Various Artists

'60s Decade: #1 Hits

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A strange yet satisfyingly paisley romp through the '60s charts. Taking up the bulk here, the wan harmonies and Farfisa merchants of the Zombies, the Association, Strawberry Alarm Clock, and the Buckinghams provide classic pop-psychedelia. There's more to this 20-track offering, though, as the likes the Boxtops, ("The Letter"), the Angels ("My Boyfriend's Back"), and Gene Chandler ("Duke of Earl") deliver the mod doo wop, while the Archies' bubblegum masterpiece "Sugar, Sugar" somehow contrasts nicely with Archie Bell & the Drells' slick soul scorcher "Tighten Up." A Top 40 party of the somewhat rarefied kind.