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When I’m out with friends and we meet people girls and the conversation turns to music & favorite bands, my friends answer for me:  “The Funk Brothers.” The people girls usually say, “never heard of them.” Then a couple friends start spouting off about James Jamerson, the over 100 #1 hits they recorded and so on and right around the time the people girls go, “Wow. How come we haven’t heard of them?” I’ll go, “Have you heard of Stevie Wonder? Marvin Gaye? The Temptations? Then, “yeah,” you’ve heard of them.” That’s when a friend points out that the Funk Brothers were the backing band for all the Motown groups.

Tell me I don’t love my 60s music, even though I never came close to living in that decade. And yeah, that’s why I stole this review away from the reviewer who was originally supposed to do Time / Life’s “Pop Memories of the 60s.”

But Is Pop Memories of the 60s Worth Loving?

Well, let’s take this offer for a spin.

According to official product site, Time / Life’s Pop Memories of the 60s claims the following features:

  • 10 CDs
  • 160 pop & easy listening hits
  • classic vocals, love songs, folk songs and instrumentals
  • nifty packaging, (okay, that was me)

And a selection of hits including:

  1. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” by Frankie Valli
  2. This Guy’s In Love with You,” by Herb Alpert
  3. I Can’t Stop Loving You,” by Ray Charles
  4. The Way You Look Tonight,” by The Lettermen
  5. Can’t Help Falling in Love,” by Elvis Presley
  6. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” by The Righteous Brothers

But as much as I love the ones the website picked, would have only picked 2 of those in my top ten thirteen. I’ll go over my reasons for each selections in a bit, but first…the review.

Review – Pop Memories of the 60s Complaints, Frauds, Rip-Offs, Scams…

Order Process:
It’s a Time / Life product so it isn’t impervious to the occasional order glitch given the sheer volume of orders and subscriptions in which Time / Life operates, but we didn’t find but maybe a couple complaints in the typical complaint sites. At least, nothing that concerned us.

Product Performance:
It comes down to taste. We didn’t find anything in the typical sites regarding performance issue. The question is:  do you like the song? Check out for the entire track list.

For me, $149.95 for 160 songs is cheaper than if you were to download most of these. The typical download is $.99 a song. The songs, packaging and the 10 Pop Memories of the 60s CDs (and I’m probably one of the 6 left in the world that prefer CDs) math out to about $0.94 a song.

My Top Ten Thirteen Pop Memories of the 60s Tracks

As for my Top Ten Thirteen Pop Memories of the 60s tracks, we included a You Tube playlist to let you sample them. Now, I went with the live cuts where I could find them, but this should give you a taste into what I like about this Pop Memories of the 60s Collection. Have a listen while you peruse my favorites below:

  1. Light My Fire,” Jose Feliciano – I have a huge crush on a girl who left college and is still love with the Doors but I don’t care. Jose’s Spanish Guitar playing on this album is transcendent.
  2. Abraham, Martin and John,” Dion – Quite a departure from his early stuff, but it’s deep and soulful. That’ll always get my attention.
  3. Harper Valley P.T.A.” / Jeannie C. Riley. I love songs that rip into hypocrisies. And the mom sounds like a MILF :-).
  4. My Cherie Amour,” Stevie Wonder. There should be more Motown in this collection, but I’ll take what I can get.
  5. Dream a Little Dream of Me,” Mama Cass. It’s one of the songs my mama used to sing when I was little. Things stick with me that way.
  6. King of the Road,” Roger Miller. Always thought it was lazy and domestic until my grandfather sang it when we were roadtripping from Chicago to Southwest Florida.
  7. Crazy,” Patsy Cline. Another Grandfather roadtripping song.
  8. I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles. The collection needs more Ray, but I’ll take what I can get :-).
  9. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” The Righteous Brothers.
(enough said)
  1. Spinning Wheel,” Blood, Sweat & Tears – A band whose egos broke them up way too soon. They could have been the best live band, ever.
  2. A Boy Named Sue,” Johnny Cash – The song that gave me a second look into Johnny Cash’s music. Anyone who has the courage to sing Shel Silverstein and still be a badass is, well, bad ass.
  3. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” Harpers Bizarre – In high school, my cousin and his family moved to the UAE. As we were counting down the seconds before he had to leave for the airport, we were listening to the radio. We said the last sound we hear will be the one we remember.
  4. Beyond the Sea,” Bobby Darin – Ironically, after they left, this was the fist song I heard.

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Do You Find Your Favorites in this Collection?

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