The British compilation And the Beat Goes On is the third of four discs in a box set called 60's Hits. It is a random selection of 20 tracks, many of which are re-recordings of hits and/or covers of American hits by British artists. For example, "Tell Him," a 1963 hit for the Exciters in the U.S., is presented in a recording by Billie Davis, who had the U.K. hit with it. The most bizarre inclusion is a live version of "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by James Brown that features an extended excerpt from his nightly tributes to dead entertainers and political figures. His call for 30 seconds of silence for "not one, not two, but three princes of peace -- John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Marvin Gaye" makes clear that this recording was made in the mid-'80s or later, not the 1960s. The track fades out without really ending after more than 12 minutes. And the Beat Goes On is a grab-bag of miscellaneous tracks that doesn't come close to being a representative sampling of highlights of '60s pop music.
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann