St. Clair's Gold Collection: 30 Years of Rock 'N' Roll more or less lives up to its name, in that it presents a scattered collection of rock and pop hits from the '50s to the late '70s. While putting songs like Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes," the Coasters"Charlie Brown," and the Grass Roots' "Live for Today" on the same album in no apparent order doesn't make for the most coherent listening experience; what really sinks the album is the fact that out of the 20 songs collected, only one -- Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City" -- appears in its original version. The rest are re-recorded stereo versions or, in the case of the Everly Brothers' "Bird Dog," a live recording. Ultimately, the collection's lack of historical value and scattershot track listing makes Gold Collection: 30 Years of Rock 'N' Roll difficult to recommend even to casual oldies fans.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares