500 Lost Gems of the Sixties

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500 Lost Gems of the Sixties

Upon first seeing this book, I placed a side bet with a friend: not only had I heard of every one of these 500 songs, but I probably had at least 450 on my shelf. It was only during the unpacking that I discovered that the book was written from a British perspective, and inevitably there were going to be alternate recordings, things that charted in England but not Stateside, and some discs which seemed utterly mysterious to me. Still, give Kingsley Abbott credit for impeccable taste: any man who knows two different covers of Brian Wilson’s “Guess I’m Dumb,” a small hit for Glen Campbell, is operating on a level I am bound to respect. The writing is breezily informal, the reproduced 45 labels impeccable, and the organization comprehensible. (With the 1960s, you can’t always be sure of the latter.)