What does it sound like?:
Sometimes it’s all too easy to forget how quickly time passes, as yet another rock landmark slips further away into the annals of history. This three cd budget priced set loosely commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of ‘the summer of love’, that halcyon period way back in 1967.
The sixty tracks here claim to define the hippie generation. Well, I’m not so sure about that, but there’s certainly lots of good music from around that general era, most of which has aged pretty well.
The content ranges from chart hits such as California Dreamin’, Waterloo Sunset and Good Vibrations through to less obvious choices, such as Spirit’s Taurus, The Velvet’s Sunday Morning and Fairport’s Who Knows Where the Time Goes. As always, presumably the content is a function of what could be licensed, but nevertheless this album has a lot going for it in terms of the variety and quality of the music on offer. It’s often the case that by the final disc, the whole thing has pretty much run out of steam, but that doesn’t apply here – you’ve still got Bert Jansch, The Allmans, The Band and Dusty Springfield among others to go at.
Some interesting and very readable sleeve notes by Keith Altham accompany the set.
What does it all *mean*?
Ok, so not all of the music here is particularly related to The Summer of Love, but nonetheless this is very enjoyable listening with a minimal amount of filler, and at the price it’s very good value indeed.
Goes well with…
Long journeys, lazy days. A happy way to pass a few hours for sure!
Might suit people who like…
Good music, memories, bargains.