Various - The Swingin' Sixties
"The Swingin' Sixties" is a three disc journey back to a time when things were a whole lot groovier and laid back.
A lot of the collection offers up the cheesier side of the decade, with the likes of Andy Williams rubbing shoulders with Des O'Connor, Tom Jones and April Stevens, who softly purrs her way through "Teach me tiger" !
There are plenty "Chart Hits" on display over the trio of CD's , with Herman's Hermits "I'm into something good" , Simon And Garfunkel''s "Mrs Robinson, The Beach Boys "wouldn't it be nice" and Elvis's "Viva Las Vegas' all instantly recognisable.
I personally gravitated towards the output of the female singers who are out in force on the collection, with some of the best tracks coming from Nina Simone , advertising yoghurt with "I got life" , The shoeless Sandi Shaw (decades before Diana Vickers threw her socks away) singing Eurovision favorite "Puppet on a string" and the legendary Dusty Springfield with "I close my eyes and count to ten".
The album contains two of my all time favorite songs, both taken from movie soundtracks.
"Georgy girl" by The Seekers comes from the Lynn Redgrave film of the same name and epitomises the vibe of the era.
The other track is Lulu's "To sir with love", a song that would feature in my all time top ten, first falling in love with it after picking up a well worn vinyl copy of the soundtrack many, many years ago!
"The Swingin' Sixties is a worthy addition to any mainstream music collection.
As with any compilation there's glaring omissions, including The Stones, Beatles and The Who but it's still a decent introduction to the colorful decade.
Last updated: 18/04/2018 21:25:18