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20th Century Rocks, Vol. 3: '50s Rock 'n Roll Whole Lot of Shakin'

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20th Century Rocks, Vol. 3: '50s Rock 'n Roll Whole Lot of Shakin' is a frustrating collection. It looks like a lively blast of great rock & roll and pop featuring some of the biggest and best names of the era like Jackie Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison, as well as interesting second-stringers like Buddy Knox and Bobby Freeman. Unfortunately, almost half of the songs are re-recorded versions of the original hits, done in a wooden, well-past-their-prime style best left unrecorded at all. The use of re-recordings makes no sense -- if you are going to dig up the originals half the time, why not go for originals all the time? The answer is most likely that the disc is a half-hearted ripoff that neither the people who made it nor the people who might be fooled into buying it really care about. Consider it yet another ripoff perpetuated by K-Tel.

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