CD Then: Totally Oldies, Vol. 4 (CD 145261),
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Then: Totally Oldies, Vol. 4

  • 1. Lion Sleeps Tonight, The - The Tokens
    2. It Hurts to Be in Love - Gene Pitney
    3. Boy from New York City, The - The Ad Libs
    4. You're the One - The Vogues
    5. If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
    6. California Sun - The Rivieras
    7. Louie, Louie - The Kingsmen
    8. For Your Love - The Yardbirds
    9. Hang on Sloopy - The McCoys
    10. He's So Fine - The Chiffons
    11. Oh How Happy - Shades of Blue
    12. Chapel of Love - The Dixie-Cups
    13. Happy Together - The Turtles
    14. Birds and the Bees, The - Jewel Akens
    15. Letter, The - The Box Tops
    16. Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
    17. Time of the Season - The Zombies
    18. Band of Gold - Freda Payne
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 066407

  • Credits

    Compilation producer: Cary E. Mansfield.
    Includes liner notes by Steve Massie and Marty Wekser.
    Personnel: Jack Ely, Ron Dante, Toni Wine (vocals).
    Audio Remixer: David Daugherty.
    Liner Note Author: Steve Massie.
    Arrangers: Don Ralke; Bassett Hand; Joe Craig Jones; Mike Stoller.
    Although there's no outstanding theme or concept to this collection of 1960s hit rock singles, it's of superior quality from several angles. There's good value (18 songs), fidelity, and decent liner notes about each song. For those who want the popular stuff, this also comes through on that score, with all but one of the songs having made the Top Ten (and the one that didn't, Shades of Blue's "Oh How Happy," came close, making #12) and eight having gone to the very top. And there's diversity: pop/rock (the Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," Gene Pitney's "It Hurts to Be in Love," the Vogues' "You're the One," the Turtles' "Happy Together"), British Invasion (the Zombies' "Time of the Season," the Yardbirds' "For Your Love"), soul (Freda Payne's "Band of Gold," the Box Tops' "The Letter"), girl group (the Chiffons' "He's So Fine," the Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love"), bubblegum (the Archies' "Sugar, Sugar"), and garage bands (the McCoys' "Hang on Sloopy," the Kingsmen's over-anthologized "Louie Louie," the Rivieras' "California Sun"). If you're the kind of driver who likes to play the oldies station in the car, but can't stand all the commercials and know enough about the music to know that these stations usually aren't programmed as well as they could be, this is one for your vehicle's CD player. ~ Richie Unterberger

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