Various Artists

1965: The Soundtrack

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1965: The Soundtrack is a two-disc collection of tracks that set Swinging London to swinging in the year 1965. You won't find any Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Who songs here due to licensing difficulties, but among the 50 songs you will find are a wide and weird mix of big-name British Invasion acts (Donovan, the Searchers, and the Kinks), American R&B and soul (Lee Dorsey, Barbara Lewis, and Joe Tex), girl group sounds both British (Sandie Shaw, Jackie Trent) and American (the mighty Shangri-Las, the Toys), as well as a wealth of obscure tracks (by such forgotten acts as the Wackers, Tawny Reed, Fifth Avenue, and the Masterminds) and novelties (Lorne Greene, Benny Hill). The scattershot nature of the compilation really gives a feel for the wide range of music that was going on at the time and works as a kind of almost-secret history of pop music in 1965. It also is a real blast to listen to, overflowing with great dance songs, hook-filled beat stompers, and soulful ballads. Recommended to any fan of '60s music but especially those who are tired of hearing the same old good-time oldies on the radio.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:32
2 3:14
3 2:05
4 2:08
5 3:06
6 2:39 Amazon
7 2:08 Amazon
8
2:01
9 3:13
10 2:44
11 2:11
12 2:07
13 3:19
14 2:22
15 2:43
16 2:58
17 2:50
18
2:59 Amazon
19 2:46
20 2:54 Amazon
21 2:28
22 2:43 Amazon
23 3:07
24
2:40
25 2:05

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:39
2 2:27
3 2:48
4 2:26
5 2:50
6
2:17
7 2:45
8 2:25
9 2:52
10 3:15
11 2:49
12 2:57
13 2:12
14
2:29
15 2:45
16 2:18
17 2:02
18 3:13
19 2:46
20 2:18
21 2:34
22 2:19
23 3:15
24 2:32
25 3:01
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