Fav. Tracks: Yesterdays Gold Vol. 13 – Various Artists

alb_224404_big Yesterdays Gold Vol. 13 – Cathy’s Clown (The Everly Brothers).

This MP3 download has some classic oldies from the 60s, but was primarily bought for this one song – Cathy’s Clown.

The sound is instantly recognisable as The Everly Brothers and is typical of the pop ballads of the early 60s.  It quickly becomes a sing-along track and is easy to listen to at anytime.  One of the classics of the era.

 

The album tracks:

The Everly Brothers – Cathys Clown
Roy Orbison – Crying
The Coasters – Along Came Jones
Clyde Mc Phatter – A Lovers Question
Gene Pitney – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
Fats Domino – I Want To Walk You Home
Connie Francis – Mama
Brook Benton – Frankie and Johnny
La Vern Baker – I Cried A Tear
Jackie Wilson – Dogging Around
Bobby Darin – Wont You Come Home Bill Bailey

Fav. Tracks: The Beatles – The White Album

PicThe White Album – While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

This album (vinyl) goes back a long time and is looking a little worse for wear (sadly), but it is one of the best albums that The Beatles produced and shows how their style was developing during the late 60s.  Picking a single track from such a great double album takes some doing, but I have plumbed for the blues sound of one of the most famous (and possibly most copied) tracks – While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

This track is brilliant and has all sorts of sounds mixed in with the excellent guitar work of George Harrison (a sad loss).and shows how professional the music production was by this stage.  This is a classic that will still be listened to in the distant future.

Fav. Tracks: Nina Simone – The Very Best of……

Nina_Simone_-_The_Very_Best_of_Nina_Simone[1]The Very Best of Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me.

The letter “V” has brought a lot of “Very Best of” albums from my collection, but I hope you understand why this is the case – it is always useful to catch up on missing music from a collection – and you will perhaps be happy to know that this album is the last in that bracket.

Nina Simone has been a singer whose music I have enjoyed for years, but, once again, I never pinned this down by buying specific albums as they became available.  What I really like about her singing style is the mixture of gospel and jazz that really add a new dimension to the music.

This track is a perfect example of what I mean and start with a classic “small band” rhythm that is so typical of traditional jazz.  Nina’s voice is perfect for this sound and adds real feeling to a wonderful song (Oh! And the track is good for marketing apparently – it was used for advertising!).  Finally, I would just like to say that the piano work is really good listen carefully to it, very catchy and more complicated than it sounds.

Fav. Tracks: The Righteous Brothers – The Very Best of……

coverThe Very Best of The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody.

In the early 60s one major sound that came across from America, and had an influence on British music, was the slightly Gospel-derived ballads of The Righteous Brothers (I don’t think the term ballad was used at that time).  Love or hate this style of music the presence has to be recognised and my purchase of this music was in part a reaction to that situation, but was more driven by my wife’s love of this track from the movie Ghost!

So, here we have probably their best known track, which has been covered by so many musicians it is hard to keep track!  This is the perfect example of the love ballad that was so popular in the 60s, but has stood the test of time much better than most music and as such is an absolute classic.  However, The righteous Brothers also brought an unusual depth to their singing, which strengthens this type of music and probably explains the popularity.  It is worth listening to their other major hit (You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’) to really understand the depth of sound I refer to.

Fav. Tracks: The Beach Boys – The Very Best of……..

image_11067The Very Best of The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations (Not this album).

Another band that I enjoyed in the 60s, but never bought any of their music.  So, this double album makes up for that situation with many of the greatest tracks.

This track is probably one of the best known and provides a perfect example of their upbeat sound that was so infectious at the time.  There is not much else to say about such classic music.

Fav. Tracks: Petula Clark- The Very Best of……

plscd156The Very Best of Petula Clark – Don’t Sleep In The Subway (Not this album).

It may surprise you to know that Petula Clark was one of my favourite singers back in the distant days of the early 60s, when radio was “The Light” Programme on BBC and easy Listening genre was what everyone heard!  I have always liked her clear singing style and I learned a lot of my French from her songs!

This track was also my all-time favourite and the lyrics have a strong story in them, which I enjoyed at the time.

Fav. Tracks: The Kinks – Kinda Kinks

kinks_can_1100Kinda Kinks –

The last album whose title begins with “K” takes me back many years, back to my school days.  Marble Arch sold cheap albums (the sort I could save up for from my pocket money) and this album is one of my earliest purchases from that era.  I can’t remember how much I paid, but I am guess 12/6 for those who remember shillings and pence!

This track is one of the best know off this album is a typical Ray Davies’ piece that illustrates the development of early rock and roll sounds in the 60s.  It really is also a catchy number and has some good guitar work on the track.  A classic from my distant youth.