America's Greatest Hits 1960
Styles: America's Greatest Hits
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7035
This release continues the series of “America’s Greatest Hits” which over the years has provided annual collections of the biggest hits of each year in the Billboard pop charts. The collection for 1960 is an excellent value 97-track 4-CD set which includes every record that featured in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 during the year, regardless of when it actually entered the chart. Many of the tracks are, inevitably, well-known hits, which went on to score chart success in the UK, but there is a fair sprinkling of lesser known material, either recording by major artists that didn’t make it in the UK, or more obscure hits by artists that never made it in the UK. The whole collection is a highly entertaining trawl through the American music scene of the times, a rather different musical experience from listening to collections from the UK charts, which naturally feature a high proportion of home-grown talent. It captures the essence of the strands of musical creativity that were active at the time, from Brill Building producers to the country sounds from Nashville. As ever, it includes comprehensive booklet notes with commentary on every track as well as the distinctive series packaging. It is likely to appeal to the many collectors who enjoy these completest anthologies, and will hopefully provide useful programming for the specialist radio programmes which feature pop nostalgia.