Various Artists

The Early Days of Rock, Vol. 2

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One of those borderline-legal live '60s CDs, issued by those crafty Italians in a land where copyright ownership to concert material becomes hazy after 20 years. Probably taken from TV broadcasts, the sound quality is real good, and although there are no revelations, '60s collectors will have a good time with this. It has stuff by big groups like the Yardbirds, Easybeats, Manfred Mann, and Pretty Things (usually not their biggest hits), more second-division acts The Mindbenders and Vanilla Fudge, cult pre-punks the Monks, and all-but-unknown failed British Invaders Episode Six, the Untamed, and the Remo Four. A mixed bag, but enjoyable and, with 21 tracks, amply stuffed.