Not so much a greatest hits collection but just those songs with personal meaning to yours truly – first time with more than four tracks for a long while:
Ordinarily, it seems to me, people don’t like the songs immediately behind them or in front, they like those they’ve grown up with – thus mine were late 60s and through the 70s, the 80s were pretty dire but I became interested again in the 90s, mainly through girl overload, then not in the least after that.
I’ve been trying to work out what Buddy Holly’s and other 50s songs had that was then lost from the mid-60s onwards. Also, immediately before the 50s it was missing too – that sophisticated, blended big band sound dominated – bland and bleak, e.g. Glenn Miller
The 50s brought back vibrancy, don’t know why, they seemed to go back to that thinner sound with the individual instruments clearly discernible, lower tech, more innocence, greater happiness too. The only other decade like it for raw excitement was the 20s – now why would that be?
Plus the fashions were better in the 20s and 50s.
Heartbeat was sung too fast by Buddy, Herman’s Hermits had a good version, but this below is maybe the best on youtube, although the girl seems so into herself, way too much ego:
Many’s the drive through that countryside, a certain person in the passenger seat, hair blowing wildly in the breeze at the foot of each hill, lunch at a country pub. Life can be good.