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101 Pirate Radio Hits [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (6 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001VEJ03C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Fortunes - Caroline (Main theme to Radio Caroline)
2. The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice
3. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street
4. Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin'
5. Small Faces - Hey Girl
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Phil Upchurch Combo - You Can't Sit Down
2. Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues
3. Manfred Mann - If You Gotta Go, Go Now
4. The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man
5. Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound Of Silence
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Mood Mosaic - A Touch Of Velvet A Sting Of Brass
2. Herman's Hermits - No Milk Today
3. Gene Pitney - Backstage
4. Peter & Gordon - A World Without Love
5. The Seekers - I'll Never Find Another You
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Bob Crewe Generation - Music To Watch Girls By
2. Paul Jones - I've Been A Bad Bad Boy
3. Keith West - Excerpt From A Teenage Opera
4. Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
5. Donovan - Mellow Yellow
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Customer Reviews

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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A patchy collection 17 April 2009
By James B. Spink HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
101 Pirate Radio Hits is Virgin Records attempt to cash in on the success of the film The Boat That Rocked. It has competition from the films official soundtrack and also from EMIs offering Rockin' With The Pirates. They are all around a similar price but offer from two to four discs per collection.

This package offers, rather obviously, 101 tracks - most are well known, others are more obscure, and are spread across four discs. Unlike EMIs collection which only draws from the EMI catalogue this one from Virgin gathers material from a far wider range of labels. Unfortunately the audio quality of the tracks is extremely variable and swing from mono to stereo with little programming or thought.

As well as being generally variable the audio quality of some tracks is downright poor, obviously not taken from anything near a first generation master tape. Other tracks suffer from being unusual stereo mixes which, although still the original recording, sound extremely unfamiliar. Another reviewer says he thought some tracks were re recordings but I have to say that, on only one playing through, I think that these are all original recordings - but the poor audio quality of some tracks could easily fool someone into believing that they were not.

Certainly Caroline is the original version, but the audio quality lets it down - anyone who remembers the song thumping out of Radio Caroline's AM transmitter will be disappointed with this sonically unspectacular offering! Also, A Whiter Shade of Pale is the original recording but presented here in the form of the 2006 remastering.

This is a reasonable collection of mid sixties pop, with a few tracks which can be harder to find elsewhere.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hope this helps 12 April 2009
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great collection of songs but i have to say that some of them are not the original 60's recordings eg the fortunes caroline procol harum whiter shade of pale i have found 6 up to now just skipping the tracks
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same Old Songs Re-Packaged 9 April 2009
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Whilst the majority of tracks on this CD are either top 10 hits or well known, and there's no denying they are all great songs, they can be found on the majority of other 60's compilation CD's. In fact I think a couple of the tracks are pre-pirate too. It's a pity that the compilers could not have tracked down some of the rarer songs that were part of Big L's Fab 40.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the right versions 21 April 2009
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To confirm what other reviewers have said, a number of the tracks on this compilation are not the original single versions that would have been played on the pirate ships.

Keep On Running - Spencer Davis Group - this sounds like an alternate earlier take to the finished single as the words in verse 2 are very different!

To Sir With Love - Lulu this is not the Mickie Most produced original UK cut but a more sophisticated (US I think) later version.

The Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel is the earlier non-band-added version - which was not a hit.

Also as others have again mentioned - sometimes the sonic quality leaves a bit to be desired - in particular Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound production on River Deep, Mountain High sounding like the Wall Of Cotton Wool or Wall Of Mashed Potato instead!

Several other tracks are in their markedly inferior stereo takes or mixes, but this is often the case with Motown, Stax and Atlantic tracks on compilations.

This could have been a 4 or even 5 star comp, but to my mind the compilers have ruined the ship for a ha'pen'th of tar. And yes - why no groovy jingles between the tracks?!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best '101' album yet 25 April 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I checked out this album because I allowed myself to get swept along with all the 'Boat That Rocked' rubbish. While investigating the track listing I found it included 'Stay With Me' by Lorraine Ellison, a track I have been trying to find for years (I miss my vinyl copy)so I decided to add it to my rapidly growing '101' collection. When it arrived ON RELEASE DAY!! - Thank you Amazon. I put it into my Bose and haven't stopped playing it since. There are loads of 'sing along' songs that will bring back memories of Caroline fading and distorting as you tried to listen to your latest fave hit. There is not a single dud track on this set (not even 'The Party's Over' can ruin your enjoyment). Of course there are a few tracks that should be here but aren't (like every single from 1960 - 69) Personally I'd love to see one of these compilations include Sandie Shaw's 'You've Not Changed', and 'I've Told Every Little Star' (by Linda Scott). If you're struggling over which 'Pirate' compilation, there are both dearer and cheaper sets but the cost per track of this one puts it in the 'really must buy' section. Maybe the company producing this can give us a further edition as there must have been a large selection of tracks that they had to leave off to give us this perfect 4 CD set. Buy this now! The Sixties really are back!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 101 Pirate Radio Hits 7 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Recently purchased this C.D. as i have been looking for a really good 60,s C.D. After reading one review who said the recordings are poor i nearly didnt purchase. However i think that reviewer must have faulty ears or dodgy C.D. player as this whole album is superb. As a musically trained reviewer i can assure readers that this is GREAT. Definately worth purchasing if you like the 60,s sounds.

My only feeling is that there should have been some mersey sounds on cd. Apart from that buy it and enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 'SONGS WITH MEMORIES OF 'THE BOAT THAT ROCKED'
This brings back memories of the days when I used to listen to 'Radio Caroline'
(Pirate Radio) the boat back then that couldn't be stopped from transmitting, it
was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by rbmusicman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Whiff of Nostalgia
This is a nice collection and at the time I bought excellent value for money. As well as having a load of the hits of the period there a number of turntable hits, records that were... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bruce the Moose
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise
I was very surprised when the collection arrived as I thought it was a 3 disc set not the 4 that arrived, the case was cracked but as it was used I don't mind this, the discs... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
Couldnt fault this box set, so relaxing, I know most of the songs and gladly surprised with the ones I hadn't heard of. Would recommend to all ages.
Published 14 months ago by helen
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
if your into the 60s scene then this is the cd for you all the great songs on it good price and came on time would recomend
Published 15 months ago by stephen ross
5.0 out of 5 stars A great record (pun intended) of its time
I was a teenager in the 60s, and I find this one of the best compilations of that golden era of pop. I'm listening to CD2 at the moment and every track is "top notch". Read more
Published on 10 May 2012 by Bill Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Pirate radio hits
The best compilation albums are the ones that have a strong concept. This compilation has a strong concept and there are few other compilations with this concept. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by Miss M. Potter
3.0 out of 5 stars Pirate radio
Disappointing. Bought this on the recommendation of other Amazon buyers who said it was a better purchase than the soundtrack to the film. Disagree - far too many obscure tracks.
Published on 29 July 2010 by L. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars 101 Pirate Radio Hits
The best CD ive found from the era of pirate radio, 4 cds all good tracks.

different gruops and types of music, just what the stations set up to do. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2010 by chubby chippy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I was looking to get the The Boat that Rocked CD but then spotted this - for pretty much the same price. Read more
Published on 27 May 2010 by Shah
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