The Dave Clark Five still can be heard on the oldies stations, and rightly so. Although they don't have the prestige of other British Invasion bands (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, and The Who), they have some songs with the greatest trajectory of any thumping, groovy band. This collection is uneven, but the first tape is superb. The selection includes such propulsive classics as "Glad All Over," "Anyway You Want It," and a great remake of "Do You Love Me". The ballads shouldn't be dismissed, either, but they're not as accomplished as their fast songs.
The second C.D./tape has some worthy pieces, including "I Like It Like That," "Over and Over," and "You've Got What It Takes". The last portion sags, somewhat. (Although "Doctor Rhythm" and "Here Comes Summer" are virtually unknown gems.) "Live in the Sky" is interesting for its bitter sarcasm, taking aim at Psychedelia, the movement that left the band behind. In the liner notes, it is aptly stated that Mike Smith is one of the most underrated singers in rock history. The same could be said of the band.