A value-priced collection of compilations featuring the music of the '50s through the '80s, Definitive Records' A Year in Your Life series presents a fun and eclectic mix of the sounds that defined the babyhood of the baby boomers through the adulthood of the "me generation." Ranging across a variety of pop and R&B-influenced styles, each CD in the series highlights the music of a single year. Historical tidbits and a musical trivia quiz are also included in the liner notes. The second 1961 volume features the Beatles' rarity "Ain't She Sweet," as well as a number of true classics such as Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "Shop Around" and Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces." Songs like the Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" show both the lingering innocence of the '50s and the influence of Motown. Overall, this is a collection of charming songs that inspires a nostagic feeling.
AllMusic Review by Stacia Proefrock