Various Artists

Pittsburgh's Greatest Hits, Vol. VI

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This volume is more of a hodgepodge than the other volumes, vacillating between doo wop cookie-cutter sides, New York pop sides, solid efforts from local bigwigs Jimmy Beaumont (a nice take on Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love"), the Skyliners ("I'll Close My Eyes"), the Four Dots ("Peace of Mind"), Lou Christie ("Tomorrow Will Come"), and the stray instrumental here and there. But the musical quotient stays reasonably high, with the original "See You in September" from locals the Tempos and "Blue Moon" by the Marcels being counted up in the mix. But as always with this eccentric series, obscuros like "Christmas Plea" by the Dynamics and "Broken Heart" by the Vel-Tones carry just as much -- if not more -- musical weight than their better-known counterparts. The instrumental highlight on here goes to local combo the Savoys' "Slappin' Rods and Leaky Oil."

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