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Criminal Records: Law, Disorder And The Pursuit Of Vinyl Justice [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B006WAF26Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dragnet - Ray Anthony And His Orchestra
2. Cops And Robbers - Boogaloo And His Gallant Crew
3. Good Morning Judge - Wynonie Harris
4. Jailhouse Rock - Dean Carter
5. Private Eye - Bob Luman
6. But Officer - Cliff `King' Solomon And His Orchestra (Vocal: Gigi Gryce)
7. Dick Tracy - The Chants
8. Riot In Cell Block #9 - Vicki Young (With Big Dave's Music)
9. Folsom Prison Blues - Jumpin' Gene Simmons
10. Bad Detective - The Coasters
11. Life To Go - George Jones
12. Mr Dillon - The Delacardos
13. Twenty One Days In Jail - Magic Sam
14. The Prisoner's Song - Hylo Brown
15. Those Private Eyes (Are Watching Me) - Chubby Checker
16. Prisoner's Plea - Billy Boy
17. Next Time (Take 1) - Richard Berry
18. Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon - Ray Stevens
19. Jail Bird - Sonny Knight
20. Bad Dan Mcgoon - The Cadillacs
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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* Themes of crime and punishment have always featured strongly in music. Ace's new CD is an hour long, not so much celebration but as documentation of heroes, villains, cops and robbers and their role in rock'n'roll.

* Inebriation, incarceration, stick-ups, showdowns, `failure to support' and all manner of other non-law abiding activities are on Ace's rockin' docket, although they plead not guilty to charges of crimes against music that this compilation may or may not elicit.

* "Criminal Records" also heralds the work of hard-bitten cops from the mean streets of New York and Los Angeles, and those notable heroes and villains of the old Wild West that came into our living rooms on a weekly basis during TV's golden era.

* The featured suspects are all guilty of being entertaining in the extreme. Almost all of the tracks on this arresting set are new to Ace CD, and several have never been reissued before.

* Ace's convictions are that they are sure this will be a best cell-er! Buy it now, or be prepared to suffer the penalty for digital delinquency!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good release from Ace Records 23 Jan 2013
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I have always had a soft spot for thematic compilations and Ace Records have come up trumps with these two dozen selections of crime, law enforcement and punishment. It is an entertaining mixture of rock `n' roll, rhythm `n' blues, blues and country with the odd novelty song or two thrown in for good measure. All of the music was recorded in the 1950s and 1960s and there is some good stuff here.
Opening with the popular theme tune from the iconic TV show `Dragnet', and closing with one of Stan Freberg's spoof takes on the same theme and the show's lead character, this is a good and varied set. It is refreshing to hear a few familiar songs recorded by some lesser-known artists, so we have Leiber & Stoller's `Jailhouse Rock', by Dean Carter and `Riot in Cell Block #9', by Vicki Young with Big Dave and his orchestra and one Jumpin' Gene Simmons gives a good version of `Folsom Prison Blues'. There is a colourful booklet with label shots and some lurid photos from several pulp crime novels and films.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arresting 30 Mar 2012
By Richard
Ace have put out many Theme titled CDs eg Feline Groovy and are not the first to issue one on this subject which allows them to plunder the joke book.
What you notice here though is virtually all the crime is committed in America same as what's on the Crime Channel.Somehow unless you were Lonnie Donegan singing about crime in the UK-who sung American songs like Tom Dooley and Fort Worth Jail-crime was something British songwriters never touched
While the contents are bordering on the lighhearted the recent Fantastic Voyage set is not exactly radio friendly with many of the artists having been inside but this was an earlier era of the blues and country
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