Chartbusters USA, Vol. 2

Chartbusters USA, Vol. 2


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Like volume one, this is a high-grade assortment of hits, all but one by American artists, from the five years or so following the Beatles' invasion of the United States (though a couple of the tracks are from 1963). If there's one thing that might keep some listeners from lavishing unrestrained praise on this collection, it's that there's no real theme other than they were all, or virtually all, big hits and all pretty good. (You can't even say that the theme is American pop and rock, due to the inclusion of the Zombies' "Time of the Season.") Naturally, part of what makes rock and '60s rock in particular interesting is its diversity, and this 29-song anthology covers a lot of bases. Among them are folk-rock (the Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man"), blue-eyed soul (the Rascals' "Good Lovin'," the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"), Motown (Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street"), psychedelia (the Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love"), hard rock (Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride"), hot rod (Jan & Dean's "Little Old Lady from Pasadena"), and garage rock (the Syndicate of Sound's "Little Girl," the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie"). Plus there's good old pop
ock in the Turtles, one-shots like John Fred's "Judy in Disguise" and the Newbeats' "Bread & Butter," and even a little non-rock in Mongo Santamaria's "Watermelon Man" and Lalo Schifrin's "Mission: Impossible." Nothing here's real rare; even the few low-charting items, like Jerry Jeff Walker's original version of "Mr. Bojangles" and the Gants' cover of "Road Runner," aren't hard to get elsewhere. But if you're not a specialist collector yet are on the lookout for '60s oldies anthologies, this series and this volume are recommended above most others. That's due to the exceptional quantity (29 songs on a single disc), consistent high quality (even the novelties and light pop tunes here are fun guilty pleasures), and packaging (excellent annotation provides the stories, some relatively little known, behind each track).

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2002
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667183222
catalogNumber: 832
Rank: 34216

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Track Performer
Mason Williams   Track Performer
Bob & Earl   Track Performer
Byrds   Track Performer
Classics IV   Track Performer
Bobby Fuller Four   Track Performer
Jan & Dean   Track Performer
Jefferson Airplane   Track Performer
Kingsmen   Track Performer
Lovin' Spoonful   Track Performer
Righteous Brothers   Track Performer
Ike & Tina Turner   Track Performer
Turtles   Track Performer
Zombies   Track Performer
Gants   Track Performer
Strangeloves   Track Performer
Tony Joe White   Track Performer
Martha & the Vandellas   Track Performer
Newbeats   Track Performer
Syndicate of Sound   Track Performer
Bobby Hebb   Track Performer
Castaways   Track Performer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Track Performer
Mongo Santamaría   Track Performer
Sonny & Cher   Track Performer
Steppenwolf   Track Performer
Rascals   Track Performer
John Fred & His Playboy Band   Track Performer
Neal Hefti Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
John Sebastian   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
John Fred   Composer
Andrew Bernard   Composer
Steve Boone   Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Ike Turner   Composer
Darby Slick   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
Don Altfeld   Composer
Rob Finnis   Annotation
Phil Smee   Cover Design
Mark Sebastian   Composer
Jay Turnbow   Composer
Chris Popham   CD Layout
Larry Parks   Composer
Roger Christian   Composer

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