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Only Love 1960-1964

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Only Love 1960-1964 follows the pattern of JCI's It's Only series, offering a seemingly random collection of 20 hits from a given genre or style for a period of five years. These songs weren't necessarily the biggest hits of these five years, although there are a number of classics and smashes here. It may be hard to deduce exactly why these songs were chosen -- especially since the compilers apparently define the "love" genre as anything vaguely romantic, musically or lyrically -- but the end results are nevertheless quite entertaining. All of the songs are featured in their original hit versions, not remakes, which isn't always the case with midline collections. Furthermore, there are a few cuts that aren't easy to find on other collections, or even greatest-hits albums, which means it's interesting to collectors as well as casual fans. Most importantly, each volume captures the feeling of the era, even if it's missing several big hits, and that's what makes the series a nice introductory overview for curious listeners. Among the highlights on Only Love 1960-1964 are Brian Hyland's "Sealed with a Kiss," Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry," the Duprees' "You Belong to Me," Harold Dorman's "Mountain of Love," the Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love," the Drifters' "Up On the Roof," Betty Everett's "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)," the Everly Brothers' "Let It Be Me," Connie Francis' "Where the Boys Are," Bobby Vee's "Devil or Angel," Barbara Lynn's "You'll Lose a Good Thing," Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," and Bobby Vinton's "Roses Are Red (My Love)."

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