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Here at The Second Disc, it’s always about the music. The team at Eric Records takes this mission seriously, too: its newest release provides three discs of nothing but music, with nary a lyric to be found.

Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Volume 1 collates, for the first time on three CDs, every instrumental track that hit the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. Some of them are chartbusters that we all know and love – Percy Faith’s “Theme from ‘A Summer Place’,” The Ventures’ “Walk – Don’t Run” – while others are rarities by artists relegated to the annals of history, from Duane Eddy and Bill Haley and His Comets to Bobby Darin and Santo and Johnny.

All 81 tracks are remastered from the original source material and, wherever possible, presented in stereo. (This led to at least one track, “Kommotion” by Duane Eddy and The Rebels, presented in stereo on CD for the first time anywhere; another 15 tracks also make their debut on the format.) There are also a few bonus tracks, including some songs that charted in 1960 but were released the year before, and both mono and stereo versions of the theme to the long-running series 77 Sunset Strip. The set is augmented by a 28-page booklet featuring biographical info on each artist and track-by-track release information.

All in all, this looks like it could be a really fun set – and hopefully the first in a series! Order the set here (the set’s out June 21, but those who order it from the label will see their orders shipping around Monday) and look at the track list after the jump.

Various Artists, Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Volume 1: 1960 (Eric Records 11960, 2011)

Disc 1

  1. Smokie (Part 2) – Bill Black’s Combo
  2. Smokie (Part 2) – Bill Doggett
  3. Bonnie Came Back – Duane Eddy and The Rebels *
  4. Skokiaan (South African Song) – Bill Haley and His Comets *
  5. Teenage Hayride – Tender Slim
  6. Harlem Nocturne – The Viscounts
  7. One Mint Julep – Chet Atkins *
  8. Amapola – Jacky Noguez and His Orchestra
  9. Tracy’s Theme – Spencer Ross *
  10. Theme from “A Summer Place” – Percy Faith and His Orchestra *
  11. On the Beach – Frank Chacksfield and His Orchestra *
  12. Bulldog – The Fireballs
  13. Too Much Tequila – The Champs
  14. Teensville – Chet Atkins *
  15. Werewolf – The Frantics
  16. A Closer Walk – Pete Fountain *
  17. Whatcha’ Gonna Do – Nat “King” Cole *
  18. Beatnik Fly – Johnny and The Hurricanes *
  19. Summer Set – Monty Kelly and His Orchestra * +
  20. Chattanooga Choo Choo – Ernie Fields Orchestra
  21. Caravan – Santo and Johnny *
  22. Shazam! – Duane Eddy and The Rebels *
  23. White Silver Sands – Bill Black’s Combo
  24. Mr. Lucky – Henry Mancini and His Orchestra *
  25. The Madison Time (Part 1) – Ray Bryant Combo *
  26. Beautiful Obsession – Sir Chauncey and His Exciting Strings *
  27. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 2) – Jessie Hill
  28. National City – Joiner, Arkansas Junior High School Band

Disc 2

  1. La Montana (If She Should Come to You) – Frank DeVol *
  2. La Montana (If She Should Come to You) – Roger Williams *
  3. Theme for Young Lovers – Percy Faith and His Orchestra *
  4. Theme from “The Unforgiven” (The Need for Love) – Don Costa and His Orchestra *
  5. Because They’re Young – Duane Eddy and The Rebels *
  6. Down Yonder – Johnny and The Hurricanes
  7. Josephine – Bill Black’s Combo +
  8. Look for a Star – Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra *
  9. Theme from “Adventures in Paradise” – Jerry Byrd *
  10. Night Train – The Viscounts +
  11. Bongo Bongo Bongo – Preston Epps *
  12. Walk – Don’t Run – The Ventures *
  13. Kommotion – Duane Eddy and The Rebels **
  14. Revival – Johnny and The Hurricanes
  15. Vaquero (Cowboy) – The Fireballs *
  16. Theme from “The Apartment” – Ferrante and Teicher *
  17. Beachcomber – Bobby Darin *
  18. Brontosaurus Stomp – The Piltdown Men
  19. Rocking Goose – Johnny and The Hurricanes
  20. Never on Sunday – Don Costa and His Orchestra *
  21. Temptation – Roger Williams *
  22. Theme from “The Sundowners” – Felix Slatkin Orchestra *
  23. Midnight Lace – David Carroll and His Orchestra +
  24. Midnight Lace – Ray Ellis and His Orchestra +
  25. Midnight Lace (Part 1) – Ray Conniff and His Orchestra *
  26. Don’t Be Cruel – Bill Black’s Combo ++

Disc 3

  1. The Sundowners – Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra *
  2. (Theme from) The Sundowners – Mantovani and His Orchestra * +
  3. Peter Gunn – Duane Eddy and The Rebels *
  4. Theme from “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” – Ernie Freeman *
  5. Night Theme – The Mark II
  6. Last Date – Floyd Cramer *
  7. Ruby Duby Du – Tobin Matthews & Co.
  8. Ruby Duby Du (from “Key Witness”)  – Charles Wolcott and The MGM Studio Orchestra +
  9. Stranger from Durango – Richie Allen +
  10. Gonzo – James Booker
  11. You Are My Sunshine – Johnny and The Hurricanes *
  12. Last Date – Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra *
  13. Blue Tango – Bill Black’s Combo +
  14. Ramblin’ – The Ramblers +
  15. Perfidia – The Ventures *
  16. Twistin’ Bells – Santo and Johnny
  17. (Let’s Do) The Hully Gully Twist – Bill Doggett +
  18. The Clouds – The Spacemen
  19. In the Mood – Ernie Fields Orchestra
  20. Reveille Rock – Johnny and The Hurricanes *
  21. Tear Drop – Santo and Johnny
  22. (Theme from) “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” – Chet Atkins *
  23. Forever – The Little Dippers *
  24. The Madison – Al Brown ++
  25. 77 Sunset Strip – Don Ralke
  26. 77 Sunset Strip (Alternate Stereo Version) – Don Ralke * +
  27. Red River Rock – Johnny and The Hurricanes

* denotes stereo track. + denotes track debuting on CD. ** denotes stereo track debuting on CD. ++ denotes track debuting on CD in the U.S.

Written by Mike Duquette

June 1, 2011 at 15:43

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  1. As far as I know, these are not mastered “from the original source material,” whatever that means. They are primarily cleaned-up disc dubs and/or commercial reel-to-reel transfers. This is a “gray area” release, meaning, copyright-expired release. It may still sound great, but it’s not using the master tapes because it’s not licensed from the labels. That’s why it’s coming out from a British company (where copyright law is 50 years), and why they’re only doing one volume a year, starting in 1960 — 50 years ago. As each year passes, another year falls into public domain in the UK and Canada.

    Brian

    June 1, 2011 at 16:54


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