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The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll Vol.6: Hot 100 Hits from 1954-1963 [CD]

The Golden Age Of American Rock & Roll (Series) Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Jan 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B0000009KJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shirley - John Fred
2. Come Go With Me - The Dell-Vikings
3. Black Slacks - Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
4. Lollipop - Ronald & Ruby
5. Ten Commandments of Love - Harvey & The Moonglows
6. Love Bug Crawl - Jimmy Edwards
7. Do You Want to Dance - Bobby Freeman
8. Hard Times - Noble 'Thin Man' Watts & His Rhythm Sparks
9. Imagination - The Quotations
10. I Wonder - The Pentagons
11. At My Front Door - The Eldorados
12. You're So Fine - The Falcons
13. Tall Cool One - The Wailers
14. The Shape I'm In - Johnny Restivo
15. Little Star - The Elegants
16. Lover Please - Clyde McPhatter
17. Charlena - Various Artists
18. The Sevilles - Various Artists
19. Itchy Twitchy Feeling - Bobby Hendricks
20. Priscilla - Eddie Cooley & The Dimples
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Volume 6 of this series offers very much the same as the five previous volumes and indeed the five which were released subsequently.There is no specific theme or common demoninator to the music chosen, other than the actual period when it was recorded. So you get performers as dissimilar as Johnny Ace and Ricky Nelson, or as Harvey and The Moonglows and Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones. And the audio quality is of a high standard throughout. The full five star rating is further justifed by the excellent sleeve notes that are provided - for me the real clincher in terms of my enjoyment of any music purchase. A good introduction to the music of the time, or a reminder of some of the numbers you might have forgotten from your dim and distant childhood. Take your pick. Either way the formula works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A few unusual titles 30 Aug 2014
By Pauly
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This was purchased for a few titles that I couldn't get elsewhere namely Imagination by the Quotations the Johnny Restivo track and a few others.Mainly aimed at the American hit parade at the time this series is full of well mastered singles and although a bit highly priced can find no fault in them
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hits, Near-Hits, and Forgotten Treasures 24 July 2000
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
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The UK's leading reissue label ACE Records maintains its high standards with its sixth volume chronicling the early pop/rock scene in America from 1954-1963. As always, top-notch sound, an unheard of 30 tracks on a single disc compilation, and an informative 20-page booklet. Once again, ACE focuses on small, independent labels which means you aren't going to be getting the same old songs that have been recycled for the Baby Boomer generation for the past 30 years. In fact, only six of these songs were Top Ten and nearly half (13) didn't even reach the Top 40. What you get is a thoughtful blend of the familiar along with some forgotten treasures.
The album kicks off with the Crescent City sound of John Fred's "Shirley." If the name sounds familiar, it should. While his first single flopped in 1958 (as did his next 14 singles), he topped the charts ten years later in 1968 with "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)." Another terrific New Orleans R&B song from 1958 is Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns' "Don't You Just Know It."
There are a couple terrific rockabilly songs--the Sparkletones' 1957 hit "Black Slacks" and Jimmy Edwards' "Love Bug Crawl" that came out the same year (although it stalled at No. 78).
"Come Go With Me" was a million-seller by one of the first integrated doo-wop groups in 1957. The Quotations weren't as successful with their doo-wop version of the pop standard "Imagination," which didn't crack the Top 40. The most successful doo-wop song included here was the Elegant's "Little Star," which topped the charts in 1958. [Note: Unlike volumes 1-5, which struck more of a balance between the late-Fifties and early-Sixties songs, all but a handful of these were released in the fifties on volume 6.]
Other hits include the Royal Teens' "Short Shorts," perhaps best known for featuring future Four Season's member Bob Gaudio, who wrote their first hit "Sherry" and co-wrote many of their biggest hits of the Sixties.
A surprise is the inclusion of Ricky Nelson's second hit, the Fats Domino cover of "I'm Walkin'." The surprise is that ACE tends to include only artists with one or two hits (two dozen of these acts didn't have more than one Top 40 hit), and Nelson charted 36 times, making him the most chart active artist on the first six volumes of this series.
Highlights (and there are many) include Johnny Ace's "Pledging My Love," a song that charted in 1955 two months after Ace tragically died on Christmas Eve while playing Russian Roulette. Then there's former Domino and Drifter Clyde McPhatter's plaintive "Lover Please." And the Rivington's original version of "Papa-oom-mow-mow" from 1962. It would do no better than No. 48, but two years later, the Trashment would take this song and the Rivington's other most memorable song, "The Bird Is the Word," rename it "Surfin' Bird" and take it to No. 4.
By itself, this volume is not as strong as the first three, but as a total series package it's unbeatable. If you love early rock and roll, be sure to add this volume to your collection. RECOMMENDED
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like it...think i'm gonna buy number four tonight. 13 Jun 2000
By David Gates - Published on Amazon.com
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(I want to get the set before it's out of print!) I've been buying oldies compilations for ten years, and haven't seen a series with this much tough-to-find music in decent sound. It almost seems Ace reverse-engineered the series by researching old chart info looking for hits that nobody else was offering. These guys also did a LOT of homework, digging up everything you'd ever care to know about every track. "Tall Cool One", "Itchy Twichy Feeling", and (the original) "Lollipop" sold me on this CD, and "Hard Times(The Slop)", "I Wonder (If Your Love Will Ever Belong To Me", and "Hide And Go Seek (part 1)" were nice surprises for someone who's never heard them before. The only dim spot (they admit it themselves!) is "The Shape I'm In", which is a textbook example of what happens when marketing experts at big record companies are allowed to make decisions for the A&R department. File under Teen Idol/Payola. Listen once through and not again. But the twenty-nine tracks I don't skip were definitely worth the price. Keep 'em coming!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is not done better than this 15 Jan 2005
By Martijn13Maart1970 - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a enthousiastic collector, and have almost all the Time Life rock n roll stuff, as well as Eric Records cds of this era. Although they are essential to any 50s 60s collection, nothing can top ACE series.

I could comment like this on all the 50s remasters of this fabulous record label, not only their other editions, but especially the Golden Age of American Rock n roll. I can not add anything to the positive reviews than simply summing up my personal view:

30 tracks per cd! (Time life is also excellent, but you get 15 per cd!)

excellent booklets with background info (not surpassed by any label).

not the same old songs over again, but many rare and still excellent tracks!

last but not least amazing sound quality.

So although you might have some songs there on other collections, it is for above mentioned points alone worth it to always have an ACE copy as well.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody does it better 23 Mar 2002
By Zub - Published on Amazon.com
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Ace Records of England can't be beat when it comes to these compilations. Continuing their stride with another massive 30-track gathering of top-100 American pre-British invasion charters, volume six presents enough familiar tunes to keep the casual listener engaged while providing another chunk of rarely, if ever found on CD, minor hits from the era, all in the best possible sound.

A whole batch of new-on-CD tunes crops up here providing discovery for the casual listener and great finds for the more avid collector. Here you find the Crickets' drummer, Jerry Ivan Allison's "Real Wild Child", the Quotations' quasi-novelty "Imagination" (tough to sing along with but fun when you master it), the "Broken Hearted Melody"-sounding "I Wonder" from the Pentagons and Coasters wanna-bes the Sevelles' "Charlena". Some fairly successful 45's that have been totally ignored by other compilers see the digital light of day here - Eddie Cooley's "Priscilla" and Ronald and Ruby's demo version of "Lollipop", overshadowed by the Chordettes' polished version.

As with other volumes in the series, Ace only commits to these tracks when they can secure solid sound sources for them. While most are in mono (10,14,16,30 are in stereo), the sound is clean and unsupressed giving new life to many of these tracks. Besides the usual massive track info, this volume's liner notes are introduced by a fascinating glimpse into the musical attitude of the time by way of an extract from a 1957 Time Magazine article debating the demise of rock and roll as the teenager's music du jour.

With this sixth volume in their outstanding series, Ace continues to prove who's the boss when it comes to mining the vaults of early American rock and roll.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Deck With Only Aces 26 Aug 2007
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've read the reviews of the first 5 volumes in this series from Ace Of London you can see that it's held in very high esteem by all concerned, as much for the detailed liner notes as the music itself. Here in this sixth installment preceding the 16 pages of background information by U.K. music historian Rob Finnis, they include an article from the November 4, 1957 edition of Time Magazine debunking the theory rampant at the time (by some wishful thinkers?) that R&R was dead. And the ensuinmg notes by Rob Finnis go on to provide some fascinating insight into the times.

When, for example, the Ronald & Ruby version of Lollipop became a hit, RCA had a problem on their hands when it came to live promotion. Ronald Gumbs was a young black man and "Ruby" was really Beverly Ross, co-author of the tune and a white 19-year-old. A black girl was quickly recruited. As for Ross, her songwriting talents include Dim Dim The Lights for Bill Haley, Judy's Turn To Cry for Leslie Gore, and Candy Man for Roy Orbison. She belongs in the R&R Hall of Fame in some capacity. Another oddity is Real Wild Child by The Crickets drummer Jerry Ivan Allison. He later claimed he was trying to sound like Jimmy Cagney, but instead came off like a demented Elmer Fudd. But it worked as the record made it to # 68 in September 1958 with Buddy Holly on lead guitar and The Roses providing backing vocals. Buddy, in fact, was aghast that Coral even released it! You also discover that John Fred's 1959 hit [# 82] with Shirley would be it for eight long years until he scored in 1967 with Judy In Disguise (With Glasses), by which time he was billed as John Fred & His Playboy Band.

This is the kind of information you get in the insert to go along with some of the most difficult to find hits of that era - such as tracks 1), 4), 8), 9), 10), 13), 17), 21), 22), 23), 24), 27) and 29). Ace puts all but a few to shame with their attention to detail and meticulous sound reproduction. Truly a golden series.
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