Various Artists

Pittsburgh's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

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Originally released back in 1966 as a two-record vinyl set, this new edition restores the previous tracks missing from the original compact disc issue of a few years back. Pittsburgh in the late '50s and early '60s was a musical scene unlike any others; songs that had flopped a year or so back could become "instant oldies" if said record "had the sound." The marketplace also had a penchant for R&B stompers, novelty instrumentals, doo wop smoothies, and proto-soul ravers. All of this is on clear display in the first installment of what has now become a multi-volume series. Highlights include the Sheppards' "Island of Love," "Fried Onions" by Lord Rockingham, Chuck Edwards' "Bullfight," and the Triumphs' "Draggin' Waggin." An auspicious debut for this very unique and interesting series.

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