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Absolutely the Best of the Fifties

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Fuel 2000's Absolutely the Best of the Fifties rounds up 20 tracks from some of the biggest names of the decade, touching on rockabilly, rock & roll, folk, traditional pop, R&B and country. The idea of calling any '50s collection that has nothing from Elvis or (fill in the name of your favorite '50s artist who is omitted) -- "The Best" seems like a stretch but the mix of tunes is quite pleasing and a glance at the chart positions of the songs shows a large amount of number one hits. Besides it is hard to dismiss any compilation that features such stellar cuts as Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," the Clovers' "Love Potion #9," the Fleetwoods' "Come Softly to Me" and Dean Martin's "Memories Are Made of This." So forget about the title and cut the disc some slack, it makes a fine introduction to the decade for youngsters, and a nice trip down memory lane for old-timers.

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