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To generalize, when it comes to compilations of obscure '60s Australian rock, you're much better off if the collection has a garage-punk-oriented slant, rather than a pop bent. If, just for the heck of it, you want just one Australian '60s pop-rock anthology, this might be the one to look for. It's not that special, frankly, but it's pretty pleasant, with occasional highlights like the News' accomplished blue-eyed soul treatment of "S.O.S.," and the D-Coys' pounding beat rocker "You're Against," and the Playboys' tuneful pop-mod-psych on "Sad." Some of these are merely remakes of American records, though some of those U.S. releases were so little known that all but the most rabid collectors will be unfamiliar with the original versions. Rick Springfield makes a little-noted, not-too-interesting appearance as part of Wickedy Wak.

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