Various Artists

Rare 60's Beat Treasures, Vol. 1

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Twenty-six British Invasion rarities -- the Nashville Teens are the only group that had even one hit, to give you an idea of the obscurity level. This is really aimed more at collectors who want to fill out their discographies than anyone else, and many of the best cuts have already been reissued on AIP compilations like the English Freakbeat series. There's some darned good British R&B/pop here, though, like the squirrely vocals of David John; the storming mod/R&B of Miki Dallon and Mickey Finn; the propulsive "That's Alright," by Mickey Most (with Jimmy Page on guitar); and the Syndicats' "Crawdaddy Simone," which has some of the most demented rock guitar soloing of any era. There's also the rare 1963 version of "I Saw Her Standing There" by Duffy Power, which was probably the very first commercially released cover of a Beatles song.

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