Though I'm not sure if the teenagers of the '60s have a monopoly on discontent and hunger for change, it was the music of this generation that expressed it the loudest. Many of those songs are contained on this two-disc set, 32 of them to be exact. Whether it's Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" or The Mamas & The Papa's "California Dreaming" of disc one, or Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" or The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown's "Fire" of disc two, the songs ring of a hunger and passion for change.The two CDs bundled under the title Born to be Wild contain the hardest sounding songs, the ones I would label classic rock. They are songs that I remember as ones I latched on to as I was coming of age and trying to identify who I was and who I was becoming.Age of Aquarius
Or course, you couldn't title a dis Age of Aquarius without including the song. It is probably the song to best reflect the hope for change that came out of this decade of music and appears on disc one. What remains are the songs from the folk side of sixties rock, artists like Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and The Byrds.Highlights from disc one include Big Brother & the Holding Company's "Piece of My Heart" (featuring vocals by Janis Joplin), and the Byrds' two biggest hits "Mr Tambourine Man" and "Eight Mile High." Disc two features another hit from The Byrds, "Turn, Turn, Turn" as well as Bob Dylan's "Subterraenean Homesick Blues" and The 5th Dimension's "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In."Summer of Love
As with many other compilations released this year, Flower Power: The Summer of Love celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of the musical phenomenon. All these songs were playing on the airwaves during the summer of 1967, and there is a wide and varied collection of them in the two disc set. From Van Morrison ("Brown Eyed Girl") to Jefferson Airplane ("Somebody to Love") the collection documents the time that is most often cited as the beginning of the 'hippie movement' and the summer 100,000 people embraced the idea of free love and free drugs in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Groovin'