Various Artists

Sensational Sixties, Vol. 1

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Though it has a promising track listing, Sensational Sixties, Vol. 1 is a disappointing collection of largely British-'60s hits that features only four or five original recordings out of its 20 tracks. The originals -- which include the Yardbirds' "For Your Love," the Bee Gees' "Spicks and Specks," Ike Turner's "Fool in Love," and Billy Joe Royal's "Down in the Boondocks" -- still sound great, especially in comparison to airless, listless re-recordings of the Swinging Blue Jeans' "Hippy Hippy Shake," Bobby Rydell's "Wild One," and Herman's Hermits' "I'm Into Something Good." Not all of the re-recordings are as bad as those particular songs, but even the better versions, such as the Troggs' "With a Girl Like You," and the Foundations' "Baby Now That I've Found You," lack the magic of the recordings that became hits. Ultimately, this collection can't be recommended to even the most casual fan of '60s rock and pop.

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