Various Artists

Golden Oldies, Vol. 4 [Original Sound 2002]

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Original Sound's Golden Oldies series boasts digital remastering, a claim often made by labels attempting to pass off shoddy sound with a few hi-fi buzzwords. Surprisingly, these tracks do sound better than in past recreations, though Original Sound could've done music fans an additional favor by stretching out the CD's to more than a bare half-hour running time. The fourth volume is an energizing, though brief, trip through the garage and frat rock scenes that lit up college and high-school life during the mid-to-late-'60s, with a parade of the usual culprits: "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen, "Hang on Sloopy" by the McCoys, "Psychotic Reaction" by the Count Five, "Expressway to Your Heart" by the Soul Survivors, and "Talk Talk" by the Music Machine.

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