Various Artists

Rock 'n' Roll Fever of the 60's & 70's

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Rock 'n' Roll Fever of the 60's & 70's is a truly annoying 24-track, double-disc collection. A quick glance shows a pretty interesting lineup of artists and songs ranging from the thug balladry of the Troggs' "A Girl Like You" to the good-time bop of Mungo Jerry's "Summertime" to the white-as-rice New Seekers take on "What Have They Done to My Song, Ma" to the Rubettes oldies loving "Sugar Baby Love." If the songs were all the original versions, it would be a heck of a collection. That is were the annoyance comes charging in because they aren't. Instead they are pale and uninteresting re-creations of the originals. Everything that is wrong with this disc and all others like it can easily be seen by comparing the original, say in this case the Honeycombs' "Have I the Right," to the remake. It is like comparing apples and road apples. Which would you rather eat?

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