The Bottom Line
- These CDs are wisely divided into "AM" and "FM" so you can get the flavor of both.
- As usual with Time-Life, the selection is excellent: not a necessary track is missed.
- Modern technology does wonders for the layered sound of psychedelic pop.
- Two CDs, believe it or not, would never be enough to capture the movement of the time.
- The accompanying DVD is a recycled documentary from 1995.
- Release date: June 19, 2007
- Time Life 19337
- Box set
- Bonus DVD
Guide Review - Various Artists -- Summer Of Love: The Hits of 1967 -- CD review
The result is a release that expertly defines the era. Sure, you can pick nits about the "FM" disc, which features big AM hits by Van Morrison, The Easybeats and Jefferson Airplane. (Purists will wonder why an FM tribute features a "single version" of Vanilla Fudge's "You Keep Me Hangin' On.") But while the second disc is a merely adequate cross-section of the year's musical experimentation, the AM disc -- which fans of this site are more likely to enjoy -- is perfect. These hits didn't all make the Top 40 during the summer, but they certainly capture the giddy sense of promise felt by all those college kids zipping over to Haight-Ashbury to check out the latest fad. If that sounds cynical, well, it's no worse than the American labels who'd already begun pumping out patchouli-scented pop for the masses. The fact that these poppier nuggets hold up so well, however, has more to do with craft than any philosophical sea change. And that works just fine.