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Rock & Roll Years: 1967

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K-Tel's Rock & Roll Years is the kind of series that makes music lovers want to tear their hair out. On the surface it looks like the disc is a decent, budget-priced collection of hits that plays like a half-hour of really strong oldies radio. In reality the tracks are almost all re-recorded versions made at some unspecified modern date. While many of the songs don't sound too bad, the vocalists for the most part being in pretty good shape, it is hard to imagine anyone actually wanting to hear any of these re-recordings, much less knowingly purchasing a collection of them. The 1967 edition of the series includes tracks by the Box Tops ("The Letter"), a very ragged sounding Association ("Windy") and Sam & Dave ("Soul Man") among others. As a random bonus, the version of the Turtles' "Happy Together" is the original. Music lovers, fans of the '60s and even casual listeners should avoid this series at all costs. Only music haters might find something to enjoy here.

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