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20 Greatest Hits 1967

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On the surface, Deluxe's 20 Greatest Hits 1967 looks like a pretty good collection of golden oldies. There is a nice mix of songs that were big hits and smaller gems like Gene Pitney's "Backstage (I'm Lonely)," as well as tracks by one-hit wonder bands that weren't their one big hit (e.g., the Kingsmen's "Killer Joe"). That is the good; here comes the bad and the ugly. About two-thirds of the disc is made up of re-recorded versions, including Tommy Roe's "Sweet Pea," the Grass Roots' "Let's Live for Today," and Sam & Dave's "Hold On! I'm Comin'." All are pale imitations of the original hits and all are unlistenable to anyone who has ever heard the originals. Why the producers of this disc made the choice to include these songs is bewildering. It renders the collection totally worthless. Too bad.

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