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Vintage Collectibles, Vol. 3: 1956-1966

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Most volumes of MCA Special Products' budget-line series Vintage Collectibles concentrates on rock & roll and pop-rock, both of the obscure and familiar variety. That's not really the case with Vintage Collectibles, Vol. 3: 1956-1966. Yes, there are cuts from Chuck Berry ("Nadine") and Buddy Holly ("Reminiscing"), but this odd blend of styles leans heavily on pop tunes and novelties from the late '50s and early '60s (Dodie Stevens "Pink Shoe Laces," the Vibrations' "The Watusi"), with some hardcore doo-wop (the Moonglows' "Blue Velvet"), rockabilly (the Johnny Burnette Trio's "Tear It Up") or country-pop (Webb Pierce's "I Ain't Never," Brenda Lee's "I Want to Be Wanted") thrown in for good measure, along with Tommy Roe's "Sweet Pea" and the Mamas & the Papas' "Words of Love." The end result is a bit of a hodgepodge and maybe isn't as enjoyable as other volumes of the series, but it nevertheless maintains Vintage Collectibles' reputation as one of the best budget-line series on the market in the '90s.

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