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Album Review

Master Classics' 2004 compilation The Very Best of the Archies is more or less a straight repackaging of Cleopatra's 1999 collection of the same name. Despite its somewhat scattered release history, the collection is a solid one, offering the big hits, as well as several lesser-known tracks, mostly compiled from the Archies' second and third albums Everything's Archie and Jingle Jangle. That album's title track, along with "Sugar Sugar," "Melody Hill," and "Bang Shang-A-Lang" (from 1968's The Archies) are among the collection's highlights. Diehard Archies fans will probably want to stick with the Repetoire anthology Sugar, Sugar..., which features a more complete look at the band's output, but The Very Best of the Archies will satisfy anyone just looking for the Archies' biggest hits and a few other goodies.

Biography

Formed: 1968 in Riverdale

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Most '60s bubblegum groups were faceless studio concoctions, made up of hired professionals and given nominal group identities after the fact. The Archies made no pretense of being a real band in the first place — their music, including the smash hit "Sugar, Sugar," was "performed" by the animated TV cartoon characters spun off from Archie comics. In reality, of course, they were a studio...
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