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Sixties Soft Rock


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Music: B-



The term Soft Rock is actually one associated with a post-Beatles movement that was the aftermath of the turbulent 1960s and the effects of the Folk movement.  So when I saw a DVD set called Sixties Soft Rock being released, it was intriguing.  I was curious.


We could at least call this interesting Pop from the era, but hardly the music of The Carpenters or Bread, which was more acoustic and feigned a naturalism the following songs were not:


1)     You Baby – The Turtles

2)     One Too Many Mornings – The Association

3)     You’re Adorable – The Dixie Cups

4)     I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher

5)     It’s My Party – Leslie Gore

6)     Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows – Leslie Gore

7)     Silhouettes – Herman’s Hermits

8)     These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra

9)     A Lover’s Concerto – The Toys

10)  1-2-3 – Len Barry

11)  Price Of Love – The Everly Brothers

12)  Good Lovin’ – The Young Rascals

13)  Do The Freddie – Freddie & The Dreamers

14)  Midnight Special – Johnny Rivers

15)  Five O’clock World – The Vogues

16)  Everybody Loves A Clown – Gary Lewis & The Playboys


Can you imagine The Carpenters doing half of these songs?  Two of them that happened to be hits in 1965, 1-2-3 and A Lover’s Concerto, are two of the best attempts to capture “The Motown Sound” by record label’s other than Motown that were ever pulled off.  Some are not even Top 40 hits.  All are too typical of the 1960s Pop to be Soft Rock, but it is an interesting set that gives a brief (40ish minutes) to listen and think about an era that was.


The picture quality is varied, average, full screen and all are in black & white and either from videotape, kinescope or filmed version thereof.  The exception is Everybody Loves A Clown, which is a rare case in the Passport/Koch music series of a full color clip.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also average, but especially sad on Silhouettes by Herman’s Hermits, because it sounds so much better on their new Super Audio CD hits set (reviewed elsewhere on this site), plus there are a few cases where these songs were in stereo.  Too bad they could not have dropped the original recording in here where the acts were lip-syncing.  There are no extras, but it is a respectable disc.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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