The American Music Library is a major new series from Fantastic Voyage and is sure to be of considerable interest to music lovers with an interest in accumulating a substantial collection of hit singles, without track overlap with our popular British Hit Parade series. Hot on the heels of the debut release in the series, The Hits Of 1959, comes the second hit-packed instalment, The Hits Of 1960. When the decade, later to be called “The Swinging Sixties”, got under way, America was still the engine room of the world’s pop music; their music industry was far more mature than that in any other country and a plethora of small independent labels were able to compete quite efficiently with the “majors” that had been in business since the forties or even earlier. So, a Top 10 hit in America would often translate into a hit in many other world territories. But not always. The American Music Library celebrates US hit singles big and small, but concentrates on only those singles that did not chart in the UK. So it deliberately avoids duplication of tracks on compilations like the British Hit Parade series, which many collectors have assiduously purchased over the years. The Hits Of 1960 is a 90-track 3CD set which features: All 30 US Pop 10 hits from 1959 that didn’t make the UK chart; All 8 additional US Country and R&B chart-toppers that evaded the US Pop Top 10 (and again didn’t make the UK charts); A further 52 hits from the US Pop Hot 100 that didn’t make the UK charts. So enjoy this survey of the biggest pop, country and R&B hits that missed out on the UK charts, as well as a selection of other Hot 100 hits for your enjoyment. The accompanying 20pp booklet is illustrated in colour and features notes by series compiler Austin Powell, plus US release information (label, catalogue number, credited accompanists and producers) and details of any UK equivalent.