Like its predecessor, Greatest Hits of the 60s, Vol. 2, released by the Columbia House record club's in-house label, Realm Records, does not contain the greatest hits of the 1960s. But it does contain more actual hits than volume one. Thirty-five of the 36 selections were Top 20 singles in the '60s, and the only exception is Aretha Franklin's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which wasn't released until 1971, when it hit the Top Ten. Thirty-one of the tracks made the Top Ten in the '60s, and 17 hit number one. The selection on the album is broader in one sense than that on volume one, narrower in another. The material on volume one was drawn exclusively from the catalog of Sony, but volume two, assembled by Warner Special Products, draws upon the Warner vaults and the resources of reissue specialist Rhino Records. Yet, while no artist had more than one cut on volume one, the artist list is often repetitive on volume two, with the Rascals and Tommy James & the Shondells getting three tracks each and seven other acts getting two songs apiece. Maybe the extensive licensing increased costs, because a deliberate effort has been made to exact more revenue: though it stretches to three discs, volume two has four fewer tracks and runs ten fewer minutes than the two-disc volume one. Ultimately, the collection is another randomly sequenced miscellany of (mostly) '60s hits, and the potential buyer is encouraged to look over the song list as the best indication of whether it is worthy of purchase.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann