Various Artists

Bug Out, Vol. 1

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This supremely wonderful 16-track compilation could be easily dismissed by some critics as a collection of novelty-style records that never became hits. That would not only be selling this collection way short, but also missing the entire point of it. True, while this comp explores rock & roll's and rhythm & blues' most degraded musical possibilities ("The Flea" by the Strata Cats, "The Frog" by Billy Pitcock and the People, "Rockin' In The Jungle" by the Oddballs, "I Can't Do The Twist" by Frankie Davidson and the Sapphires, and the title track as perkily performed by the female sorority house combo, the Seven Teens), the sum total is a wigged-out collection of pre-British Invasion, dance-craze rock & roll that hits the spot in a big way. Why worry about meaningful dialogue when big beat noise can be made instead?