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.