Jon Savage's 1965 - The Year The Sixties Ignited Various Artists (Jon Savage)


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDTOP2 1513

A genre-spanning 2CD mix of hit singles, slow burners and lost gems from soul, funk, psych, garage and rock’n’roll. The 45s that defined 1965 and crystallised author Jon Savage’s memories of the year.

1965 was the year of Dylan, folk-rock and protest, and the year when the post-beat bohemian subculture took over from traditional showbiz as the principal youth culture. Suits and group uniforms were out: denim, suede and long hair in. It was also a vintage Motown year. In the first week of 1965, the Supremes were at #2 US and three other Motown records were in the Billboard Top 40. Two weeks later the Supremes reached #1, the first of six Motown achieved that year – and, in March, EMI UK launched the Tamla Motown label with hits by the Supremes and Martha & the Vandellas. Harder core soul artists such as Wilson Pickett and James Brown also had US pop hits and, thanks to the pirate radio stations and inspired promotion by Decca PR Tony Hall, Pickett narrowly missed the UK Top 10.

The thing about the 60s, certainly for a media-scanning 12 year-old like me, was that it wasn’t like an Austin Powers film, with a three-CD set of top hits blasting out of an E-Type on Carnaby Street. To hear the record you wanted, you had to wade through what seemed like oceans of dreck – maudlin ballads by the Bachelors, Jim Reeves and Ken Dodd that seemed to last a lifetime – before you got to the Yardbirds, Dylan, James Brown or the Who. The experience of hearing those great records then was even more powerful in that relief.

These two CDs are an enhanced version of what I remember from 1965, based on regular exposure to Ready Steady Go!, Top Of The Pops and Radio Caroline South. The tracks are arranged along chronological lines, with a few deviations for the sake of flow. It’s not possible to be definitive, and if there are any major artists missing, there is usually a good reason. Some of the records here are very familiar: others were extremely obscure in 1965, and have only come to light in recent years. Part of the pleasure of pop fandom is in discovering lost and hidden singles and albums from a familiar period that expand your knowledge of what was going on at the time – in a period that you might have been too young to fully comprehend.



Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Concrete And Clay - Unit Four Plus Two

  • 02 Preview Land Of A Thousand Dances Pt 1 - Thee Midniters

  • 03 Preview Shotgun - Jr Walker & The All Stars

  • 04 Preview Come And Stay With Me - Marianne Faithfull

  • 05 Preview That's The Way It's Got To Be - The Poets

  • 06 Preview Fortune Teller - Tony Jackson with The Vibrations

  • 07 Preview Twine Time - Alvin Cash & The Crawlers

  • 08 Preview Stranger In Town - Del Shannon

  • 09 Preview Nowhere To Run - Martha & The Vandellas

  • 10 Preview Iko Iko - The Dixie Cups

  • 11 Preview Boot-Leg - Booker T & The MG's

  • 12 Preview Leaving Here - The Birds

  • 13 Preview I'm Alive - The Hollies

  • 14 Preview Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind - Vashti

  • 15 Preview Anyway Anyhow Anywhere - The Who

  • 16 Preview Incense - The Anglos

  • 17 Preview The Price Of Love - The Everly Brothers

  • 18 Preview Boss Hoss - The Sonics

  • 19 Preview Nobody Knows What's Goin' On (In My Mind But Me) - The Chiffons

  • 20 Preview Heart Full Of Soul - The Yardbirds

  • 21 Preview Agent Double-O-Soul - Edwin Starr

  • 22 Preview In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett

  • 23 Preview Too Many People - The Leaves

  • 24 Preview See My Friends - The Kinks

Side 2

  • 01 Preview I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better - The Byrds

  • 02 Preview Buttermilk Pt 1 - Sly

  • 03 Preview Anything - The Vejtables

  • 04 Preview Can't Seem To Make You Mine - The Seeds

  • 05 Preview Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl - The Barbarians

  • 06 Preview London Town - The Pretty Things

  • 07 Preview You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - The Silkie

  • 08 Preview From A Buick 6 - Bob Dylan

  • 09 Preview If You Gotta Go, Go Now - Manfred Mann

  • 10 Preview Papa's Got A Brand New Bag Pt 1 - James Brown & The Famous Flames

  • 11 Preview Ain't That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye

  • 12 Preview Can You Hear Me - Lee Dorsey

  • 13 Preview It's My Life - The Animals

  • 14 Preview You Just Gotta Know My Mind - Karen Verros

  • 15 Preview Blow Your Mind - The Gas Co

  • 16 Preview The Train From Kansas City - The Shangri-Las

  • 17 Preview You've Got What I Want - The Sorrows

  • 18 Preview Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) - Donovan

  • 19 Preview Girl From The North Country - Link Wray

  • 20 Preview I've Got Mine - Small Faces

  • 21 Preview The Duck - Jackie Lee

  • 22 Preview The Story Of John Hardy - The Sir Douglas Quintet

  • 23 Preview We Sell Soul - The Spades

  • 24 Preview My World Is Empty Without You - The Supremes

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Press quotes


"It takes some nerve to include Dylan’s rocking From A Buick 6 rather than Like A Rolling Stone.But, as ever, it’s Savage’s more outré inclusions that give this two-CD set its deeper appeal: long-lost beat-boom rarities such as The Poets’ That’s The Way It’s Got To Be; enduring club classics such as The Anglos’ exuberant Incense; and engagingly naïve folk-rock, most notably in The Gas Co’s Blow Your Mind."


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