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Gold Collection: Memorable Radio Hits

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It's one thing to recycle popular songs that have been compiled on dozens of other discs, but it's another thing entirely when inferior versions appear instead of the originals. Below the track listing on each volume of St. Clair's Gold Collection series, the consumer is informed -- in very small lettering -- that the songs are not the original versions. Instead, they are either live takes or "new stereo recordings." These comps should be hard to give away, let alone sell. Gold Collection: Memorable Radio Hits follows suit, with undesirable versions of Walter Egan's "Magnet and Steel," the Animals' "House of the Rising Sun," Rare Earth's "I Just Want to Celebrate," Leo Sayer's "When I Need You," and Tommy Roe's "Sheila."

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