Time Life's 1990 The '60s: Rave On collection is a highly entertaining 20-song party that plays like an hour of top-notch oldies radio. Miles of musical territory are covered; everything from B. Bumble & the Stingers' wild novelty track "Nut Rocker" to Bo Diddley's stately blues workout "You Can't Judge a Book" is fair game. In between those extremes you'll find plenty of uptempo dancefloor fillers like Wanda Jackson's insane rockabilly classic "Let's Have a Party," the Rivingtons' "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow," Jackie Wilson's "Baby Workout," and the Vibrations' "The Watusi." You'll hear plenty of "put your head on my shoulder" ballads like the Cookies' "Chains," Ketty Lester's "Love Letters," and Ben E. King's "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)," and plenty of pure pop gems like Skeeter Davis' "The End of the World" and Dion's "Ruby Baby." You'll even find some real silly nonsense like Johnny Cymbal's wonderful "Mr. Bass Man" and the Rocky Fellers' "Killer Joe." In other words, what you have here is a well-rounded look at the beginning of the decade. More than that, you have a disc that is a beginning-to-end blast from the past that is sure to get your feet moving. Another fine collection from the mainstream whizzes at Time Life.
AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra