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Gold Collection: Solid Gold 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: Solid Gold Hits follows suit, with undesirable versions of the Del Vikings' "Come Go with Me," the Foundations' "Build Me Up Buttercup," the Miracles' "Love Machine," Leo Sayer's "When I Need You," and Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."

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