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Pop music in the 60s and 70s was a kaleidoscope of sound a dizzying, diverse wonderland unthinkable in these days of targeted demographics and niche marketing. Whereas Hard To Find 45s on CD Volume 11: Sugar Pop Classics focuses on a specific if ephemeral slice of the pop pie, Volume 12: 60s & 70s Pop Classics embraces the cacophony, culling nearly an hour’s worth of wildly divergent Top 20 Hits not commonly found on other collections.
For instance, weve all heard Shirley Ellis celebrated novelty song about nomenclature, The Name Game. But have you heard her first hit? Well, shake a tail feather to The Nitty Gritty its here! Chris Montez is perhaps best remembered for Lets Dance, an early rock n roll smash from 1962. But he also scored a string of five pop hits in the late 60s starting with Call Me, featured herein. Jay & The Techniques, meanwhile, had just two hits Keep the Ball Rollin and Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie and 60s & 70s Pop Classics has em both. So theres no need to buy their Greatest Hits.
As advertised, 60s & 70s Pop Classics runs the gamut of pop styles. Theres I Like Dreamin, Kenny Nolans cuddly soft rock classic, and Born a Woman, Sandy Poseys country-tinged girl-group paean to distaff suffering and a bold feminist statement for its day (heard here for the first time in its complete stereo version). Theres “Eres Tu” by Mocedades, a rare Spanish-language entry in the American Top 10, and Covens strident protest song “One Tin Soldier,” best known as the theme from the rock em, sock em drive-in movie Billy Jack. And who could forget Dancing In The Moonlight, a faux hippie anthem by long-forgotten rock band King Harvest?
Eric Records always insists on the correct single versions of songs in true stereo. 60s & 70s Pop Classics includes some real corkers including the worldwide stereo debut of Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders #1 smash, Game of Love, as well as Black Pearl by Sonny Charles & The Checkmates, Ltd. (Phil Spectors last big independent production) presented in the best stereo sound youve ever heard!
60s & 70s Pop Classics features the same sterling sound found on all of Eric Records Hard To Find 45s On CD series, and includes a detailed, illustrated 12-page booklet with biographies of all the artists by well-known music author Fred Bronson, who also annotates the companion album, Hard To Find 45s on CD Volume 11: Sugar Pop Classics. Hard to find? Not anymore!
ALL TRACKS TRUE STEREO EXCEPT WHERE NOTED
|1.||Worldwide STEREO DEBUTGAME OF LOVE||Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders||#1||3/65|
|2.||THE NITTY GRITTY||Shirley Ellis||#8||11/63|
|3.||KEEP THE BALL ROLLIN||Jay & The Techniques||#14||10/67|
|4.||APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE||Jay & The Techniques||#6||7/67|
|5.||STEREO DEBUT SINGLE VERSIONCALL ME||Chris Montez||#22||1/66|
|6.||COME SATURDAY MORNING||The Sandpipers||#17||12/69|
|7.||I LIKE DREAMIN||Kenny Nolan||#3||11/76|
|8.||STEREO DEBUT SINGLE VERSIONBORN A WOMAN||Sandy Posey||#12||7/66|
|9.||RareLONG LONESOME HIGHWAY||Michael Parks||#20||2/70|
|10.||GARDEN PARTY||Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band||#6||7/72|
|11.||RareIVE FOUND SOMEONE OF MY OWN||The Free Movement||#5||5/71|
|12.||RARE STEREO VERSIONBLACK PEARL||Sonny Charles & The Checkmates, Ltd.||#13||5/69|
|13.||RareERES TU (Touch The Wind)||Mocedades||#9||1/74|
|14.||DO YOU WANNA MAKE LOVE||Peter McCann||#5||4/77|
|15.||RARE SINGLE VERSIONBABY ITS YOU||Smith||#5||9/69|
VERSIONDANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT
|18.||RareTOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA (mono)||Tin Tin||#20||4/71|
|19.||I JUST WANT TO BE YOUR EVERYTHING||Andy Gibb||#1||4/77|
Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburns Record Research series of Billboard chart books.