Classic Rock (Time-Life Music)

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Classic Rock was a 31-volume series issued by Time Life during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Unlike what the name may imply, the series spotlighted popular music played on Top 40 radio stations of the mid-to-late-1960s.

Much like Time-Life's other series chronicling popular music, volumes in the "Classic Rock" series covered a specific time period, including single years in some volumes and stylistic trends in others. Each volume was issued on a compact disc, cassette or (on volumes issued through 1990) 2-LP vinyl record set. Individual volumes generally contained 22 tracks, and represented the highlighted time period's most popular and noteworthy tracks. Also included was a booklet, containing liner notes written by some of the most respected historians of the genre, photographs of the artists, and information on the songs (writers, performers and peak position on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart).

History[edit]

"Classic Rock" was first issued in the winter of 1988, with the first volume in the series titled Classic Rock: 1965. Like most compilation albums, songs by two of the era's most successful groups – The Beatles and The Rolling Stones – were not included due to licensing issues; however, several albums had cover art with drawings of male rock signers resembling The Beatles.

As was the case with Time-Life's other series, "Classic Rock" was advertised in television and magazine advertisements. The series was available by subscription (by calling a 1-800 number); those who purchased the series in that fashion received a new volume roughly every other month (on the format of their choice), and had the option of keeping the volumes they wanted.

Each volume was also offered for individual sale. When the series was fully issued, a customer could purchase the entire series at once (or a group of albums, as packaged by Time-Life as part of a promotion), often at a discounted price.

New volumes continued to be issued through 1991, the final one being a volume titled Classic Rock: Rock Renaissance IV (an album of hard rock from the mid- to late-1960s). An additional volume, titled Totally Fantastic '60s, were released sometime later in the 1990s.

Time-Life continued to offer "Classic Rock" through the early-2000s (decade), after which it was replaced by other series.

In 1999, Time-Life issued a "budget" box set, "Classic '60s: Greatest Hits", containing three CDs or cassettes of 12 songs each, for retail sale.

The series[edit]

Album listing[edit]

As with many of Time-Life Records' multi-volume releases, the volumes were not issued in a logical, sequential order by date or era of the subject; that is, issuing volumes covering 1964 before progressing to 1965. In the track information section, the volumes will be listed sequentially by era; the following list is the order in which the volumes were released.

1988[edit]

  • Classic Rock: 1965
  • Classic Rock: 1966
  • Classic Rock: 1964
  • Classic Rock: 1968
  • Classic Rock: 1967
  • Classic Rock: 1969
  • Classic Rock: 1966: The Beat Goes On
  • Classic Rock: 1965: The Beat Goes On
  • Classic Rock: 1964: The Beat Goes On
  • Classic Rock: 1967: The Beat Goes On

1989[edit]

  • Classic Rock: 1968: The Beat Goes On
  • Classic Rock: 1969: The Beat Goes On
  • Classic Rock: 1966: Shakin' All Over
  • Classic Rock: 1965: Shakin' All Over
  • Classic Rock: 1967: Shakin' All Over
  • Classic Rock: 1964: Shakin' All Over
  • Classic Rock: Rock Renaissance
  • Classic Rock: Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Classic Rock: 1968: Shakin' All Over

1990[edit]

  • Classic Rock: 1969: Skakin' All Over
  • Classic Rock: Rock Renaissance II
  • Classic Rock: 1966: Blowin' Your Mind
  • Classic Rock: 1965: Blowin' Your Mind
  • Classic Rock: 1967: Blowin' Your Mind
  • Classic Rock: On the Soul Side
  • Classic Rock: Rock Renaissance III
  • Classic Rock: 1968: Blowin' Your Mind
  • Classic Rock: On the Soul Side II

1991[edit]

  • Classic Rock: On the Soul Side II
  • Classic Rock: Bubblegum, Garage and Pop Nuggets
  • Classic Rock: Rock Renaissance IV

mid-1990s[edit]

  • Classic Rock: Totally Fantastic '60s

Track listing[edit]

1964[edit]

1964: The Beat Goes On[edit]

1964: Shakin' All Over[edit]

1965[edit]

1965: The Beat Goes On[edit]

1965: Shakin' All Over[edit]

1965: Blowin' Your Mind[edit]

1966[edit]

1966: The Beat Goes On[edit]

1966: Shakin' All Over[edit]

1966: Blowin' Your Mind[edit]

1. Hollies - Bus Stop 2. Diana Ross and the Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love 3. The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon 4. The Mindbenders - A Groovy Kind of Love 5. Bobby Hebb - Sunny 6. Slim Harpo - Baby, Scratch My Back 7. Them - Gloria 8. Junior Walker and the All Stars - (I'm a) Road Runner 9. The Temptations - Get Ready 10. The Mamas and Papas - I Saw Her Again Last Night 11. Percy Sledge - Warm and Tender Love 12. Billy Stewart - Summertime 13. Bob Kuban and the In-Men - The Cheater 14. Lou Christie - Rhapsody in the Rain 15. The Cyrkle - Turn-Down Day 16. The Beach Boys - Sloop John B 17. Shades of Blue - Oh How Happy 18. Bob Lind - Elusive Butterfly 19. The Turtles - You Baby 20. J. J. Jackson - But It's Alright 21. Lee Dorsey - Holy Cow 22. Deon Jackson - Love Makes the World Go Round

1967[edit]

1967: The Beat Goes On[edit]

1967: Shakin' All Over[edit]

01 - Spencer Davis Group - I'm A Man 02 - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough 03 - Hollies - On a Carousel 04 - Jay & the Techniques - "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" 05 - Monkees - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone 06 - Otis Redding & Carla Thomas - Tramp 07 - Easybeats - Friday On My Mind 08 - Etta James - Tell Mama 09 - Fantastic Johnny C - Boogaloo Down Broadway 10 - Mamas & Papas - Creeque Alley 11 - Brenda & The Tabulations - Dry Your Eyes 12 - Association - Windy 13 - Keith - Ninety-Eight Point Six 14 - Supremes - Reflections 15 - Music Machine - Talk Talk 16 - Aretha Franklin - Baby I Love You 17 - Janis Ian - Society's Child 18 - Turtles - She'd Rather Be With Me 19 - Sonny & Cher - The Beat Goes On 20 - Rascals - I've Been Lonely Too Long 21 - Bar-Kays - Soul Finger 22 - Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billie Joe

1967: Blowin' Your Mind[edit]

01 - The Byrds - So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star 02 - The Beach Boys - Heroes and Villains 03 - The Mamas and the Papas - Words of Love 04 - Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston - It Takes Two 05 - Robert Knight - Everlasting Love 06 - Peaches and Herb - Close Your Eyes 07 - James and Bobby Purify - Shake a Tail Feather 08 - Joe Tex - Skinny Legs and All 09 - The Marvelettes - The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game 10 - The Tremeloes - Here Comes My Baby 11 - Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness 12 - The Four Tops - Seven Rooms of Gloom 13 - Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata 14 - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Honey Chile 15 - The Casinos - Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye 16 - The Bee Gees - New York Mining Disaster 1941 17 - The Lovin' Spoonful - Darling Be Home Soon 18 - The Box Tops - She's My Girl 19 - The Hombres - Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) 20 - The Turtles - She's My Girl 21 - The Young Rascals - How Can I Be Sure 22 - Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)

1968[edit]

  • "Born To Be Wild" - Steppenwolf
  • "Cry Like a Baby" - Box Tops
  • "Crimson And Clover" - Tommy James & The Shondells
  • "I Thank You" - Sam & Dave
  • "Love Is All Around" - Troggs
  • "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" - Otis Redding
  • "Sunshine of Your Love" - Cream
  • "Everyday People" - Sly & The Family Stone
  • "Pictures of Matchstick Men" - Status Quo
  • "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" - Aretha Franklin
  • "Hurdy Gurdy Man" - Donovan
  • "Abraham Martin And John" - Dion
  • "Cloud Nine" - Temptations
  • "Midnight Confessions" - Grass Roots
  • "On the Road Again" - Canned Heat
  • "Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
  • "A Beautiful Morning" - Rascals
  • "La La Means I Love You" - Delfonics
  • "You Keep Me Hangin' On" - Vanilla Fudge
  • "Love Child" - Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • "Valleri - The Monkees
  • "Think" - Aretha Franklin
  • "Who's Making Love" - Johnnie Taylor
  • "Like to Get to Know You" - Spanky & Our Gang

1968: The Beat Goes On[edit]

  • "Nobody But Me" - Human Beinz
  • "Magic Carpet Ride" - Steppenwolf
  • "Mony Mony" - Tommy James & The Shondells
  • "Cowboys to Girls" - Intruders
  • "People Got to Be Free" - Rascals
  • "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" - Marvin Gaye
  • "Soulful Strut" - Young-Holt Unlimited
  • "Eleanore" - The Turtles
  • "With a Little Help from My Friends" - Joe Cocker
  • "I Wish It Would Rain" - The Temptations
  • "Dance to the Music - Sly & The Family Stone
  • "Girl Watcher" - O'Kaysions
  • "Itchycoo Park" - Small Faces
  • "Green Tambourine" - Lemon Pipers
  • "Chain Of Fools" - Aretha Franklin
  • "Slip Away" - Clarence Carter
  • "There Is" - Dells
  • "Bend Me, Shape Me" - American Breed
  • "Bottle of Wine" - The Fireballs
  • "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) - The First Edition
  • "Hush - Deep Purple

1968: Shakin' All Over[edit]

  • "All Along the Watchtower" - Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • "Piece of My Heart" - Big Brother & The Holding Company
  • "The House That Jack Built" - Aretha Franklin
  • "The Horse" - Cliff Nobles & Company
  • "Spooky" - Classics IV
  • "You're All I Need To Get By" - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • "Summertime Blues" - Blue Cheer
  • "I Love You" - People
  • "Jennifer Juniper" - Donovan
  • "Stoned Soul Picnic" - The Fifth Dimension
  • "Take Time to Know Her" - Percy Sledge
  • "Time Has Come Today" - The Chambers Bros.
  • "Quick Joey Small" - Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
  • "Baby Now That I've Found You" - The Foundations
  • "Different Drum" - The Stone Poneys
  • "Susie-Q, Part 1" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "Journey to the Center of the Mind" - Amboy Dukes
  • "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)"- John Fred & His Playboy Band
  • "Reach Out of the Darkness" - Friend & Lover
  • "Young Girl" - Gary Puckett & Union Gap
  • "Stay In My Corner" - The Dells

1968: Blowin' Your Mind[edit]

  • "Fire" - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
  • "I Can't Stop Dancing" - Archie Bell and The Drells
  • "Hey, Western Union Man" - Jerry Butler
  • "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • "Son of a Preacher Man" - Dusty Springfield
  • "Darlin'" - The Beach Boys
  • "The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)" - Otis Redding
  • "Soul Serenade" - Willie Mitchell
  • "I'm a Midnight Mover" - Wilson Pickett
  • "I Put a Spell On You" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" - Iron Butterfly
  • "Yummy Yummy Yummy" - Ohio Express
  • "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" - Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
  • "Cinnamon" - Derek
  • "Stormy" - Classics IV
  • "Angel of the Morning" - Merrilee Rush
  • "Words" - The Bee Gees
  • "Hold Me Tight" - Johnny Nash
  • "Simon Says" - 1910 Fruitgum Co.
  • "She's a Heartbreaker" - Gene Pitney
  • "My Baby Must Be a Magician" - The Marvelettes
  • "Here Comes the Judge" - Shorty Long

1969[edit]

  • "I Want You Back" - The Jackson 5
  • "Venus" - Shocking Blue
  • "Hot Fun In the Summertime" - Sly & The Family Stone
  • "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • "You Showed Me" - Turtles
  • "Oh What a Night" - Dells
  • "Get Together" - Youngbloods
  • "Build Me Up Buttercup" - Foundations
  • "I Can't Get Next to You" - Temptations
  • "No Time" - The Guess Who
  • "One" - Three Dog Night
  • "Time of the Season" - The Zombies
  • "Let's Work Together" - Wilbert Harrison
  • "Dizzy" - Tommy Roe
  • "Soul Deep" - Box Tops
  • "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" - Junior Walker & The All-Stars
  • "Baby Baby Don't Cry" - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • "Hawaii Five-O" - The Ventures
  • "Crystal Blue Persuasion" - Tommy James & The Shondells
  • "Only the Strong Survive" - Jerry Butler
  • "Put a Little Love In Your Heart" - Jackie DeShannon
  • "Mendicino" - Sir Douglas Quintet
  • "Hey There Lonely Girl" - Eddie Holman

1969: The Beat Goes On[edit]

  • "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" - Joe Cocker
  • "Games People Play" - Joe South
  • "Take a Letter Maria" - R.B. Greaves
  • "Sugar Sugar - The Archies
  • "Polk Salad Annie" - Tony Joe White
  • "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)" - David Ruffin
  • "I Want to Take You Higher" - Sly & The Family Stone
  • "Spinning Wheel" - Blood Sweat & Tears
  • "Sweet Cherry Wine" - Tommy James & The Shondells
  • "Time Is Tight" - Booker T. & MGs
  • "Everybody's Talkin'" - Nilsson
  • "In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" - Zager & Evans
  • "Run Away Child Running Wild" - The Temptations
  • "I Got a Line On You" - Spirit
  • "Going Up the Country" - Canned Heat
  • "Backfield In Motion" - Mel & Tim
  • "Israelites" - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  • "Rock Me" - Steppenwolf
  • "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" - Marvin Gaye
  • "Jam Up Jelly Tight" - Tommy Roe
  • "Can I Change My Mind" - Tyrone Davis
  • "Oh Happy Day" - Edwin Hawkins Singers

1969: Shakin' All Over[edit]

  • "Aquarius-Let the Sunshine In (Flesh Failures)" - The Fifth Dimension
  • "Eli's Coming" - Three Dog Night
  • "My Pledge of Love" - Joe Jeffrey Group
  • "These Eyes" - The Guess Who
  • "Nothing But a Heartache" - The Flirtations
  • "I Started a Joke" - The Bee Gees
  • "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" - Lou Christie
  • "It's Your Thing" - The Isley Brothers
  • "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" - Steam
  • "Someday We'll Be Together" - Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • "Going In Circles" - Friends Of Distinction
  • "Commotion" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "Twenty-Five Miles" - Edwin Starr
  • "The Thrill Is Gone" - B.B. King
  • "That's the Way Love Is" - Marvin Gaye
  • "Something In the Air" - Thunderclap Newman
  • "Crossroads" - Cream
  • "Stand" - Sly & The Family Stone
  • "Hang 'Em High" - Booker T. & The MG's
  • "Worst That Could Happen" - Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge
  • "Atlantis" - Donovan

Rock Renaissance[edit]

  • "Purple Haze" - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • "Till The End of the Day" - The Kinks
  • "All I Really Want To Do" - The Byrds
  • "Get Me to the World On Time" - The Electric Prunes
  • "Black Magic Woman" - Fleetwood Mac
  • "Kentucky Woman" - Deep Purple
  • "Whipping Post" - The Allman Brothers Band
  • "Sookie Sookie" - Steppenwolf
  • "Feelin' Alright" - Joe Cocker
  • "Sugar and Spice" - The Cryan Shames
  • "Catch the Wind" - Donovan
  • "Kick Out the Jams" - MC5
  • "Seven & Seven Is" - Love
  • "I'm Gonna Love You Too" - The Hullaballoos
  • "Ballad of Easy Rider" - The Byrds
  • "Paper Sun" - Traffic
  • "Homburg" - Procol Harum
  • "Hey Joe" - Leaves
  • "Money" - The Kingsmen
  • "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" - The Yardbirds
  • "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" - Country Joe & The Fish
  • "Combination of the Two" - Big Brother & The Holding Company

Rock Renaissance II[edit]

01 - Cream - White Room 02 - Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard 03 - Byrds - My Back Pages 04 - Hollies - Pay You Back With Interest 05 - Searchers - Bumblebee 06 - Pretty Things - Don't Bring Me Down 07 - Troggs - I Can't Control Myself 08 - Love - My Little Red Book 09 - Kinks - Dedicated Follower of Fashion 10 - Santana - Evil Ways 11 - Traffic - Forty Thousand Headmen 12 - Them - Mystic Eyes 13 - Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane 14 - Van Morrison - Moondance 15 - Flying Burrito Brothers - Chrsitine's Tune 16 - Balloon Farm - A Question of Temperature 17 - Yardbirds - Stroll On 18 - Cream - Tales Of Brave Ulysses 19 - Standells - Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White 20 - Sir Douglas Quintet - The Rains Came 21 - Quicksilver Messenger Service - Who Do You Love 22 - Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home

Rock Renaissance III[edit]

01 - Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road 02 - Paul Revere & The Raiders - Steppin' Out 03 - Searchers - When You Walk In the Room 04 - Bobby Fuller Four - Love's Made a Fool of You 05 - Troggs - With A Girl Like You 06 - Barbarians - Are You a Boy Or Are You a Girl 07 - Seeds - Can't Seem to Make You Mine 08 - Sonics - Psycho 09 - Byrds - 5 D (Fifth Dimension) 10 - Chocolate Watch Band - Let's Talk About Girls 11 - Five Americans - I See the Light 12 - Nazz - Hello It's Me 13 - Procol Harum - A Salty Dog 14 - Moody Blues - Ride My See Saw 15 - Cream - I Feel Free 16 - Joe Cocker - Delta Lady 17 - Allman Brothers Band - Midnight Rider 18 - Steppenwolf - The Pusher 19 - Blood Sweat & Tears - I Can't Quit Her 20 - Electric Flag - Groovin' Is Easy 21 - Van Morrison - Caravan 22 - Blind Faith - Presence of the Lord

Rock Renaissance IV[edit]

On The Soul Side[edit]

Classic Rock: On The Soul Side II[edit]

Bubblegum, Garage and Pop Nuggets[edit]

Creedence Clearwater Revival[edit]

Totally Fantastic '60s[edit]

External links[edit]