The last of the outtakes and unissued masters from Justin Yap's early-'60s productions are showcased on this mop-up volume in the Top Sounds from Top Deck series. Opening with Roland Alphonso and Joshua Rosen's "Step Down," we move on through an alternate mix of the Jetts' "Someone," and a second take of Alphonso's "Tough Talk" (one of the most familiar pieces here) and "Non-Stop." Both the Jetts' track and the Angelic Brothers' "My Sunshine" (in a lighter mix) are dubbed down from less-than-perfect vinyl sources (decidedly so in the case of the latter track); that fact, along with the sometimes subtle differences in what is here in contrast to the "official" versions, points up the inherent problem with this CD -- that this disc is really intended for the hardcore completist. That said, however, there is nothing here that the neophyte listener would lose by absorbing, and no reason why, alternate take or not, someone should hear Jackie Opel's "Tears from My Eyes" or Alphonso's "Live Desire" (or yet another alternate of "Tough Talk"). So this CD can be taken in any of several ways that make it useful, if not quite as important to most of us as its makers may have intended.
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AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder