Jon Savage follows up 2016's “1966” 2CD set with a similarly packaged anthology of hits and rarities from 1967. There is no accompanying book this time – so you’ll have to buy this to read all about it in his sleeve notes.
Now typified as the year of flower power, 1967 was the year the 60s divided.
During those 12 months, the revenues from LP sales in Britain finally overtook those from 45s. It’s also the year when the British singles charts suddenly revealed a vacuum that, in March 1967, was filled by a Top 10 that included Englebert Humperdinck, Petula Clark, Harry Secombe, Vince Hill, the Seekers and other mums and dads records that you will not be hearing on this compilation. For despite this sudden outburst of “reactione”, the single was still king … just. It took a while for albums to take over – this happened with the massive success of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in the summer.
Although outlawed on 14 August 1967, the Pirate Radio stations were still operating for much of the year, with their highly eclectic playlists: soul was rampant, and many psychedelicised acts still felt compelled to pour all their ideas into three or four-minute symphonies for the kids. The transatlantic split had begun to deepen, with America firmly in the driving seat. The UK chart might have been dominated by a succession of dreary ballads at #1 (‘Release Me’, ‘The Last Waltz’, ‘Silence is Golden’, ‘Let The Heartaches Begin’ etc) but the US had chart-toppers like ‘Light My Fire’, ‘Respect’, ‘Groovin’’ and, god bless the Strawberry Alarm Clock, ‘Incense And Peppermints’.
The British equivalent of psychedelia had less of a look in at the top but resulted in fabulous Toytown hits like Simon Dupree’s ‘Kites’ and Traffic’s ‘Hole in My Shoe’. The tension that made great pop was still there: by the next year, it would be dissipating further in the UK once the pirates were off the air and Radio 1 began its more restrictive playlist. By then, the cutting edge groups were concentrating on albums and standalone singles were falling by the wayside. The rock era had begun.
SIDE ONE 1. SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK ‘N' ROLL STAR - The Byrds 2. I'M A MAN - The Spencer Davis Group 3. THE BEAT GOES ON - Sonny & Cher 4. TRY IT - The Attack 5. I’VE GOT LEVITATION - The Thirteenth Floor Elevators 6. THE BEHEMOTH - The Shadows Of Knight 7. NEVER EVER - The Action 8. TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME - Gladys Knight & The Pips 9. BELIEVE IT OR NOT - Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers 10. FEELIN' REELIN' SQUEELIN' - The Soft Machine 11. I CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW - The Move 12. SHOW ME - Joe Tex 13. GROOVIN' - The Young Rascals 14. SO YOU SAY YOU LOST YOUR BABY - Gene Clark 15. WESTERN UNION - The Searchers 16. SOUL FINGER - The Bar-Kays 17. RESPECT - Aretha Franklin 18. THE HAND DON'T FIT THE GLOVE - Terry Reid with Peter Jay's Jaywalkers 19. NIGHT OF THE LONG GRASS - The Troggs 20. I'M FIVE YEARS AHEAD OF MY TIME - The Third Bardo 21. SO SHARP - Dyke & The Blazers 22. COLD SWEAT PT 1 - James Brown & The Famous Flames 23. MR SOUL - The Buffalo Springfield 24. ALTERNATE TITLE (AKA RANDY SCOUSE GIT) - The Monkees
SIDE TWO 1. AT THE THIRD STROKE - The Picadilly Line 2. HOLD ON - Sharon Tandy 3. LAZY LIFE - William E 4. REFLECTIONS - Diana Ross And The Supremes 5. THE IDOL - The Fortunes 6. DREAM MAGAZINE - Svensk 7. I SEE THE RAIN - The Marmalade 8. YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY - Four Tops 9. YELLOW BRICK ROAD - Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band 10. SLIM JENKIN'S PLACE - Booker T & The MG’s 11. REVOLUTION - Tomorrow 12. STOP AND LISTEN - The Shag 13. PSYCHE ROCK - Les Yper Sound 14. LOOK AT ME I'M YOU - The Blossom Toes 15. LOVE POWER - The Sandpebbles 16. THE WIND BLOWS YOUR HAIR - The Seeds 17. SUZANAH'S STILL ALIVE - Dave Davies 18. THE ONE I LOVE - Ken Boothe 19. I CAN'T STAND MYSELF (WHEN YOU TOUCH ME) - James Brown & The Famous Flames 20. CHAIN OF FOOLS - Aretha Franklin 21. GARDEN OF MY MIND - The Mickey Finn 22. VACUUM CLEANER - Tintern Abbey 23. IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME - Andy Ellison 24. THE MUSIC GOES ROUND MY HEAD - The Easybeats
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