Various Artists

Chartbusters, Vol. 1

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The Chartbusters, Volume I compilation spotlights the artists of Beserkley, an early independent label. The standout cuts belong to Jonathan Richman, who contributes stripped-down versions of "Road Runner" and "Government Center" (both recorded earlier with the original Modern Lovers) along with "The New Teller" and a cover of the Showmen's 1961 classic, "It Will Stand." The work of the Rubinoos, Earthquake and Greg Kihn pales in comparison.

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