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Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years - The Mid-'60s


  • 1. Help Me, Rhonda - The Beach Boys
    2. It Ain't Me Babe - The Turtles
    3. Tell Her No - The Zombies
    4. Five O'Clock World - The Vogues
    5. Boy from New York City, The - The Ad Libs
    6. Jerk, The - The Larks
    7. It Hurts to Be in Love - Gene Pitney
    8. I'm a Believer - The Monkees
    9. Suspicion - Terry Stafford
    10. Shoop Shoop Song, The (It's in His Kiss) - Betty Everett
    11. Bread and Butter - The Newbeats
    12. Time Won't Let Me - The Outsiders
    13. Hang On Sloopy - The McCoys
    14. Summer Song, A - Chad & Jeremy
    15. Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las
    16. Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun) - Del Shannon
    17. Barefootin' - Robert Parker
    18. Chapel of Love - The Dixie-Cups
    19. I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
    20. Yes I'm Ready - Barbara Mason
    21. Cool Jerk - The Capitols
    22. California Sun - The Rivieras
    23. Downtown - Petula Clark
    24. Sunshine Superman - Donovan
    25. Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 066614

  • Credits
    ProducerOllie McLaughlin; Nick Cenci; Del Shannon; Don Julian; Ellie Greenwich; Jack Hakim; Whurley Burley; Robert Feldman; Tom King; Lee Lasseff; George "Shadow" Morton; Gerald Goldstein; Bill Dobshaw; Harry Balk; Helen Miller; Jim Bishop; Howard Greenfield; Johnny Fisher; George Davis; Ted Feigin; Jeff Barry; Jerry Leiber; Ken Jones; Lee Diamond; Mickie Most; Mike Stoller; Richard Gottehrer; Shel Talmy; Sonny Bono; Tony Hatch; Wesley Rose; Bones Howe; Brian Wilson; Calvin Carter; Steve Massie (Compilation); Cary E. Mansfield (Compilation)
    Engineer

    Audio Mixer: David Daugherty.
    Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
    Arrangers: Andrew "Mike" Terry; Ellie Greenwich; Bassett Hand; Joe Craig Jones; George "Shadow" Morton; Helen Miller; Howard Greenfield; Jeff Barry; Mike Stoller; Sonny Bono; Wardell Quezergue.
    There's nothing out of the way on this compilation, which is, after all, comprised entirely of Top Ten singles from 1964-1966. In fact, eight of them made number one. There's no thematic link, either. All that borne in mind, it's still pretty terrific music for the most part, and a very good value for a single CD, with 25 songs covering most branches of mid-'60s pop/rock. There are British Invasion classics (Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," the Zombies' "Tell Her No," Petula Clark's "Downtown"), girl group smashes (the Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love," the Shangri-Las' "Leader of the Pack," Betty Everett's "The Shoop Shoop Song [It's in His Kiss]"), soul (Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is," the Capitols' "Cool Jerk," Robert Parker's "Barefootin'"), California pop (the Beach Boys' "California Girls," the Monkees' "I'm a Believer"), commercial folk-rock (the Turtles' "It Ain't Me Babe"), and just plain out-and-out commercial pop/rock (Del Shannon's "Keep Searchin'," the Outsiders' "Time Won't Let Me," Gene Pitney's "It Hurts to Be in Love," the Rivieras' "California Sun"). While none of these could be said to be items you'll never hear on oldies radio, there are at least a few marginally less overexposed items, like Barbara Mason's fetching soul ballad "Yes I'm Ready," the Larks' "The Jerk," and Terry Stafford's Elvis Presley-like "Suspicion." Like other volumes in this series, it's ideal for shoving in the CD player when you feel like hearing oldies without commercials or subpar filler. ~ Richie Unterberger

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