shot; the sitar-laden "Norwegian Wood" and the evocative "Girl" (the latter written on the last night of the sessions) stand as turning points in John Lennon's oeuvre. George finally emerges too, with the McGuinn-ish "If I Needed Someone." --Don Harrison ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Under-rated Classic
    When you think of classic Beatles albums, you often think Abbey Road, Sgt Pepper, Revolver or The White Album. But Rubber Soul deserves it's place right up there with those albums. It is often overlooked or forgotten, but is a necessary step between early Beatles recordings ("yeah, yeah, yeah") and the later-day masterpieces ("Getting Better","Revolution", "Come Together", "Let It Be").
    Rubber Soul opens with the peppy "Drive My Car", a John & Paul harmony that is often forgotten among the great Beatles tunes. This one blends their voices so perfectly, it's easy to see why these two worked so well together. John's "Norwegian Wood" is next, a Dylan-esque folk tune about a whimsical one-night stand (Original lyrics were "Knowing she would", but were changed to the less offending "Nowegian Wood"). George plays an absolutely gorgeous sitar on this song- definitely overlooked. Paul's "You Won't See Me" is next, occasional 3-part harmony (with John & George), but admittedly one of their lighter works. John's "Nowhere Man" was written about his father, a forebearing to some of his most introspective and revealing songs that he'd write for his 1st solo album in 1970. One of the Beatles all-time greats and again, great 3-part harmony. How could you NOT love this song?
    "Think For Yourself" may be George Harrison's greatest song next to "Something". The guitar work is 1st rate of course, but the singing and lyrics are also top-notch. Giving John & Paul a run for their songwriting money!!! "The Word" is one of those '60's era songs that must have seemed like a good idea at the time but hasn't really stood the test of time. Still, a lesser Beatles song is still miles ahead of most other songs. "Michelle" is a Paul McCartney masterpiece that everybody knows, even if you're not a fan. "What Goes On" gives Ringo Starr a chance in front of the microphone and he does well in this country-western style song, with backup from John & Paul. "I'm Looking Through You" is one of those songs that catches your attention the very first time you hear it and you love it forever. It's Paul's song, with John singing backup and Ringo playing the organ!
    "Girl" & "In My Life" are absolutely beautiful John Lennon masterpieces that make your heart ache in light of what ultimately happened to John. Especially "In My Life", which finds John in a retrospective mood and singing about all the things he'll remember all his life. Absolutely wonderful song and worth the price of this CD alone! "If I Needed Someone" is another top-notch George Harrison composition and probably ranks third of all his songs, behind the aforementioned "Something" (from the album Revolver) and "Think For Yourself".
    The closing song "Run For Your Life" is a throw-away tune that John wrote in about 5 minutes, one that he admitted that he never really liked, but the 3-part harmony is wonderful and the song structure is first class. The lyrics may be a tad below the Lennon-McCartney standard that we're used to, but still a fine tune nonetheless. The one song that I'd say doesn't belong, and in fact was actually written in the summer of '65 for the "Help" film, is "Wait", a sophmoric effort that probably was better left on the cutting room floor. Still, only one song that is somewhat poor out of an album of 14 songs is incredible!
    I'd highly recommend this disc, especially if you're only familiar with the Beatles "hits" and are looking for something a little different. The craftmanship of these songs has stood up over 38 years and remains as remarkable today as ever. From 2 and 3 part harmony to excellent guitar work and songwriting, this is a forgotten classic that you will be delighted to discover (or re-discover!!!). Buy this CD, you'll love it!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm not worthy!!
    This album was the transition of the Beatles from mop-top teeny-boppers to maturing artists. The lyrics developed and so dids their style. Let's take it song by song. 1-Drive my car-a fun song with Chuck berry-esque guitars. 2-Norwegian wood-a song about a love affair. nice use of the sitar from George. 3-You won't see me-a piano based song with a catchy melody. 4-Nowhere man-the more adult lyrics are apparent on this track. 5-Think for yourself-a song from George with Paul on "fuzz" bass. 6-The word-awesome harmonium solo! 7-Michelle-my favorite song from the album. It reminds me of a guy standig outside his girlfriends window, serenading her. 8-What goes on-a nice country styled song from Ringo. 9-Girl-interesting vocals, weird breathy noises. 10-Looking thru you-a cool organ sound and over all nice track. 11-In my life-a beautiful song with a beautiful piano solo. 12-Wait-a minor song about a guy coming home to see his girl. 13-If i needed someone-this song could have been recorded by the Byrds. great guitar sound. 14-Run for your life-song about determined to keep his girl. sounds like they used slide guitar techniques. That's all, folks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stone says,the 5th greatest album ever!!!
    And you know they can't be wrong... the truth will not and can not be denied!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Rubber Soul
    "...a starting point for music..", " flawless package..." What Goes On? Run For Your Life? If you like a few tracks then fine, but get real people.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Songcraft at its finest
    This is an elegant collection of songs that was a starting point for music. Here excellent music composition was combined with thought provoking lyricism and affective production. The guitars, pianos and bass play complementary melodies to the tunes, resulting in one flawless package that simply doesn't date.
    Along with Pet Sounds and Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds) here is a the new intellectualism of Bob Dylan combined with a production that emotionally frames it's lyrical content. Every track is a winner, although 'Run for your life' is somewhat lightweight. 'Norwegian Wood', 'In my Life', 'Nowhere man' and 'Girl' are probably the finest examples of songcraft here. Anyone interested in music must have this album. ... Read more

    7. Come On Get Happy!: The Very Best of the Partridge Family
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    It doesn't happen all the time, but occasionally kitsch burrows itself into the popular consciousness and stays put because it's timelessly, compellingly good. Such is the case with The Very Best of the Partridge Family, which at long last allows pop aficionados who have closeted their dirty-little-secret obsession with the fictitious TV group to come clean. Never mind the ruffles and dove-wing lapels—heartthrob hang-ups aside, David Cassidy can sing (skip "I Think I Love You" and check his soul chops on the raging "Roller Coaster" or his Elvis-like vocal nuances on "Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque" instead.) And it doesn't hurt that the material he crooned was penned by some of the era's top songwriters. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, for example, lent their graceful imagery to "Looking Through the Eyes of Love," and Gerry Goffin was behind "I'll Meet You Halfway." Add to that the band's layered-harmony-nailing background singers and a stash of sensational session players, and it can't be helped: You get happy. -Tammy La Gorce ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Partridge Family CD that's a response for their best fans
    As other reviewers have noted, this CD is essential for Partridge Family fans simply for the inclusion of "Let The Good Times In" and "Together (Havin' A Ball)."Both of those songs are part of the spirit of the initial season of the show and would have fit comfortably on the group's first LP, "The Partridge Family Album."The producers of the CD, as other reviewers have indicated (what a smart lot!), missed a great opportunity to include the theme song from the television show's first season, "When We're Singing!" - which has NEVER been issued on any Partridge Family CD.Why this was NOT included is almost inexcusable - particulary when the CD's release coincided with the DVD release of the first season."C'mon, Get Happy," which opens this collection, has been available for years on multiple Partridge Family CD offerings.Still, I must give full praise to this compilation; the producers are clearly moving in the right direction with this release.I think a CD of outtakes, remaining unreleased songs, and song variations would be a great idea!I know I'm part of that market that would snatch it up!

    5-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!
    There have been many "greatest hits" collections of the famed TV group -- but truly, this collection is "the very best" of the Partridge Family, and it includes several previously unreleased tracks.The pure joy of the two songs that were prominently featured in the premiere episode, LET THE GOOD TIMES IN (which is actually a revised, expanded version of the Love Generation's first version) and TOGETHER, is delightful to experience for this first time on this CD.And ROLLER COASTER, from the still-unreleased BULLETIN BOARD album, is an excellent example of how David Cassidy evolved into quite a rock stylist.Fun, fun, fun!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Those Were The Days
    What a great CD!I remember taping the show's songs with my portable cassette recorder so I could listen to them when I went to sleep.This one sounds great and includes the two songs I loved the most when I was little, "Together" and "Let The Good Times In".All the other hits are here and are as fun as ever to listen to.While not a fanatic about the Partridge Family, it's great to introduce great Top 40 songs to my 10, 5, and 4 year olds.They think they are great...and you will too!

    Wow!Does this CD take me back.I remember watching the 1st episode when it first aired and hearing Together - Havin A Ball, & Let The Good Times In.Catchy tunes.Now, if you could only see me now; 35 years later, driving to work with my CD cranked up in my Ford Expedition singing these 2 songs on my way to work.Oh Yeah...Together! Havin A Ball and Let The Good Times In!

    Guess I'm to old to pretend be Chris now.Banging away on boxes & coffee cans with Mom's chopsticks. The other kids using tennis racquetts at guitar & bass, my sister using the banana seat on my bike as keyboards and a frisbee for a tamborine.


    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Best...but not all When We're Singin'
    On the 35th Anniversary of The Partridge Family mania on TV and Music stores, comes the DVD of the first season with bonus extras including a wasted CD with 4 overused PF tracks (a false insentive). Coincidingwith the release of the DVD is this compilation titled appropriately Come On Get Happy: The Very Best Of The Partridge Family. One would think that all of the Best would be here. Most of the best is. What separates this compilation from the others is that it includes the previously unreleased material from the first season and episodes, Let The Good Times In (written by Carole Bayer Sager & Neil Sedaka), Together, Baby I Love, Love, I Love You and Stephanie (which, BTW was the same song as All Of The Things with different lyrics).

    While most fans will be happy for these songs and the first time on CD release for Roller Coaster from Bulletin Board (their last LP), it also has at least 1 song from each LP they recorded (excluding the Christmas album for obvious reasons). Sunshine, from Crossword Puzzle, (another overlooked LP before Bulletin Board) is here. The other chart hits are here as well including the LP "should-have-been singles" hits, I Can Feel Your Heartbeat & Echo Valley 2-6809. 17 tracks in all, an odd number. Why not round it off to 20 and include the At Home With Their Greatest Hit top 40 cover hit of Breaking Up Is Hard To Do?
    As well as the top 40 hit Am I Losing You and UK top 10 hit Walking In The Rain. OK..OK make it 21 and throw in their last charted hit Friend And A Lover! THAT would be the Very Best Of.

    Maybe they should have come out with a CD titled "When We're Singin'" and include all their previously unreleased material from all of the seasons, using the original theme as the openning track. Since this CD is doing so well on Amazon sales in the Top 100, maybe that thought might have made it to the Top 50!

    In 35 more years I will hopefully be dead and wont be able to relive my youth as I have with this CD/DVD combo release. I appreciate what has been done, but wish it was complete. ... Read more

    8. The Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits: The Record
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    Don't look for a richly illustrated, critical essay-packed hagiography with this 40-track, double-disc overview of the Bee Gees recording career. In typical, telling fashion, the Brothers Gibb have eschewed such exercises in ego inflation and simply let the best of their remarkable body of music speak for itself. Through it all, their familiar voices lock together in the sort of transcendent, seemingly genetic harmony that few singers since the Everly Brothers (early Gibb inspirations) have managed. Beginning with the plaintive 1966 hit "New York Mining Disaster 1941," this set traces the Gibbs' journey from successful Beatles-era balladeers to '70s white R&B gods and the undisputed kings of disco (we're reminded here that their shrewd metamorphosis began with "Nights on Broadway" and "Jive Talkin'"--long before the mega-success of "Saturday Night Fever"). But even as that dance craze faded, again threatening to turn the Bee Gees into pop anachronisms, the Gibbs simply stepped out of the limelight for a while, turning their talents to MOR hit-making for the likes of Samantha Sang, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, and Dionne Warwick. Those hits ("Emotion," "Heartbreaker," "Islands in the Stream") are featured here in modern rerecordings by the band, along with the Streisand-Barry Gibb duet, "Guilty." And if the Gibbs haven't had much of an American chart presence in recent years, they remain superstars throughout the rest of the world, a richly crafted pop music presence that simply won't be denied. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars That is just OK ! (6.5 / 10points)
    I have been a big fan of Bee Gees for a long time. To my honest, I do not like the sounds of this CD. I have a feeling it seems NOT to be stereo sounds at most of the songs. I wondered why did Gibbs brothers really forget many their great songs as: Edge of the universe, Someone belongs to someone, Wedding day, Come on over, Shine shine, Woman in you...
    Every CD of Bee Gees always has: Jive Talking, New York mining disaster 1941, Holiday, Lonely days, To love somebody, I've gotta get a message to you, Run to me, How can you mend a broken heart, Nights on Broadway... They are good but they were repeated many times, so they got bored. The producers of Bee Gees lack of creation and selection to make a better CD for audiences.
    Now, regarding to some particular songs in this CD.
    "Island in the stream": Barry Gibb is better than Robin Gibb at this particular one. If you heard this song in CD title "One night only", you will agree with me Barry performed it better.

    "Immortality": Barry Gibb really FAILED to perform this song. I really like Celine Dion singing this song. The reason Barry failed is his high voice was not suitable for that. He himself break that such beautiful song! I grade Barry for this song 4 points/10 points.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless and Incomparable Gibbs!
    This new package covering 35 plus years spotlights some of the best pop music ever recorded. For anyone who ever thought that the Bee Gees were just about "disco", here's the evidence that smokes that argument!

    From the early 60's gems to the latter day classics, this compilation illustrates why the Bee Gees are one of the most important groups in popular music.. Tight harmonies, superb melodies,touching lyrics, and excellent production values...the Bee Gees are masters of their domain. If you are a collector, you probably have most of the hitscontained in these discs..but this collection is worth the price just to have recordings of the Bee Gees doing versions of songs they originally penned for other artists.

    The sound quality is great, but I wish they would have included more liner notes...maybe some factoids or artist thoughts..This collection is still a superb way to spend a couple of hours!

    5-0 out of 5 stars More Tales From The Brothers Gibb
    From their Beatles - like hits int the 1960s' to their 70s' heyday right up until today, The Bee Gees have remained vibrant forces in the music industry as writers, artists and producers. Although no longer together as an act (due to the untimely passing of Maurice Gibb last years), they still remain legends.

    2001'S "The Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits - For The Record" is a sort of a cheap way to obtain the great hits alread released n the boxed set, but that doesn't make it any less of a fantastic album. These disc encapsule what American pop music should be.

    Disc 1 begins with their hits between 1967 and 1968. During this time they were written off assecond - rate Beatles clone. I disagree with this statement, because at this time, as The Beatles were making complex albums like "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", the three Austrailian brothers were cutting simple, enjoyable (not The Beatles' music wasn't) love songs during this time, such as "To Love Somebody", "Words", "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" and my personal favorite, the whistful, sad "I Started A Joke". Though thye remained cold throught the rest of the 1960s' and into the 1970s' - made offical by Robin's departure - the material they recorded during this time is among their best - "First Of May", "Don't Forget To Remember", "First Of May", "Saved By The Bell" (from Robin's solo album).

    The 1970s' begin with the eerie singalong "Lonely Days". This song, their first top 3 American hit, is unlike anything they had done up to that point, though the lead singer (I think Barry), sounds an awful lot like John Lennon). Then came their first number one hit, the haunting ballad "How Can You Mind A Broken Heart". Originially offered to Andy Williams, he passed and The Bee Gees turned it into one of their finest recordings. "Run To Me" ws another lovely ballad and a big hit for the group, but soon they hit it bigger than ever with 1975's classic "Main Course". Thye resuced their career with that album plus three hit singles: the funky number one smash "Jive Talkin'", the pulsating "Nights On Broadway" and the warm "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)". The Bee Gees were all of a sudden superstars after 8 years of struggle. 1976's "Children Of The World" yielded another number one smash, the thrilling "You Should Be Dancing", as well as the powerful ballad "Love So Right".

    Disc 2 begins with their heyday. This time period (1977 - 79) was then they hit their peak of popularity. First there are the three number one smashes from the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack: the smooth ballad "How Deep Is Your Love", the exhillrating "Stayin' Alive" (probably their signature song) and the funky "Night Fever" (this song was probably their biggest hit, as it spent 8 weeks at number one). Next comes the three number one hits from "Spirits Having Flown": the haunting "Too Much Heaven", the electrifying "Tragedy", and the funk - injected ballad "Love Inside Out". With these songs, The Bee Gees became the first artists since The Beatles to have six consecutive number one hits. Also included is "More Than A Woman", a hit for Tavares, and a new recording of "Emotion", a hit single they wrote for Samantha Sang, who scored her only hit with the song.

    The 1980s' begin with the only non - Bee Gees song. "Guilty" was the hit duet between Barry and Barbra Streisand, and a lovely song at that. Next comes "Heartbeaker" and "Islands In The Streams". These are new recordings of old hits they produced for other artsist in the 1980s', during their third artistic slump. The former was a top 10 comeback hit for Dionne Warwicke, while the latter was a number one duet for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. "Heartbreaker" is done well, but the Gibbs version of "Islands In The Stream" is too modernized, as it includes portions of "Ghetto Supastar", the rap version of the song.

    1987's "You Win Again" is a great unknown song. "One" was their 1989 top 10 comeback hit. In the 1990s', they kept a low profile, though still releasing albums, and scoring a top 30 hit with "Alone". Closing the set is an old 1966 number, the somber romp "Spicks And Specks".

    Though is a great sets, there are plent of singles missing. There are to many to list here, so I'll just name a few that I would hav liked to have seen myself:

    "Jumbo" (number 57)
    "My World" (number 16)
    "Boogie Child" (number 12)
    "Edge Of The Universe" (number 26)
    "He's A Liar" (number 30)
    "The Woman In You" (number 24)
    "Still Waters (Run Deep)" (number 57)

    But those singles are not well - known and there absence is not noted. This a great 2 - disc Bee Gees set that I highly recommend, as well as their boxed set "Tales From The Brothers Gibb" and the live album "2 Nights Live", plus their studio albums and the soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever". Buy them as soon as possible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    I got this as a gift and was not a huge Bee Gees fan save for those moments when I felt "retro" and had to hear "Stayin Alive" and their other disco hits. Well I was pleasantly surprised when I put this album on and just decided to listen all the way through. I had no idea the Bee Gees had so many fantastic songs, (Like "Holiday" for instance). "Nights On Broadway", although I'd heard it before, is now one of my favorite songs of all time. I wish they'd have put the original version of "Emotion" on here as opposed to the updated version but that is a small complaint for a 2 CD set filled with tons of great music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
    Since 1967, The Bee Gees have been a constant hitmaking force as writers and producers. They reached their peak in 1978 - 79 with a string of dance classics that made them one of the most successful artists of all time. By the 1980s', they were considered hasbeens, so they turned to writing hits for big artists of the day. By the 1990s', they resurfaced with new material and worked dilligently until the death of Maurice last year.

    Disc 1 starts in 1967. This was the year The Bee Gees hit big. They scored with 5 consecuitve top 20 hits, including "New York Mining Disaster 1941", "To Love Somebody" and "Words". They were written off by fickle critics as Beatles clones, but that didn't stop them. In 1968, they made the top 10 for the first time with "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" and "I Started A Joke". But soon, they hit a slump that took a while to get out of. They reemerged in 1971 with the "2 Years On" album, which yielded the single "Lonely Days". The song was their biggest American hit yet, going to number 3. "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" followed, and it topped the charts for 4 weeks beginning on August 4, 1971. "Run To Me" made the top 20, but once again their career soon hit the skids. In 1975, they began work on the "Main Course" album. The first single was the discofied "Jive Talkin'", which went to number 1. "Nights On Broadway" was next, and it peaked at 7. "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love" went to number 12, giving them a hat trick of hit singles. The "Children Of The World" album was next. Its first single was the dance classic "You Should Be Dancing", which became their third charttoper. "Love So Right" came next and went to 3.

    Disc 1 begins in 1977. That year, the group was asked to record some songs for the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack. The first single from the film was the pretty ballad "How Deep Is Your Love". The song went to all the way to number 1 and stayed there for 3 weeks. It stayed in the top 10 for 17 weeks. "Staying Alive" came next", and climbed to number 1 and stayed there for another 4 weeks. "Night Fever" followed, and was their biggest hit ever, staying at number 1 for 8 weeks. To show how successful they were during this period, at one point, all 3 of these songs were in the top 10 simultaneously. After the 25, 000, 000 - selling soundtrack, they released the "Spirits Having Flown" album. It yielded 3 more number 1 singles: "Too Much Heaven", "Tragedy" and "Love You Inside Out". With these 3 hits, they became the first artist since The Beatles to have 6 number 1 hits in a row. It also marked the end of the hitmaking era. By 1980, their career had yet again gone stale. They decided it was time to write songs for other artists. They penned hits for Dionne Warwicke ("Heartbreaker"), Jimmy Ruffin ("Hold On To My Love"), Barbara Streisand ("Guilty"), Diana Ross ("Chain Reaction"), Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (the platinum - selling duet "Islands In The Stream"). By the late 1980s', they resurfaced, and scored a top 10 hit with "One". They continued to perform together until Maurice died last year, thus ending one of the most enduring partnerships in music history.

    Overall, it's a great collections. I have one small complaint. I wish they would've left off the recordings of their hits for other artists and replaced them with a few other singles like "Boogie Child", "Living Eyes", "Someone Belonging To Someone", Robin's version of The Beatles classic "Oh Darling", "The Woman In You", "He's A Liar" and Robin's German number 1 hit "Juliette". Otherwise, it's a stunning collection of hit singles. ... Read more

    9. The Mamas & the Papas - Greatest Hits
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    The Mamas and the Papas had a sound that helped define a portion of the 1960s. Their breezy folk classics had a bit of San Francisco psychedelia woven in, and, despite the sweet harmonies, there was also a noticeably dark feel to some of their more popular work. "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday" both utilized enough minors to give them a spooky edge. Greatest Hits is an essential part of any audiophile's collection, especially if they don't have the original recordings that spawned the hits."Dedicated to the One I Love" is almost ironic for its tenderness, considering the turmoil that rumbled through the band's interrelationships. While John and Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty were all responsible for the success of the Mamas and the Papas, listening to this collection reveals that the late great Mama Cass was not only the heart but the soul of the band. Greatest Hits closes with her "Dream a Little Dream of Me," and serves as a touching tribute to Cass Elliot's talent. --Steve Gdula ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brings a lump to the throat
    I remember that when music changed from the 60s sound to disco, I heard the song "Monday Monday" being played on a radio station and I became teary eyed. Mama Cass was still alive so, it wasn't as though I was grieving for a band that could never be reassembled. Rather, I was grieving for a contemporary music style that would never be recaptured. In the sixties, there was the San Francisco sound and then, there was the more laid back sound from Southern California exemplfied by the Mamas & the Papas. Monday Monday was so evocative to me because that song epitomised this sound which was now relegated to the status of "oldies but goodies." Of course, "Monday Monday" and the equally laid back "California Dreaming" sre included on this cd, as well as the lively "Go Where You Wanna Go" (My favorite song on the cd). Another Favorite is the beautiful arrangement of the Shirelles standard "Dedicated to the One I Love" (Gosh!! weren't the Shirelles great too!!??). All in all, there are 20 well selected hits and I think you will love this collection. Now that a second band member, John Phillips, has died, it is time to revisit this group of my fond memories.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just Excellent
    I bought this CD in late March while I was visiting my Mom in Phoenix and I finished listening to it a while ago. Fabulous! Thanks to this I have fell in love again with the Mamas & Papas. I am reminded of the liner notes to the "Forrest Gump" soundtrack in which they said that you fell in love with the songs, fell out of love, then fell in love again. Not only have I reconnected to their hits like "California Dreamin'","Monday, Monday," "I Saw Her Again (Last Night),"Go Where You Want to Go," "Words of Love","Creeque Alley," "(This Is) Dedicated To the One I Love," and "Dream a Little Dream of Me," but I've also been introduced to "Dancing Bear" (which I thought the title was somewhat amusing),"Glad to Be Unhappy," "Twelve-Thirty," "Safe in My Garden," and their versions of "I Call Your Name," "Do You Wanna Dance" (more subdued to what Bobby Freeman and The Beach Boys did), "You Baby," "Dancing in the Streets," and "Twist and Shout." But the one song on the CD that almost made my jaw drop was their version of "My Girl" and with the vocals of John, Michelle, Denny, and Cass colliding in together, they blew The Temptations' version right out of the water and that should be considered as one of the best harmonic songs of the decade. The cover of the CD is just a classic (Does Michelle Phillips' pantsuit look a lot like what Michael Keaton wore in "Beetlejuice" with yellow a stand-in for white?). For those who love 60's music, must get this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Mamas & the Papas - Greatest Hits
    The Mamas & the Papas - Greatest Hits~ The Mamas & the Papas is an amazing collection of their best songs. The vocals are great, the lyrics are a mix bag with some great tunes and some real 'dogs'. Overall a 5/5.

    5-0 out of 5 stars McGuinn and Maguire Still Getting Higher,
    the mammas and the pappas crystallized the whole san fran music movement of the flower powered 60s...a Zeitgeist...nowhere will you find a cd so replete with great hits rippling with such awesome variety and emotion...john phillips could flat out write lyrics,and mamma cass could belt them out like the crowned diva that she was...the mammas and pappas were leaders,innovators, as important as the byrds were, when they electrified dylan..changing the folk landscape to better,more listenable, music...california dreaming is like an anthem youd expect to find in The Grapes of Wrath..on the road with the Joads...people stuck in the cold canyons of new york city wishing they were sunning in the glow and aura of california sun...this album truly advanced the migration of new yorkers to the west coast and helped launch the bi-coastal lifestyle....every cut on this cd is great and operatic in its own way...mamma cass,ever the arranger,the fixer, hooked graham nash up with david crosby...she was the den mother..the block boss of the folksy sunset blvd. crowd...a pure rock diva/entertainer...her brains,charisma, and beautiful voice was the backbone of the group...not quite forgetting john phillips lyrics and blind ambitions for the group mattered equally as much.......this album should be a staple in any serious rock/folk collectors grabbag...its Gigantic..a rock tapestry...and a must have for anyone that appreciates harmonies ala CSN&Y..the Hollies....i think the mammas and pappas are Beatlesque in their vocalizations...too bad things ended as they did,but the music is eternal...and contemporaily the cd YOULL BE DANCING IN THE STREETS....and CALIFORNIA DREAMING...Getting higher than LA you know where thats at...

    5-0 out of 5 stars truly beautiful harmony
    The quintessential hippie band, the quintessential hippie sound. Really melodic folk tunes that leave a really sweet taste in your mouth. A word of advice--don't eat candy while listening to them, you'll have a sugar overdose.

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    10. The Who: The Ultimate Collection
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    The Who's mighty catalog of beautiful, poignant, and often silly pop songs bashed out with Cassius Clay finesse has suffered in the past at the hands of multiple, butcher-shop best-ofs and horrible packaging. But this thrilling band--undeniably one of ye classicke rocke's greatest--gets the career-spanning entry-point compilation it deserves with the double-disc Ultimate Collection. The songs included here are no-brainers, for the most part--if they aren't huge hits like "My Generation," "I Can See for Miles," or "Baba O'Riley," they're long-standing fan favorites such as "Boris the Spider," "Pure and Easy," and "Squeeze Box." And while this reviewer wishes different songs were chosen from Tommy, and more than one tune was gathered from their arguably finest (and definitely silliest) album, The Who Sell Out, this record really isn't for fans (aside from the total trainspotter types) but for newcomers.--Mike McGonigal ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good overview to The Who
    The Who's The Ultimate Collection is a great overview to The Who's history which came out in June of 2002. This set showed us what great musicians guitarist Pete townshend, drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle were and how great vocalist Roger Daltrey got over the years. This was the first collection where they remastered the original mixes of The Who's tracks for a compilation. The obvious classics are here like I Can't Explain, My Generation, Substitute, Boris the Spider, Happy Jack, I Can See For Miles, Magic Bus, Pinball Wizard, Won't Get Fooled Again, Who Are You and You Better You Bet among others. The 1996 My Generation Best Of were remixes and left some important tracks off like I'm Free, Summertime Blues, Behind Blue Eyes, My Wife, Love Reign O'er Me, Sister Disco and Eminence Front. I first had the US edition then sold it once I picked up the Britiish edition which had a different cover and five bonus tracks of Had Enough, Don't Let Go the Coat, The Quiet One(one of the late John Entwistle's post-My Wife tracks) and the rock radio staples Another Tricky Day and Athena(a hit for The Who in 1982). This disc went Gold upon release in June of 2002 and went Top 40 and is the best start point to get into The Who.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Top Ten Reasons To Buy "The Who: The Ultimate Collection"
    10. It's more concise than the 4-CD boxed set.
    9. The inferior 2-CD "Hooligans" compilation is out of print.
    8. It has informative liner notes, listing the date each song was recorded.
    7. The booklet includes pictures of all the Who album covers, and has some great photos of the band in action.
    6. The remastered songs sound great, even on a moderately priced stereo system.
    5. The song selection is superb, without a single weak track.
    4. The recently deceased John Entwistle plays the greatest bass guitar licks of all time on "My Generation." This has never sounded clearer than the version on this compilation.
    3. Roger Daltrey's vocals and Pete Townshend's songwriting are perfectly showcased on this great collection.
    2. The first CD clocks in around 67 minutes. The second CD clocks in at nearly 69 minutes. Add in the bonus disc, and you have nearly two and a half hours of great Who music!
    1. The bonus disc of 4 songs feature noticeably different versions of well known Who songs. Particularly outstanding is the acoustic version of "Happy Jack." Because it's a limited edition, you shouldn't wait too long to buy the aptly named Ultimate Collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
    this is as good as music can get.this compilation represents the best value for money as almost all their hits like i can see for miles,pinball wizard,5.15,wont get fooled again, happy jack are featured .it would be difficult to get a better compilation of this great band at this price so please go and get it and enjoy the music.very very recommended along with live at leeds from this band.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Who
    This is aimed at two types of people who may be looking at this album: people who have heard nothing of The Who and want to see what all the fuss is about, and people who have tried some of The Who and enjoyed what they heard.
    For the first type of person:
    The Who are known for having an unusual amount of 'best of' albums. Personally, I reccomend this one. It's a great introduction to a great band. All the members are considered some of the greatest musicians in their respective fields, particularly Entwistle (bass) and Moon (drums). All hits (and a few misses from the post-Moon era) are accounted for. Some fan favorites are missing, but this is not a fan-album. It's a good overview of the Who's eclectic catalogue. I also like that it is chronological, it's interesting to hear the sound progress.

    For the second type of person (the one i'm more interested in) who likes what they know of the 'orrible 'oo so far, please don't buy this album. It's a waste of your money.
    The Who have five masterpieces: "Tommy", "Quadrophenia", "The Who Sell Out", "Live at Leed's" and "Who's Next".
    The first three are all concept albums. They have a story (or in the case of Sell Out a theme) that is lost when only the hits are plucked out. It's impossible to understand the cathartic power and energy of "See me, Feel Me" and "Love Reign O'er Me" without listening to the albums as a whole. They are the final moments of two stories (Tommy and Quadrophenia, respectively). On these albums Townshend was able to combine art and rock without sacrificing any of the music's raw power. After you have listened to these albums you'll understand, it's impossible to pick a favorite song from them because all the songs belong together, as one entity. They stand on their own, to be sure, but are not as impressive. Only one song from Sell Out was included here and none from Leed's, the definitive live Rock album. I would reccomend starting with "Tommy" or Who's Next", their most commercialy succesful and influential albums. Honestly it doesn't matter which of the five you start with, because you'll want to own them all. After "Tommy" The Who became an 'album' band rather than a 'singles' band, and a collection of singles really doesn't do them justice, especially in the case of the aforementioned concept albums.

    I don't write a lot of reviews, but only one more was needed to kick Infadel off the page...
    Don't diss my boys unless you're willing to back it up with a valid opinion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Who overview
    The Who's The Ultimate Collection is a great overview to The Who's history which came out in June of 2002. This set showed us what great musicians guitarist Pete townshend, drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle were and how great vocalist Roger Daltrey got over the years. This was the first collection where they remastered the original mixes of The Who's tracks for a compilation. The obvious classics are here like I Can't Explain, My Generation, Substitute, Boris the Spider, Happy Jack, I Can See For Miles, Magic Bus, Pinball Wizard, Won't Get Fooled Again, Who Are You and You Better You Bet among others. The 1996 My Generation Best Of were remixes and left some important tracks off like I'm Free, Summertime Blues, Behind Blue Eyes, My Wife, Love Reign O'er Me, Sister Disco and Eminence Front. I first had the US edition then sold it once I picked up the Britiish edition which had a different cover and five bonus tracks of Had Enough, Don't Let Go the Coat, The Quiet One(one of the late John Entwistle's post-My Wife tracks) and the rock radio staples Another Tricky Day and Athena(a hit for The Who in 1982). This disc went Gold upon release in June of 2002 and went Top 40 and is the best start point to get into The Who. ... Read more

    11. The 50 Greatest Love Songs
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    5-0 out of 5 stars 50 Elvis Love Songs Can't Be Wrong
    An idea that looked great on paper that sounds great on cd. 50 of The King's greatest love songs. With so many Elvis collections out there, there are only a few that are essential. This is one of them.

    Disc 1 of this 2 - disc set features music mostly from the later period, but includes earlier classics "It's Now Or Never", "Surrender" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight". My favorite songs here include "It's Impossible", "I've Lost You" and the majestic wedding staple "The Wonder Of You". Also, don't overlook his mesmerizing covers of the standards "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", "Spanish Eyes' and "Make The World Go Away". Their just as electrifying as any other version.

    Disc 2 is from the early years. There are classics here like "Can't Help Falling In Love". Two tracks that I really liked are "I'll Rember You" and his version of Ray Charles' "You Don't Know Me". And don't overlook "Girl Of My Bst Friend" and "Don't" - romantic ballads at their best.

    This is a great collection. RCA really knows their stuff.

    3-0 out of 5 stars As usual with RCA, a great idea poorly executed.
    50 classic Elvis love songs on 2 remastered CDs. It must have looked great on paper. It's a collection that will appeal to the Elvis completist, the casual fan and to those who are suckers for a great romantic ballad. And since it contains songs of finding love as well as losing it, it should be able to touch all the bases. The title after all is "Greatest Love Songs" so this is the cream of the crop, right? Hmm...not if you ask me. I admit it comes close but not close enough. RCA has the ability to put all of the essentials and leave off the songs that don't work as well, so why don't they? This package does not include "It's Midnight", "I'm Leaving", "Hurt", "I Really Don't Want To Know" or "Loving Arms". But it has "Old Shep". A song about a dog. Whatever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive
    Great collection of many of Elvis' love songs (or slower songs). Album one is the early Elvis, while Album 2 is the older, Vegas-style Elvis. Together, they offer a good look at these different stages in his muscial career, which offer very disparate styles. And with 50 songs, this pretty much covers all of the "love" songs Elvis had, so it's a fairly definitive collection. For that reason, it's a great buy.

    3-0 out of 5 stars oone out of two aint bad
    I would rate this at 31/2 stars but i cant so i went with 3. The reason is that CD 2 is excellent and has really good picks and flows very nicely. I play this CD alot at work(massage therapist)and i get very favorable comments. If this was a review on this CD it would be a 5 i really love this CD. Things fall apart with the first CD. It doesnt flow but worst of all it picks some lame songs like Rags to Riches. Come on this was never an Elvis hit and is a lousy cut. someone fell asleep at the mixing board.
    Being a BIG Elvis fan i expected more but like i said the 2cd CD is great so pick it up used and enjoy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "An excellent collection."
    Everyone's heard of the 'Elvis man'/ 'Beatles man' debate. In this world, you're either one or another; if you like '50s rockabilly, James Dean and drag racing, then you're an Elvis man. If you're an artistic hippie with long hair and a passion for India, you're a Beatles man. What with the death of George Harrison a couple of weeks ago, and Paul McCartney's new album releases, the Beatles men have been gaining popularity and notoriety. But it's here, with a re-release of some of Presley's greatest hits, that us Elvis men will prevail. While normally affiliated with his rock hits like "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock" and "All Shook Up", 'The King' Elvis Presley was also an excellent love balladeer, with this double-disc 50-song set showcasing practically every one of those tunes, be it the heart-breaking "Always On My Mind", or the eardrum-breaking "She Wears My Ring". As with other recent Elvis releases, this album also includes a special previously unreleased 'alternate take' of a song, in this case it being the superior "And I Love You So", with Presley revealing in the beginning of the track that it was written for then-girlfriend Sheila Ryan. Strangely though, unlike other greatest hits, this album goes in reverse order, with CD 1 playing tunes between 1977-'69, and the second record hearing Elvis' earlier songs of '60-'56, with unfamiliar tracks like "Don't" and "A Fool Such As I" populating it. While we do admit that the CD could be cut down by at least 10 tracks, we must say that it is an excellent collection of some of the best tunes ever recorded. We hope that wherever Elvis is now, be it heaven, hell or on an alien spaceship getting anally probed, that he remembers how great a musician he was. ... Read more

    12. Very Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
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    2002 compilation packs a single CD with 20 classicsrecorded for Vee-Jay, Phillips, Curb/Warner, Private Stock, & RSO between 1962-1978. Remastered from original mastertapes. Rhino. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid 20 Track Overview
    All of the Four Seasons Top 10 hits, as well as Frankie Valli's solo Top 10's are included on this quick and easy to digest sampler. Rhino's 1988 1 disc Anthology digs deeper in to the Four Seasons catalog by including 25 songs and only one Valli solo, but by focusing on their big hits this makes for a tight and more useful compilation. The liner notes are 2003 up-to-date with photos and Billboard chart info for each song. The group was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. This is the best place to start your Frankie Valli and Four Season collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Early 60's East Coast Rock At it's Best.
    The youth of America had a musical divide in the early sixties. While the west coast soft beach harmonies of the Beach Boys were in full swing, the youth of the east coast was stomping to the harder edged harmonies of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Frankie along with Bob Guadio, Tommy Devito and the late Nick Massi, hailed from Newark New Jersey and went on to become one of the most important vocal groups in history. Between 1962 to 1966, the Seasons charted 23 times, making them the most popular group in that states history[sorry Springsteen fans]. Their influence can be heard every time you hear a 1970's Bee Gees tune or Billy Joel singing "Uptown girl". Frankie Valli's trademark falsetto voice is as unmistakable as Dylan's whine or Joe Cocker's growl. This collection is a must for anyone who does not own a Four Seasons cd. It contains 16 of the their highest charting hits from 62-68, like "Lets Hang On", "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "C'mon Marianne", "Opus 17" and 'Rag Doll" to name a few. Also 1970's Seasons hits like "December 1963 Oh What A Night" and "Who Loves You" are here as well. Making this set essential is the inclusion of all of Frankie Valli's top solo hits, like "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", "My Eyes Adored You", "Swearin To God" and "Grease", making this the only single disc available to include all of his solo hits. This is as perfect as a single hits disc can get and I highly recommend this to anyone young or old, who would like to relive their past or experience a ledendary vocal group for the first time, that was second to none during their hey-day. For a more detailed overview of their career "In Season" the two disc Anthology is recommended. This review is dedicated to the late Nick Massi, whose bass playing and vocal arrangements will always be in season.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of a great group
    Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were hugely successful in America, where they had a long string of major hits, especially in the sixties. They were less successful in Britain but still managed seven top ten hits including a number one. Here you can find all the classics. From the sixties, there are Sherry, Big girls don't cry, Walk like a man, Rag doll, Let's hang on and many others. From the seventies, there are My eyes adored you, Who loves you, December '63 Oh what a night (their only British number one hit) and Grease. Two obvious omissions from the seventies are Night (a track recorded for Motown) and Silver star ( a UK top three hit), but you can't include everything by such a successful group.

    Aside from their own hits, covers of their songs were also successful for others. Four of their songs were UK number one hits for others. Their versions of Silence is golden (Tremeloes) and The sun ain't gonna shine anymore (Walker brothers) are not included, but you do get their original versions of Bye bye baby (Bay city rollers) and Working my way back to you (Detroit Spinners).

    This is an excellent single CD collection of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, one of the best American groups of the sixties and seventies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars None better!!
    Man oh man, You just can't beat these 4 guys!! I don't think I own a cd that I play so much & still enjoy so much!! This to me is a staple for any 60's music fan and Frankies' disco hits from the 70's are fantastic too. I could go on and on, but I'll spare you. Suffice to say, buy this one and you won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
    This CD is aptly named the Very Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It contains their very best hits from the 60's and 70's. The titles include "Sherry", "Dawn", "Rag Doll", "My Eyes Adored You", "December 1963", and "Grease" just to name a few. In all there are 20 songs on this CD and it is highly recommended! ... Read more

    13. Grease: The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
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    The movie is a 1970s take on 1950s musicals, providing all the kitsch anyone could hope for. It's John Travolta as Danny Zuko as Olivia Newton-John's pompadoured main squeeze, and the kids go crazy. Fresh from his astronomical success with Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, Bee Gee Barry Gibb penned the title track (sung by Frankie Valli). Sha Na Na is over-represented, and actress Stockard Channing struts her, um, versatility, singing a couple of tracks. This has become a touchstone in American culture, and so isn't likely to improve our standing in the world's eyes. Maybe the point is that it's supposed to sound amateurish, but it does manage to eke out some fun, most notably on the hit "You're the One That I Want." --Scott Wilson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 50's fun with 70's production values
    Given the national funk the USA was in, the songs in Grease was also a longing for a funner, simpler time, when rock wasn't so complicated. Stylishly, it's 50's music, some with 70's disco sensibilities, 70's non-disco pop, and songs whose sound harken back to the stage play, clearly meant to stay within the confines of the movie.

    The order of songs on the soundtrack frontloads the theme song and singles in the first part before getting back in movie order for the rest. Now, in order of the movie...

    After the brief "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," comes the title song, the perfect marriage of the 50's, exemplified by singer, Frankie Avalon, and the catchy disco-like rhythms of the 70's, hardly surprising given that Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees penned this song.

    "Summer Nights" the first duet between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, featuring members of the cast, harkens back to its stage origins, with the differing versions of what went on in Danny and Sandy's fateful summer marked by vocal tradeoffs between the two, highlighted by predominantly male voices in Travolta's segment, female ones in Newton-John's.

    "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" too is a stagey song, sung by Stockard Channing when making fun of Sandy, with references to Elvis, Troy Donahue, and Doris Day making it a look back at the late 50's. The sugary pop ballad "Hopelessly Devoted To You" was tailor-made for Newton-John, a ballad alternately with steel guitars one moment, strings the next.

    "Why this car is automatic, it's systematic, it's hydromatic. Why it's greased lightning!" For downright fun and energy, "Greased Lightning" bears the hallmark of Elvis and Eddie Cochrane-type rockers, an ideal song accompanying the spanking red hot rod fantasy sequence.

    "It's Raining On Prom Night," sung by Cindy Bullens, is another vintage 50's-type slow ballad, and is the song that plays when Sandy goes to the jukebox, only to have Danny make fun of the jock she's hanging out with.

    Frankie Avalon's slow-dance "Beauty School Dropout" is a nod back to the days when his "Venus" was a big hit, strings laden doo-wop style female accompaniment including Stockard Channing. This number was done in the guardian angel (Avalon) telling Frenchie to get her act together and go back to school.

    "Rock And Roll Party Queen" can be briefly heard in the dance segment when the people start entering the decorated gym.

    Another example of 50s/70s dynamic is Sha-Na-Na, who spearheaded a rock and roll revival movement. Their songs is one fun track after another, from Danny and the Juniors' "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay," the slow dance of "Those Magic Changes," Little Anthony's "Tears On My Pillow," Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," the climactic and fun-brimmed "Born To Hand Jive," and then a cover of "Blue Moon."

    Travolta's solo song "Sandy," done after Sandy storms out of his car after his manhandling her, is more a defense than an apology, as he says in the monologue that she hurt him. The monologue he has inbetween the singing segments is more a hallmark of girl group songs like "Leader Of The Pack." Solo, Travolta's actually not bad, replicating 50's-style falsetto at times.

    Next, is another Stockard Channing solo, "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" and a reprise of "Sandra Dee" by Olivia Newton-John, before the final blowout. In the interview segment of the video, Olivia Newton-John herself knew that with the bouncy bassline throughout the energetic "You're The One That I Want," the second Travolta duet, was going to be a hit, and it was. And in the movie, it's followed by the equally vivacious "We Go Together," which could've been a single.

    Other notes: These were not included in the movie:"Alone At the Drive-In," "Freddy My Love," "Mooning," and "Rock N Roll Party Queen" were in the movie, because I don't remember them. Another exemplary soundtrack from the 70's and perhaps of all time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Grease" is the word!
    This soundtrack album is the second biggest-selling in pop music history. The first is the SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER soundtrack. And both films starred John Travolta. Not only that,they were both originally released on the defunct RSO(Robert Stigwood Organization) label. I went through 2 LP copies of this album,as I said in the review for the DVD movie. There are actually 23 different recordings on the album. Track 24 is a repeat of the title theme(track 1). The title theme was written by ex-Bee Gee Barry Gibb and performed by Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons. The song is heard during the playing of the opening and closing credits in the film. SUMMER NIGHTS is about the summer romance of Danny Zuko(Travolta) and Sandy Dombrowski(Olivia Newton-John). ONJ performs HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU,later recycled for her GREATEST HITS VOLUME 2 album. YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT is another duet between Travolta and ONJ,also appearing on GHV2. SANDY is Danny's ode to his sweetheart(he sings this after being abandoned by Sandy at a drive-in theater in the film). BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT is Frankie Avalon's advisory to Frenchy(Didi Conn). LOOK AT ME,I'M SANDRA DEE is sung by Rizzo or her portrayer,Stockard Channing. GREASED LIGHTNIN' is about the power of automobiles,sung by Travolta with moral support from Jeff Conaway(Kenickie). IT'S RAINING ON PROM NIGHT is OK,so is ALONE AT A DRIVE-IN MOVIE. Sha-Na-Na,as Johnny Casino & The Gamblers in the film,performs BLUE MOON,ROCK & ROLL IS HERE TO STAY,THOSE MAGIC CHANGES,HOUND DOG,TEARS ON MY PILLOW and BORN TO HAND-JIVE. MOONING,FREDDY MY LOVE and ROCK AND ROLL PARTY QUEEN are OK. Channing superbly performs THERE ARE WORSE THINGS I COULD DO(the song is heard in "Connie & Carla" also,but not Channing's recording of it). There's a reprise of LOOK AT ME,I'M SANDRA DEE performed by ONJ. The Rydell High School seniors perform WE GO TOGETHER,heard in the final scene. LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING is an instrumental easy listening classic,heard in the very first scene before opening credits. This album is packed with still photos from the film. The one on the back cover of the LP and CD booklet is of the overall film cast. It would have been great if the title track was recorded by the Bee Gees. ONJ's manager John Farrar wrote or co-wrote some of ONJ's recordings on this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars i Love this soundtrack
    I love this movie, i have wacthed his movie so many time i don't get own this soundtrack but i plan to in the next couple days. You should really get this soundtrack if you love the movie you are sure to love the sound track. i love it and i am only 16.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Grease
    Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!

    I love every single song on the CD and I've watched the film so many times I've lost track. Let's jus say enough times to know the words off by heart even when I'm only 17.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best CD Ever

    14. The Voice of the Sparrow: The Very Best of Edith Piaf
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    The voice of Edith Piaf carries with it perhaps more national identity than that of any other recorded artist in the world. Tiny, frail, and tragic in her life, Piaf brought French identity to the rest of the world in a way that was understandable to all. Known as "the Little Sparrow" in her country, her voice was strong, bold, and passionate, even as she grew more infirm. The archetypical torch singer, she had massive popular success with songs like "Milord," "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien," and "La Vie, L'Amour," included here with 18 other classics. While this is a great compilation of some of her best material, the complete lack of enclosed notes or biographical material may frustrate those not familiar with her fascinating career. However, the work of one of the most original songbirds of all time speaks loud and clear for itself. --Derek Rath ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars " Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien "
    For anyone that has perused my web site here on Amazon they are probably more than aware of my love for French culture. I'm a closeted Francophile...and proud of it! The films,wine,fashion and most of all the music of France is something I have always dearly loved. While being Irish (in origin only) I dearly love the French culture! That being said reviewing a disc by the amazing Edith Piaf is simply a "labor of love".

    Now, to be completely honest I did not exactly warm up to this cd upon first hearing it. The sound is rather dated and I thought Ms. Piaf's voice, while indeed strong, was not exactly what I was used to when listening to female vocalists. I thought it sounded rather shrill and, at times, even off key. Mon Dieu!! What was I to expectations were so high that I truly expected "magic" to come pouring out of my speakers! Well, as with anything else that is truly worthwhile, I decided to stay with Ms. Piaf and give her, at least, the respect she deserves by listening a few more times. Obviously, my patience has more than paid off....if only because I can now appreciate the immense talent that she possessed.While sounding unlike any other vocalist that I had previously known she is able to contain more "raw emotion" in one song than most vocalist can emote in an entire cd!

    Now although I consider myself a Francophile my command of the French language is, how to say,just slightly appropriate enough to order a bottle of wine, ask for directions to the Louvre and watch "Jean DeFlorette" with out English subtitles. Fortunately though knowing French will not deter you from enjoying this wonderful disc. While Edith Piaf tends to tackle most songs in a similar fashion, full-throttle, the tunes themseleves are awe inspiring if only becausre she is such total command of each selection. Hightlights, for me, are "La Vie En Rose", "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien", "Hymne A L'Amour" and "L'Accordeoniste". Again, while the sound may be slightly dated that does add a certain charm to these pieces. Plus,other than Billie Holiday, no one makes a "broken heart" feel so good!

    Overall, having a cd by Edith Piaf is another of those discs that one will always have in their collection. She simply exudes France (where are you Catherine Denueve?) and all that is right when an artist is in true command of her talents. So pick up your copy of Edith Piaf "The Voice Of The Sparrow", a bottle of wine, a copy of "A Year In Provence" by Peter Mayle with a few fresh baguettes and make your way
    home. Paris is waiting....just inside your front door.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of some of Edith's best songs
    This cd features some of the greatest songs by one of the greatest voices of our time. Among my favorite songs are "T'es Beau, Tu Sais", "Comme Moi", and "La vie en rose". This album is a must for anyone who loves Piaf and is a good collection for beginners who are unfamiliar with her songs. One need not understand French to enjoy this wonderful music. I must give this cd 5 stars, as there is no other voice like the voice of Edith Piaf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Sound of the Soul of France
    Edith Piaf (1915-1963) was an unexpected artist, the child of a part-time prostitute and a circus acrobat, raised in a brothel, singing on street corners for pennies in Paris--until 1935, when her success at the famous Paris nightspot Gernys launched her to what would become international stardom. Notorious for her many ill-starred love affairs, attacked as a Nazi sympathizer during the French occupation, belatedly defended as a member of the French Resistance, self-destructing through alcohol and drugs, she proved as unexpected in her personal life as in her talents--but whatever the lady's personal failings, no one can fault her talents. She is, quite simply, the sound of the soul of France.

    Unless you speak French you may find the idea of purchasing songs sung in French a little off-putting. I myself speak what you might call "hotel French"--which is to say handful of standard phrases that would get me through in a pinch. When I listen to Piaf I occasionally understand a term here and there, but the specific meaning of the words escape me. But this no hindrance at all. Piaf has a passion that truly transcends the limits of language. No one need tell you that her tone is ironic; no one need tell you that the song is about poverty, lost love, a plea to God; it is there, it is inescapable. Her voice has the delicacy and strength of a steel wire, alternating sharp and flat tones in a uniquely French style, setting forth a meticulously rolled "r" in such a way as to give you chills and flying into a series of electrifying vibratos that are unique in all of music.

    Although it would take a box set to do this artist justice, THE VOICE OF THE SPARROW is a very nice introduction to eighteen of Piaf's most famous songs. In a general sense, Piaf typically sang love songs--and had an uncanny ability to shift from bright to dark tones, allowing the listener to feel a dozen different shades of each emotion that colors any single selection. Be it the internationally celebrated "La Vie en Rose," the intense "Mon Dieu," the defiant "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rein" or the super-sophisticated "T'es Beau, Tu Sais," once Piaf adopted a song it became hers alone; every other rendition seems pale in comparison. Sadly, the recordings on this CD have not been remastered--but it doesn't really matter. For one who could escape the limitations of language it is hardly difficult to leap the boundaries of recording technology with the sound of the heart.

    GFT, Amazon Reviewer

    5-0 out of 5 stars She was such a babe!!!
    I wish I could go back it time, so I could have an affiar with her. I'm completely infatuated with her, like Dana Andrew was with Gene Tierney's pertait in Laura! Her vocie is haunting, sexual, sensual, oozing with pain, laughter, humor, and SEX, SEX, SEX! A true legend, heck the woman had an affiar with Marlene Dietrich and was a legendary performer in her time, and conyinues to thrill young poeple liek me(I'm 19!). A great cd which covers ler last years on record, best in a french version of "Laugh clown." It's all good and poignient stuff, for us artistic types.

    5-0 out of 5 stars La voix d'un ange
    this is definitely a must-have for edith piaf fans. it covers all her most famous songs, and for anyone who either grew up in a french-speaking country [like i did], or even in europe, it is hard NOT to know who she is... "la vie en rose" and "non je ne regrette rien" are her true classics... i dont think anyone can hear "non je ne regrette rien" without knowing immediately who the singer is. it is simply her signature song, or at least one of them for sure. her voice is amazing and unique, and many try to cover some of her songs and they simply offer edith no justice watsoever. [patricia kaas being an eception-- their voices are interestingly similar].
    whether you understand french or not, this is a great record, with many ballads and a few uptempo songs to make you happy to be in love, or contrastingly, feel the pain of a broken heart. but all i gotta say is she makes a broken heart sound SOOO good... :)
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    15. I am a Bird Now
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    It’s not often that an album released in January gets called one of the best of the year in near-unison, but the second full length by Antony and the Johnsons is so startlingly beautiful that it simply has to be. Like his friend and compatriot Devendra Banhart, Antony is a super-talented singer-songwriter with a flair for dramatic artsong. But the cherubic Antony is so original he must get mistaken for an alien quite often; he sings like a bluesy opera singer and switches timbre from masculine to feminine in the space of a breath. The only vocal comparison that comes close is Nina Simone. Antony’s honest lyrics deal with deep wounds and troubled desires with matter of fact poetry and subtle humor, as in a short story by JT LeRoy. Aided and abetted by a versatile band that’s often closer to chamber orchestra than rock act, Antony delivers a visionary album with I Am A Bird Now. Oh yeah: Rufus Wainwright, Devendra, Lou Reed andBoy Georgeall appear on here, too. --Mike McGonigal ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars wow
    This cd is unlike any I've ever heard. I would recommend you buy it based on that alone. The songs are so touching and genuine that you can't help but feel moved. You must hear it. If nothing else listen to the sound bites.

    5-0 out of 5 stars one of the mostbeautifull albums i've heard
    Antony is with no doubt one of the most dramatic, soulfull, beautifull voices that i have ever heard in my life!
    Poetic and dramatic can consider this a dark album, but still full of love and happiness..with simple piano melodies, it will get stuck inside your head and soul for a long long time..!
    I am a Bird Now opens with a suberb song..although this is that kind of album that you can't decide what's your favourite song on it..every song is deadly beautifull!!
    With guest vocalists like Devenra Banhart, Boy George(i got surprised by this guest i may say..what a beautifull voice Boy still has), Lou Reed, Rufus Wainright and Julia Yasuda, who added their talent too...this album is alredy a masterpiece for me!!!
    For lovers of Nina Simone, Nick Drake, Nick Cave(boatman's call era), you all gotta hear this and trust'll be overwhelmed!!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
    This guy's got a great voice, but the album is definitely missing something.I bought it from the reviews alone (and the appearance of Rufus on one of the tracks), but I was pretty disappointed all in all.

    However, the album has its good moments.A few well put-together chords and vocals.One or two powerful crescendos.But just not enough of them.Not an exceptional songwriter.

    The feeling I walk away with is, "a very low-key pity party."Though I still do listen to a few tracks when I'm in the right mood.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful
    What a magical discovery this album was. The person that recommended this to me is definitely on my Christmas Card List for life.

    I Am A Bird now is a sweepingly beautiful affair, from start to end. From the delicate bluesey opening of Hope Theres Someone, Antony stamps his unique style down from the outset.

    Even though we have several cameos throughout the album, Antony's style is always there, these powerful performers seem to blend in perfectly, rather than swamp the delicate nature of the music. Boy George's voice on You Are My Sister is divine (even though, had I known it had Boy George on it, my instant snobbery may have turned me away - thank god it didn't), and Rufus Wainwright's rendition of What Can I Do? is heart-breakingly beautiful - even if it is just over a minute in length; it demands several listens, over and over again, just so you can cry out "Mama! Help me liiiiive!" along with him. And of course there's Lou Reed's [spoken] opening to Fistful of Love, a cracking lead in to the album's best track (in my opinion); a kind of Elvis-style croon-a-thon, slow to start but building up throughout.

    I defy anyone to not put this album on repeat; it just begs to be left on. Sublime.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Well....
    Um, can anyone say Vibrato, just a joke. But seriously he does kinda have his style down, although it trembles like the knees of a frightened child. Some songs are startlingly beautiful, and I would argue that in some instances it's his voice that makes it so. Although there is some very good songwriting here. Anyone who likes moody, haunting balads with somewhat intresting content, although not for everyone, enjoy. ... Read more

    16. Help! [UK]
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    How John Lennon's confessional song became the title for a silly JamesBond spoof I really don't know.The funny thing is, it works both ways--as ayoung man's personal statement about learning to open up to others, and as thefrantic theme for an exotic espionage chase comedy starring those lovable mop-tops (this time in color). Like A Hard Day's Night, only the first"side" of this album actually contains songs from the movie--thebiggest hits being the eponymous cry for assistance and "Ticket toRide."But part 2 has a few nice tunes as well, like "It's OnlyLove," "I've Just Seen a Face," and a little ditty called"Yesterday."And I always love it when they do an all-out screamerlike "Dizzy Miss Lizzy," which sounds like John's raucous answer toPaul's "Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" vocal on Beatles forSale.Of course, it's essential--as are all the Beatles' soundtracks (allthe Beatles' albums), with the possible exception of YellowSubmarine. --Jim Emerson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Half Soundtrack, Half Studio, All Terrific
    The Beatles' dizzying pace continues with their fifth UK album in two short years. [It was their ninth U.S. album!] Unlike the previous BEATLES FOR SALE, this album contains only two covers: the Larry Williams rocker "Dizzy Miss Lizzie" and the song Buck Owens had a country hit with "Act Naturally" sung by Lennon and Ringo respectively. These covers and the other five tracks the cromprise the second half of this album were not used in the movie. However, it includes what is probably the most universally recognized song in the Beatles' catalog, McCartney's lovely ballad "Yesterday."

    Lennon's soul-searching songs like the title track and especially "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" clearly show the influence Dylan was having on his songwriting. Harrison also gets a couple of his songs onto the album: The lovely "I Need You" and the infectious "You Like Me Too Much." McCartney also offers the standout tracks "The Night Before" and "Another Girl."

    While not as good as the two albums to follow, this is nonetheless a terrific album in its own right. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    5-0 out of 5 stars A classic of the 60's music
    1. Album Cover: Just resembles one of scenes of the Help movie. Not a creative cover, however it rates well compared to other album covers released during 1965.

    2. Composition & Recording: An album with great compositions (like in A Hard Days Night) which expanded their music style and evidenced improvements in their interpretation when compared to their 4 previous albums. Track highlights include the great vocal harmonies, great melody, and catchy fast tempo in "Help" and "You are Going to Lose...". John reveals his appreciation (he would have never let me use admiration)for Dylan in "Hey, You've Got to....". Also on this album, "Ticket To Ride" introduces a "heavier" sound than that normally heard in 1965. Paul plays the electric guitar solos on "Another Girl" and "Ticket to Ride". Harrison introduces a great song with a very 60's atmosphere. On side "B" (UK catalog please), Paul introduces the classic "Yesterday", which evidences that behind the Beatles, John, Paul & George were also individual musicians. This album is 60's calssic. The song writing and the musical arrangements distinguish the album from the rest.

    3. Originality: The Beatles had already introduced their "new" sound into the 60's music and many groups were already following them by either imitating or trying a different approach. As a result you will find the value of the album not so much in its originality but in its completeness and in that it evidneces a better integration of the Beatles as composers and players.

    4. Final Message: This album is one of the main voices of the sound of the mid 60's and an interesting place to start listening to the 60's decade.

    5. Other Data: Paul composed Yesterday on his home piano after waking up one moring with a jazzy melody in his head ("Yesterday" with a faster tempo). He thought the melody belonged to some one else and had to be reassured it was his own. Instead of the opening lyrics that say Yesterday...", in his head the opening lyrics said "Scrambled Eggs..." That Would have cost Paul one star in my review if those lyrics would have been approved. The lyrics on Help were John's way to scream for help during his "fat Elvis" period (as described by John himself)as he found himself unsecured, famous, rich, popular, chubby, and unhappy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Help
    The last great Beatles album, released in 1965, the year they reached their peak of creativity.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still on top
    If you've read my review of "Beatles For Sale", you know I consider it a classic, but there's no doubt many people find it disappointing due to its "sad" feel and dark, depressing songs. On "Help!", the shockwave of pain and pressure from "Beatles For Sale" is still being felt a little bit - the album has a few covers and many of the songs (the title track, obviously) deal with rejection and surrender. For the most part, though, "Help!" is a "return to form", if you will, and is noticeably brighter and more dynamic than "Beatles For Sale".

    This is mostly due to the contributions of Paul McCartney. While he remained somewhat reclusive on the previous record, he returns here with a strong and deliberate foot-stamp. He lets loose with rip-roaring rockers like "Another Girl", "The Night Before", and the jaunty "Tell Me What You See". But that's not to say he doesn't follow in the innovative footsteps John left from "For Sale". Embracing folk-rock like John did, he gives us the excellent "I've Just Seen a Face". And let's not forget the most innovative track - "Yesterday", which featured nothing but Paul's voice and guitar as well as some chamber strings.

    John still makes his presence known, though. He continues his Bob Dylan obsession with the wonderful "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" (a true standout). His weary and bitter songwriting from "For Sale" is still, to a slighter extent, in effect here. The pleading title track, "You're Gonna Lose That Girl", and "Ticket to Ride" are all somewhat somber lyrically (although they sound bright and happy musically). The happiest contribution from John is "It's Only Love". This song is often regarded as a "weak" or "filler" track. I disagree. It has a wonderful melody and very inventive use of a G+ chord. And, let's not overlook George's contributions. His two songs, "I Need You" and "You Like Me Too Much" are also regarded as filler. I *highly* resent this. They are *great* songs, as good as anything Paul and John cook up for this album. "I Need You" features a creative ending and "You Like Me Too Much" has a brilliant chord progression. George doesn't get nearly enough credit for his songs on the earlier Beatles albums.

    The two covers chosen - "Act Naturally" and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy", are wisely chosen. The former is a great exercise for Ringo (another reviewer commented that his "aw, shucks" delivery is very "appropriate" - I agree), and the latter shows off John's great Rock and Roll voice.

    Although it's not one of the Beatles greatest efforts, "Help!" is still an excellent album through and through. Pick it up!
    ~John Ballantyne

    5-0 out of 5 stars I just love this album
    It's a very vibrant album but it's also laid-back. It has so many beautiful melodies and it also has some interesting and unusual ones as well. Let's deal with the best songs shall we, help!, the title track, is a classic, so is Ticket to ride and Yesterday is a fantastic little gem. Lets talk about the other excellent song here, firstly the two George Harrison songs. I thought I need you was a fantastic song and it has such an unusual melody and guitar effect. You like me too much is under-rated in my opinion and it also has an interesting yet beautiful melody. Ringo's cover of Act naturally is fantastic and of-course there's other excellent songs like you're gonna lose that girl, The night before, the Dylanesue You've got to hide your love away, which uncobvers the bands [and especially Lennon's] growing interest in folk music that would lead to them becomming a more Political group, and It's only love. All teh other songs are great if not excellent. This was their last pop album before they went in their own fantastic direction. But it's fun, interesting and shows them still willing to experiment. ... Read more

    17. The Lovin' Spoonful - Greatest Hits
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    It sometimes feels as though the Lovin' Spoonful have been reduced to a footnote in the history of rock & roll. Yet few of their contemporaries could match the likes of "Daydream," "Summer in the City," and the transcendent "Do You Believe in Magic?"--a song that can still turn January into June. Legend has it that the Spoonful auditioned for The Monkees, and they'd have been good in those roles, having the right candy-sweet sound and a warm humor in constant evidence. But it wouldn't have lasted: lead songwriter John Sebastian was too willful and idiosyncratic, coming on like an American Ray Davies on songs such as"Younger Generation," a prescient meditation on the hippie generation's future parental dilemmas. Greatest Hits is a fine 26-song introduction to a perennially underrated band. --Taylor Parkes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Didn't Rhino Do This Same Collection 10 Years Ago?
    It's official. The Lovin' Spoonful were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2000. And What does Buddah do to celebrate the label's most successful act? It clones the Rhino Anthology that's been available for the last ten years! Granted, Buddah claims these songs are recorded from first-generation masters, but the difference in sound quality is negligible.

    Both anthologies contain 26 songs. So what's the difference? Very little. Twenty-three songs are duplicated on Greatest Hits. Where Anthology includes "Good Time Music" (from an Elektra sampler before the Spoonful recorded their first album), "Fishin' Blues" and "Me About You" (from the Joe Butler-led Spoonful--and their final chart single at No. 91), Greatest Hits offers instead "Wild About My Lovin'," "On the Road Again" and "Darlin' Companion." The differences between the two releases make Greatest Hits virtually unnecessary if you already own Anthology. Sure there are new liner notes, and some terrific photos from Henry Diltz, whose work has graced many of the Spoonful's original albums. But is that enough? I don't think so. This should have been a 2-CD set. And if it couldn't have included any previoulsy unreleased material, it could have offered some live versions from the band's mid-Sixties prime. At the very least, a two-disc set would have been more comprehensive and more valuable to die-hard fans. We can only hope that Buddah will see fit to release the Spoonful's entire catalog either as two-fers or loaded with bonus cuts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVIN' THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL
    If you're looking for one cd collection that has "the hits" and the best memories of "The Lovin' Spoonful" this "Best Of" is the one. Twenty six trax and each opne an enjoyable experience of "magic". From "Do You Believe in Magic?" and "Daydream" to "Lovin' You" and "Darlin' Be Home Soon".
    This collection includes two of my personal all time favorites of The Spoonful: "Rain On The Roof" (caught up in that summer shower . .. maybe we'll be caught for hours . . .waitin' out the rain) and "Darlin Companion"! I first heard John sing as a duet with Mama Cass Elliot (possibly a carry-over from "The Mugwumps?). This song brings back a great memory of them both together . . .and it's a great neat song to boot.
    This cd brings back many many happy memories of younger years. But it's much more than that. The songs and music are timeless and hold up well over these decades. It sounds as good or even better now, today, than it first did a-way back then. My thanks go out to "The Lovin' Spoonful" for this great album of truly wonderful songs and music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Biggest and Best Mouthful of the Lovin Spoonful
    I had a couple of inexpensive cd's of the Loving Spoonful and what a waste of money. The mastering was horrible like someone had an old album recorded it onto a cassette and then transferred it to a cd. Well after Buddha Records decided to release the original masters and put them on cd it was like seeing the sun for the first time after about a week of rain.
    The music is good stuff and the sound is crisp and clear like never before. One song that you never seem to hear on the radio anymore is here-(Didn't Want to Have to Do it) and a very clean recording. Also, the song (You Baby) is great and I believe that John Sebastian is not singing lead on this song. Evidently all of the members could sing and sing well. THIS IS THE ONLY CD TO BUY, no disappointment here.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best collection of one of my all-time favorite groups
    In the summer of '65 I turned 14. It was virtually impossible not to be mesmorized by the sounds eminating from my little Radio Shack transistor radio. The Beatles were at the height of their popularity and Motown was churning out one memorable tune after another. I went on vacation with my parents for two weeks in mid-July and when I returned a couple of hippies I had never heard of---Sonny and Cher--had several records on the charts!! It was difficult to decide which 45's to buy with the limited resources from my paper route. It was about this time that two rockers from Long Island teamed up with two folkies from Greenwich Village to form what would become the Lovin' Spoonful. They would become one of my all-time favorite bands. The debut single "Do You Believe In Magic" quickly raced up the charts and became a Top Ten smash. Over the next year and a half the group would place another 6 tunes in the Top 10. The biggest of these, "Summer in the City" reached number one for 3 weeks in August 1966. To me, the amazing thing about the Spoonful was that no two tunes sounded the same.
    Lead singer John Sebastian was also an incredibly gifted songwriter. The evidence of this can be found throughout the 26 selections on this incredible CD. Believe me, there is no filler on this CD. You will find what I discovered years ago.
    Even the "B" sides of Spoonful records were amazing!!! Check out tunes like "Didn't Want To Have To Do It", "Younger Girl" and "You're A Big Boy Now".
    Unfortunately the party was short lived. Lead guitarist Zal Yanovsky left the band in 1967 and was replaced by Jerry Yester. About a year later John Sebastian left to pursue a solo career and the group disbanded. It was not until 1991 that original members Joe Butler and Steve Boone and the aforementioned Jerry Yester decided to re-form the band. They have been touring ever since. In 2000, the Lovin' Spoonful was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
    All of the tracks on this fabulous CD are the original Kama Sutra recordings. You'll also enjoy perusing the 12 page booklet included here. Very highly recommended!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Lovin' Spoonful's good time music.
    The Lovin' Spoonful is often unrecognized for their other great songs in their catalog besides the ones we all know: "Do You Believe In Magic", "Daydream", "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice", and "Summer in the City". On here are 26 selections from hit singles to album cuts you might not have heard but worthy of getting acquainted with. "Rain on the Roof" kind of stuck out at me with it's sunny-natured tone even though pictured on a rainy afternoon. The liner notes indicate its B-side is "Pow! (Theme From 'What's Up, Tiger Lilly?')" (What a silly name. Good fun!)
    That song is one of the must fun songs on here. There is a big musical montage as you listen to this disc. The band wasn't worried about experimenting. Why, on one of the last songs on the disc, they play on a typewriter! (Cool, huh?) This disc is marvelous overview of an often over-looked good-time '60s band. ... Read more

    18. Pink Moon
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    Reissue of the late British folk icon's final full-lengthalbum, released in 1972. 11 tracks. Slipcase. Island. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Raw. Dark. Inspired.
    Nick Drake has been an underground hero for musicians for many years now but only recently got any real public attention because of a VW commerical. There's nothing wrong with VW using his song, it's just a shame that commercial success never happened for Nick when he was alive. He deserved the attention he has received in 1999 way back in 1970.

    Nick was an incredible acoustic guitarist with a diverse fingerstyle technique with great finger-rolls and clever melodies woven throughout complex harmonies and various tunings.

    Pink Moon is raw and dark but absolutely pretty at the same time --and precisely played with just one acoustic guitar and an occasional piano. His baritone voice is delivered in an often slurred and breathy haze with lyrics that convey a sense of despair and emotional nakedness. The chords in his songs will weave a Minor progression of almost hopeless despair then break into a Major bridge and rising vocal melodies that brings a hope of soaring transcendence into the light - only to have it dashed back down to the ground. Beautiful.

    My favorite track is "Parasite." His guitar line brings a sense of calm and reassurance -even thorugh lyrics filled with personal inadequacy and despair. "Pink Moon" is the lead-off track that was used by VW and gave Nick life after death. If this album came out today, it would sound completely fresh and new, unlike many other folk albums from the same time. Timeless.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best of a genius
    I "discovered" Nick Drake in a roundabout way, through the fiction of his fellow Brit, author Phil Rickman, who seems to have been profoundly affected by Drake's music. The only album of his that I could find in print way back then was "Way to Blue," a sort of "Best of" collection. And I thought that Pink Moon was the best of the songs. when the CD was remastered and released, I bought it,and although this phrase is trite and overused, I was blown away. I've listened to his first two albums, and read about arguments with his producer about whether or not to add the (unnecessary, IMO)horn and string sections. Nick, quite correctly, felt his music could stand alone. Why he was not successful in his lifetime, I'll never know. I don't think he was having a breakdown as he wrote and recorded "Pink Moon," I think he was finally allowing himself to speak without euphemisms or too much symbolism. It is Nick being Nick, and it is his best. Finally, you can hear his guitar clearly. Listen closely, and you'll see that he has been sadly underrated; I believe he was the best acoustic guitarist in the 20th century (no offense to Robert Johnson and Eric Clapton fans). The song "Which Will" is my favorite track from the CD; the theme of love lost and watching the beloved move on is not unusual, but what he does with it is magical. I also love "Pink Moon;" some months after hearing it, I learned that in British superstition, the sight of a pinkish or reddish full moon means that someone is going to die. Perhaps a foreshadowing of "Black-Eyed Dog"?

    If you only buy one Nick Drake album, make it this one. You won't regret it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD by my favorite musician.
    This has to be the most beautiful album ever created. I have probably listened to this CD 75 times, in full, since I got it, and every time I am almost put in a trance by the beauty that is Nick Drake's music. Nick Drake uses differen't tunings for his guitar that sometimes make it sound as if a mini-orchestra is playing on his albums, but is just the sweet, melancholy tunes of a hushed voice singing out lyrics and the strings of a lone guitar slowely winding an environment of peace and serenity around your life, letting you fully relax, and see the beauty in things. I may sound like a hippy, but this is no exaggeration, you must get this CD now, and cherish it forever, for once you hear these beautiful songs your life will never be the same, it will be better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Let's get one thing straight about this record.
    Its average -- heh, virtually unanimous -- rating of five here probably has something to do with this: Nick Drake died, not certainly but quite likely a suicide, about two years after its release, and in retrospect this sounds like his suicide note, whether it was or not. It also has something to do with a car commercial that came out about 26 years too late to help Nick.

    And none of us should be ashamed of this.

    The facts of an artist's life are an inextricable part of his work. We've known this, cherished it in fact, since the first artist put a voice into music, or drew pictures and made gestures that expressed thoughts without words. Nick Drake was one depressed dude at the end. Either he killed himself deliberately or the drugs that did it -- and they were antidepressants -- were powerful enough to do it by accident.

    I got "Pink Moon" about five days ago and have played it about 35 times. The title track and the final one ("From the Morning") move me about as much as anything I've heard. Everything in between establishes a mood that could be interpreted as heavily flavored by sadness, if not dominated by depression. Even "Morning," a song of hope and uplift if ever was, is tinted by the small, haunting ache that attends the knowledge of death as an inevitable part of life. And the death that's on our minds is, unavoidably, Nick Drake's. It matters not why and how he died; it was too soon, this was his last record before it happened, and it colors -- unavoidably and rightly -- what we hear. When one knows how an artist's pain worked itself out in the artist's own life, it has an inevitable impact on how one receives the record.

    I join the people who thank Volkswagen for this record. I never saw the VW ad; I don't watch TV enough to do that. But I sure read enough about it here; and I only recently found that the wonderful lavish sounds I'd been hearing as sign-on music back in the early-mid '70s on good ol' WMAL-FM were Nick's own "Bryter Later." So I can claim to be one of the fogies who Knew Him (sorta) When. But only the one piece. That and the VW ad -- what's all this about a damn ad? -- prompted one of my best album purchases ever. I'm torn -- just run back to the store where they have his other two studio releases, nine-ninety-nine the pop? Or spring for "Fruit Tree"?

    Drake's first two albums are lusher, more lavish, more produced, more, well, what? optimistic. Then this one. Nick, his guitar, and a smattering of overdubbed but perfect piano. It would be interesting to have heard "Pink Moon" AFTER his first two records, instead of hearing it first. The contrast between those discs and this one is startling enough as it is. If you want to hear folk guitar played about as well as it can be, accompanied by a voice that, light and almost airy as it is, seems to triple the weight of the lyrics, Do not pass Go. Head straight to this record. If you don't have "Pink Moon" yet, and kind of wish there wasn't quite so much production on those two lovely Drake discs you do have, pick this one up. 'Cause the production is, well, not. I think it's wonderful that we got to hear not only as much of Nick Drake as we did, but as many different sides. I wouldn't want the first two records without the overdubbed strings and keyboards. This one, likewise, is perfect, just as is. Stark, painful, full of despair and full also of hope and appreciation for the beauty the artist saw in the world. It's just as in the first two records, but expressed differently and just as spot-on beautifully.

    Don't feel bad that you first heard about Nick Drake from a car salesman. Carlos Santana was right: It's getting it, not how, that counts. You have the music now, is what matters. The world is beautiful and it's OK. Play "Pink Moon" again, and again. That's Nick, telling you so.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy two copies
    It is a damn good thing that this man is not alive today. His purity and ethics would have left him in an even deeper state of depression if he were to suffer the fandom his music has earned him as well as the use of his music for commerical purposes. People this sensitive are gifts to the world, but they usually implode and lack the coping mechanisms to survive in modern society. Nick was a walking open wound, a raw exposed nerve and one listen to his art will reveal this. What an amazing thing that he was open enough and talented enough to bear his soul in a way that makes us feel ours so.

    The second track, "Place to Be" makes my chin quiver every time and cry most of the time I hear it, and I am not ashamed to admit it. There is something exquisite, decadent and enlightening about indulging in this artist's "dark" music. Depressing and melancholy? Yes, certainly. Beautiful, nuanced, and intimate? More so. I can say, as a heterosexual male that if I had a time machine, I would go back to 1972 and embrace this guy, tell him everything will be alright, and take him of a road trip through the wilderness. And I'd bring a tape recorder. ... Read more

    19. 1967-1970
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    Even as the Beatles began heading toward an inevitable breakup, their prolific ways continued; this two-disc look back only skims the surface of their later achievements. Excerpts from Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, the white album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be compete for space with classic singles that do as much or more to prove their eclecticism: the epic ballad "Hey Jude," the plaintive "Strawberry Fields Forever," straight rock & roll of all stripes from the plainspoken "Revolution" and "Get Back" to the surreal "Come Together." Decades after the split, this (and its companion set of 1962-1966 cuts) remains a favored introduction for young listeners and a key sampler for veteran fans. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Second half of their career together
    While the first compilation contained 26 tracks lasting 65 minutes, this one contains 28 generally longer tracks lasting 95 minutes. The Beatles recorded fewer songs during this period so there are fewer obvious omissions. The best-known track from this period not included here is When I'm 64.

    Of course, all their own British and American hits from the period are here, including Strawberry fields forever, Penny lane, All you need is love, Hello goodbye, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, Get back, The ballad of John and Yoko, Come together, Something, Let it be and The long and winding road.

    Also included are their own versions of songs that were hits for others, including With a little help from my friends (Joe Cocker), Lucy in the sky with diamonds (Elton John) and Ob-la-di ob-la-da (Marmalade).

    As if all that were not enough, there are some brilliant album tracks, including my favorite track here, Fool on the hill. I am the walrus is a very silly song, but it has a certain appeal.

    This is a superb collection containing almost (but not quite) all the essential Beatles tracks from the period covered.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding collection of the later years
    You can't go wrong if you purchase this collection, along with the 1962-1966 compilation. Of course, why stop there?
    I listened to my sister's copy all the time when I was in junior high, and was really bummed when she took it away. There are so many classics here that are essential to any music library: "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" kick off with a one-two double-A-side punch. Next are key tracks from Sgt. Peppers, especially the haunting "A Day in the Life." Nearly everything from Magical Mystery Tour is here, please outstanding singles like "Lady Madonna" and "Revolution" and of course, "Hey Jude."
    On CD 2, George Harrison finally gets his due, with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Old Brown Shoe," "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun." I still thing "Something" is one of the most beautiful Beatles songs ever.
    The Beatles had eclectic tastes, and each piece had something original, whether it was instrumentation, their use of voice, unusual lyrics, or just simple yet instantly memorable melodies.
    Yes, the White Album is under-represented, and you miss out on the entire Abbey Road dynamic, but this collection has so much to offer.
    Also, the liner notes include lyrics and rare photos of the band. This is a can't miss disk.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Soundtrack of My Life
    I have had this on 8-track, vinyl, cassettes, and now finally on CDs. These classic songs only get better with age. My favorite album - ever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Art of Great Compilations (and Sequencing)
    Despite the number of releases in the late 90's with the Anthology series, the Beatles greatest songs have been compiled only one time in the last 30 years, in 2000's "1". It's fun to go back to the companion 1973 releases "1962-1966" and this "1967-1970" (28 tracks, 99 min.), and marvel in particular at the latter's song selection and sequencing.

    While now a bit awkwardly on 2 CDs, the original double vinyl was the perfect package. The song selection is just about perfect, really. Nothing to take away from "1", but can you really call that the ultimate compilation of the Beatles when it doesn't have "A Day in the Life" (the definitive Beatles song?) or "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"? Maybe it's too soon yet after "1", but I really believe there is room for a 2 CD collection of the entire Beatles catalogue (greatest hits and essential album tracks) along the lines of "The Definitive Bob Dylan", a great example of how to use the full capacity of CDs. Is anyone with me on that?

    5-0 out of 5 stars The ONLY Beatles album in my collection!
    And there's a good reason why! While the hits that propelled them to international stardom are the ones of which most "purists" salivate (i.e., the ones found on THE RED ALBUM covering 1962-1966), it is the latter stage of the FAB FOUR's career that I find most fascinating.

    It was during this time that they were their most experimental, most challenging, and most controversial. Theirs was the music that influenced a generation and this showcases their most memorable tunes and provocative tunes.

    I bought this three decades ago and still consider it among the best collections ever assembled. ... Read more

    20. Retrospective
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    The 22 tracks on Retrospective deftly chronicle the best years of the Animals, who were far and away the grittiest band in the British Invasion of the mid-1960s. Eric Burdon's magnificently raw vocals and the stabbing chords of Alan Price's Vox Continental organ gave their covers of American blues and R&B classic such as Sam Cooke's "Bring it on Home" and John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" an authenticity that no other British groups could match. Their rough sound also gave songs like "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "We've Got to Get of This Place" a real sense of rage and menace. By 1967 Burdon was the only remaining original member and he formed a new band that eschewed the blues and R&B of his early years in Newcastle in favor of a psychedelic, San Francisco-influenced sound. Songs like "When I Was Young" showed he had a real gift for the type of personal songwriting that was becoming popular in the late 1960s while the lyrically obscure "San Franciscan Nights" and "Sky Pilot" suggested he spent too much time hanging out with hippies. Even when they stumbled, the Animals were interesting, and when they hit the mark, they were as good as any band from the British Invasion. --Michael John Simmons ... Read more

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