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VA - British Invasion - Gold [Remastered] (2006)

Rock, Classic Rock, Pop | Author: artmuss | 12-03-2015, 11:05
VA - British Invasion - Gold [Remastered] (2006)
Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: British Invasion - Gold
Year Of Release: 2006
Label: Hip-O Records / Universal Music
Country: UK
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock
Quality: FLAC (tracks +.cue,log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 1:26:15
Full Size: 575 mb
WebSite: amazon

To some, the term "British Invasion" conjures up memories of Merseybeat; to others, it signifies UK R&B groups; for some others, it was about getting recognition for Blighty's traditional pop divas (male and female). To its credit, the two-disc British Invasion: Gold -- a rare installment of the Universal Music Group series in that it focuses on a genre, not an artist -- covers all those bases and more, leading the musical revolution right up through psychedelia, folk-rock, and the singer-songwriter movement.

It's only 32 tracks, which, spread over two CDs, isn't quite the bargain it should be. Then again, there are a lot of hard-to-find one-off singles here. Although it leads off with "Ain't She Sweet," the one Beatles master anyone can license (and a song which lends weight to everything negative ever said about the band), this compilation is tasteful and knowledgeable enough to touch upon The Mersey's "Sorrow," The Fortunes "You've Got Your Troubles," Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas' "Bad To Me" (along with the Silkie cover of "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," the only Lennon-McCartney numbers here), and other songs your overprogrammed local oldies station forgot existed. It creaks from the effort at times, getting a little too literal in some places (The Troggs' "Wild Thing," which is too garage to really count) and not literal enough in others (Tom Jones' "What's New Pussycat" doesn't quite fit the bill). Still, it's a great introduction to the genre.

TRACKLIST:

Disc 1
1. The Beatles - Ain't She Sweet (2:12)
2. Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas - Bad to Me (2:19)
3. Freddie & The Dreamers - I'm Telling You Now (2:06)
4. The Merseybeats - I Think of You (2:29)
5. The Searchers - Needles and Pins (2:13)
6. Peter & Gordon - A World Without Love (2:40)
7. Gerry & The Pacemakers - Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (2:36)
8. Dusty Springfield - Wishin' & Hopin' (2:54)
9. The Zombies - She's Not There (2:24)
10. Chad & Jeremy - A Summer Song (2:37)
11. Gerry & The Pacemakers - Ferry Across the Mersey (2:23)
12. Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames - Yeh Yeh (2:45)
13. Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders - Game of Love (2:07)
14. Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual (2:00)
15. The Fortunes - You've Got Your Troubles (3:22)
16. The Silkie - You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (2:12)

Disc 2
1. The Mindbenders - A Groovy Kind Of Love (2:00)
2. The Walker Brothers - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) (3:02)
3. The Merseys - Sorrow (2:16)
4. The Troggs - Wild Thing (2:36)
5. The Hollies - Bus Stop (2:54)
6. Donovan - Sunshine Superman (4:33)
7. Eric Burdon and the Animals - See See Rider (4:01)
8. The Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin' (2:56)
9. The Who - Happy Jack (2:13)
10. The Seekers - Georgy Girl (2:20)
11. Wayne Fontana - Pamela, Pamela (2:11)
12. The Tremeloes - Here Comes My Baby (2:47)
13. Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale (4:05)
14. Lulu - To Sir With Love (2:44)
15. The Troggs - Love Is All Around (3:00)
16. Cat Stevens - The First Cut Is The Deepest (3:01)





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