Various Artists

Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1963

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Another winner in this series, this time focusing on the hits right before the arrival of the British Invasion. Standout tracks are the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie," Jan and Dean's "Surf City," Lesley Gore's "It's My Party," the Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A.," and the Chiffons' "He's So Fine." Jimmy Soul's "If You Wanna Be Happy," the Essex' "Easier Said Than Done," Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs' "Sugar Shack," Nino Tempo and April Stevens' "Deep Purple," and the Angels' "My Boyfriend's Back" round out this superlative lineup. All original versions and excellent transfers, one great value in a budget disc.

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