The Bottom Line
- The sound on these lush gems is better than ever.
- All of the band's big hits are here.
- The price is right.
- This compilation doesn't show the other facets of the group.
- The CD is missing even a few songs from the original "Greatest Hits."
- Greatest hits
- Single disc
- Sunshine pop
Guide Review - Spanky and Our Gang: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
This new budget compilation, part of a series of comps issued under the Universal conglomerate's many labels, is a great place to go for those new to the band's sound or fans who remember those three big hits and would like to own them without reaching too deep in their pockets. More serious fans will probably be disappointed, however, seeing as how this disc lacks two of the non-hits off of the original Greatest Hits album/CD. Moreover, the 1999 remastered Greatest Hits on Mercury delves a little deeper into the overlooked jazz-pop elements in the band, elements so advanced that they provided inspiration for future jazz vocal groups like Manhattan Transfer. If you like what hits there really are by the group, though, this is worth the price.