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  • Audio CD (27 Oct. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B001FE1WAW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 18 Yellow Roses - BOBBY DARIN
2. I Dreamed - BETTY JOHNSON
3. Secretly - JIMMIE RODGERS
4. Come Back Silly Girl - THE LETTERMEN
5. Where The Blue Of The Night - TOMMY MARA
6. Theme from Dr Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight) - RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN
7. Paradise - SAMMY TURNER
8. Southtown, USA - THE DIXIEBELLES
9. Right Or Wrong - RONNIE DOVE
10. My Little Corner Of The World - ANITA BRYANT
11. Utopia - FRANK GARI
12. I Love You The Way You Are - BOBBY VINTON
13. Baubles, Bangles & Beads - THE KIRBY STONE FOUR
14. Apple Green - JUNE VALLI
15. Hula Love - BUDDY KNOX
16. Go Away Little Girl - STEVE LAWRENCE
17. My Summer Love - RUBY & THE ROMANTICS
18. Chip Chip - GENE MCDANIELS
19. Beach Time - ROGER SMITH
20. Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry) - MARION WORTH
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* 28 more high quality popular songs from the Golden Age Of Popular Music, 1956-1965, many transferred from first generation master tapes. Several are making their first CD appearance and in stereo for the very first time.

* Tracks of particular note among the wide-ranging selection include `Go Away Little Girl' by Steve Lawrence, a track that defines 60s pop. This #1 hit has only been available in via mail order, but appears here for its first major CD appearance. Pop music mainstay Bobby Vinton scored many hits during the 60s, but `I Love You The Way You Are' on Diamond Records has never been issued on legit CD and appears here transferred from the original UK tape. Bob Crewe, most noted for his work for the 4 Seasons, charted as an artist in 1960 with `The Whiffenpoof Song'. Here is its first outing on CD in a new stereo mix from the original Warwick multi-track analogue tape.

* Other appetizing musical morsels include `Apple Green' by June Valli, `Beach Time' by Roger Smith, `Shake Me, I Rattle' by Marion Worth and `Wishin' On A Rainbow' by Phill Wilson, all first time CD exclusives on this compilation. Ace's eclectic selection includes many other cherished hits including `18 Yellow Roses' by Bobby Darin, `Ginny Come Lately' by Brian Hyland, `My Summer Love' by Ruby & The Romantics, `Come Back Silly Girl' by The Lettermen and `Paradise' by Sammy Turner.

* As always, Ace have tried to find the best sounding sources on all of these all mastered impeccably to offer second-to-none sound quality.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Van Scherpenzeel on 26 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
One is so spoiled when it comes to ACE 50's and 60's compilations
that there's no way NOT to give it 5 stars. As always a wonderful
quality sound (14 in full stereo) + magnificent liner notes on each
song and interpreter with up to date commentary about the artist.
However, although not enough to take 1 star away, maybe this time
there are too many ballads and too few uptempo songs. If you really
concentrate while listening, you may fall asleep. Vol 1 of this
compilation is probably unbeatable. For collectors and all of those
who were teens by then an absolute must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anton Coy on 21 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I think it's worth pointing out what I see to be the difference between "pop" music and "popular" music. This excellent CD compilation is testimony to the tenacity of record companies during the rock and roll era, to produce quality "popular" music, aimed less at the teenyboppers and more at a record buying public at least half a generation older than that. What is presented here is an interesting cross section of quality music made between 1958 and 1964, the vast majority of which made the Billboard Top 40. Along with recognisable names such as Bobby Darin, Anita Bryant, Brian Hyland and Nino Tempo and April Stevens, some pretty obscure names also appear, including Sinatra-soundalike Tommy Mara, Roger Smith, Phill Wilson and a singing Bob Crewe, more often associated with producing top artists such as The Four Seasons.
There are a few numbers here which might sound distinctly "cheesy" these days, but the overall enjoyment factor is very high. Good to hear "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" by The Kirby Stone Four, and June Valli's "Apple Green" is certainly one of the highlights of the whole compilation. As usual with ACE Records you also get a chunky booklet where important historical detail is provided on a track by track basis - absolutely essential for any music buff. Sound quality is high, with a fair number of tracks in stereo too. Volume 1 of this series was good, but I rate Volume 2 as a slightly better buy. A deserved 5 star rating.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Another outstanding title in Ace's Golden Age series 22 Dec. 2008
By Zub - Published on Amazon.com
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Ace Records of the U.K. follows up its top-notch "Golden Age of American Popular Music" in sensational style. As in the first volume, the tunes here represent the pop side of the hot-100 chart during the early age of rock and roll. While many of these "pop" songs were teen-oriented with songs from the likes of Kathy Linden, the Dixiebelles and Ruby and the Romantics, new and veteran pop singers of the era were still finding success with the music-buying public. Betty Johnson's "I Dreamed", June Valli's "Apple Green" and "Lovely One" from the Four Voices competed successfully with the new world of Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis rock music. Most satisfying here is that, after decades of mining the vaults of top-100 American pop music, Ace Records still finds new treasures in the form of new-to-CD songs from the pre-invasion era. Tommy Mara's "Where the Blue of the Night", Roger Smith's "Beach Time" and Phill Wilson's "Wishin' on a Rainbow" join Bob Crewe's "Whiffenpoof Song" in the parade of new-to-legit-CD tunes. Other rarities such as "Shake Me I Rattle" from Marion Worth, "A Very Special Love" by Johnny Nash and Bobby Vinton's Diamond-label recording of "I Love You The Way You Are" join a sprinkling of more familiar tunes represented by Nino Tempo and April Stevens' "Deep Purple" and Gene McDaniels' "Chip Chip".

While the repertoire itself is outstanding, Ace's commitment to sound quality is no second thought here with the appearance of several first-time stereo tracks. Of the 28 tracks, 14 (1,4,6,10,13,16-20,24-26,28) are in stereo with the remainder in clean mono. Rounding out the package is a lavishly illustrated 20-page liner notes booklet with background on each of the included songs.

Ace continues to delight both the casual fan and avid collector of the hot and not-so-hot popular music from the golden age of American rock and roll. While many labels have thrown in the towel when it comes to music of the genre (or disappeared altogether), Ace continues, thankfully, to raise the bar in the reissue market.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Music 12 Sept. 2009
By Donald Offutt - Published on Amazon.com
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Just love this album and the previous one. It is music prior to the British Invasion. It seems after the British arrived rock n roll just was not the same anymore. It is ironic that the British are putting out this series and not the US companies that created the music. What is with that? Great to hear the old music from the late 50's early 60's. Keep up the good work Ace records.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Volume 2 Of A Brief Off-Shoot Of Ace's Classic "Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll" Series 13 April 2011
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
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This Ace release focuses on pure Pop offerings from 1956 to 1964, with tracks 1, 4, 6, 10, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 and 28 all being in stereo. The success rate ranges from the # 1 hits Go Away Little Girl by Steve Lawrence in 1962 and Deep Purple by Nino Tempo & April Stevens in 1963, to as low as the # 91 Wishin' On A Rainbow by Phill Wilson in 1961 (the ONLY charter for this erstwhile actor - Mischief, Teachers and The Unseen Force) and the # 96 The Whiffenpoof Song by Bob Crewe in 1960. Liner notes by Peter Grendysa extend to 18 pages, sprinkled throughout by the usual poster/record reproductions and vintage photos of Bobby Darin, Jimmie Rodgers, The Lettermen, Richard Chamberlain (a front cover from TV Guide), Sammy Turner, The Dixiebelles, Anita Bryant, Frank Gari, The Kirby Stone Four, Buddy Knox, Ruby & The Romantics, Gene McDaniels, Steve Lawrence, Roger Smith, Johnny Nash, Nino Tempo & April Stevens, Brian Hyland, Kathy Linden, Bob Crewe and Tommy Mara.

As with their Golden Age Of American Rock `N' Roll Series, the tracks are a mixture of not-so-hard-to-find and some that you just won't see anywhere else, certainly not with this quality. In that regard I would include Tommy Mara's up-tempo rendition of the old Bing Crosby theme Where The Blue Of The Night, Frank Gari's Utopia, Baubles, Bangles And Beads by The Kirby Stone Four, Roger Smith's Beach Time, Lovely One by The Four Voices & Ray Conniff & His Orchestra, Phill Wilson's Wishin' On A Rainbow, and Bob Crewe's The Whiffenpoof Song (before he launched The Bob Crewe Generation).

One minor note: the title of the Anita Bryant hit here was In My Little Corner Of The World. If you grew up in that era this will bring back many memories.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
MORE GREAT 50S/60S MEMORIES! 5 Jan. 2009
By Bill Busse - Published on Amazon.com
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This Cd once again proves that the 'pop' charts were filled with all kinds of great music. It seems that today's music historians would have us believe that the only thing that existed in the second half of the 50s and 60s was rock n roll but those of us who lived it and worked radio at the time know differently. Many of these songs have not seen the light of day since their original 45 release. Thanks again to the great people at ACE UK.
By the way, I have enough great favorites for volume 3! One of Patti Page's best of the 60s YOU'LL ANWER TO ME has never been on CD. Here are a few other greats to add to it: Patti's SAY WONDERFUL THINGS, Jack Jones' FIRST NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON, WONDERLAND BY NIGHT in both vocal hit by Anita Bryant and forgotten trumpet hit by Louis Prima, SAD MOVIES by the Lennon Sisters, THE WEDDING by June Valli, HAPPY JOSE by Jack Ross, YELLOW BIRD (the first hit recording of this tune) by the MIlls Brothers, RIDERS IN THE SKY by Lawrence Welk, CHAPEL BY THE SEA by Billy Vaughn, WORLD I USED TO KNOW by Jimmie Rodgers, CALCUTTA by the Four Preps and DON'T MAKE MY BABY BLUE by Frankie Laine
Yes, they'd all make a great volume 3.....just have to add a few others.
Thank you so much, again, ACE! 24 July 2010
By Martijn13Maart1970 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love oldies, from good rock and roll, to that often dreamy 60s style, that so famously got destroyed with JFK's assassination and/or the Beatles' invasion of pop. But there are so many compilation Cd's; which ones to choose? Simple: ACE is the best of the best, only equaled sometimes by Eric Records. So that is why I have almost all ACE compilation Cd's. What makes this label stand out?
1) Every single compilation they release lives up to the title, because the songs really represent what the Cd cover states. We all know that wonderful feeling to hear a song again we were looking for, or hear something new but wonderful, thinking; yes this is exactly what I hoped this Cd would contain. Ace has given me that listening enjoyment on every compilation I have bought from them.
2) You get truly rare songs, some never before issued on Cd.
3) There are always many tracks on the CD, unlike Time Life or Rhino or some other reissue labels, that give you 58 minutes or so.
4) All tracks are in good, to best, sound quality.
5) And then last but not least the booklet, that is the best I have seen anywhere: packed with background information about the style of that particular music, the artists, the particular tracks.
So if you look for something particular in the 50s or 60s era, Ace is where you should look first.
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