Another week, another 60s compilation, at least that what it feels like.
This one comes from the newly merged Sony/BMG group (that's CBS and RCA in old money) and the American connection is reflected in the fact that only a third of the tracks are by British artists. Strange, then, that the cover photography is all images of the British end of the Swinging Sixties - Carnaby Street fashion, the Mini, a Union Jack guitar and a Dansette record player.
The music inside is all classic stuff and in itself beyond criticism. Sound quality is good too - as they used to say, Groovy, baby. To help it along it includes tracks much in the public ear through their use in TV commercials - Thunderclap Newman, Fleetwood Mac and Willie Nelson, to name just three. Nelson's version of Bring Me Sunshine is the closest we get to a rarity, all the other songs have appeared on these sort of collections before.
You could argue that the running order is a bit odd, as if someone has randomly picked the 60 titles out of a hat. Several great sea chnges of pop style happened between January 1960 and December 1969 and, for example, the sequence of Neil Sedaka, Ramsey Lewis, Billy Fury, Union Gap and Skeeter Davis is a bit too much zipping back and forward.
But I nit-pick. When it comes down to it every single track here is gem and absolutely peerless. Even if you've already got half of them on other CDs it's still well worth the wonga.