Apparently, Original Happening Hits translates to something along the lines of a mid-60s version of MTV Party to Go. The 24 dance party-ready hits come fast and furious on this collection, often in abbreviated form. When it's Frankie Lyman's eternally wonderful "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?," this shortening technique is maddening, and given the presence of songs like The Cyrkle's mopey "Turn Down Day," it's easy to wish it had been something like 20 or 21 Original Happening Hits in their entirety. The album's first half strikes a comfortable balance between oldies-radio staples like "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Wooly Bully" and forgotten gems such as Love's pre-punk ditty rendition of "My Little Red Book." The second half, however, struggles after its first few minutes, leaving Sonny and Cher and the Lovin' Spoonful to carry the load for the likes of The Critters and Terry Knight & the Pack. At any rate, all songs included here are in fact relatively danceable, but for those only intending to listen, be forewarned, good music is present, but it's scattered around quite a bit as well.
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AllMusic Review by Brian Egan