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  • Audio CD (7 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B000O5916A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. (Wake Up) Miss Rip Van Winkle - TIBBS BROTHERS
2. Lonely Avenue - RAY CHARLES
3. I Ain't Sharin' Sharon - BOBBY DARIN
4. Hushabye - MYSTICS
5. It's Been Nice - MARTY WILDE
6. (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - DEL SHANNON
7. Angel Face - JIMMY DARREN
8. Turn Me Loose - FABIAN
9. A Teenager In Love - DION AND THE BELMONTS
10. Hey Memphis - LAVERN BAKER
11. Save The Last Dance For Me - DRIFTERS
12. Go Jimmy Go - JIMMY CLANTON
13. Too Good - LITTLE TONY AND HIS BROTHERS
14. Seven Sins - BARRETT STRONG
15. So Close To Heaven - RAL DONNER
16. First Taste Of Love - BEN E KING
17. Can't Get Used To Losing You - ANDY WILLIAMS
18. All You Gotta Do Is Touch Me - BOBBY VEE
19. A King For Tonight - BARRY DARVELL
20. Suspicion - TERRY STAFFORD
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Product Description

* To complement Ace Records' soon-to-conclude Leiber & Stoller series, Ace now presents its first salute to the `other' great song-writing team of Rock`n'Roll's Golden Age.

* Individually and collectively, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman have written more classics of American Pop than almost any other writers of their era. They had more songs accepted and recorded by Elvis Presley than even L & S did (apparently, without ever meeting the King even once).

* This package offers a strong mix of the obvious classics we couldn't leave out, and songs that should have been as big as those that did become major hits. It also includes songs that will surprise people who think that P & S only wrote teen pop, tackled by artists including Irma Thomas, Howard Tate, Ray Charles and the McCoys. Many of these tracks are making their CD debut here.

* We are also privileged to include, for the first time on an Ace CD, an Elvis Presley recording as our title track - one which, incidentally, was the last song that Pomus & Shuman ever wrote together before dissolving their song-writing partnership in 1966.

* Released with the blessing of both the Estates of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, "Double Trouble" is the sort of tribute that writers of their calibre deserve. Don't bet against there being a volume two sometime in the near future.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stargazer on 10 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Doc wrote the lyrics and Mort the music. They were a great team who wrote music we baby boomers grew up listening to and loving.
Many of their truly great songs are not on this album and too many others that are have not been remastered from the original mono - which is a great pity.
However it would be doing this album a HUGE injustice if we didn't concentrate on the quality of the great Pomus-Shuman songs listed here as well as the many top artists for whom Pomus and Shuman songs were a blessing.
The Drifters unforgettable Save the Last Dance For Me, Andy Williams's Can't Get Used to Losing You, the great Gene McDaniels' version of Spanish Lace, then add the raw talents of Ray Charles'Lonely Avenue, and Ben E King's First Taste of Love and you have a fine array of wonderful songs sung by the best of their day.
Pomus & Shuman were the composers who wrote many many great songs for the King himself, songs like Little Sister,His Latest Flame, A Mess of Blues, She's Not You, and I'm sure there'll be more 'Best Of' Albums high lighting the songs of these two great songwriters.
And this album will be a must have for many true music lovers.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Van Scherpenzeel on 23 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Accustomed to give all ACE releases 5 stars because they more than
deserve them, this release is a bit frustrating not only because of
the selection used, but also because some of the greatest tunes of all
times are again in MONO. I know that there are a lot of "purists" who
prefer mono recordings but if an original stereo version does exist,
I prefer that because a lot of "unexisting" instruments on a mono
recording can be heard on the stereo one. There's a lot of difference
when you hear "Save The Last Dance For Me" in stereo. The mono version
loses a lot. Ben E King's "First Taste of Love" is one of the greatest
songs ever if you can hear it in stereo. On this CD it's in mono and
it loses half of the instrumental back-up orchestra. Some other songs
however, like Hushabye, are wonderfully presented so at least it
still can be classified as a 4 star CD.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 31 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
No doubt there will be other volumes same as the Leiber & Stoller collections but only one other Elvis movie song is here.The original of Maries the name-by Del Shannon has been used instead of some of the other Pomus/Shuman songs he recorded and Its been nice is here in its original version by Marty Wilde rather than the Freddie Cannon cover.This was from a time around 1960 when the American writers were in England and Mort Shuman cut a single for Decca of I'm a man-the eventual hit for Fabian
Pomus was also a recording artist before the partnership
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A bit frustrating... 31 Oct. 2007
By Ronald Van Scherpenzeel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Accustomed to give all ACE releases 5 stars because they more than
deserve them, this release is a bit frustrating not only because of
the selection used, but also because some of the greatest tunes of all
times are again in MONO. I know that there are a lot of "purists" who
prefer mono recordings but if an original stereo version does exist,
I prefer that because a lot of "unexisting" instruments on a mono
recording can be heard on the stereo one. There's a lot of difference
when you hear "Save The Last Dance For Me" in stereo. The mono version
loses a lot. Ben E King's "First Taste of Love" is one of the greatest
songs ever if you can hear it in stereo. On this CD it's in mono and
it loses half of the instrumental back-up orchestra. Some other songs
however, like Hushabye, are wonderfully presented so at least it
still can be classified as a 4 star CD.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Another great Ace compilation! 27 Jun. 2007
By John B Goode - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
At least 12 songs I've never heard before, several that are different versions of songs that I am familiar with.

There are a couple of cases where it would have been nice to hear a mono version instead of the overly familiar stereo (A Teenager In Love for example).

The Del Shannon version of His Latest Flame is a particularly disappointing stereo, and the volume on the track is way too low in relation to other tracks on the compilation. The stereo has nothing happening on one channel for nearly half the record :(.

There seems to be an actual defect on the Fabian track, at about the 1 minute mark.

But these are trivial concerns, compared to having a nice companion to the Leiber and Stoller series.
Memories of a master rock n' roll tunesmith 11 July 2014
By Michael J. Myers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Doc Pomus was a great songwriter and an interesting character.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Classic pop compilation 12 Dec. 2008
By Fabio '66 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pomus and Shuman were a couple of writers of pop hits in the late '50.
If you like the fifties, it's good for you.
Recommended !
0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not All Old Is Gold 19 July 2010
By Smiling Mikel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Apart from the Drifters, this CD wins a prize as a wonderful example of how bad golden oldie pop music can be. Fabulous Fabian's "song" is an absolute hoot. Unless you are a collector of curio and the listen-ability of the music itself is not important, Don't Bother Buying.
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