Thirteen years is a long time, especially in pop music, where trends change nearly on a minute-by-minute basis. That's the reason why the idea behind MCA Special Products' Vintage Collectibles, Vol. 11: 1956-1969 is a little strange -- a lot happened in music during those 13 years, and only historians or record geeks will find the thread that connects the years together on a ten-track compilation such as this. Thankfully, the subtitle of this particular volume of Vintage Collectibles is a little misleading. Scanning the track listing, it's clear that there are very little psychedelic shenanigans to be heard on this disc, and that the only contributions from the late '60s are in the form of Ramsey Lewis' "Wade in the Water" and Eddie Holman's "Hey There Lonely Girl." The remaining eight tracks -- all culled from the MCA vaults and the libraries of the various labels it has acquired over the years -- is largely the sound of pop-rock prior to the arrival of the Beatles, as Buddy Holly ("Well...All Right") and Chuck Berry ("Too Much Monkey Business") share space with assorted one-shot wonders, sometimes represented by failed second singles: the Critters ("Younger Girl"), Corsairs ("Smokey Places"), Surfaris ("Karen Theme"), Pastels ("So Far Away"), and Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones ("Black Slacks"). How Louis Armstrong's "Hello, Dolly!" fits into all of this isn't clear, but what is certain is that relying on offbeat selections for the majority of the compilation makes Vintage Collectibles a particularly interesting budget-line collection.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine