Various Artists

So You Wanna Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star, Vol. 2

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Taking up where volume one left off, this is a double-LP retrospective of Australian rock from the late '60s, when psychedelia and soul were becoming more trendy than Merseybeat and mod. It's really a disappointment: volume one at least offered some enjoyable imitations of British Invasion rock, but the Australians chronicled here were ill-suited for putting their stamp on more advanced sounds. Much of it's psychedelic pop with far more MOR pop influence than psychedelic inspiration; there's also some cruddy blues-rock and pointless covers of international hits like "Nights in White Satin" and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." This compilation is also the home of an infamous (and disposable) cover of "Somebody to Love" by an Australian band that dared to call themselves the Velvet Underground, although they had nothing in common with that magnificent American group.