Since the rights to the original 96 Tears album and singles have been held in limbo, fans have to be content with records like ? & the Mysterians featuring 96 Tears, a collection of re-recordings by the original lineup that was recorded in 1997 -- 31 years after their one hit topped the charts. Surprisingly, the group sounds tough, dynamic, and exciting -- it's easy to tell that this is not the same group of young garage punks from the mid-'60s, but these guys can still kick hard, which is what makes the record worthwhile for die-hard garage freaks. In addition to "96 Tears," the album also features Mysterians classics like "I Need Somebody," "'8' Teen," "Smokes," "Up Side," "Stormy Monday," "Make You Mine," "Got To," "Don't Tease Me" and "You're Telling Me Lies."
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine