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Paradise Found, The Songs of Billy Meshel, The Early Years 1959-1967

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rare Rockin Records
  • ASIN: B0054YQ1XM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Don't Gild The Lily, LilyDel Shannon 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dr. Jekyll Or Mr. HydeBabs Tino 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. (Let's) Stop A Little WhileBilly Mitchell 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. My Fool Of A HeartLenny Welch 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. It Should Have Been MeThe Fortune cookies 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Keep Away From JulieEddie Martin 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. What I Really Meant To SayDon & Juan 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Call Him BackDonna Lewis 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Paradise FoundBilly Meshel 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Don't You CryTHE ROYALETTES 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Stopped AskingChuck Foote 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Dream BoyRoberta Wynn 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sweet, Warm And SoftGary Criss 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. My Guy Is BossThe Crampton Sisters 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. This Is A Fine TimeBilly Stewart 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. B-I-L-L-? WhyGinny Arnell 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. But SuddenlyRoger Douglass 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Take A WordMarcy Jo 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. She Can Make Me CryMark Richards 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. It's Murder For RobertaJennie Smith 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. I'd Do It All Over AgainChuck Foote 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Dear Mrs ApplebeeMarie Applebee 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Symptons Of LoveThe Carousels 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Right NowRita Pavone 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Now You Can't Give Them AwayMickey Denton 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. What Is There To TellDale Brooks 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Living On A CloudBilly Mitchum 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. A Girl In LoveThe Fortune cookies 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Be Careful How You Drive Young JoeyJerry Keller 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen30. What A Wacky WeekendKansas City Twisters 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Movin' ManDion & The Belmonts 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen32. I Can't Believe My EarsDel Shannon 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Rare Rockin Records highly anticipated second volume in their Songwriter Masters Series , this time features an unheralded legend of early 60 s pop music, Billy Meshel. We feature 32 tracks from the early years that Billy wrote solo as well as with fellow legends; Arthur Altman, Phil Barr and Teddy Randazzo. If you love melodic early 60 s Teen Pop, Girl Groups, Doo Wop, Northern Soul, Rock And Roll & The Brill Building sound of the early 60s of writers such as Goffin/King & Mann/ Weil this cd is for you. There is a great variety of material and lost musical gems to be heard, including many rare tracks by known artists such as Del Shannon, Lenny Welch, Don & Juan, Ginny Arnell & Dion & The Belmonts. If you didn t know Billy before, you certainly will after checking out this cd package. Billy is truly one of the great unsung songwriters of early 60s pop and rock music, not to mention his vocal talents, as 4 of the tracks on this cd are sung by Billy Meshel ( some times under a pseudonym). This package Features a fantastic 32 page full colour booklet with each track annotated expertly by Mike Edwards & Ash Wells, as well as rare insights of recording songs in the 60 s and many amazing stories from Billy himself, as Billy Meshel contributed directly with this project as Associate Producer. There is also great original label scans and rare artists pics throughout the booklet.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Its his turn now 8 July 2011
By Richard
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While the name Billy Meshell was nowhere near a household one he can be seen as one of many Brill Building writers who never made the big time in the Goffin/King or Greenwich/Barry sense but together with other writers his name appeared on dozens of hit singles in the 60s as B sides.
Meshel was mostly the composer and probably his biggest song was Dear Mrs Applebee-a hit for David Garrick in the U K and Holland and seen at the time as a song modelled on the Kinks.The original was by a girl named Marie Applebee who was actually Mary Aiese of Reperata & the Delrons
Mainly the songs of Billy Meshell fell easily into high school pop and this CD is an important addition to the catalog to anyone interested in 60s music and comes with a full booklet with info you won't find anywhere else
Some others whose names were more famous than his recorded his songs: Del Shannon,Rita Pavone,Jerry Keller,Lenny Welch,Babs Tino,Don & Juan,Gary Criss,Marcy Jo,Dion & the Belmonts,Dale Brooks,Ginny Arnell and the Royalettes
Meshel recorded some of his songs himself under a number of aliases including believe it or not Billy Stewart-which must have caused collectors to pay daft money if they thought it was the real one
Roberta Wynn heard here with a song called Dream Boy (not the Robin Ward one) is actually Meshell's wife and was an inspiration behind the song Its Murder For Roberta by one Jennie Smith who appeared on the Steve Allen Show.She challenged Billy to write a song rhyming another word with Roberta
The 30 page book with the CD is full of label scans,pics and info not to be found anywhere else
He also cut an album called Love Songs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paradise Found 12 Sep 2011
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Rare Rockin Records compilations can be alittle hit and miss. This one is very good. A fantastic 32 page colour booklet with great liner notes. The sound quality for the most part is very good, however three or four tracks sound like disc dubs to my ears. The quality of the music is well above average and many tracks being very good or excellent as in the case of 'My fool of a heart' by Lenny welch (co-written by the great Teddy Randazzo). Lots of great tracks to discover here, including the title track 'Paradise Found' by Billy himself, only a couple of really poor songs overall. If you like this period of American music (1959-67) you'll most certainly like this cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE "LOST" SONGS OF A. WILBUR MESHEL! 28 Aug 2012
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Another incredible package from Rare Rockin' Records, this time featuring the supreme songwriting talents of the tragically obscure Billy Meshel. Who's to say why a songwriter of this caliber toiled away in relative obscurity while others of far lesser talents scored time after time? Luck of the draw, I guess, but this great (and lengthy - 32 songs!) collection will have you wondering why at least two dozen of these gems didn't hit the Top 10 during the heyday of the Brill Building era. Meshel's talents and artistry are pan-genre, proving that "a good song is a good song" - there're girl group, doo-wop, soul, pop and rock 'n' roll offerings here, many of which could have been cut by any of the other artists in their own styles. Case in point: Del Shannon, a genius songwriter if there ever was one, has not one, but TWO Meshel covers here. If you have an interest in the goings-on in the songwriting and publishing world during the rock era (1959-1967) or if you're into collecting great songwriters (this stuff stands up to Goffin & King, Anders & Poncia, Barry & Greenwich, et al), or if you're just a fan of great music and looking for something "new" and different, this album could not be more highly recommended by this listener. Thanks for the great work. There are several hundred dollars worth of collectible obscurities here and the book lengthy detailed booklet alone is worth the price of the CD! Now, if we could only get someone to reissue Billy's solo album (recorded in 1968 right after this CD ends), "The Love Songs Of A. Wilbur Meshel" on ABC/Probe, then we'd really be getting somewhere.

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