Best of Fifties & Sixties

When the times were a-changin

THORENS® Music | Best of fifties sixtiesMusic as a reflection of its time – we’re all familiar with that imagery. But when you take a closer look, it’s a gross over-simplification. A piece of music, or a group of related pieces of music, as a reflection of one aspect of a certain period – that would make better sense, but in our age of ultimate simplification (believe it or not) we fight shy of such nuanced
and often complex categories.

The great American songwriter Bob Dylan may have had that in mind over 50 years ago when in his infinite wisdom he gave the title song of his third LP the refrain “The Times, They Are A-Changin’”. And so they are. We’re really rather pleased we can include this song on our double album. It is a splendid motto for the times we cover here: a musically vast decade stretching from 1955 to 1964. And while we are on the subject of simplification: the key words of this pop decade – and thus for these four LP sides – are rock’n’roll, folk, beat and soul. Each of these styles boasts its giants, and many of them are gathered together here. They stand out above all because while shaping “their” style, they generally developed and refined both it and themselves further. It wasn’t just the times but the artists and the styles that were changing, and there was a complex interaction between these elements.

LP1 Side A: (total time: 22:25)
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01 A Hard Rain`s A-Gonna Fall Bob Dylan
02 Oh, Freedom Joan Baez
03 Ring Of Fire Jonny Cash
04 She Loves You Beatles
05 Apache The Shadows
06 I Love You Cliff Richard
07 Temptation Everley Brothers
LP1 Side B: (total time: 21:40)
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08 Love Me Do Beatles
09 Please Please Me Beatles
10 From Me To You Beatles
11 I Want To Hold Your Hand Beatles
12 All My Loving Beatles
13 I Want To Be Loved The Rolling Stones
14 Don`t Think Twice, It`s Alright Joan Baez
15 The Times They Are A-Changing Bob Dylan
16 The Hammer Song Pete Seeger & The Weavers
LP2 Side A: (total time: 22:23)
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01 Come On The Rolling Stones
02 Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry
03 Peppermint Twist Joey Dee & The Starlighters
04 Sweet Little Sixteen Chuck Berry
05 Let`s Jump The Broomstick Brenda Lee
06 Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry
07 Hideaway Freddy King
08 Little Sister Elvis Presley
09 Summertime The Marcels
LP2 Side B: (total time: 20:44)
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10 Let The Good Times Roll Ray Charles
11 Unchain My Heart Ray Charles
12 Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles
13 Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles
14 Green Onions Booker T. & The MG`s
15 Have You Ever Love A Women Freddy King
16 Stand By Me Ben E.King

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