, obviously, were a studio concoction, but thanks to the sharp songwriting of veteran songsmith Jeff Barry
and the versatile voice of New York-based jingle and demo singer Ron Dante
, the cartoon group's albums were actually pretty tuneful affairs. Dante
has finally secured the rights to these late-'60s recordings and released this set (essentially it is the Archies
' second album, Everything's Archie
) all remixed and remastered as The Archies
on RKO, which Planet has in turn retitled The Very Best of the Archies
. It may not technically be the very best, but it's close, and includes that king of bubblegum songs, "Sugar, Sugar," as well as surprisingly clever pop fare like "Melody Hill" and the country-rock-tinged "Don't Touch My Guitar."