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Action: The Apex Records Story 1960 [Double CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: One Day Music
  • ASIN: B00G6I1ZGI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. ActionLance Fortune 1:43£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Every Breath I TakeGene Pitney 2:45£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Doggone It BabyThe Rock-A-Teens 2:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last NightKenny Dino 2:18£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Love You the Way You AreBobby Vinton 2:50£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Heart and SoulJan & Dean 2:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Drum CityGary Webb 2:01£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. You'll Never Get Away'Little' Frankie Brunson 2:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Deed I DoThe Cleftones 2:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Poetry in MotionJohnny Tillotson 2:33£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. You Don't Know MeLenny Welch 2:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Won't You Give Me a ChanceDarwin 2:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Black RockThe Five Spots 2:05£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. When WIll I Be LovedThe Everly Brothers 2:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Searching for LoveThe Devilles 2:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The CountrysideJim Henson 2:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. MarilynBobby Domino 2:01£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. To Be LovedThe Pentagons 2:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Chicken RockFat Daddy Holmes 1:58£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Do You Mind?Andy Williams 2:15£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Cry, Cry, CryRitchie Valens 2:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Hully Gully AgainLittle Caesar & The Romans 2:38£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Big Fool of the YearJustin Tubb 2:44£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Robot RompCharlie Daniels 1:57£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Too Much TequilaThe Champs 2:14£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Barbara-AnnThe Regents 2:18£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen27. FeverLittle Caesar & The Romans 2:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen28. The Hip SwingThe Hounds 2:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen29. We'll WaitThe Debonaires 2:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Southern LoveRonnie Hawkins 2:46£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Darlin'Lenny Welch 2:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Dead ManGeorge Weston 2:58£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen33. La MerTrade Martin 2:48£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Cherry Berry WineCharlie McCoy 2:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Town Without PityGene Pitney 2:54£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen36. FiestaDave 'Baby' Cortez 2:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen37. Can You WaddleThe Spartans 2:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen38. The BottleDub Dickerson 3:15£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen39. My Little RubyChan Romero 2:00£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Wizard of LoveThe Ly-Dells 2:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Beatnick SticksPaul Revere 2:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen42. True Love Can BeRon Holden 3:05£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen43. Hot Rod LincolnJohnny Bond 2:46£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen44. Lonely GuyThe Gallahads 2:07£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen45. Mule Skinner BluesThe Fendermen 2:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen46. Pledging My LoveJohnny Tillotson 2:32£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen47. Gonna See My BabyThe Addrisi Brothers 2:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen48. In The Heart of a FoolJohnnie Ray 2:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen49. Red EyeThe Champs 2:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen50. The Same Way You Came InJohnny Seymour 2:47£0.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

This compilation of Compo company owned Apex records focuses on the period between 1960 - 1962, the immediate pre-Beatles era when US pop was both varied and entertaining. Some of the artists on this compilation had reached the Apex of popularity by the the time they recorded their contribution, while others still had to reach their peak: together, they make an entertaining slice of early-sixties listening.

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2CD set. Fantastic 50-track collection of Apex label recordings from 1960 to 1962! Features Gene Pitney, Bobby Vinton, The Everly Brothers, Jan & Dean, Gary Webb, Johnny Tillotson and others.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clear Track Listing -In The Heart Of A Fool. 8 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD
ACTION THE APEX RECORDS STORY 1960 - 1962 contains 50 original recordings by the original artists but Amazon have scrunched all the tracks up together making it hard to decypher what on the CDs so I've spaced them out to make it a little more clear.

This isn't review proper just an aide.
These sets really are a steal at this price.

Why are these releases so reasonably priced I hear you ask?

The simple reason that these sets are as cheap as chips is that the tracks are public domain.

That means the rights to the music has gone and any old Dick or Harry can release them.

The bad news for the previous rights holders' means good news for us, the buyers for if the price is too high we will not buy.
So the sets are at a more than reasonable price.
Next year the law changes to fall in line with the Americans and the 50 year rule will be finished but that will apply only to stuff released after 1963.
(Thanks to AJ Taylor for putting me right)

But Amazon have scrunched up all the tracks making it hard for people to read which tracks let alone which artist is on so I've spaced them out making it easier to read.

1. Action ~ Lance Fortune
2. Every Breath I Take ~ Gene Pitney
3. Doggone It Baby ~ The Rock-A-Teens
4. Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night ~ Kenny Dino
5. I Love You The Way You Are ~ Bobby Vinton
6. Heart And Soul ~ Jan & Dean
7. Drum City ~ Gary Webb
8. You'll Never Get Away ~ `Little' Frankie Brunson
9. Deed I Do ~ The Cleftones
10. Poetry In Motion ~ Johnny Tillotson
11. You Don't Know Me ~ Lenny Welch
12. Won't You Give Me A Chance ~ Darwin & The Cupids
13. Black Rock ~ The Five Spots
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For nostalgic reasons only... 9 Jan 2014
By Tony Martin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Bought this just before Christmas - along with the Barry triple - more for reasons of nostalgia than anything else, the years listed being my prime record buying period. It appears that Apex, a Canadian label, was set up to release US product, along similar lines to our much-loved London American label (and opening here with a British Pye B-side!). Chronologically, the Ritchie Valens is from 1958, and one or two others enjoy recording dates previous to those in the title.

So, typical pop of the period, mixing one or two solid rock'n'rollers (Rock-A-Teens, Fendermen, Chan Romero), a little country (Justin Tubb, Dub Dickerson, Johnny Bond, Johnny Seymour), some doo-wop (Cleftones, Pentagons, Bobby Domino, DeVilles - a Canadian group, here recording for the US label Jerden - Regents etc.) and several intro's, all pretty good, arguably the best being Fat Daddy Holmes' "Chicken Rock".

Nothing revelationary in the pop, tho did bring back memories for me. Doug Sheldon, an early cover king, was all over the place with "Your Ma Said...", I think I bought "Do You Mind?" by Anthony Newley, I laughed at the so-mannered vocals of early Gene Pitney, loved the peerless harmonies of the Ev's, I'd forgotten what a great voice Lenny Welch had. Jan & Dean's "Heart And Soul" made me go buy the Cleftones, Little Frankie Brunson was a would-be Jackie Wilson, Ron Holden sounds 'different' to my well remembered "My Babe", "Hully Gully Again" from Little Caesar and crew reminded me of the Olympics. For sure, there were one or two disappointments, but I expected as much. So overall, an enjoyable set, I got my money's worth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 27 Dec 2013
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great.bit of oldies music, Love this old stuff this sort of sound will always be around. it is always nice to here
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value. 17 July 2014
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A very good collection of oldies, which is good to reminisce with. Good value for money.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For US fans a label montage 24 Feb 2014
By Jay Boco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Don't recall the Apex label here in the states but in Europe it appears to have drawn heavily from Cadence, Musicor, Gee, Dore, Diamond and others. Cadence appears to be the prime contributor and from that US label come the Everly Brothers, Johnny Tillotson and Lenny Welch and others.
From other labels, there are familiar names represented here such as Paul Revere & the Raiders, Johnny Ray, Richie Valens, The Pentagons, Bobby Vinton, Little Caesar & the Romans, and Ronnie Hawkins to name some. While a 50% song recognition would be a good score, the entire double disc is a good repeated listen.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ACTION 27 Mar 2014
By big ed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is another in the CD series. An apex record version, Apex in not in the USA. I love Gene Pitney & Johnny Tillotson, and they are both on this set, along with many other artists. TOM
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