In fashion and popular culture, what goes around often comes around. Those skinny ties from the 1950s came back in the '80s. Bell bottoms of the 1970s are back. And it's probably just a matter of time before we see the zoot suit of the '40s again. Now our music director, Ned Wharton, reviews some new groups offering flashbacks from the 1960s.

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THE GREENHORNES: (Singing) Oh, it's not just the same.

NED WHARTON reporting:

Channeling The Byrds, Kinks and Jimi Hendrix Experience, these are The Greenhornes from Cincinnati, Ohio. When leader Craig Fox was asked for the top albums or songs that might make up the soundtrack of his life, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones were there, along with some offbeat music by Captain Beefheart and The Stooges.

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THE GREENHORNES: (Singing) Growing old, looking through pleasant skies (unintelligible).

WHARTON: The Greenhornes have a short five-song CD called "East Grand Blues" that's just been released to give newcomers a taste of their music. They're on tour this month opening for The White Stripes.

Another group with an uncanny affinity for the music of the '60s is Iron & Wine. That's the stage name of Florida singer-songwriter Sam Beam. His new EP, "Woman King," features tight vocal harmonies reminiscent of Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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IRON & WINE: (Singing) Brave lady, I could see you through the mosses laid, shameless in the sun. My lady with her porcelain...

WHARTON: Finally, if you're going retro, why not seek out the real thing?

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Mr. STEPHEN STILLS and Mr. GRAHAM NASH (Singer-Songwriters): (Singing in unison) Sometimes hurting bad, you're ready to give up.

WHARTON: "Man alive" is the first solo album from Stephen Stills in 14 years. Harmonies that made CSN famous in the '60s and '70s can be heard in this track, where Stills is joined by his old friend Graham Nash.

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Mr. STILLS and Mr. NASH: (Singing in unison) I can't tell you anymore, but you ...(unintelligible).

WHARTON: Also on the CD are cameos from Neil Young and Herbie Hancock and a rocking collection of new songs. It's been a long time coming, but it's evident from "Man alive" that Stephen Stills has still got a lot to say.

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Mr. STILLS and Unidentified Singers: (Singing in unison) Why not feed the people everywhere and let the peace begin? Turn your swords to plowshares everywhere and feed the people.

KAST: Ned Wharton's Director's Cuts, including full audio tracks, can be found on our Web site at

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