Monday, April 26, 2021

VA - Amazing Early 60's Box Set [2013] (3 x CD's)



VA - Amazing Early 60's Box Set [2013] (3 x CD's)

Do you remember what it felt like to be a teenager in the early 1960's? It was a wildly exciting time because everything seemed so new, especially the terrific music I heard on the radio and at the record shop. The music, like my life, was exuberant and positive. For me, the only thing that mattered was, did I like it? Did I feel it? And when I did, I wanted to hear it over and over, sometimes hundreds of times.  Rock and roll was young and innocent like I was, but it was going through its adolescence too. In a mere year or two the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and dozens of other British stars would change the feel of music forever. Yes, the early 60's was my favorite period in pop music.

As America transitioned from the Eisenhower era to the world of Camelot, artists such as Gene Pitney, Brian Hyland, Brenda Lee and Jay & The Americans were just getting started! Chart mainstays like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin and Paul Anka were riding high, and newcomers like Tony Orlando and Glen Campbell launched chart careers that would ultimately transcend the decade and extend well into the 1970s.  Sue Thompson, Anita Bryant, Bobby Rydell and Johnny Tillotson were at their hit-making zenith while stars like Pat Boone and Steve Lawrence made swan-song appearances. It was a fascinating period of diverse rock, pop, R&B, country and folk hits, and even some crazy novelties, all on the charts together. Sit back, strap in and get ready to enjoy a nearly 4-hour musical ride that can only be called "AMAZING!"

Why "amazing," you ask? First, this imported box of three CDs truly contains the most interesting songs you're ever likely to hear in such a set. Because we're collectors, we created everything in this box for other collectors. Even though 80 of the 88 songs here were Top 40 hits, most of them aren't the obvious tracks you'll find on other such collections. And because collectors appreciate top sound quality, we assigned two of the best sound engineers anywhere to the project. They worked for months, paying close attention to all the details that matter: the best possible sources and EQ, correct fades and speed. Every song was compared to the original vinyl single to give you ONLY the original 45-rpm hit single versions in every case.   Best of all, there are 25 CD debuts here, including significant new stereo debuts on nearly a dozen great songs like ''Town Without Pity,'' ''Venus In Blue Jeans,'' ''Let The Little Girl Dance'' and ''Sealed With A Kiss,'' just to mention a few. We even included a few important mono debuts. Just try not to drool when reviewing all these in the song list below!  In short, no expense has been spared, no detail overlooked, to bring you, the collector, the most AMAZING sound experience you'll ever hear from the great music of this seminal period in popular music. (Eric Records)




Track lists


01 Sam Cooke Wonderful World 2:07

02 Billy Bland Let the Little Girl Dance 2:20

03 Ray Charles Georgia on My Mind 3:39

04 Annette O Dio Mio 2:49

05 Bobby Rydell Volare 2:35

06 Wanda Jackson Let's Have a Party 2:11

07 Jimmy Jones Handy Man 2:04

08 Jimmy Jones Good Timin' 2:03

09 Paul Anka Puppy Love 2:43

10 Anita Bryant Paper Roses 2:53

11 Walter Brennan Dutchman's Gold 3:25

12 Walter Brennan Mama Sang a Song 2:54

13 Bob Beckham Crazy Arms 2:25

14 Jeanne Black He'll Have to Stay 2:42

15 Paul Evans Happy-Go-Lucky-Me 1:55

16 Hank Ballard & the Midnighters Finger Poppin' Time 2:36

17 Hank Ballard & the Midnighters Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go 2:26

18 Dinah Washington & Brook Benton A Rockin' Good Way 2:22

19 Dante & the Evergreens Alley-Oop 2:55

20 Fendermen Mule Skinner Blues 2:25

21 Jonny Bond Hot Rod Lincoln 2:46

22 Ron Holden Love You So 3:27

23 Safaris Image of a Girl 2:40

24 Anita Bryant In My Little Corner of the World 2:39

25 Anita Bryant Wonderland By Night 3:16

26 Rocco Granata Marina 2:38

27 Annette Pineapple Princess 2:25

28 Ray Peterson Corina, Corina 2:41

29 Buzz Clifford Baby Sittin' Boogie 2:05


01 Gene Pitney Town Without Pity 2:54

02 Sue Thompson Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) 3:15

03 Steve Lawrence Portrait of My Love 2:51

04 Clarence Henry You Always Hurt the One You Love 2:29

05 Charlie Drake My Boomerang Won't Come Back 2:44

06 Paul Anka The Story of My Love 2:28

07 Etta James At Last 3:01

08 Etta James I Just Want to Make Love to You 3:07

09 Ray Charles Unchain My Heart 2:53

10 Roy Hamilton You Can Have Her 2:46

11 Ben E King Stand By Me 2:55

12 Tony Orlando Halfway to Paradise 2:39

13 Tony Orlando Bless You 2:18

14 Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again 2:18

15 Dovells Bristol Stomp 2:21

16 Sensations Let Me In 3:04

17 Dick & Dee Dee The Mountain's High 2:15

18 Gene McDaniels Tower of Strength 2:18

19 Adam Wade As If I Didn't Know 2:59

20 Connie Francis Together 2:55

21 Ann-Margret I Just Don't Understand 2:39

22 Paul Anka Dance on Little Girl 2:20

23 Aki Aleong Trade Winds, Trade Winds 2:57

24 Highwaymen Michael 2:46

25 Glen Campbell Turn Around, Look at Me 2:36

26 Jimmy Elledge Funny How Time Slips Away 2:50

27 Eddie Hodges I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door 2:05

28 Pat Boone Speedy Gonzales 2:33

29 Lonnie Donnegan Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor 2:30


01 Steve Lawrence Go Away Little Girl 2:10

02 Eydie Gorme Blame it on the Bossa Nova 2:30

03 Majors A Wonderful Dream 2:02

04 Ray Charles I Can't Stop Loving You 2:36

05 Jimmy Clanton Venus in Blue Jeans 2:23

06 Brian Hyland Sealed With a Kiss 2:39

07 Brian Hyland Ginny Come Lately 2:52

08 Jay & the Americans She Cried 2:36

09 Cascades Rhythm of the Rain 2:32

10 Toni Fisher West of the Wall 2:33

11 Ernie Maresca Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) 2:15

12 Chris Montez Let's Dance 2:24

13 Contours Do You Love Me 2:53

14 Sam Cooke Bring it on Home to Me 2:34

15 Bertha Tillman Oh My Angel 2:21

16 Earls Remember Then 2:09

17 Johnny Tillotson It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin' 2:49

18 Brenda Lee It Started All Over Again 2:25

19 Jerry Wallace Stutters and Boards 2:55

20 Bobby Darin Things 2:35

21 Richard Chamberlain Love Me Tender 2:22

22 Richard Chamberlain All I Have to Do is Dream 2:30

23 Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah 2:51

24 Crystals He's Sure the Boy I Love 2:44

25 Timi Yuro What's a Matter Baby 2:39

26 Arthur Alexander Anna (Go to Him) 2:50

27 Jack Ross Cinderella 3:32

28 Matys Brothers Who Stole the Keeshka 2:00

29 Bobby (Boris) Pickett Monster Mash 3:04

30 Robert Mitchum The Ballad of Thunder Road 2:32




  1. Had me wondering for a minute when I saw Anita Bryant and Walter Brennan listed. A bit of dreaded pop stuff but overall a nice set of tunes. Thanks!

    1. Hi hotrodmike,
      Also not so hard to find songs, but Eric records is a wonderful label that picks up original singles. This is a good one.


  2. Again a very interesting compilation with an exciting range, if I only think of Rocco Granata (wonderful accordion solo in the middle!) to the singing actors like Robert Mitchum and Richard Chamberlain, and as always prepared with wonderful musical pearls, if I only think of Etta James with "At Last" - a real evergreen song, for this again best thanks!

    1. Hi WOODY,
      This is a great set from the Eric Label. All originals.


  3. Hi Butterboy,
    88 Thanks, amazing oldies box set!

    1. And 88 you are welcome's, Il Commendatore.


  4. I wasn't in my teens until well into the next decade, but most of these were still in radio rotation then, or/and were revisited by later artists. So thanks for this set, Butter - originals, too... including a nice serving of new ones on me, too. Cheers!

    1. Hi Aging Child,
      This is a great set to get into, very enjoyable. I hope you enjoy it as much as me.


  5. Unfortunately, these two files were deleted by Is it possible for you to re-post them? Great songs from a great era. Thank you.

    1. Thanks Jim,
      New link established, tested and working.


  6. Una y otra vez quedo agradecido con estas joyas. Gracias, muchas gracias.