Various - The Sixties Album
You could release a ten-disc set chronicalling the best songs of the sixties decade and there would still be a hundred or so songs that should have made the list but didn't/couldn't. Aside from the contractual/expense problems of licensing Beatles or Rolling Stones songs, arguably the two of the most defining bands of the era, the fact remains that the sixties, as a musical movement, was a multi-headed beast. Sanctuary have released a three-disc set that throws together many hits, yet sadly doesn't feel comprehensive enough in terms of quality numbers.
Any sixties compilation that opens with the Foundations' Build Me Up Buttercup followed by the Monkees' I'm A Believer certainly is pandering to 'our' interpretations of the decade, but are those songs really intended to give the young generation a taster for the sixties? Especially considering The Byrds' groundbreaking Mr. Tambourine Man is buried at track five (speaking of which, where is Dylan?). Furthermore, The Kinks fail to make an appearance till disc two, with Sunny Afternoon. Granted, there are many hits on display in The Sixties Album, but the third disc just sounds like filler material; songs by Lonnie Donegan or Gene Pitney probably deserve to be on certain compilations but clearly are not needed here. There's a sore lack of superstar names on display. Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Who are just a handful of names that deserve some inclusion, and add to that Dylan, The Stones and The Beatles and you are left with a lengthy, yet mediocre compilation. No Cliff, no Elvis? The list could run and run...It's an over-saturated market, and The Sixties Album falls short of the offerings from Virgin and EMI.
Last updated: 23/06/2018 14:03:51