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An attempt at something different, but...
on 5 February 2013
If I were presented with the onerous task of putting together 80 tracks which were a fair representation of the Sixties, I would be confounded. The music that I listened to with delight in those seemingly very strange times, (and yes, I have breasted the sexagesimal tape), I still enjoy. Other stuff that I wouldn't have touched with a barge pole, has, though not quite grown on me, found it's way onto my own playlists, for the purpose of, if nothing else, a little irony. Where this mellowing ends though, is with the novelty song. Despite having attended the same school as JG, and having, in the late sixties, enjoyed the thespian antics of The Scaffold at the Liverpool Everyman, I will never be a fan of 'Lily'. Similarly, although I recently learned that 'Two Little Boys' is based on a true story, a genuinely poignant episode in Rolf's own family history, I could never be a fan of that song. 'Sunarise" would have been a completely different matter! Seen in isolation, this is a fairly decent compilation. As with so many such collections though, the main part is very familiar. It's as though, for whatever reason, perhaps copyright, perhaps licensing, there is a bucket of titles from which are drawn the usual culprits. I have many sixties compilations, and the overlapping is absurd. Bands like The Who, The Yardbirds, The Cream, Vanilla Fudge and Hendrix seem never to have existed. So why did I buy this? It was the third CD, with the included ephemera. I warmed to the idea of some musical amuse bouches, such as the Pearl and Dean, or the Pathe news in amongst the tracks on my own playlists, and by the time that I'd added up the cost of downloading the few pieces that I really wanted, it was actually cheaper to download the entire collection. A brief word on quality: not so good, or at least, a mixed bag. A few tracks were rather lacklustre. I realise that listening in mono (only some tracks are mono) can very often be a bit of a let down, but it wasn't just that. And other tracks were a little brittle and sibilant. Poor old Peter Sarstedt has some very bizarre artefacts going on, I have much better versions of that track. But I would buy this again, if only for CD 3, and for the inclusion of 'Whistle Down the Wind', which, although I would never have admitted to liking then, I'm brave enough to now.