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60 Number One Hits of the '60s, Vol. 3

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The third of five volumes of Razor & Tie's 60 Number One Hits of the '60s appropriately contains 12 tracks, or one-fifth of the total. All the selections are indeed number one hits -- one from 1960, two from 1961, two from 1963, three from 1965, one from 1966, two from 1967, and two from 1968, drawn largely from the catalogs controlled by Sony Music, particularly Columbia and Epic Records. Unlike the first two volumes, the selections here are sequenced in rough chronological order, at least until the end, when a 1963 track follows one from 1968. The compilers don't seem to have been able to resist the joke of following Jeannie C. Riley's scandal-filled "Harper Valley P.T.A." with the Singing Nun. Having nothing in common but a week or more at the summit of the pop charts, the selections vary widely, from Percy Faith's instrumental "Theme From 'A Summer Place'" and Jimmy Dean's tragic country novelty "Big Bad John" to such anthems of the psychedelic '60s as "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Sunshine Superman." The album has the same tone of random familiarity as other volumes in the series, and an evening spent with the discs will be a nostalgic one for baby boomers of the right age.

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