Various Artists

Golden Oldies, Vol. 7 [Original Sound 1989]

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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 seventh volume has a heavy tilt toward R&B, including genre classics like "Sixty Minute Man" by Billy Ward & His Dominoes, "Don't You Just Know It" by Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns, Little Willie John's aching version of "Fever," and Bill Doggett's instrumental hit "Honky Tonk."

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