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Mods Vs. Rockers

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Despite its British pop-inspired title, Dressed to Kill's Mods Vs. Rockers doesn't collect jangly Merseybeat singles and maximum R&B sides; instead, the set gathers a diverse selection of oldies like Bob 'N' Earl's "Harlem Shuffle," Fleetwood Mac's "Man of the World," and Susan Maughan's "Bobby's Girl." The collection tries to include a few artists from virtually every style of early rock and pop, including British Invasion bands like the Zombies, the Yardbirds, and the Swinging Blue Jeans; girl groups like the Shangri-Las, the Shirelles, and the Dixie Cups; Motown acts like the Temptations, Martha Reeves, and Mary Wells; and surf groups like the Surfaris, Jan & Dean, and the Beach Boys. Add singles by John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Jones, Johnny Tillotson, Heinz, and Desmond Dekker, and the result is a scattered but still entertaining collection that resembles an explosion in an oldies radio station.

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