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The First Us Top 100 November 12th 1955, Pt. 1
 
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The First Us Top 100 November 12th 1955, Pt. 1

16 Sep 2013 | Format: MP3

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2:55
30
2
2:18
30
3
2:30
30
4
2:45
30
5
2:25
30
6
2:13
30
7
2:16
30
8
2:58
30
9
2:38
30
10
2:45
30
11
2:27
30
12
2:19
30
13
2:41
30
14
3:14
30
15
2:28
30
16
2:24
30
17
3:38
30
18
2:36
30
19
2:59
30
20
2:51
30
21
2:59
30
22
2:17
30
23
2:39
30
24
2:39
30
25
2:48
Disc 2
30
1
1:58
30
2
2:25
30
3
2:50
30
4
2:48
30
5
1:56
30
6
2:53
30
7
2:49
30
8
2:36
30
9
3:02
30
10
2:46
30
11
2:26
30
12
2:42
30
13
2:10
30
14
2:33
30
15
2:24
30
16
2:41
30
17
2:52
30
18
3:03
30
19
2:37
30
20
2:55
30
21
2:10
30
22
2:26
30
23
2:56
30
24
2:26
30
25
2:22


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 16 Sep 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Acrobat
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Acrobat Licensing Ltd.
  • Total Length: 2:11:28
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  • ASIN: B00FWR9516
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,432 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Nov 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a piece of musical history, as it contains every track that made up the USA top 100 of November 12th, 1955, which was the first such chart ever published. Because that chart was compiled in an era when it was common practice for rival record labels to release their own versions of the same songs, the chart reflects that, with many songs duplicated, some with multiple versions. (This sort of thing also happened in the UK in those days.)

The first American pop charts of any kind date back to 1890, when recordings were on wax cylinders. The charts themselves evolved and by 1955 there were charts for radio airplay, jukebox plays and record sales. The chart featured here was compiled by combining those three charts, although the booklet does not mention the algorithm used.

The booklet provides brief notes on all the songs, some of which I found particularly interesting. I didn't know that the original yellow rose of Texas was a mixed-race woman who lived through the 1836 war between Texas and Mexico.

Of the music itself, a lot of the songs were already to me (including Yellow rose of Texas) whether by the versions here or other versions. This is the first place where I've heard Gale Storm's version of I hear you knocking, a cover of Smiley Lewis's R+B chart hit but more famous these days via Dave Edmunds's seventies cover. I like all three versions.

As my caption implies, there are five versions here of Suddenly there's a valley (Gogi Grant, Jo Stafford, Julius LaRosa, Mills Brothers, Patty Andrews). The versions by Gogi and Jo also charted in the UK, where they had to compete with Petula Clark's version. Petula had a few UK hits in the fifties, but she was to have much greater success in the sixties.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bill Busse on 5 Nov 2013
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What a great collection. I have all of Joel Whitburn's books so have the 1st Top 100 chart and now all of the recordings.
Great notes in the booklet too.

Only one error in the remastering: Suddenly There's a Valley is on the CD twice as it is supposed to be by Gogi Grant and the second by Jo Stafford.......both are the Gogi Grant recording.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Hill on 9 Nov 2013
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Some of these tracks never saw the light of day in the UK, although of course in some instances British versions did. I was born in 1944 and there are number here that I do not recall at all, although I do remember my older brother continually playing The Yellow Rose of Texas on his wind up gramaphone.

I have played all the CD's and by and large I enjoyed listening to them, but I wonder how many times I will play CDs 3 and 4 in particular given that these represent the bottom half of the Top 50 and at times the quality reflects this. I tend to collect albums like this, it can be interesting to listen to recordings that did not make our charts. However if all you want to do is relive your younger days then you might want to concentrate on albums like the Dreamboats& Petticoats series, you can be fairly certain that you will remember all of them.

So for "anoraks" like me a good buy, but maybe not for everybody.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Sheldon on 4 Feb 2014
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I have purchased many acrobat cds including all of the British hit parades and up to now I have had no trouble with the discs not playing, however, I have only played a couple of the discs so far ,disc three stops half the way through and will not advance when I try to get to the next track. The songs I have played so far have all been great, but I am very disappointed about this, hence I only give it 3 stars.I still have two discs to play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan George on 23 Feb 2014
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I find this 4-CD set fascinating , in particular the lowest charting songs on CD4. The inclusion of multiple versions of some songs appeals to me , because it provides the opportunity to compare them. Highly recommended for fans of '50s music.
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