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Born to Be Wild, Vol. 4 [Madacy]

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Born to Be Wild, Vol. 4 is a random collection of '60s pop/rock and soul tracks that falls flat on several fronts. It is only ten songs long, the selections make no sense in the order they are presented, and worst of all, the majority of them are re-recordings made by the original artists at a more recent date. So instead of hearing the Crystals blasting through the wall of sound on "He's a Rebel," you hear them shakily fronting a wall of bland. Tragic. Elsewhere the Angels sound old and very unsassy on "My Boyfriend's Back," Bobby Rydell sounds cheesy and mannered (even more than in his prime) on "Wild One," and Ray Peterson sounds next to death himself on "Tell Laura I Love Her." Collections like these are a blot on the record industry, guaranteed to leave a bad taste in the mouth of anyone unfortunate to buy them. Consider yourself warned.

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