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A Year in Your Life: 1964, Vol. 2

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One Way Records' A Year in Your Life series is a generally excellent budget-line value, collecting ten tracks per volume that were pretty big hits in their time. What's more, the series helpfully tends to concentrate (though not exclusively) on artists who had only a handful of hits at most, making various-artists comps the most appealing way to collect their best work. The second 1964 volume finds the British Invasion beginning to seep in courtesy of Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," Gerry & the Pacemakers' "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," and Peter & Gordon's "A World Without Love," but by and large the collection stays rooted in American pop/rock, including appearances by emerging Motown artists like the Supremes and Four Tops, as well as the Beach Boys, Gene Pitney, and Bobby Vinton. The sound quality isn't too bad, which means that if the majority of these songs aren't already in your collection, this is a decent, affordable way to pick them up.

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