Sixties 1960 62 (Box)


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    Sixties 1960 62 (Box) Bear Family Records

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Review Text Bear Family's second Pat Boone box set, The Sixties (1960-1962), scraps the complete recordings approach of the first box set, The Fifties: Complete, in favor of a selective view that omits Boone's sacred recordings. Boone notched his last major hits during this period -- the teen tragedy song "Moody River" and the novelty "Speedy Gonzales" -- but remained a popular album artist despite his diminishing presence on the charts. Most significantly, Dot Records stopped trying to sell him as a rock & roller and allowed him to do what he does best, which is sing traditional and contemporary pop songs. The book that accompanied Boone's first box set provided a detailed biography, so the hardback book that comes with The Sixties (1960-1962) concentrates instead on photos and memorabilia, although the notes quote extensively from original interviews with Boone about his activities in the early '60s. In addition to the pop and occasional mild rock & roll recordings, the set features songs from Boone's films All Hands on Deck, State Fair, and Main Attraction, as well as a number of pop adaptations of country songs like "Alabam" and "Cry, Cry Darling." There is even a vocal version of Floyd Cramer's instrumental hit "Last Date" with original lyrics Boone wrote under a pseudonym. A whopping 46 tracks are previously unreleased recordings from Boone's Dot sessions -- fully-realized and orchestrated performances that remained in the vaults not for quality issues but because of the sheer prolificacy of Boone's studio work. While not as weighty as the first set in terms of historical import (or literal heft), The Sixties (1960-1962) is a gold mine for serious fans. ~ Greg Adams

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