20 GOLDEN HIT SONGS OF THE ’60s – “VARIOUS” (MUSIC FOR PLEASURE MFP 50193) 1975

“Dance To The Music”

Dance to the music, these boots are made for walking

Budget label Music For Pleasure outdid themselves with this release from 1975, gathering together hits from the sixties, many of which weren’t released at the time budget label remake compilations became all the rage around the end of 1967 and into 1968.

By the mid seventies these types of cheap records had more or less peaked with many of the titles dropped. Record companies had made their money and moved on.

MFP kept at it though and their “Golden Hit Songs” comprises twenty reincarnations of huge sellers from the sixties. It’s a mixed bag of greatness and sheer unabridged embarrassment.

The cover shows a bunch of late teens wearing their cornball flares and hippie beads, head scarves and scarecrow hats. They’re holding Fender guitars supplied by Fender Soundhouse in London.

There are some notable triumphs, from the killer fuzz leads and organ bursts on “Dance To The Music”, originally by Sly and the Family Stone. A quite tender and primitive “Mr Tambourine Man” is also decent. The singer attempts his very best Roger McGuinn impersonation.

“I Got You Babe” is at least level with Sonny & Cher‘s version and the gritty guitar solo on “Hang On Sloopy” deserves some praise. The best guttural screams on a record I’ve heard for years adorn “Mony Mony”.

The studio musicians also captured the essence and groove of the Monkees “I’m A Believer” – which is note perfect, the vocalist is second best to Micky Dolenz though.

This only cost me a bin lid and was well worth the money.

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