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Gold: British Invasion Review
Gold: British Invasion

Undoubtly, the arrival of British rock in US in the mid 60s, aka "British Invasion", made the unimaginable impacts on American music. This double-cd collection from Hipp-o/Universal tried to summerize the wonder of that impact. But with only 16 songs on each disc, it came a bit short to fulfil its ambitious title.

The ablum started with the first hit of Beatles in US "Ain't She Sweet", which was really an unnecessary track, since it was not their big hit and there are plenty of Beatles collections out there already. The Rolling Stones' song was mysteriously absented from this collection (since The Who's "Happy Jack" was here). Nevertheless, the majority of songs in this album were indeed great. Many of the big hits from different genes were here; such as Freddie & the Dreamers' "Im Telling You Now", The Searchers' "Needle and Pins", Peter & Gordon's "A World Without Love", Dusty Springfield's "Wishin' & Hopin'", The Zombies' "She's Not There", Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders' "Game of Love", The Troggs' "Wild Thing", The Hollies' "Bus Stop", Chad & Jeremy's "A Summer Song", Donovan's "Sunshine Superman", and The Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'". There were also some one hit wonders and obscure gems that did not become a hit in US, such as The Merseybeats' "I Think of You", Georgie Fame's "Yeh Yeh", Silkie's "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away", Merseys' "Sorrow", and Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale". The most interesting things were the present of The Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" and The Seekers' "Georgy Girl". Although these two bands were not really British bands, they were more success in UK than in their homeland and they sounded very much like any other British Invasion bands from the same era.

For an unknown reason, the producers of this collection gave favor to some artists over the others. There were three tracks from Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, two tracks from The Troggs, and two tracks from Gerry & the Peacemakers. They should took out the unnecessary tracks and made room for other artists. Some of the key artists (such as Manfred Mann, The Dave Clarke Five, and The Kinks) were also questionaly absent from the selections.

Despite its incompleteness, this album serves as a good introduction to the British Invasion sounds for the new listeners and general audience.

Track Song
Disc 1  
1 Ain't She Sweet - The Beatles
2 Bad to Me - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
3 I'm Telling You Now - Freddie & the Dreamers
4 I Think of You - The Merseybeats
5 Needles and Pins - The Searchers
6 World Without Love - Peter & Gordon
7 Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying - Gerry & the Pacemakers
8 Wishin' & Hopin' - Dusty Springfield
9 She's Not There - The Zombies
10 Summer Song - Chad & Jeremy
11 Ferry Across the Mersey - Gerry & the Pacemakers
12 Yeh Yeh - Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames
13 Game of Love - Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
14 It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
15 You've Got Your Troubles - The Fortunes
16 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - Silkie
Disc 2  
1 Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders
2 Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) - The Walker Brothers
3 Sorrow - Merseys
4 Wild Thing - The Troggs
5 Bus Stop - The Hollies
6 Sunshine Superman - Donovan
7 See See Rider - Eric Burdon & the Animals
8 Gimme Some Lovin' - The Spencer Davis Group
9 Happy Jack - The Who
10 Georgy Girl - The Seekers
11 Pamela, Pamela - Wayne Fontana
12 Here Comes My Baby - The Tremeloes
13 Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum
14 To Sir with Love - Lulu
15 Love Is All Around - The Troggs
16 The First Cut Is the Deepest - Cat Stevens
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