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TimeLife Music: Oldies But Goodies 18 CD Super Set

Title Ultimate Oldies But Goodies 18 CD Super Set
Artist Various Artists

If you think that the release of 'Odies But Goodies' while the previous 'Malt Shop Memories' still around is strange enough, try to reason with releasing another edition of the same box set title at the same time.

As TimeLife mentioned on their website "If you can't get enough oldies but goodies, then this is the collection for you", this box set is for someone who think 158 songs on 10 CD is not enough. With 278 songs on 18 CD set, this set is a true motherload of oldies collection. Many classic tracks have been added including Al Hibber's "Unchained Melody", Dell-Vikings' "Whispering Bells", Dinah Washington's "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes", Dale Hawkins' "Suzie Q", the Miracles' "Shop Around", Tab Hunter's "Young Love", LaVern Baker's "I Cried A Tear", the Clovers' "Love Potion No.9", and the Four Preps' "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)". Several one-hit wonders were also included (some of them are pretty hard-to-find nowadays) such as Johnny Ace's "Pledging My Love", Dobie Stevens' "Pink Shoe Laces", Chuck Miller's "The House of Blue Light", Bonnie Guitar's "Dark Moon", the Dubs' "Could This Be Magic", Rock-A-Teens' "Woo-Hoo", Edward Byrnes & Connie Stevens' "Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)", and the Cheers' "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots".

The flaw of this set is that there are too many songs from the same artists, especially popular artists that have plenty of hits or already have several collection of their own. For example, overall, there are already 3 songs from Bobby Darin, 3 songs from Dion, 4 songs from Connie Francis, 4 songs from the Coasters, and 6 songs from Chuck Berry (this is not Chuck Berry Collection!). These wasted spaces can be used to add more classics from other artists such as Peggy Lee's "Fever", the Rays' "Silhouettes", Teddy Bears' "To Know Him, Is to Love Him", McGuire Sisters' "Sugartime", Jimmy Dosey's "So Rare", and Gogi Grant's "The Wayward Wind".

Still, the price that almost double the smaller set is something that would bother many buyers. And many might have to deal with getting too many songs from the same artists, which is not the main point of the 'decade' collection. But if you think you are going to start your oldies collection in one go, plus willing to pay almost 300 dollars for it. Then this is the box set for you.

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