Another incredible package from Rare Rockin' Records, this time featuring the supreme songwriting talents of the tragically obscure Billy Meshel. Who's to say why a songwriter of this caliber toiled away in relative obscurity while others of far lesser talents scored time after time? Luck of the draw, I guess, but this great (and lengthy - 32 songs!) collection will have you wondering why at least two dozen of these gems didn't hit the Top 10 during the heyday of the Brill Building era. Meshel's talents and artistry are pan-genre, proving that "a good song is a good song" - there're girl group, doo-wop, soul, pop and rock 'n' roll offerings here, many of which could have been cut by any of the other artists in their own styles. Case in point: Del Shannon, a genius songwriter if there ever was one, has not one, but TWO Meshel covers here. If you have an interest in the goings-on in the songwriting and publishing world during the rock era (1959-1967) or if you're into collecting great songwriters (this stuff stands up to Goffin & King, Anders & Poncia, Barry & Greenwich, et al), or if you're just a fan of great music and looking for something "new" and different, this album could not be more highly recommended by this listener. Thanks for the great work. There are several hundred dollars worth of collectible obscurities here and the book lengthy detailed booklet alone is worth the price of the CD! Now, if we could only get someone to reissue Billy's solo album (recorded in 1968 right after this CD ends), "The Love Songs Of A. Wilbur Meshel" on ABC/Probe, then we'd really be getting somewhere.