Various Artists

Classic Love Songs of the 60's [EMI]

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Classic Love Songs of the 60s is a very misleading title when you think about it. There are some really good songs here, like classics by artists like the Beach Boys that will last for a long time. But, on the other hand, there are a lot of songs here that are not classics at all, or are classics when performed by other people. For example, Manfred Mann may have had a huge hit with Bob Dylan's "If You Gotta Go, Go Now," but it really is not that great of a version. How about more flagrant examples, like David & Jonathan covering the Beatles' "Michelle" or Bobby Gentry covering "All I Have to Do is Dream"? These are nowhere near as good as the first versions; the songs are so incredibly famous that it is very hard to remove them from their original source. There are still some pretty good songs on the album, including the landmark "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys and "There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)" by Herman's Hermits. But a few good songs do not make an album, and that is especially true here. Fans of good '60s love songs should look to the hundreds of other discs that cover the same general topic, as there is nothing here that cannot be found elsewhere.

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