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The V-Lips Greatest Hits

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A collection of 16 beat/punk singles by '60s Dutch bands, originally released on the Philips label between 1966 and 1969. The bizarre title is a play on the Philips logo (V-Lips being a mutation of Philips). This tends toward the harder-edged facets of the Dutch '60s rock style, moody R&B/blues influence being especially heavy. It's okay, if a bit monotonous, with some occasional electrifying moments. Group 1850's "I Know" is Dutch psychedelic at its most effective, slightly recalling early Pink Floyd; the Skope's "Be Mine Again" is better known in the U.S. as "Let's Live for Today" by the Grassroots, who put a different set of lyrics to the same tune; the Sound of Imker's "Train of Doomsday" is positively proto-hardcore in its bullheaded simplicity. The chief nugget is Sound Magics' "Don't You Remember," a magnificent moody Beatle-styled number that sounds something like a Dutch take on the Beau Brummels.