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Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time, Vol. 7

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Platinum Disc's Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time series is housed in very cheesy packaging and the discs are all too brief at ten songs apiece, but the music has two important things going for it. First, unlike so many on-the-cheap collections like this, the songs are the original hits by the original artists. Secondly, the disc's compilers do a good job of selecting the prime songs from the era they are covering. Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time, Vol. 7 is devoted to the '60s and features some classic California songs (the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," Jan & Dean's "Surf City"), British Invasion sounds (Peter & Gordon's "A World Without Love," Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy," the Swinging Blue Jeans' "Hippy Hippy Shake"), AM pop (Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care of My Baby," Jay & the Americans' "Come a Little Bit Closer"), and girl group tunes (the Chiffons' "One Fine Day," the Exciters' "Tell Him"). These are truly some of great hits and it is too bad there aren't more songs on the disc. It might serve as a nice, low-priced intro to an interested '60s music novice, though.

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