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Classic British Pop 60's

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Fine Tunes' Classic British Pop of the Sixties is an odd collection of hits, almost-hits and never-were-hits. Strictly speaking, this isn't a British Invasion collection per se, since it features such non-pop songs as Rod Stewart's little-heard debut single "Little Miss Understood," and it doesn't restrict itself to the classic Brit Invasion years of 1963-1965. Nevertheless, it does have a lot of familiar hits -- such as the Troggs' "Love is All Around," Wayne Fontana's "Groovy Kind of Love," the Foundations' "Baby, Now That I've Found You," the Nashville Teens' "Tobacco Road" -- plus several good, interesting cuts that don't normally appear on hits collections, like Billy J. Kramer's "Trains and Boats and Planes," Dave Berry's "The Crying Game," the Merseybeats' "I Think of You," Christie's "Yellow River," Ivy League's "Funny How Love Can Be" and the New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral." That alone makes it worth its budget price for curious listeners. Nevertheless, they should be warned that the packaging is extremely shabby and the fidelity could be better.

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