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Teen Beat: 30 Great Rockin' Instrumentals [CD]

Teen Beat (Series) Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B0000009HA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson
2. Swanee River Hop - Fats Domino
3. Raunchy - Ernie Freeman
4. Rumble - Link Wray
5. The Green Mosquito - The Tune Rockers
6. Poor Baby - The Royaltones
7. Topsy II - Cozy Cole
8. So Rare - Jimmy Dorsey
9. Tequila - The Champs
10. The Happy Organ - Dave 'Baby' Cortez
11. The Clouds - The Spacemen
12. Twitchy - Rene Hall
13. Guitar Boogie Shuffle - The Virtues
14. Wild Bird - The Jive-ATones
15. Midnighter - The Champs
16. Fast Freight - Arvee Allens
17. In the Mood - Ernie Fields Orchestra
18. So What - Yellow Jackets
19. Wild Weekend - The Rockin' Rebels
20. Torquay - The Fireballs
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And you can learn virtually all the lyrics!! 10 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
The rock & roll instrumental craze, can I call it a genre?, is one of my favourite periods of popular music. This is a truly great selection. There is a fair sprinkling of well known tracks (everyone shout out together 'TEQUILA' but how many people know the rollicking 'Midnighter'- that 'difficult' follow up recording by The Champs.

It was great to pick up Bongo Rock by Preston Epps (didn't seem to grace too many top 10 lists when it was released) but is still a staple theme tune & backing track on radio & TV. I first came across it in the 80s when Peter Young used it as one of the signature tunes on the Saturday morning 'Capital Countdown' show in London

My favourite track is the unlikely 1963 million selling 'In the Mood' - that old Glenn Miller standard given the rock & roll swing. Whilst England had the Beatles, America had the Ernie Fields Orchestra.

There is just one odd track there- since when was Tommy Dorsey rock & roll? Especially as it is not even an instrumental? When you read the lovingly written sleeve notes I think you can guess. Here was a music selection chosen by a real music fan who just snuck in a personal favourite track because he loved it. Me, I loved it too!

Great cd- definitely give it a whirl for something out of the ordinary. You may find yourself hooked.I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important new series 26 July 2012
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
This was the first of a 6 CD series -the 6th was The Jazz Hits-yet not once through it were Johnny & the Hurricanes included.
To answer the query on the other review its not Tommy Dorsey but his brother JIMMY who recorded So Rare for the Fraternity label just before he passed away and it could pass as a rockin' instrumental anyway unlike some of the inclusions like Hank Levine's Image.Thank God though they didn't think of including Tommy Dorsey's Tea For Two Cha Cha which is squarer than square
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instrumental Heaven 18 Jan 2000
By Maxwell Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an incredibly eclectic collection of instrumental hits (and non-hits) released between 1957 and 1964. If you're in the mood for guitar solos only, or surf music only, or organ music only, then you're out of luck here--it's all mixed together! And I can't stop listening to it! You want to hear the Champs do "Tequila?" OK, it comes right after the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and chorus doing "So Rare," which follows jazz-great Cozy Cole's awesome but really hard to find "Topsy Part II." This 30-cut essential CD finishes with a couple of Lonnie Mack tunes that prove he is one the R & B guitar masters of this or any era. If you like this CD, go ahead and get Volumes 2 through 4. All of them contain a really smart mix of familiar tunes and stuff you've never heard before.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply THE Best R&R Golden Age Instrumental Series Ever 12 Nov 2007
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When, during the early birth pains of R&R, Lenny Dee came out with Plantation Boogie featuring his big, driving organ sound (# 19 Billboard Pop Top 100 that spring), he was continuing a tried-and-true formula that went back to the big bands of the 1940s - the pure instrumental - designed either for your dancing pleasure, or to set a suitable mood for the evening. And themes on the boogie woogie, which dates back to 1928 and Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, were always popular.

The bands of Billy Vaughn, Don Costa, Frank Chacksfield, Percy Faith, Les Baxter, Nelson Riddle, Bert Kaempfert, Henry Mancini, Dick Jacobs and, yes, Lawrence Welk, would continue that tradition throughout the 1950s and well into the 1960s. But it was Bill Doggett who set the tone for the rock instrumental with his legendary Honky Tonk Parts 1 and 2 in 1956 [see Volume 5 in this series].

Quickly following his lead were the likes of Sul Austin, Bill Black, Paul Gayten, Bill Justis, Ernie Freeman, Lee Allen, Sandy Nelson, Duane Eddy & The Rebels, Lonnie Mack, Link Wray, The Ventures, Johnny & The Hurricanes, Cozy Cole, Dave "Baby" Cortez, The Fireballs, Santo & Johnny, Preston Epps, The Wailers, The Rock-A-Teens, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, Doc Bagby, The Fendermen, Noble "Thin Man" Watts, Bill Haley & His Comets,and many, many more, most of whom you will find somewhere in this fabulous 5-volume (so far) series from Ace of London.

With all due respect to the Vintage Instrumentals series from Stardust of Canada (a pretty good sequence of CD's itself), it still comes a distant second to these releases, not only from the point of view of the 30 tracks in each, but also the sound quality and the copious liner notes. As in their Golden Age Of American Rock & Roll series, Ace also sprinkles the insert with vintage photos, LP/EP/45 rpm/poster reproductions and, as usual with their products, a discography of the contents.

A quick scan of the contents will reveal, to collectors familiar with the era, that the majority are tunes that have appeared in countless other such compilations, but with Ace you can rest assured that these are all original hit renditions (where applicable that is, as not all were hits), and that no one has presented them in a better-quality release. The non-hits here (but still sought after by hard-core collectors of the R&R Instrumental) are at tracks 2, 12, 14, 16, 18, 28 and 29. Swanee River Hop (track 2) comes from the 1956 LP/EP Fats Domino Rock & Rollin', Twitchy (track 12) is by the same Rene Hall whose orchestra backed the great Sam Cooke on many of his hits, while Fast Freight was a 1958 Del-Fi release by Ritchie Valens using the pseudonym Arvee Allens.

I picked up this particular volume when it came out primarily to get quality copies of three extremely hard-to-find instrumentals (at that time) - Bulldog by The Fireballs (# 24 Hot 100 early 1960 on Top Rank 2026), The Clouds by The Spacemen (# 41 Billboard Pop Hot 100 late 1959 on Alton 254 and their only hit), and Rockin' Crickets by The Hot-Toddys Featuring Bill Pennell/The Rockin' Rebels (# 57 Hot 100 in spring 1959 on Shan-Todd 0056 and # 87 Hot 100 in spring 1963 on Swan 4140 - note the error in the group name in the listing above - Toddys not Teddys). The notes contain a fascinating story about this particular number..
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT 4 May 2001
By C. Petterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As this is written there are four teen beat compilations. If you love Rock and Roll MUSIC, not the phony rip off junk of today, but real music, then you must have these discs.
Here are the foundation sounds of Rock and Roll that have endured for 45 years.
From the hits to the obscure, there is a wealth of good sounds here. Each CD is PACKED to the limit with songs. A great bargain.
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MUSIC 6 Feb 2010
By Silver Fox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of instrumental music since I was a young teenager. With the "Teen Beat" series I can listen to music I enjoyed decades ago. I have purchased all five of the CD's and would recommend them to anybody, old or young. These may or may not be the orginal recordings, but they are the tunes I remember and have enjoyed the sounds and memories.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Think twice 23 Oct 2004
By Mr. A. R. Clevett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ipurchased two cds in the Teen Beat series with the intention of replacing my old vinal collection.Istill have the vinal.The Teen Beat versions are not the originals and in some cases are re-recorded.Very dissappointed.
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