Of Hopes & Dreams & Tombstones: Beat 'n' R&B from Down Under songs Product Information
Of Hopes & Dreams & Tombstones: Beat 'n' R&B from Down Under album for sale was released Jul 29, 2002 on the Big Beat Records (Dance) label. All 31 of the tracks on this anthology of mid-'60s Australian rock were licensed from Festival, the most active independent label in recording Australian rock of the era. Although its limitation to one source inevitably means it can't serve as a best-of (or one of the best-ofs) for the Australian scene as a whole, it's a good collection of material from a vibrant corner of '60s rock that's been fairly neglected by listeners not from down under. Of Hopes & Dreams & Tombstones: Beat 'n' R&B from Down Under CD music contains a single disc with 31 songs. ...See Full Description
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Of Hopes & Dreams & Tombstones: Beat 'n' R&B from Down Under Album Track Listing
|1||Of Hopes and Dreams and Tombstones|
|3||Ready Steady Let's Go|
|5||Don't Ask Me Why|
|6||She Used To Be Mine|
|7||That Lovin' Touch|
|8||That's When Happiness Began|
|9||So Far Away|| $0.99||(Available)|
|10||When I Found You|
|11||My Baby||2:33|| $0.99||(Available)|
|12||So Why Pretend|
|13||I've Got To Let You Go|
|14||Well, That Ain't Nice|
|15||Too Late To Come Home|
|18||Slowly But Surely|
|20||If You See My Baby|
|22||I Want Her To|
|25||Baby Let Your Hair Down|
|27||Lost My Baby|
|28||I'll Never Love Again||2:31|| $0.99||(Available)|
|29||She's a Go Go|
|30||House on Soul Hill|
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Of Hopes & Dreams & Tombstones: Beat 'n' R&B from Down Under buy CD music Customer Reviews
||Rocking in the Sixties|
Having grown up in Australia in the 50's/60's,I experienced first hand the emerging rock bands in Oz. My brother was lead singer in the Courtmen(I've got to let you go),and I saw or heard a lot of the groups on the cd.
By a reviewer (Anderson,Indiana,USA)
||Brilliant And Fascinating|
This is a wonderful compilation of 1960's Australian bands, and every '60s freak will thoroughly enjoy adding this cd to their collections.
By a reviewer (Las Vegas, USA)
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Of Hopes & Dreams & Tombstones: Beat 'n' R&B from Down Under songs Product Details
|CD Universe Part number||3931608|
|Label||Big Beat Records (Dance)|
|Release Date||Jul 29, 2002|
|Recording Time||73 minutes|
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