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Fabulous Flips Vol.2 [Collector's Edition, Import]

Fabulous Flips (Series) Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Import
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B0000009J9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Billy Boy - The Dell-Vikings
2. Lonesome For A Letter - Sanford Clark
3. Troubles, Troubles - Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
4. It's Really You - Nappy Brown
5. Why - Lloyd Price
6. Well! - The Olympics
7. Little Queenie - Chuck Berry
8. Cha-Kow-Ski - The Pets
9. I Can't Hold Out Any Longer - Jimmy Soul
10. Don't Start Cryin' Now - Slim Harpo
11. Cast Iron Arm - Peanuts Wilson
12. Bad Boy - Larry Williams
13. Gee How I Wish You Were Here - Curtis Lee
14. Sail Along Silv'ry Moon - Billy Vaugn & His Orchestra
15. Red Sails In The Sunset - Tab Hnter
16. Rubber Dolly - Bill Parsons
17. Living's Loving You - Robin Luke
18. Sweet Was The Wine - Jerry Butler & The Impressions
19. Tight Capris - Jody Reynolds
20. Girl Of My Dreams - Gerry Granahan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy A Second Trip To The Flips 11 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
In an era devoted to the mighty CD, kids don't know what you mean when you mention a "B" side. But in the days when 45's and 78's were the format of choice, the "B", or "flip" side of a record was sometimes a place to find a hidden gem or a genuine quality alternative to the designated "A" side (and more than one "B" side was known to outperform its supposed stronger side in the charts). And then there was of course, some hopeless throwaway item to be found there too - recordings that you would never ever want to go back to after you had made its unfortunate discovery in the first place. Like the first volume, the second CD of "Fabulous Flips" should have rather been more accurately called "Fascinating Flips". There are certainly a handful of "fabulous" recordings there - "Troubles, Troubles" by Clarence "Frogman" Henry really stands out, as do "Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie", Slim Harpo's "Don't Start Cryin' Now", and the wonderful "Well" by The Olympics, which has been a noticeble absentee from my CD collection for many years. The rest are good or good-ish, with very little that's downright awful, and that's where the compilers have done a good job, I think. A CD more for the avid enthusiast than for the casual collector, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Number 2 In All-Too-Brief 3-Volume Series 25 Aug 2008
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You have most probably come to this second of a brief 3-volume series from Ace Records of London, England by searching under artist or, perhaps, song title, so I repeat part of what I wrote for the opening volume. Back in the days when hit singles were based upon one side or the other of a 78- and then 45-rpm release, labels were not always keen when both sides of a record received enough air- and jukebox play to earn itself a place on the charts. The reasoning was quite simple: far better to have songs good enough to receive that kind of attention issued separately. A record where BOTH sides were considered major hits and million sellers (e.g., Elvis Presley's Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel) would be far better off garnering sales of a million each. But where some artists were concerned, and again I cite Presley, any plans to the contrary by people like Colonel Tom Parker proved fruitless as every one of his singles at RCA Victor, beginning with Heartbreak Hotel/I Was The One in 1956, to Good Luck Charm/Anything That's Part Of You in 1962 were two-sided hits. That's something like 19 straight single releases!

In most cases, however, the artists had to be satisfied (and were naturally ecstatic) if just one side scored because the two-sided hit was, for the most part, a rarity. Only the major stars, or some lucky enough to have had their record "flipped" by DJs enough to grab attention, received that honour.

In Volume 1 there were five cuts that have gone into the books as hit singles, and here that is reduced to four (one with a bullet): Little Queenie by Chuck Berry also made it to # 80 Billboard Pop Hot 100 as the flip of his 1959 # 3 R&B/# 32 Hot 100 Almost Grown; Red Sails In The Sunset by Tab Hunter (with the Billy Vaughn orchestra) got as high as # 57 Top 100 (note that the Top 100 became the Hot 100 sometime in late 1958) as the other side of his huge hit, Young Love, which spent 6 weeks at # 1 in early 1957 and also made it to # 8 R&B; Sail Along Silvery Moon, an instrumental by Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra, may have been the B-side, byt when it finished at # 5 Top 100 early in 1958 it beat out the intended A-side, Raunchy, which peaked at # 10; and Love Is A Swingin' Thing by The Shirelles, as the flip of their 1962 # 1 Hot 100/# 3 R&B Soldier Boy, managed to get to # 109 on the Hot 100 "Bubbling Under" charts.

Two oddities of sorts are Rubber Dolly by Bill Parsons and The Monster by Billy Ford & The Thunderbirds. The latter was the B-side to the 1958 # 6 R&B/# 9 Top 100 hit La Dee Dah billed to Billy (Ford) & Lillie (Bryant), while the other backed the 1959 # 2 Hot 100/# 16 R&B smash, The All American Boy. The story behind that varies, depending upon the source, ranging from the name "Bill Parsons" being a pseudonym for the real singer, Bobby Bare, to a labeling mistake by the Fraternity label, to a tacit agreement between two old friends that Bare's voice would lend itself more to the narrative style applied to All American Boy. Well, Bill Parsons was very real and he does do Rubber Dolly. For the true story, you'll just have to buy the album and read the fabulous liner notes that are a hallmark of all Ace releases, led by their magnificent multi-volume Golden Age Of American Rock `N' Roll and Golden Age Of American Popular Music series, as well as smaller series such as Early Girls and Teen Beat (an all-instrumental series).

As to the rest, many were indeed good enough to have become hits on their own in the right circumstances and are sure to please both casual fans of that bygone era and the hard-core collector. Many of the sides you just won't see anywhere else, and that's especially true of the One-Hit Wonders like The Pets, Robin Luke, and Gerry Granahan (who also had hits as part of Dicky Doo & The Don'ts and The Fireflies) for whom you only ever see their one hit.
3.0 out of 5 stars flips and rarities 25 Aug 2008
By Jay Boco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can't believe I'm lauching another missive of disappointment at my beloved ACE releases. Most of them are superior but everyone trips and stumbles. Ace has done so with Vol 2 of the Fabulous Flips.

Years back, I purchased Volume One (it didn't have a volume number actually assigned for they probably didn't know how far they'd run with this concept). I was overjoyed with the release. It had many flips I loved as a kid playing my 45s.

It took me awhile but I did eventually discover both Vol. 2 & 3 on Amazon. After going 'round & 'round, I decided to get only Volume 3 for at the time I couldn't get adequately thrilled with Vol. 2. Once again Vol. 3 knocked me out. Not so many of the flips I enjoyed in my youth but some great stuff anyway.

Then Vol. 2 disappeared as a new item and the used price skyrocketed. [Out of print for a while I'm guessing.]I wasn't about to spend a lot of money for something I was hesitant about anyway. After a year or so it has once again appeared new and as reduced priced "used". I finally decided to get it. I had been searching to see if ACE did a volume 4. That's how I found that Vol. 2 was there again, but no further volumes.

Yoi and double yoi. It suffers quite a bit. First I/'ll acknowledge that this is the only way one can find a lot of these tracks. I either do or did at one time have almost all of these 45s. Only Chicken Necks, The Monster, and Havin'So Much Fun, Little Queenie and Why were worth playing on 45. The years have not made the rest of them any more desirable. (The more I think about this I'm reducing my initial 3 stars to 2. ALthough, it's not letting me change it. )

There are so many good flips out there from the pre-Beatle era. And I'm not talking about the more obvious, Presley, Berry, Holly, Beach Boys, etc. Here are just a few I think would glorify any flips disc: Dirty Tricks-Carousels [flip of Never Let Him Go]; Something Old, Something New-Lonnie Russ [My Wife Can't Cook]; Ral Donner-I Didn't Figure on Him [Please Don't Go]; Time Will Tell-Majors [A Wonderful Dream]; Hanky Panky-Raindrops [That Boy John] and The Answer to Everything-Del Shannon [So Long, Baby].

Given that the only other "flips" disc I have found is something called Phil Spector's Flips and Rarities, I can only advocate strongly that ACE get back in the flips business. (And I won't mind if they take a few of my suggestions.)
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