Various Artists

Bay State Rock, Vol. 1: The Sixties

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A very mixed bag of Boston mid-'60s rock, little heard outside of the New England region. The Vikings offer energetic, unimaginative R&B-flavored covers; Teddy & the Pandas are bland light pop-rock; the Reveliers are unremarkable early-'60s-type instrumental rock; the Improper Bostonians offer half-decent originals with a raw folk-rock feel. The best songs are the three forceful pop-rockers by the Rockin' Ramrods that close the set, including their local hit "Bright Lit Blue Skies." Since those three tunes are also available on the Rockin' Ramrods' own anthologies, most collectors would feel confident giving this collection a miss.

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