Various Artists

Sixties Generation: 1964-1965

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To the casual customer and '60s music fan, the two-disc set Sixties Generation: 1964-1965 may look like a pretty good deal. For a low price, you get 20 songs by some of the biggest artists of the era, with classics by the Nashville Teens ("Tobacco Road"), Jerry Butler ("Let It Be Me"), Gary Lewis & the Playboys ("This Diamond Ring"), Wayne Fontana ("A Groovy Kind of Love"), the Vogues ("You're the One"), and 15 other fine examples of '60s rock, pop, and soul. The only problem is that almost all the songs are either live versions or remakes from a much later period in the artists' careers. Although a few of the tunes aren't terrible in their updated versions, what listeners are really going to want and need are the originals. This collection, and all the volumes in the Sixties Generation series, is a waste of time and money designed to fool unwitting consumers. Don't let it happen to you.

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