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3.0 out of 5 stars From 1992 Comes A 3 CD Set Featuring 57 Songs., 4 July 2015
Glen Campbell burst on to the Country/Pop scene after extensive sessions with established stars including Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys.
By the mid to late 1960s his popularity grew, including his own TV show and at that time it is said he out sold The Beatles in the US.
From the 3 CDs I will highlight what I consider to be the best songs.
CD 1. Glen's Golden Hit Parade.
Southern Nights.
Rhinestone Cowboy.
Wichita Lineman.
All I Have To Do Is Dream (with Bobby Gentry).
True Grit.
By The Time I Get To Phoenix.
Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.).
CD 2. Magical Moments Of The 60s.
Gentle On My Mind.
Reason To Believe.
Oh Happy Day.
CD 3. Golden Romantic Favourites.
If You Go Away.
If You Could Read My Mind.
So it's the major hits rather than his interpretations of standards which really hit home with me.
If you like 3 CDs worth of Glen, this should come at an economic price and it appears to be all original recordings without any live songs.
I preferred to search out a fantastic 1 CD Greatest Hits which focused on his best recordings and that's definitely worked for me.

The Power of Love - 60 Powerful Love Ballads
The Power of Love - 60 Powerful Love Ballads
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3.0 out of 5 stars Covering The 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s., 2 July 2015
With 60 songs over 3 CDs there will be some any listener will enjoy over others.
There are many, many good tracks, however as someone who favours the 1970s my top choices are:
CD 1.
Electric Light Orchestra. Sweet Talkin' Woman.
CD 2.
Kansas. Dust In The Wind.
CD 3.
Chicago. If You Leave Me Now.
Overall if you like songs spread over 30 + years and original artists/recordings, this is certainly one to hear.

Don't Touch That Dial
Don't Touch That Dial

5.0 out of 5 stars Radio Caroline Flasback Says It All!, 24 Jun. 2015
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For anyone who remembers the Pirate Radio Stations from the 1960s I recommend you purchase this CD.
It's entirely professionally produced in a standard jewel case and includes jingles, adverts and 15 tracks from a Johnny Walker show of March 1968.
Such top artists as Bob And Earl, Carla Thomas, Sam And Dave, David McWilliams, The Yardbirds and Duane Eddy are all among the featured artists, so it's brilliant listening for the whole 42 minutes.
There are many alternative Pirate Radio CDs/MP3s to look out for, but if they can improve on this one they must be worth more than 5 stars!
PS I love the iconic cover photos.

Don't Touch That Dial: The Beatles Live on Radio Caroline North
Don't Touch That Dial: The Beatles Live on Radio Caroline North

4.0 out of 5 stars Radio Caroline, The Sound Of The Nation!, 20 Jun. 2015
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Over 50 years ago there was the BBC Light Programme, which was not reflecting the massive changes of the music scene of the time.
Pirate Radio stations such as Radio London, Radio Caroline and a host of others filled the gap and they were fantastic!
Later on Radio North Sea International and still later Laser 558 took up the baton after the outlawing of the Pirates in 1967.
What we have here is a very US sounding Bob Stewart DJ providing news, jingles, adverts and some great songs from, among others, The Yardbirds, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Small Faces and Maxine Brown.
You may be surprised to know that the 20 minute Beatles interview prevents this 62 minute CD from getting 5 stars, the listener hears The Beatles being interviewed, but they say next to nothing about their music, it's almost entirely light weight banter.
Never mind because the remainder really does take me back to 1966!

Do Wah Diddy Diddy: 1964-1969
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original Artists/Original Recordings Remastered To A High Standard., 10 Jun. 2015
From the mid 1960s Manfred Mann became a regular band on such TV programmes as Ready Steady Go and Top Of The Pops.
5-4-3-2-1 may be a straightforward song, but it certainly stands the test of time.
Bob Dylan covers of With God On Our Side, If You Gotta Go, Go Now, Just Like A Woman and The Mighty Quinn are all done well.
Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James and Ha Ha Said The Clown are other highlights.
Finally it's Paul Jones with maybe his best songs, High Time and I/ve Been A Bad, Bad Boy.
If only it wasn't a replica LP, good idea it may be, practical it is not!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Herb Albert Is In A Class Of His Own!, 6 Jun. 2015
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For several decades Herb Albert has produced top class trumpet and other brass sounds.
While this covers 30 odd years from the 1960s, it's the early years I enjoy most.
The Lonely Bull, A Taste Of Honey, Tijuana Taxi, Spanish Flea and by far and away the pinnacle of his work, The Guys In Love With You from 1968.
It's a monster of a slow love song which few if any can equal or better, just listen to a great master at work, worth the price of the CD on it's own.

Paul Simon In Concert: Live Rhymin'
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5.0 out of 5 stars 14 Songs From Paul Simon, Several With Markedly Different Interpretations., 28 May 2015
In the 1960s Folk Rock really took off with Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Neil Young and Simon And Garfunkel at the forefront.
This album, originally from 1974, is well worth hearing with the input of South American group Urubamba and from Gospel music, The Jessy Dixon Singers.
Almost too many songs to recommend, Homeward Bound, American Tune, Jesus Is The Answer, America and Something So Right.
If you like Paul Simon, I recommend you give this a try.

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4.0 out of 5 stars All Tracks Recorded Beore 1972, Most Likely Original Recordings, But Not Conirmed., 17 May 2015
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Doo Wop is not my usual music genre, but with The Tokens' The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh), that's another matter entirely.
It's quite difficult to explain, it really has to be heard to be appreciated.
Other good songs here are Don't Worry Baby, Little Hot Rod Suzie, Let's Go To The Drag Strip and The Wreck Of The John B.
It's very short at 25 minutes, but in this case I'd rather have quality than quantity.

Timepieces, Volume 2: Live In The '70s
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Live In The 1970s, This Is Defintely Right For Me!, 5 May 2015
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Not too long ago I bought Timepieces Vol 1 and so much enjoyed it, I bought this as well.
Of the 8 tracks my choice as the best are Tulsa Time, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Presence Of The Lord and Blues Power.
There are times when Eric can do no wrong and this one of them!

1965 Classic Rock (22 Tracks) (UK Import)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Year For Rock/Pop/Folk Rock Music., 28 April 2015
This CD provides some of the best music from 1965.
1. Mr Tambourine Man. The Byrds.
2. For Your Love. The Yardbirds.
3. In The Midnight Hour. Wilson Pickett.
4. The Tracks Of My Tears. The Miracles.
5. Just A Little. The Beau Brummels.
6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. The Righteous Brothers.
7. My Girl. The Temptations.
8. Wooly Bully. Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs.
9. Down In The Boondocks. Billy Joe Royal.
10. Help Me, Rhonda. The Beach Boys.
11. Baby, I'm Yours. Barbara Lewis.
12. Do You Believe In Magic? The Lovin' Spoonful.
13. I Can't Help Myself. The Four Tops.
14. Let's Hang On. Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons.
15. Hang On Sloopy. The McCoys.
16. Hear Full Of Soul. The Yardbirds.
17. Shotgun. Junior Walker And The All Stars.
18. I Got You Babe. Sonny And Cher.
19. Liar, Liar. The Castaways.
20. Back In My Arms Again. The Supremes.
21. This Diamond Ring. Gary Lewis And The Playboys.
22. A Lover's Concerto. The Toys.
I don't often listen through compilation from start to finish, but there's no problem with this great collection of original artists/recordings.

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