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AM Gold: 1962

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Time Life's AM Gold '60s series provides a highly enjoyable history lesson. Each year is represented by 22 songs drawn from a wide range of sources, features all very big hits all the time and plays like an hour of true golden oldies radio. The entry from 1962 collects the sounds of Motown (Mary Wells' "My Guy," the Miracles' "You Really Got a Hold on Me"), teen idols (Brian Hyland's "Sealed with a Kiss"), girl groups (the Shirelles' "Soldier Boy," the Angels' "Til") and sophisticated R&B (the Drifters'"Up on the Roof"), and picks up lots of one-off hits like Dickey Lee's "Patches" and Shelley Fabares' "Johnny Angel." The disc is more pop oriented than later volumes, with tunes from Ketty Lester ("Love Letters"), Bobby Darin ("Things"), and Connie Francis ("Don't Break the Heart That Loves You") keeping things light. As usual with the series, you'll get a pretty good idea of what was going on in the charts from this disc and would be hard-pressed to find a better single-disc collection of hits from the year.

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