OK so let's put this album into perspective. If you download it comes at less than 6p per track. I put this in before all the purist record collectors come on and pull it apart track by track. On a couple of tracks, the remastering has created strange effects. Certainly effects that are not on my original mono singles. I am also not convinced that every track is the original single release (A Forever Kind Of Love as an example). A couple of the tracks sound as if they were copied from a Dansette onto a tape recorder (remember that!) But as I said, for 6p a tune what the heck!
This album is a fantastic trip down memory lane. I have gone for the download, previous years I have purchased the box sets which are beautifully presented. Buy it, in whatever format, and enjoy it for what it is.
Three things that make this worth buying
1 Hear how ordinary Love Me Do sounds compared to other songs of the time. I am a huge Beatles fan, but this did surprise me.
2 That Noise by Antony Newley. I had completely forgotten this but the words came flooding back after 50 years.
3 Merry Christmas You Suckers, which I do not remember at all, is my new Christmas Theme Tune.Could it be next years' Christmas No 1!
Well done to everyone who put this together. Looking forward to 1963 next January!