I came upon this one in a Goodwill awhile back. Honestly what first struck me was the WRKO in the title. I grew up in the Boston area and remember my parents listening to ‘RKO a whole lot. Back then they were mostly a music station, but after 1981 they switched to all talk. Here’s a site with a pretty detailed history of WRKO. As for the record in question here (30 Now Goldens vol. 2…you gotta love that title!), this is a pretty straight-up & darn great 2 LP compilation of late-60s hits, the kind of things that I certainly heard a lot of on the radio growing up (though I was born in the early 70s), and used to enjoy seeing/hearing in late night TV ads for records you would send away for (like Groovin’…anybody remember that one?). The cover of this one grabbed me right away too…check out that nice young couple hanging out in front of the Paul Revere statue in the North End of Boston.
Okay, let’s get to the music…“Incense & Peppermints”! “Expressway To Your Heart”…“Green Tambourine”…“Kind of a Drag”…“Hush”…”Grazing In The Grass”…’nuff said, right? Both records are in great shape, except for the first track on side 1, The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun”, which happens to have a skip in it. To be honest with you, that’s perfectly fine with me as that’s one of the few songs on here I’ve heard one too many times. But these records fit the bill nicely for me– I don’t think I would search out a record by the O’Kaysions, but yeah, I’ll take another listen to “Girl Watcher”, thank you very much.
Here’s hoping that I run into 30 Now Goldens vol. 1 in another thrift store soon.
The Verdict: SCORE!
My Cost: 99¢