I can perhaps understand the disappointment of one reviewer who laments the choice of artists on several songs in this compilation, namely: (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone by The Flies which came out in 1966 in the U.K. on Decca F.12533; Words by The Regents, a 1966 release on Penthouse 502; The Last Train To Clarksville by The Standells from their 1966 Tower LP "The Hot Ones" (ST-5049); Action by Paul Revere & The Raiders from their 1966 Columbia LP "Just Like Us!" (CL-2451); and Peaches `N' Cream, rendered here as Dicci Come Fini by an Italian girl-group called The Honeybeats.
The last two, both written by Tommy Boyce and Steve Venet (not all were Boyce-Hart compositions obviously) were huge hits for, respectively, Freddy Cannon (a # 13 Hot 100 in August 1965 on Warner 5645, and The Ikettes(# 28 R&B/# 36 Hot 100 in April 1965 on Modern 1005, while the others, of course, were Boyce-Hart hits for The Monkees: (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone, # 20 Hot 100 in late 1966/early 1967 as the B-side of the monster # 1 (7 weeks) I'm A Believer on Colgems 1002; Words - # 11 Hot 100 in August 1967 as the B-side of the # 3 hit Pleasant Valley Sunday on Colgems 1007; and The Last Train To Clarksville, their first hit and a # 1 in Sept/Oct 1966 on Colgems 1001.
Of their other two hits written for The Monkees, you do get the March/April 1968 # 3 Valleri (Colgems 1019), but not Tear Drop City which ended up at # 56 in March 1969 on Colgems 5000. Other Monkees tunes included are P.O. Box 9847 from their 1968 RCA Victor LP "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees" (SF-7948), and (The Theme From) The Monkees from their October 1966 # 1 Colgems LP "The Monkees" (COS-101).
But reducing it to 3 stars is a bit harsh considering the usual Ace attention to excellent sound reproduction and their always-informative liner notes/discographies, especially as they include these hard-to-find "Girl Group" entries: (He's Gonna Be) Fine, Fine, Fine by The Ikettes (Modern promo 45 1008 circa 1965); The Dum Dum Ditty by The Shangri-Las from their 1965 Red Bird LP "The Shangri-Las - 65!" (RB 20-104); Thank You For Loving Me by The Sapphires (ABC-Paramount 10590 in 1964); Seven Days In September by Ginger & The Snaps - who alsao recorded as The Honeys (MGM 13413 in 1965); and Never Again by The Royalettes as the B-side of their late 1965 # 26 R&B/# 72 Hot 100 I Want To Meet Him.
Top 40 hits included are: their own I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight? which reached # 8 Hot 100 in December 1967/Jan 1968 on A&M 893; Come A Little Bit Closer by Jay & The Americans, a # 3 Hot 100 Sept/Oct 1964 on United Artists 759; Hurt So Bad by Little Anthony & The Imperials, a # 3 R&B/# 10 Hot 100 Feb/March 1965 on DCP-1128; Be My Guest by Fats Domino, a # 2 R&B/# 8 Hot 100 Dec 1959/Jan 1960 on Imperial 5629; and Lazy Elsie Molly by Chubby Checker, a # 40 Hot 100 June 1964 on Parkway 920 (note that Billboard had suspended the R&B charts from late 1963 and throughout 1964). A lesser charted entry is If You're Thinkin' What I'm Thinkin' by Dino, Desi & Billy, a 1966 # 128 Hot 100 Bubble Under on Reprise 0544.
Non-charting singles are: Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day by Sir Raleigh & The Coupons on Jerden 760 in 1965; She by Del Shannon on Liberty 55939 in 1967; I Can't Get Him Out Of My Mind by Sandra Gee on Cheltenham 1002 in 1965; Beverly Jean by Curtis Lee as the B-side of his Nov 1961 # 46 Hot 100 Under The Moon Of Love on Dunes 2008; and Too Many Teardrops by Bobby Hart on Infinity 017 in 1963. Other album cuts here are: Action, Action, Action by Keith Allison from the 1966 Columbia LP "In Action" (CL-2641); and I Gotta Find Cupid by Gary Lewis & The Playboys from their 1965 Liberty LP "Everybody Loves A Clown" (LST-7428).