Various Artists

60 Number One Hits of the '60s, Vol. 4

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The fourth 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 -- two from 1960, three from 1961, one from 1962, one from 1966, two from 1967, two from 1968, and one from 1969 -- and nearly all were released originally on small independent labels, though most of those catalogs are now controlled by BMG. Though the selections in this series are essentially randomly selected from the pool of 204 songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 between 1960 and 1969, and they also seem to be randomly sequenced for the most part, this album happens to contain an especially frothy collection of lightweight novelty numbers. In part, this is because half the selections come from the early '60s, but such late-'60s entries as the Lemon Pipers' bubblegum anthem "Green Tambourine," John Fred's curious rewrite of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," and "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)," are just about as silly as the Hollywood Argyles' "Alley Oop." Historical studies of the 1960s focus so much on the decade's turbulence that it's easy to forget its goofiness, but this album contains some of the period's most frivolous musical moments.

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