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Looking for that perfect Oldies music compilation on CD? These lists and guides will help you put together the perfect collection of oldies music for the digital age! Includes price guides, so you can buy CDs right now at the lowest possible price.
John Fogerty: Revival
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new studio album from the former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, his first in three years, his first since the end of his feud with his old label, and the first under his old label's new management!
Bo Diddley: I'm a Man: The Chess Masters, 1955-1958
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: a new two disc set featuring the first 48 tracks laid down by the legendary Bo Diddley at Chess in his first three years there -- masters, outtakes, and alternate takes that serve as an insight into the very formation of rock!
Aretha Franklin: Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: a new two disc set featuring no less than 31 previously unreleased Aretha Franklin outtakes and demos... hand selected by Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler from her late Sixties - early Seventies heyday!
Various Artists: Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the rock world's biggest stars team up to pay tribute to the songs of the legendary Fats Domino... and in the process benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina!
Carla Thomas: Live At The Bohemian Caverns
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: a previously unreleased live album from Stax's Queen of Soul, Carla Thomas, recorded in 1967 and just now seeing the light of day after forty years!
Various Artists: Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the first box set chronicling the glory years of the Vee-Jay label, the company responsible for much of Chicago's contribution to doo-wop, rock and roll, blues, gospel, and more!
Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new single-disc collection of Ringo Starr's biggest solo hits, the first on CD and the first such collection of any kind in over thirty years!
Stevie Wonder: Number 1's
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new single-disc collection of Stevie Wonder's biggest hits, covering all phases of his career!
Fats Domino: Greatest Hits: Walking To New Orleans
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new single-disc collection of Fats Domino's greatest hits!
Sounds Like Elvis
The all time greatest and most popular Elvis Presley imitations, impersonations, and tributes on record... a list of the most prominent vocal pretenders to the King's throne, handpicked by your Oldies guide at About.com.
Elvis: Viva Las Vegas (live CD)
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new single-disc compilation of Elvis' historic early-Seventies concerts at Vegas' International Hotel.
Various Artists -- Summer Of Love: The Hits of 1967 -- CD review
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the Time-Life two-CD box set that chronicles the greatest hits of 1967, both above and underground, in order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the "Summer of Love." Features a DVD with documentary and interactive tours through the era!
Summer Romance Oldies
The all time greatest oldies songs and music about summer romances, their fleeting nature, and the joy and pain they can bring... a list of 60s and 70s top 40 summer romance classics handpicked exclusively by your Oldies guide at About.com.
Oldies Against War
Vietnam was obviously the main subject threading through pop songs of the first rock and roll generation, as Korea hadn't been thought of as such and those WWII fighting songs were but a distant memory. But as the country picked sides, the children of the greatest generation began asking themselves if war was the answer, or was ever the answer to begin with. Here's a list of Top 40 classics that rail against war and, naturally, promote peace.
Tom Jones -- This Is Tom Jones -- DVD review
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the first in a line of Time-Life "Rock and Roll Legends" DVD sets, featuring eight episodes of Tom Jones' 1969-1971 TV variety series!
Review -- Paul McCartney -- Memory Almost Full
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: Paul McCartney's 2007 album of original studio material, recorded by the ex-Beatle mostly alone and released on Starbucks' new Hear Music label!
The Beach Boys -- The Warmth Of The Sun -- CD review
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: a Capitol compilation of the Beach Boys' best summer songs, including hot rod and surf classics, selected by the band themselves!
Various Artists -- Dirty Dancing 20th Anniversary Legacy Edition -- CD review
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the 20th anniversary edition of the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack, with remastered sound, score snippets from the original film, and more!
Elton John -- Rocket Man -- Number Ones CD review
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new single-disc "number ones" greatest hits collection from Elton John, focusing mainly on the biggest smashes of his classic Seventies heyday!
James Brown -- Number 1s CD review
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new "number ones" greatest hits collection of the late great James Brown, spotlighting his invaluable contributions to soul and funk music!
Various Artists -- New Music From An Old Friend CD
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new CD from Target featuring several of the Sixties and Seventies' greatest songwriters remaking their classic hits and dropping a new addition to their venerable catalogs!
Jerry Lee Lewis -- Last Man Standing Live CD/DVD
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new live version of Jerry Lee Lewis' comeback album, featuring duets with country, pop, and rock and roll's greatest stars. The Killer himself called it the best Jerry Lee Lewis album in twenty years... and now you can judge for yourself if the concert is as good. On CD and DVD!
Review -- Johnnie Taylor -- Live at the Summit Club CD
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: Stax's previously unreleased Johnnie Taylor live concert from 1972, featuring extended workouts on hits like "Who's Making Love" and "Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone."
Breakup Songs for Women
A list of the best breakup oldies songs sung by women, as picked by me, your oldies guide at About.com. Rock and roll, R&B;, pop, disco, girl groups, and more from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
Breakup Songs
A list of the best breakup oldies songs sung by men, as picked by me, your oldies guide at About.com. Rock and roll, R&B;, pop, folk-rock, garage, and more from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
Review -- America -- Here & Now CD
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: The new 2 CD release from Seventies soft-rockers America, featuring one live greatest hits compilation of sorts and an entire disc of new material, some recorded with alternative rock admirers!
Best New CDs of 2006
2006's ten best new studio CDs made by oldies music artists of the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies, including blues, country, R&B;, rockabilly, and more... includes personal reviews from your Oldies guide as well as a price comparison guide.
Oldies CD Reissues of 2006
The ten best reissues of oldies music that were released in 2006, including pop, rock, rockabilly, girl groups, country music, and more... includes personal reviews from your Oldies guide as well as a price comparison guide.
Review -- Beatles -- Love CD
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: The new CD/DVD soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil's hit Vegas show "Love," a soundtrack which features several classic Beatles songs remixed, remastered, and mashed up into brand new tracks!
Christmas and Holiday Gifts for Oldies Music Lovers -- 2006
A handy guide to Christmas / Holiday gifts for people who love oldies music from the '50s, '60s, and '70s... all brand-new for the 2006 season, including music, movies, books, posters, games, and other memorabilia!
Review -- Frank Sinatra -- Sinatra Vegas CD (box)
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: The new 4 CD / 1 DVD collection of Frank Sinatra's live Vegas performances, spanning decades of the Chairman of the Board thrilling audiences in the town he ruled! Contains price guide, release and recording info, tracklisting, and more.
Diana Ross -- I Love You CD review
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new Diana Ross studio album [i]I Love You[/i], her first all-new release since 1999 and a collection of love songs from five decades of pop, rock, R&B;, and soul!
Rod Stewart -- Still the Same...Great Rock Classics Of Our Time CD review
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new Rod Stewart covers album, which finds him leaving postwar pop behind for good and returning to rock evergreens... some of which were clearly inspired by Rod Stewart in the first place.
Review -- Tony Bennett -- Duets: An American Classic
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: The new Tony Bennett duets album, released through Target in honor of the crooner's 80th birthday. See the tracklisting, listen to clips, and buy right here from About.com!
Review: Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: Jerry Lee Lewis' comeback album, featuring duets with country, pop, and rock and roll's greatest stars. The Killer himself calls it the best Jerry Lee Lewis album in twenty years... see what your Guide thinks, and listen to the official podcast!
The Beach Boys -- Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary Edition CD review
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new deluxe 40th anniversary edition of the Beach Boys' landmark 1966 opus [i]Pet Sounds[/i], complete with DVD, documentary footage, interviews, and expanded sound!
Oldies Music for Calendar Holidays and Special Events
An index of the lists from your oldies music guide here at About.com, lists which cover the top ten picks and guide to oldies holiday music -- Christmas, summer, Halloween, Back to School oldies, and special occasions, too!
Review: Sam Moore: Overnight Sensational
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: Sam Moore of Sam and Dave's big push for solo stardom, and the first solo album of his released in its own time!
Elvis Presley -- Rock, Country, Inspirational, R&B;, Movies, Live CD reviews
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: six recent Elvis Presley compilations, all focusing on six different sides of the King's personality -- Rock, Country, Inspirational, R&B;, Movies, and Live. Are any or all worth purchasing? Find out here!
Various Artists -- British Invasion: Gold
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: two discs of British Invasion hits, from the big iconic op and R&B; bands to the one-hit wonders you can never seem to get in one collection!
Various Artists -- Billboard #1 Classic Country
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: two discs of classic Number One Country hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s that just may change your mind about the music!
Review: Johnny Cash: American V: A Hundred Highways
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the first posthumous release of new Johnny Cash material, recorded in the sessions just prior to his death in 2003.
Review: Smokey Robinson: Timeless Love
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: Smokey Robinson's first non-gospel studio release in seven years, a selection of timeless pre-rock pop standards performed by Smokey Robinson in a "live" jazz setting!
Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint:
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: legendary punk icon Elvis Costello takes on the classic Crescent City songbook of Allen Toussaint, with Allen himself along for the ride!
Dr. John: Mercernary: The Songs of Johnny Mercer
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: Dr. John's first proper album since Hurricane Katrina, a collection of revamped standards from the songbook of Johnny Mercer!
Paul Simon: Surprise
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the first Paul Simon solo album in six years, recorded with the help of legendary producer Brian Eno!
Nat King Cole: The World of Nat King Cole
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the 2005 single-disc collection of the legendary Nat King Cole's greatest performances!
The Beatles: Capitol Albums Volume 2 CD Box Set
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the second box set of Capitol Beatles albums, originally as released in the US, remastered and in both their mono and stereo versions!
Barry Manilow: The Greatest Songs of the Fifties CD
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new covers album from Barry Manilow, in which the 70s soft-rock icon takes on classic pop ballads of the Fifties. As seen on FOX's "American Idol"!
Sergio Mendes: Timeless
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the new "comeback" album by the former Brazil '66 and '77 leader, who reworks some of his own famous Latin-pop grooves with the help of some very famous, very modern friends like Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am.
Ray Davies: Other People's Lives
A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com: the brand-new, very first solo album from the leader, lead vocalist, and legendary songwriter of the Kinks!
Elvis Presley: Elvis #1 Singles (box)
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the new twenty-disc reproduction of Elvis' twenty US #1 singles onto individual CDs.
Righteous Brothers: Gold
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the new 2 CD collection of Righteous Brothers hits, album tracks, and important singles.
The Top Ten Love Song CDs -- Oldies Music
The Top Ten love song CDs and albums of the "oldies" era, as selected by your Oldies Guide at About.com... includes soul, pop, doo-wop, lounge, and more!
Bee Gees -- Love Songs
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the new single-disc collection devoted entirely to the Bee Gee's greatest love ballads, with a few surprises thrown in.
Christmas Holiday Gift Guide -- Oldies Music
A handy guide to Christmas / Holiday gifts for people who love oldies music from the '50s, '60s, and '70s... all brand-new for the 2005 season, including music, movies, books, posters, games, and other memorabilia!
John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: Elizabeth Partridge's new coffeetable biography of the most troubled Beatle, before, during, and after his stint as one of the Fab Four.
The Top Ten Christmas Albums -- Oldies Music
The Top Ten Christmas albums of the "oldies" era, as selected by your Oldies Guide at About.com... includes rock and roll, R&B;, pop, blues, jazz, novelties, country, reggae, and instrumental rock!
The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John Fogerty / Creedence Collection
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the first compilation CD to feature John Fogerty's solo hits next to his own classic Creedence Clearwater Revival smashes, with new live cuts to boot!
Brian Wilson: What I Really Want For Christmas
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the first solo Christmas album from the genius behind the Beach Boys' greatest accomplishments!
Various Artists: Old School Oldies, Vol. 2
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: Thump's second volume in their recent "old school oldies" series, featuring classic doo-wop, soul, and R&B;!
Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: Paul McCartney's latest solo album, recorded almost entirely by himself and produced by one of Britpop's most knowledgeable mainstays!
Road Trip Oldies CDs
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies CDs for a road trip -- rock and roll, blues, boogie, country, bluegrass, and more! Complete with music reviews, tracklistings, and a price comparison guide.
Remember The 70s: Greatest Hits Live!
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the new restored DVD of Seventies AM hits, performed (mostly) live by the original artists on the CBS variety series "Rollin' On The River"!
The Essential Marty Robbins (2005)
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the new 2-CD overview of this legendary country crossover's career, the best of its kind in over thirty years!
The Beach Boys: The Essentials (Part Two)
The oldies.about.com guide to a Beach Boys collection -- CDs, DVDs, and books that no Beach Boys fan should be without, complete with reviews and a price comparison guide!
Paul Anka: Rock Swings
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: this ex-teen idol's new pop-jazz collection of Eighties and Nineties rock classics!
The Beach Boys: The Essentials (Part One)
The oldies.about.com guide to a Beach Boys collection -- CDs, DVDs, and books that no Beach Boys fan should be without, complete with reviews and a price comparison guide!
Ringo Starr: Choose Love
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the ex-Beatle's first new studio album since 2003!
The Top 20 Wedding Oldies, Part Two
The oldies.about.com guide to the best wedding oldies songs, complete with reviews and a price comparison guide!
Motown 1s
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the new single-disc compilation of Motown's biggest hits.
Various Artists: Motown Remixed
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the new Motown remix project, which reassembles several of your Motown favorites in ways you haven't heard before!
The latest Oldies Music CD releases
A weekly update of the very latest oldies music CDs, remasters, compilations, new releases, and reissues, available for purchase at the lowest prices possible from oldies.about.com.
The Top 10 Wedding Oldies
The oldies.about.com guide to the best wedding oldies songs, complete with reviews and a price comparison guide!
Smokey Robinson: My World: The Definitive Collection
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the new Smokey Robison greatest hits collection, featuring two brand new Smokey songs!
Dean Martin: Live From Las Vegas
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the first live CD of Dean Martin live at the Sands Hotel!
The Essential Dion
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the latest single-disc retrospective of Dion's greatest hits!
Buddy Holly: The Essentials
The oldies.about.com guide to a Buddy Holly collection -- CDs, DVDs, and books that no Buddy fan should be without, complete with reviews and a price comparison guide!
Spanky and Our Gang: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the new budget compilation of this sunshine pop group's greatest hits!
Guide Review: New Orleans Party Classics
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the new 2-CD set from Time-Life that summarizes the best of classic Crescent City rock and R&B;!
Bobby Darin: Live! At The Desert Inn
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: The legendary crooner's last live album, now remastered after nearly twenty years!
Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years/The Late '60s: 25 Top 10 Hits
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the latest in Varese's ongoing series of AM radio-style compilations covering the history of rock and roll!
Simon and Garfunkel: Old Friends Live on Stage
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: a two CD / one DVD document of Simon and Garfunkel's historic 2003 reunion concert tour!
The Beatles: The Capitol Albums Volume One
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the first four American Beatles albums released by Capitol, now remastered for the digital age!
The Top 10 Elvis Presley DVDs
The top ten Elvis Presley DVDs of all time - compilations, original albums, live recordings, and more! A handy shopping list from your oldies.about.com guide. Compare prices and buy these Elvis DVDs here!
The Top 10 Patriotic Oldies
A look at the best oldies songs about America as a country and as a way of life... from your oldies.about.com Guide. Includes buyer's guide and reviews.
The Top 10 Elvis Presley CDs
The top ten Elvis Presley CDs of all time - compilations, original albums, live recordings, and more! A handy shopping list from your oldies.about.com guide. Compare prices and buy these Elvis CDs here!
James Brown:The Ultimate Collection
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the new 3-CD overview of the Godfather of Soul's legendary career.
General Oldies Compilations
Here's a list of the finest oldies compilation CDs, as hand-picked by your Guide. This is not intended to be a complete list (yet), just a good starter guide for anyone looking to fill basic gaps in their oldies collection.
Summer Oldies Music Compilations
Here's a list of the best summer oldies CD compilations, in no particular order, as hand-picked by your Guide. It's subjective, of course, but it covers the 50s, 60s, and 70s in search of what your Guide considers the classic summer, beach, surf, and drag hits.
Teen Tragedy Of The Fifties and Sixties
Here's a list of the best teen tragedy songs of the Fifties, as hand-picked by your Guide. It's subjective, of course, but it covers the early days of rock and roll in search of what your Guide considers the saddest and most morbid teen songs.
Top 10 AM Tragedies of the Seventies
Early Seventies pop had a decidedly vicious, morbid streak. Pop-culture watchdogs like to complain about today's rock, but these weird little ditties were all over transistor radios then, and no one seemed to notice. This purely subjective list represents the fave picks of Your Guide (me) and where to find them.
Dance Craze Songs
Here's a list of the Top 10 best oldies dance songs of all time. It's subjective, of course, but it covers the 50s and especially 60s in search of what your Guide considers the classic Oldies dance hits. (NOTE: Hit songs for dances that didn't catch on are not included; e.g., Archie Bell and the Drells' "Tighten Up.")
Back to School Oldies
Here's a list of the Top 10 best oldies songs about school and the classroom experience, in descending order. It's subjective, of course, but it covers the 50s, 60s (and early 70s) in search of what your Guide considers the classic high school Oldies hits.
Halloween Oldies
Here's a list of the best Halloween oldies ever, as hand-picked by your Guide. Songs about aliens are not included (not quite in the Halloween spirit, really), and neither are songs that are about spooky subjects but yet don't sound all that creepy (i.e., Sheb Wooley's "Purple People Eater" and David Seville's "Witch Doctor").
Oldies Christmas CDs
Here's a list of the best Christmas albums of the oldies era (approximately from 1945-1965), as hand-picked by your Guide. It's subjective, of course, but it covers the early days of rock and roll in search of what your Guide considers the greatest holiday oldies compilations.
For Lovers Only
Here's a list of the best love song Oldies compilations, in no particular order, as hand-picked by your Guide. It's subjective, of course, but it covers the postwar period in search of what your Guide considers the best upbeat and romantic music.
Mardi Gras Music
Here's a list of the best Mardi Gras oldies, in no particular order, as hand-picked by your Guide. It's subjective, of course, but it covers the 50s, 60s, and 70s in search of what your Guide considers the classic Carnival hits of New Orleans.
Elvis: Ultimate Gospel
The first single-disc overview of the King's gospel music recordings, digitally remastered for superior sound! Read my review and see why this is a great place for neophytes to start, even though the compilation is slightly flawed. Contains links and a price comparison guide, so you can buy it as cheaply as possible right now!
The British Invasion (1963-1967)
The 3-disc box set from Hip-O Records: how well does it chronicle rock and roll's first great Brit-rock boom? Read my review and see why this is a solid if incomplete chronicle of the period. Includes links and a price guide so that you can make your comparisons and buy the set right now!
Soul Comes Home
The legends of Memphis Soul reconvened in 2004 to pay tribute to the legendary label and city that inspired it. This CD and DVD are the result of that historic concert. Read my review and see why this is a must purchase for those who love Stax music AND other Memphis Soul of the period, and why some purists may be offended by a few of the artistic choices.
Supremes #1s
Elvis got one. So did the Beatles. So it's only natural that the girl group who placed five #1 hits on the charts in a row during the Sixties should get their own newly-remastered Number One hits compilation. Read my review and find out why it's not quite what it might have been, and why it's still an essential purchase for fans of the group - or Miss Ross herself.
I Love Rock and Roll
The Collectables label has just reissued these ten budget-priced compilations of vintage Top 40 hits, and I've reviewed the series here for you. Includes ratings, descriptions, and a way for you to purchase these CDs, right now, at the lowest possible price!
Let It Be... Naked
After years of waiting, we're finally treated to a "de-Spectorized" version of the Beatles' infamous "Let It Be" album, now remastered for modern ears. But was it worth the wait? Do the new changes create more problems than they solve? My review lays it all out for you. Includes ratings and a way for you to purchase this CD at the lowest possible price!
Elvis: 2nd To None
The followup to 2002's phenomenally successful remastered Elvis compilation 30 #1 Hits. Are these more Number Ones? If not, what can we expect this time out? My review lays it all out for you. Includes ratings and a way for you to purchase this CD at the lowest possible price!
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