60 Great Songs from the 60s

Various Artists

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60 Great Songs from the 60s Review

by Cub Koda

This three-disc anthology collects up some of the vast holdings in the Arc Music publishing catalog. But the spin on this collection also comes from the title of this compilation, mixing the '60s cover versions of several tunes originally done in the '50s with classics from the following decade. This brings Elvis Presley's version of Lowell Fulson's "Reconsider Baby," Bobby Vinton's version of Lee Andrew & the Hearts' "Long Lonely Nights," John Mayall's versions of Otis Rush's "Double Trouble," and "All Your Love," the Yardbirds' versions of "Smokestack Lightning," "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," and "I'm a Man," the Electric Flag's version of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor," Creedence Clearwater Revival's version of Dale Hawkins' "Susie-Q," Quicksilver Messenger Service's version of Bo Diddley's "Mona," John Hammond's version of Billy Boy Arnold's "I Wish You Would," the Gentrys' version of the Avantis' "Keep on Dancing," and the Beatles' take on Larry Williams' "Dizzy Miss Lizzie" to the mix, proving that a great song knows no time boundaries. But it isn't just '60s covers of '50s material that drive this comp, as Arc's wide net also includes the Spiral Starecase's "More Today Than Yesterday," Jerry Butler's "He Don't Love You," Dion's "Abraham, Martin and John," Jackie Wilson's "Baby Workout," Jorgan Ingeman's "Apache," Clarence Henry's "But I Do," Led Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song," and even the Beatles' "Thank You Girl." Rounding out this package are several soul classics as well, including Little Milton's "Let Me Down Easy" and "More and More," Etta James' "I Prefer You," the Vibrations' "The Watusi" and the Dells' classic "Stay in My Corner." Compilations saluting an era seldom cover as wide a net as this one does.