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Most of these songs are extremely famous, ie number one records or latterly used in advertising campaigns which can boost the profile of a neglected song into the stratosphere. The key point is that the sound quality of the tracks is the best available, MUCH better than in many other reissues and secondly the three 2 CD sets are available second hand for buttons so the whole series is highly recommended to anyone who likes 50's and 60's hits - isn't that everyone who isn't unresponsive to melody?
The track ordering is virtually random. Virtually no sleeve notes. So I would rate it 4.5 stars but half stars are not available here.
The Brits slightly let the side down with their less sophisticated and less well engineered contributions. Tony Hatch was something of an English Bacharach but the melodically gorgeous Don't Sleep in The Subway sort of demonstrates the problem of English sixties pop - a great song yes - but a great record - not really. In LA a group like Spanky and Our Gang, the Fifth Dimension or the Mamas and Papas or even the Monkees, would have made pop nirvana out of a composition like that. There is a lot less chance of a post 1965 hit attracting the numerous cover versions that a fifties or forties song would and therefore less chance of somebody really nailing it with a definitive version. Often we're stuck with only the hit version, recorded in a rush without too much care or attention.
My particular favourites are Buddy Grecos the Lady Is a Tramp and Mel Torme's Blue Moon - 2 tracks I would otherwise have been very unlikely to own and in a style that has receded into the mists of time so much as to now seem deeply fresh and exotic.