If you wanted to, you could call this a concept album, since each song is about something edible ("Green Peppers," Lieber & Stoller's "Love Potion #9") - it would have been appropriate to include a couple of songs about cheese. Alpert continued to run up hits through 1968, at which point he shifted focus to his label, only occasionally releasing new material like "Rise" (#1 in 1979) or "Diamonds" (#2 in 1986, featuring Janet Jackson).

(DBW) The Bee Gees, Bee Gees' 1st (1967) You may think I'm crazy, but...

Soxx & the Blue Jeans, and Darlene Love: I'm not crazy about Ronnie Spector's nasal voice, and the Crystals' Lala Brooks isn't the most distinctive singer, but Love (who also sings most of the songs credited to Bob B.

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Here's the good news: the individual tracks are all short; Beefheart has a gripping, far-ranging voice; his poetry is some of the best put on record during the 60s ("Steal Softly Thru Snow"), full of clever rhymes ("Dust Blow..."), sly political allusions ("Ant Man Bee"; "Veteran's Day Poppy"), and wild, arresting imagery ("Pena"); and the band is riffy and adventurous ("Ella Guru"), if frequently atonal and maximally slipshod.

If all of this sounds like Frank Zappa in an unusually experimental mood, well, it's no coincidence - Zappa and Beefheart already had been friends for years, and Zappa produced the record.

(JA) Various Artists, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector (1963) I expected to come out against the canonization of this girl group sock hop disc as the ultimate Christmas album; I figured I'd say, "Almost no original material, and Spector uses the same tricks on every track." But you know what?

It's extraordinarily well done from start to finish: each song has the fresh delivery and easy pride of a new composition, and though Spector does rely heavily on echo, stacks of pianos, guitars, horns and strings (his famous Wall Of Sound) and an occasionally overprecise feel, there's a great deal of variety in the arrangements.

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Walker & The All-Stars - Larry Williams It's frightening how many records are out there, 60s or not.

We've tried to cover the most important ones, but there's a limit to what two guys with other things to do (believe it or not! Here we inventory a few 60s artists whose work we know mostly from one or two records, usually good ones.

Most of them deserve more extensive coverage - and we're working on it.

She serves up the one original, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," which has the same dramatic thunder and anthemic backing vocals as Spector's "Be My Baby." Session musicians include Sonny Bono on percussion, and Don Randi and Leon Russell on keyboards, among others.