Various Artists

Rock & Soul Instrumental Classics

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A budget box with three discs, Rock & Soul Instrumental Classics is all over the map, from Dave Cortez's impossibly cheerful "The Happy Organ" to Santana's "Jingo" and Ramsey Lewis' cocktail-hour version of "Hang On Sloopy," and there are lots of classic cuts here, including King Curtis doing the "Peter Gunn Theme," "Last Night" by the Mar-Keys, and the ubiquitous "Tequila" by the Champs. There are a couple of dubious choices as well. The version of "Green Onions" on this collection is not the classic hit by Booker T. & the MG's, but an almost (you can't duplicate Al Jackson's drumming) note-perfect facsimile by an outfit called the BB Band, and the cut of "Telstar" included here by the Tornadoes has been re-recorded by the group and is not the original hit single. Minor points, perhaps, but bothersome, given that most of these hits are easily available elsewhere.

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