Time-Life compilation CDs

For compilation-o-philes, the Time-Life collections are the Holy Grail. The licensing muscle of Time-Life has more pull than any other collections, anywhere, at any price. I've listed the entries to the following series:

I've provided scans of what I have.


The Rock 'N' Roll Era

The definitive 1950s set. The early discs sound pretty bad, due to source material being shipped to Time-Life life on analog reel-to-reel tapes. Sound levels are a bit low. Remarkable track selection, probably the deepest 1950s pop set ever released. These are all single discs, with about twenty-two tracks each. An additional Vol. 51 was released in 1996, four years after the original series ended. Some of these have been remastered; you can tell by “RE-1” or “RE-2” in the matrix number on the discs. The Time-Life numbering scheme is 2RNR-xx.

  1. 1957 (released 1987)
  2. 1962 (1987)
  3. The Beach Boys: 1962-1967 (1988)
  4. 1961 (1987)
  5. 1958 (1987)
  6. Elvis Presley: 1954-1961 (1988)
  7. 1963 (1986)
  8. 1954-1955 (1988)
  9. The Everly Brothers: 1957-1962 (1987)
  10. 1964 (1987)
  11. 1960 (1987)
  12. The Supremes: 1963-1969 (1987)
  13. 1959 (1988)
  14. 1956 (1987)
  15. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons: 1962-1967 (1987)
  16. 1962: Still Rockin' (1988)
  17. 1957: Still Rockin' (1988)
  18. 1961: Still Rockin' (1989)
  19. 1963: Still Rockin' (1989)
  20. 1959: Still Rockin' (1989)
  21. 1958: Still Rockin' (1989)
  22. 1960: Still Rockin' (1989)
  23. 1956: Still Rockin' (1989)
  24. The '50s: Keep On Rockin' (1989)
  25. The '60s: Keep On Rockin' (1989)
  26. Elvis, The King: 1954-1965 (1990)
  27. Teen Idols (1990)
  28. The '50s: Rave On (1990)
  29. The '60s: Rave On (1990)
  30. Roots Of Rock: 1945-1956 (1990)
  31. Ricky Nelson: 1957-1972 (1990)
  32. Red-Hot Rockabilly (1990)
  33. The '50s: Last Dance (1990)
  34. Roy Orbison: 1960-1965 (1991)
  35. The '60s: Last Dance (1991)
  36. Axes & Saxes: The Great Instrumentals (1991)
  37. Weird, Wild & Wacky (1991)
  38. Rock Classics: The Originals (1991)
  39. The New Orleans Sound (1991)
  40. The '60s: Teen Time (1991)
  41. R&B Gems (1991)
  42. The '60s: Sock Hop (1991)
  43. Roots Of Rock II (1992)
  44. Lost Treasures (1992)
  45. Street Corner Serenade (1992)
  46. The '60s: Jukebox Memories (1992)
  47. Teen Idols II (1992)
  48. R&B Gems II (1992)
  49. Lost Treasures II (1992)
  50. Street Corner Serenade II (1992)

Classic Rock

The definitive 1960s set. Same quibbles as with the Rock ’N’ Roll Era series - the early discs sound pretty bad, due to source material being shipped to Time-Life life on analog reel-to-reel tapes. Sound levels are a bit low on this set as well. Track selection is also remarkable, probably the deepest 1960s pop set ever released. All are single discs, with about twenty-two tracks each. An additional Vol. 31 was released in 1996, five years after the original series ended. The Time-Life numbering scheme is 2CLR-xx.

  1. 1965 (released 1987)
  2. 1966 (1987)
  3. 1964 (1987)
  4. 1968 (1987)
  5. 1967 (1988)
  6. 1969 (1988)
  7. 1966: The Beat Goes On (1988)
  8. 1965: The Beat Goes On (1988)
  9. 1964: The Beat Goes On (1988)
  10. 1967: The Beat Goes On (1988)
  11. 1968: The Beat Goes On (1989)
  12. 1969: The Beat Goes On (1989)
  13. 1966: Shakin' All Over (1989)
  14. 1965: Shakin' All Over (1989)
  15. 1967: Shakin' All Over (1989)
  16. 1964: Shakin' All Over (1989)
  17. Rock Renaissance (1989)
  18. Creedence Clearwater Revival (1989)
  19. 1968: Shakin' All Over (1989)
  20. 1969: Shakin' All Over (1990)
  21. Rock Renaissance II (1990)
  22. 1966: Blowin' Your Mind (1990)
  23. 1965: Blowin' Your Mind (1990)
  24. 1967: Blowin' Your Mind (1990)
  25. On the Soul Side (1990)
  26. Rock Renaissance III (1990)
  27. 1968: Blowin' Your Mind (1991)
  28. On the Soul Side II (1991)
  29. Garage Rock Nuggets (1991)
  30. Rock Renaissance IV (1991)

Possibly related: Animal Rock (1994)

Your Hit Parade

The definitive 1940s set. Bill Inglot was involved with Vols. 1-31, making those volumes essential for 1940s pop. This was Time-Life's second of only two early series that were not manufactured exclusively by Warner Special Products. The Time-Life numbering scheme is HPD-xx.

  1. 1951 (released 1988)
  2. 1950 (1988)
  3. 1953 (1989)
  4. 1945 (1989)
  5. 1952 (1989)
  6. 1949 (1989)
  7. 1954 (1989)
  8. 1946 (1989)
  9. 1955 (1989)
  10. 1947 (1989)
  11. 1958 (1990)
  12. 1948 (1990)
  13. 1959 (1990)
  14. 1944 (1990)
  15. 1956 (1990)
  16. 1941 (1990)
  17. 1957 (1990)
  18. 1942 (1990)
  19. The Early '50s (1991)
  20. 1943 (1991)
  21. The Mid '50s (1991)
  22. 1940 (1991)
  23. The Late '50s (1991)
  24. The War Years (1991)
  25. The '50s (1991)
  26. The Late '40s (1991)
  27. The Unforgettable '50s (1991)
  28. The Fabulous '50s (1992)
  29. The '40s (1992)
  30. '50s Instrumentals (1992)
  31. The '50s Forever (1992)
  32. Into The '60s (1992)
  33. The Early '60s (1993)
  34. '60s Instrumentals (1993)
  35. The Fun-Time '50s And '60s (1993)
  36. The '50s Pop Revival (1993)
  37. The '60s (1993)
  38. The '50s Generation (1993)
  39. '60s Instrumentals Take Two (1993)
  40. Golden Goofers (1993)

Sounds Of The Seventies

The definitive 1970s set. A few of the early discs include tracks that are identical digital clones from Rhino’s Billboard Top Rock ’N’ Roll Hits series. The initial run of this series, released through 1994, was numbered SOD-xx. Vol. SOD-31 has most of its tracks using the same analog transfers as Rhino’s Have A Nice Day series, but with the left and right channels reversed. Vol. SOD-32 has most of its tracks using the same analog transfers as Rhino’s Have A Nice Day series. Vol. SOD-35 has most of its tracks with the left and right channels reversed.

This series was revived in 1995 with a new numbering scheme for the new volumes (R840-xx). Vol. R840-01 uses extra compression on many tracks; avoid. Vols. R840-05 through R840-10 are a subseries called '70s Dance Party, and are superb disco collections. The R840-xx volumes include many tracks that are digital clones of existing CDs. Volume R840-10 is the same as volume SOD-09, with the same track order and mastering but new packaging. An additional Vol. 11 was released in 1999, two years after the original series ended.

  1. 1970 (released 1989)
  2. 1971 (1989)
  3. 1972 (1989)
  4. 1976 (1989)
  5. 1977 original and rerelease (1990)

    The original release of this CD had Abba's "Dancing Queen" as track 2. Later pressings replaced it with Earth Wind and Fire's "Serpentine Fire". Both pressings have identical serial numbers and the only significant difference in artwork is that the "1977" watermark on the rear cover (not shown in my b/w scans, unfortunately) is tilted for the original release, and horizontal for the rerelease.

  6. 1973 (1990)
  7. 1974 (1990)
  8. 1975 (1990)
  9. 1979 (1990)
  10. 1978 (1990)
  11. 1970: Take Two (1990)
  12. 1971: Take Two (1990)
  13. 1972: Take Two (1991)
  14. 1973: Take Two (1991)
  15. 1974: Take Two (1991)
  16. 1975: Take Two (1991)
  17. 1977: Take Two (1991)
  18. 1976: Take Two (1991)
  19. 1979: Take Two (1991)
  20. 1978: Take Two (1991)
  21. Rock 'N' Soul Seventies (1991)
  22. Seventies Top Forty (1992)
  23. Guitar Power (1992)
  24. FM Rock (1992)
  25. Seventies Generation (1992)
  26. FM Rock II (1992)
  27. Dance Fever (1992)
  28. FM Rock III (1992)
  29. FM Rock IV (1993)
  30. Punk And New Wave (1993)
  31. AM Top Twenty (1993)
  32. AM Pop Classics (1993)
  33. AM Pop Classics II (1993)
  34. The Late '70s (1993)
  35. AM Nuggets (1993)
  36. More AM Nuggets (1994)
  37. AM Heavy Hits (1994)
  38. Celebration (1994)
  39. Pop Nuggets: Late '70s (1995)
  40. TV Themes (1996)
  41. Pop Nuggets: Early '70s (1996)
  42. A Loss For Words (1995)
  43. '70s Dance Party 1972-1974 (1997)
  44. '70s Dance Party 1975-1976 (1997)
  45. '70s Dance Party 1976-1977 (1997)
  46. '70s Dance Party 1978-1979 (1997)
  47. '70s Dance Party 1979-1981 (1997)
  48. '70s Dance Party 1979 (1990)

For those who like to quibble:

Superhits/AM Gold

Mid-1960s to mid-1970 light pop, similar in flavor to Rhino’s Have A Nice Day CDs. There is a lot of overlap with other Time-Life series. All are single CDs, with twenty-one or twenty-two tracks each. Sonically, many of the early discs have levels that are too low. Several discs have all of their tracks with left and right channels swapped. Many tracks shorten the very tail of the fade. From 1994 to 1996, Time-Life repackaged Vols. 1-20 of Superhits as Vols. 1-20 of the AM Gold series (but in a different order), with the same track listing and mastering, but new artwork.

Superhits:

  1. 1966 (released 1990) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 9
  2. 1968 (1990) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 4
  3. 1965 (1990) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 10
  4. 1970 (1990) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 2
  5. 1967 (1991) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 8
  6. 1962 (1991) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 18
  7. 1969 (1991) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 1
  8. 1963 (1991) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 17
  9. 1964 (1991) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 11
  10. 1971 (1991) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 6
  11. 1972 (1991) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 7
  12. The Mid-'60s (1991) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 5
  13. 1973 (1992) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 3
  14. The Late '60s (1992) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 14
  15. The Early '60s (1992) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 19
  16. The Early '70s (1992) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 13
  17. Mid-'60s Classics (1992) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 16
  18. Late-'60s Classics (1992) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 12
  19. Early-'60s Classics (1992) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 20
  20. Early '70s Classics (1992) - reissued as AM Gold Vol. 15
  21. Carpenters Collection (1993)

AM Gold:

  1. 1969 (1994) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 7
  2. 1970 (1994) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 4
  3. 1973 (1994) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 13
  4. 1968 (1995) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 2
  5. The Mid-'60s (1995) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 12
  6. 1971 (1994) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 10

    Tracks 6 and 11 on Superhits and on original pressings are "Sweet City Woman" and "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart"

    Tracks 6 and 11 on "RE-1" reissue are "Brand New Key" and "Mr. Bojangles"

  7. 1972 (1994) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 11

    Track 7 on Superhits and on original pressings is "Nice To Be With You"

    Track 7 on "RE-1" reissue is "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)"

  8. 1967 (1994) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 5
  9. 1966 (1995) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 1
  10. 1965 (1994) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 3
  11. 1964 (1995) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 9
  12. Late-'60s Classics (1995) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 18
  13. The Early '70s (1995) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 16
  14. The Late '60s (1995) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 14
  15. Early '70s Classics (1995) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 20

    Tracks 7 and 14 on Superhits and on original release are "Sweet Mary" and "Hitchin' A Ride"

    Tracks 7 and 14 on "RE-1" reissue are "We May Never Pass This Way (Again)" and "Right Place Wrong Time"

  16. Mid-'60s Classics (1995) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 17
  17. 1963 (1995) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 8
  18. 1962 (1995) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 6
  19. The Early '60s (1996) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 15
  20. Early-'60s Classics (1996) - reissue of Superhits Vol. 19

    Track 6 on Superhits and original release is "Puppy Love"

    Track 6 on "RE-1" reissue is "A Little Bitty Tear"

  21. 1974 (1996)
  22. 1975 (1996)
  23. 1976 (1996)
  24. 1977 (1997)
  25. 1978 (1997)
  26. 1979 (1997)
  27. TV Themes Of The '60s (1996)
  28. Teen Idols Of the '70s (1999)
  29. #1 Hits Of The '70s: '70-'74 (2000)
  30. #1 Hits Of The '70s: '75-'79 (2000)
  31. Mellow Hits Of The '70s (2000)
  32. [likely doesn't exist]
  33. The '60s Generation (2001)
  34. Smash Hits Of The '70s (2001)
  35. Perfect Harmony (2002)
  36. Rockin' Down The Highway (2004)

Rhythm & Blues/Solid Gold Soul

Mainstream R&B series covering the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. From 1990 to 1992, Time-Life released Vols. 1-20 of the Rhythm & Blues series. Time-Life introduced the Solid Gold Soul series in 1996. Throughout 1996 and 1997, Time-Life repackaged 17 of the first 20 volumes of Rhythm & Blues series as releases in the Solid Gold Soul series. The Solid Gold Soul releases included updated artwork and packaging, but used the same track listings and masterings. In 1996, Time-Life released the yearly collections for 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1976 simultaneously in the Rhythm & Blues series (as Vols. 21-24) and the Solid Gold Soul series (as Vols. 8-11). There were no further releases for the Rhythm & Blues series beyond Vol. 24 in 1996. The Solid Gold Soul series continued with new releases until about 2001. Steve Carr mastered the 1990-1992 releases. Dennis Drake mastered the releases from 1996 onward.

Rhythm & Blues:

  1. 1966 (1990) - reissued as SGS Vol. 1
  2. 1963 (1990) - reissued as SGS Vol. 14
  3. 1959 (1990) - reissued as SGS Vol. 21
  4. 1968 (1991) - reissued as SGS Vol. 3
  5. 1956 (1991) - reissued as SGS Vol. 24
  6. Ray Charles 1954-1966 (1991)
  7. 1965 (1991) - reissued as SGS Vol. 12
  8. 1957 (1991) - reissued as SGS Vol. 23
  9. 1971 (1991) - reissued as SGS Vol. 6
  10. 1967 (1991) - reissued as SGS Vol. 2
  11. 1962 (1991) - reissued as SGS Vol. 18
  12. 1964 (1991) - reissued as SGS Vol. 13
  13. 1969 (1991) - reissued as SGS Vol. 4
  14. 1961 (1992) - reissued as SGS Vol. 19
  15. 1960 (1992) - reissued as SGS Vol. 20
  16. 1958 (1992) - reissued as SGS Vol. 22
  17. 1955 (1992)
  18. 1970 (1992) - reissued as SGS Vol. 5
  19. 1954 (1992)
  20. 1972 (1992) - reissued as SGS Vol. 7
  21. 1974 (1996) - also released as SGS Vol. 9
  22. 1975 (1996) - also released as SGS Vol. 10
  23. 1976 (1996) - also released as SGS Vol. 11
  24. 1973 (1996) - also released as SGS Vol. 8

Solid Gold Soul:

  1. 1966 (1990) - reissue of R&B Vol. 1
  2. 1967 (1991) - reissue of R&B Vol. 10
  3. 1968 (1991) - reissue of R&B Vol. 4
  4. 1969 (1991) - reissue of R&B Vol. 13
  5. 1970 (1996) - reissue of R&B Vol. 18
  6. 1971 (1996) - reissue of R&B Vol. 9
  7. 1972 (1996) - reissue of R&B Vol. 20
  8. 1973 (1996) - also released as R&B Vol. 24
  9. 1974 (1996) - also released as R&B Vol. 21
  10. 1975 (1996) - also released as R&B Vol. 22
  11. 1976 (1996) - also released as R&B Vol. 23
  12. 1965 (1991) - reissue of R&B Vol. 7
  13. 1964 (1991) - reissue of R&B Vol. 12
  14. 1963 (1990) - reissue of R&B Vol. 2
  15. 1979 (1997)
  16. 1977 (1997)
  17. 1978 (1997)
  18. 1962 (1991) - reissue of R&B Vol. 11
  19. 1961 (1992) - reissue of R&B Vol. 14
  20. 1960 (1992) - reissue of R&B Vol. 15
  21. 1959 (1990) - reissue of R&B Vol. 3
  22. 1958 (1992) - reissue of R&B Vol. 16
  23. 1957 (1991) - reissue of R&B Vol. 8
  24. 1956 (1991) - reissue of R&B Vol. 5
  25. Early '80s (1999)
  26. Mid-'80s (2000)
  27. Deep Soul (1999)
  28. Inspiration (2000)
  29. Make It Funky (2001)
  30. Superbad: Soul Of The City (2001)
  31. Old School Love Affair (2001)

Contemporary Country

Single-disc volumes devoted to time frames, rather than individual years. The Time-Life numbering scheme is CCD-xx.

  1. The Mid-'80s (released 1991)
  2. The Late '70s (1991)
  3. The Early '80s (1991)
  4. The Mid-'70s (1992)
  5. The Late '80s (1992)
  6. The Early '70s (1992)
  7. The Mid-'80s Pure Gold (1992)
  8. The Mid-'70s Pure Gold (1992)
  9. The Early '80s Pure Gold (1992)
  10. The Late '70s Pure Gold (1992)
  11. The Late '80s Pure Gold (1992)
  12. The Early '70s Pure Gold (1992)
  13. The Mid-'80s Hot Hits (1992)
  14. The Late '70s Hot Hits (1993)
  15. The Early '80s Hot Hits (1993)
  16. The Mid-'70s Hot Hits (1993)
  17. The Late '80s Hot Hits (1993)
  18. The Early '70s Hot Hits (1993)
  19. The '80s Pure Gold (1993)
  20. The '70s Pure Gold (1993)
  21. The Early '90s (1993)
  22. The Mid-'90s (2000)

History Of Rock 'N' Roll

Beautifully-produced single-disc volumes, with gigantic booklets. Because each volume was devoted to a cluster of about five years, rather than a single year, the series didn't work well with the serial subscription business model. They sold poorly, and the series was scrapped after just eight volumes. Too bad; these were extremely well done. The Time-Life numbering scheme is R962-xx.

  1. Rock 'N' Roll Classics 1957-1959 (released 1992)
  2. Folk Rock 1964-1967 (1993)
  3. Rock 'N' Roll Classics 1954-1956 (1993)
  4. California Pop 1963-1967 (1993)
  5. The Teenage Years 1957-1964 (1993)
  6. Doo-Wop And The Vocal Group Tradition 1955-1962 (1993)
  7. The British Invasion 1964-1966 (1993)
  8. Sound Of The City 1959-1965 (1993)

Guitar Rock

Guitar-based rock series that based mainly in the late-1960s to the early 1980s. All are single CDs, with seventeen to twenty-one tracks each. Levels are all pretty consistent, with no clipping at all. Graphics are all the same, with lots of red. Vols. 1, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, and 16-20, 24, 25, and 27 have some tracks that are digital clones of existing CDs. Vol. 3 has many tracks with their left and right channels reversed. Vols. 1-16 are mastered by Steve Carr. Vols. 19-21, 26, and 27 are mastered by Dennis Drake. Vols. 17-18 and 22-25 don’t list a mastering engineer. Additional Vol. 26 and 27 were released in 1999, three years after the original series ended. The Time-Life numbering scheme is R968-xx.

  1. 1974-1975 (released 1993)
  2. 1978-1979 (1993)
  3. 1976-1977 (1993)
  4. 1980-1981 (1994)
  5. 1972-1973 (1994)
  6. 1970-1971 (1994)
  7. 1968-1969 (1994)
  8. The Mid '70s (1994)
  9. 1966-1967 (1994)
  10. Classics (1994)
  11. The Early '70s (1994)
  12. The Late '60s (1994)
  13. The Early '80s (1994)
  14. The Late '70s (1995)
  15. FM Classics (1995)
  16. The Mid-'70s: Take Two (1995)
  17. The Late '70s: Take Two (1995)
  18. The Heavy '80s (1995)
  19. The Early '70s: Take Two (1995)
  20. The '80s (1995)
  21. The Early '70s: The Hard Stuff (1995)
  22. The Late '60s: Take Two (1996)
  23. Live! (1996)
  24. The '80s: Take Two (1996)
  25. The '90s (1996)
  26. Power & Passion (1999)
  27. Power Ballads (1999)

Sounds Of The Eighties

The definitive 1980s set. All are single-CD sets with about 18 tracks. Vol. 25-30 form a subseries called The Rolling Stone Collection. On the whole, they’re very good, but not perfect. Vols. 1-4 and 25 include many tracks that use the same analog transfers as existing CDs. Vols. 5-24 and 26-32 include many tracks that are digital clones of existing CDs. Vols. 5, 6, 8, 9, and 24 include some additional compression on some tracks, compared to those earlier CDs; avoid these if possible. Vols. 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, and 23 are mastered by Dennis Drake. An additional Vol. 24 was released in 2002, five years after the original series ended. The Time-Life numbering scheme is R988-xx.

  1. The Rockin' Eighties (released 1994)
  2. 1985 (1994)
  3. 1983 (1994)
  4. 1986 (1994)
  5. 1982 (1994)
  6. 1984 (1994)
  7. 1980 (1995)
  8. 1981 (1995)
  9. 1987 (1995)
  10. 1988 (1995)
  11. 1983-1984 (1995)

    Track 13 on original release is "Say It Isn't So"

    Track 13 on "RE1" reissue is "One On One"

  12. 1985-1986 (1995)
  13. 1989 (1995)
  14. 1980-1982 (1995)
  15. The Mid-'80s (1996)
  16. The Early '80s (1996)
  17. The Mid-'80s: Take Two (1996)
  18. The Early '80s: Take Two (1996)
  19. The Late '80s (1996)
  20. The Late '80s: Take Two (1996)
  21. 1986-1989 (1997)
  22. 1980-1983 (1997)
  23. 1984-1985 (1997)
  24. Everything '80s (2002)
  25. The Rolling Stone Collection 1980-1981 (1995)
  26. The Rolling Stone Collection 1982-1983 (1995)
  27. The Rolling Stone Collection 1983-1985 (1995)
  28. The Rolling Stone Collection 1986-1987 (1995)
  29. The Rolling Stone Collection 1987-1988 (1995)
  30. The Rolling Stone Collection 1988-1989 (1995)
  31. Cinemax Movie Hits of the '80s (1996)
  32. TV Themes of the '80s (1996)

There are only 32 CDs in this series.

Body Talk

Superb mellow light-rock series. Vols. 7 and 13-22 are mastered by Dennis Drake. Many tracks on all discs are digital clones of existing CDs. This series marks Time-Life's first foray into releasing two-CD sets. They weren't sure at first; the first six volumes were available in both two-CD sets (with twenty-four tracks total) and one-CD sets (with eighteen tracks, all of which appear on the two-CD version). The two-CD sets proved more popular; the rest of the volumes were available only as two-CD sets, with twelve tracks per CD. Just about all subsequent series would use two-CD sets. Additional Vols. 21 and 22 were released in 2000 and 2001, respectively, two and three years after the original series ended. The Time-Life numbering scheme for the two-CD sets is R834-xx.

  1. Forever Yours (released 1996)
  2. Just For You (1996)
  3. Moonlight Nights (1996)
  4. Together Forever (1996)
  5. Sealed With A Kiss (1996)
  6. Only You (1996)
  7. Hearts In Motion (1996)
  8. On My Mind (1996)
  9. Magic Moments (1996)
  10. From The Heart (1997)
  11. After Dark (1997)
  12. By Candlelight (1997)
  13. Just The Two Of Us (1997)
  14. Love And Tenderness (1997)
  15. Once In A Lifetime (1997)
  16. Sweet Nothings (1997)
  17. Heart To Heart (1997)
  18. Romantic Moments (1998)
  19. Always And Forever (1998)
  20. Heart And Soul (1998)
  21. Hearts On Fire (2000)
  22. Forever Love (2001)

Classic Country

These are two-CD sets, fifteen tracks per disc, all mastered by Dennis Drake. Sound is superb throughout.

There are three additional two-CD sets that are unnumbered: Hard To Find Hits (2003), Great Duets (2004), and Honky Tonk Heroes (2004). There are many, many additional unnumbered one-CD volumes released starting in 2003.

  1. 1960-1964 (released 1997)
  2. 1965-1969 (1998)
  3. 1950-1959 (1998)
  4. 1970-1974 (1998)
  5. 1975-1979 (1998)
  6. Golden '50s (1998)
  7. Golden '60s (1998)
  8. Golden '70s (1998)
  9. Golden '40s (1999)
  10. The Nashville Era 1958-1963 (1999)
  11. 1980-1984 (1999)
  12. 1964-1968 (1999)
  13. Honky-Tonkin' 1952-1957 (1999)
  14. 1969-1975 (1999)
  15. The Sixties Legends (1999)
  16. The Fifties Legends (1999)
  17. The '60s Treasures (2000)
  18. The '50s Treasures (2000)
  19. The '70s Treasures (1999)
  20. 1941-1951 (2000)
  21. Great Story Songs (2001)
  22. Great Country Gospel (2001)
  23. Great Country Gospel II (2001)
  24. Great Story Songs II (2002)
  25. ?
  26. Queens of Country (2003)

Elvis Presley Collection

These are all two-CD sets, and all feature a previously unreleased Elvis track. This is a lot of Elvis and includes just about all his Hot 100 singles except for about three later ones. All discs are mastered by Dennis Drake. I suspect that many of the tracks are digital clones of the RCA five-CD sets covering the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s decades. A single-CD Christmas volume was released in 2000 as Vol. 16.Vol. 15 is the European version of the Christmas CD, which seems to be the same as the US version in every way except the volume number.

  1. Love Songs (released 1997)
  2. Rock 'N' Roll (1997)
  3. From The Heart (1998)
  4. Country (1998)
  5. Movie Magic (1997)
  6. The Rocker (1998)
  7. The Romantic (1998)
  8. Rhythm And Blues (1998)
  9. Gospel (1998)
  10. Treasures 1953-1958 (1998)
  11. Treasures 1960-1963 (1998)
  12. Treasures 1964-1969 (1999)
  13. Treasures 1970-1976 (1999)
  14. Fun At The Movies (1999)
  15. [European version of Christmas CD]
  16. Christmas (2000)

Body + Soul

These are two-CD sets, similar in flavor to Rhino’s Smooth Grooves discs. Sound quality is very nice throughout. Time-Life sporadically released numbered Vols. 21-28 from 2001 to 2003. Vols. 1-22 are mastered by Dennis Drake. Vols. 24, 27, and 28 are mastered by Scott Shuman. Vol. 26 is mastered by Ron Rice. Not sure about Vol. 23.

  1. Love Serenade (released 1998)
  2. Love And Tenderness (1998)
  3. Sweet Seduction (1998)
  4. Night Moves (1998)
  5. Smooth Jams (1998)
  6. Love Under Cover (1999)
  7. Slow And Easy (1999)
  8. In The Groove (1999)
  9. Sweet Embrace (1999)
  10. Next To Ecstasy (1999)
  11. Night Whispers (1999)
  12. After Dark (1999)
  13. Slow Caress (1999)
  14. Midnight Seduction (1999)
  15. Tender Moments (1999)
  16. Romantic Interludes (1999)
  17. Moonlit Passion (2000)
  18. Heavenly Touch (2000)
  19. Secret Fantasy (2000)
  20. Destiny Love (2000)
  21. No Control (2001)
  22. Christmas (2001)
  23. Smooth + Silky (2002)
  24. Ladies Got Soul (2002)
  25. Body + Soul Of The '60s (2002)
  26. Absolute (2003)
  27. Duets (2003)
  28. Wedding Songs (2003)

Modern Rock

This series was Time-Life’s answer to Rhino’s Just Can’t Get Enough series. These are two-CD sets, with twelve tracks per CD. Sound quality is excellent overall; all of these were mastered by Dennis Drake. Several of the tracks are LP versions, unlike the Rhino series that has all 45 versions. Many tracks on all discs are digital clones of existing CDs. The Time-Life numbering scheme is R828-xx.

  1. 1982-1983 (released 1999)
  2. 1980-1981 (1999)
  3. 1984-1985 (1999)
  4. 1986-1987 (1999)
  5. Dance (1999)
  6. The '70s (1999)
  7. 1988-1989 (1999)
  8. Early '80s (2000)
  9. Mid-'80s (2000)
  10. Late '80s (2000)
  11. Early '90s (2000)
  12. 1980-1984 (2000)
  13. 1984-1989 (2000)
  14. Lost Hits of the Early '80s (2000)
  15. Lost Hits of the Mid '80s (2001)
  16. The Mid '90s (2001)
  17. Lost Hits of the '70s (2002)
  18. Loud and Raw (2002)
  19. Under the Covers (2001)
  20. Nightclubbing (2001)
  21. Club '80s (2001)

Glory Days Of Rock 'N' Roll

Very well-produced early rock 'n' roll sets. These are two-CD sets, with fifteen tracks per CD. Sound quality is excellent overall; all of these were mastered by Dennis Drake. The Time-Life numbering scheme is R696-xx.

  1. Doo-Wop (released 1999)
  2. Golden Groups (1999)
  3. Teen Idols (1999)
  4. Teen Ballads (1999)
  5. One-Hit Wonders (1999)
  6. Novelties (1999)
  7. Girl Group Sound (1999)
  8. Rockabilly (1999)
  9. R&B Legends (2000)
  10. Great Rockers (2000)
  11. New Orleans (2000)
  12. Great Love Songs (2001)
  13. Great Vocals (2000)
  14. Instrumentals (2000)
  15. Dance Party (2001)
  16. One-Hit Wonders 2 (2001)
  17. No. 1 Hits (2001)
  18. Hard-To-Find Hits (2001)
  19. R&B Classics (2001)
  20. The Birth Of Rock 'N' Roll (2001)

Singers And Songwriters

These are all two-CD sets. Many tracks on all discs are digital clones of existing CDs. Vols. 1-3, 5-7, and 10 are mastered by Dennis Drake. Vols. 4, 8, 9, and 11-18 are mastered by Ron Rice. Vols. 19-22 are mastered by Scott Shuman. Sound quality is very good overall. Vols. 19-22 are a sub-series called The Folk Years. These are 2-CD sets, 24 tracks total per set. There is a single-disc volume called Classics (2001), which doesn't fit the numbering scheme.

  1. 1972-1973 (released 2000)
  2. 1970-1971 (2000)
  3. 1974-1975 (1999)
  4. 1976-1977 (2000)
  5. 1978-1979 (2000)
  6. The 1960s (2000)
  7. 1980-1982 (2000)
  8. Mid-'70s (2001)
  9. Early '70s (2000)
  10. The Late '70s (2000)
  11. 1970-1974 (2001)
  12. 1975-1979 (2001)
  13. 1979-1989 (2001)
  14. 1964-1969 (2001)
  15. The '70s (2001)
  16. 1969-1972 (2001)
  17. 1973-1975 (2002)
  18. Hard To Find Hits (2002)
  19. The Folk Years Blowin' In The Wind (2002)
  20. The Folk Years Yesterday's Gone (2002)
  21. The Folk Years Reason To Believe (2002)
  22. The Folk Years Simple Song Of Freedom (2002)