Various Artists

60's Back Beat [See For Miles]

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Whoever put together this compilation must have been operating on the theory that its target audience was indiscriminately interested in rare British '60s rock singles, whatever their style or quality. There's no thematic coherence at the heart of these 20 tracks, licensed from EMI, except that they weren't hits. Mostly, they didn't deserve to be; it's below-average pop-rock, usually (but not always) in the British Invasion style. Highlights are provided by the Fairies' "Don't Mind" (which sounds like the Denny Laine-era Moody Blues), and the Toggery Five's "I'd Much Rather Be with the Boys," perhaps the best cover of a Jagger-Richards tune that the Stones themselves never recorded. Collectors might want to note the presence of two sides by the N'Betweens (later to evolve into Slade) and the Bunch of Fives' "Go Home Baby," which has ex-Pretty Thing Viv Prince on drums, although these songs are nothing special.