The fame of the British Invasion in pop music of the 1960s may foster the illusion that every long-haired follower of the Beatles from England found equal popularity stateside and at home. But while the rate of success for U.K. performers in the U.S. in the '60s was remarkable, there were many performers who did less well in America and some who had trouble getting across the Atlantic at all. This 20-track collection, the second disc in a three-CD set put out by the Dutch Disky label, named for a 1967 British film and licensed primarily from the vaults of EMI, presents plenty of hits. Sixteen of them reached the Top Ten of the Record Retailer/Music Week chart between 1960-1969. Five of them hit number one in England. Some were also hits in the U.S. American listeners will recognize such tracks as the Animals' "The House of the Rising Sun," the Yardbirds' "Heart Full of Soul," and the Zombies' "Time of the Season" (which actually was not a hit at home). But the Amen Corner's chart-topping "(If Paradise Is) Half as Nice" will not get a smile of recognition, nor will the Shadows' equally successful "Foot Tapper." The collection makes no pretense of comprehensiveness; it's just a randomly sequenced bunch of British beat group hits of the '60s, lacking big names like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. But that doesn't mean it isn't a lot of fun to listen to, especially for those who were in swinging London at the time.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann