Various Artists

60's Rock & Roll, Vol. 1

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This sage mix of '60s hits is packed with both marquee sides (Lesley Gore's "It's My Party") and slightly more obscure fare (Johnny Tillotson's "Poetry in Motion"), giving it the edge over many a myopic smash-hits offering found in the retro-comp marketplace. Some of these 20 songs ooze that angelic, Brill Building-issue pop, namely gems by the Chiffons, the Platters, and the Marcels; a few others (the Hollywood Argyles' "Alley-Oop") evoke the comic-book '50s. And rounding out all this and such crooning classics as Bobby Rydell's "Volare" -- not to mention a token surf highlight compliments of the Ventures -- the collection sends listeners out with strong treats from Jimmy Clanton ("Venus in Blue Jeans") and Mel Carter ("Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"). Enjoy.

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