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The Top Rank Story 1961

19 Oct 2012

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 26 Oct. 2012
  • Label: One Day Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Not Now Music Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:58:06
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  • ASIN: B009OAYFDA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,485 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 20 Nov. 2012
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Following the financial collapse of Top Rank in August 1960, the label was taken over by EMI who kept the label running until April 1962. During the EMI period the vast majority of the releases were from American labels - and EMI eventually neatly slid all these onto its new Stateside imprint from June '62. The 1961 double CD reissue is therefore the strongest for my tastes, with rarely seen tracks from Maurice Williams, The Jarmels, Dion and Gary US Bonds (with the rare School Is In). Top Rank's two UK biggies are here - Johnny Remember Me - and the original 'offensive' version of the Craig Douglas hit 'A Hundred Pounds Of Clay'. This was banned by the BBC and had to be rerecorded before gaining any airplay. A follow up CD for this period should be a natural, with plenty more from the catalogue - plus from the first 4 months of 1962. A couple of possible gems for the future might be The Back Beat Philharmonic 'R & R Symphony', and Danny & the Juniors 'Twistin' England'. This is a really well considered compilation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Daley on 24 Dec. 2012
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This is a good follow up to the original record. It still has plenty going for it and complements the 1960 disc very well.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Dec. 2012
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Question: Is this 2 disc compilation by 'One Day Music' disappointing? Answer: NO, on the contrary it's a FANTASTIC compilation of 'Top Rank' A sides from 1961 (covering JAR 534 to JAR 596). Disc 1 runs 59.06mins and Disc 2 59.25. So nearly 2 hours of superb music all for under a £5.

Yes, there are a few niggles:
1. If we are being pedantic 'A Hundred Pounds of Clay' by Craig Douglas is the amended version and not the original banned version.
2. If we are being extra pedantic 'Raindrops' by Dee Clark is a different version also.
3. If we are being extra super pedantic 'Turn around, look at me' by Glen Campbell is not the original Crest Records version (which is far superior - Crest 1087).

In my opinion, these niggles don't matter one jot because the music - original versions or not is fantastic, by some fantastic top notch artists - some of my favourites are 'Little lonely one' by the Jarmels and 'Stop your crying' by Jerry Naylor. This compilation has great sound quality, something that other pedantic reviewers have omitted to say. This is the best of the three compilations of 'Top Rank' records released to date by One Day Music. Highly Recommended. Great value for money. Looking forward to the last instalment - Jan to April 1962.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Johansen on 26 Feb. 2013
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Some songs I knew and some I didn't but I enjoyed them all and the sound is excellent.
Craig Douglas should have been bigger than he was as he was/is a very good singer.
Chuck Jackson has also become a favourite of mine over the years and I have several of his cd's but back in 1961 he was unknown to me.
Great sounds and a great price! I will be buying the rest of this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mickybee on 16 April 2013
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This is a great series of classic tracks from this great record label. The series is well produced and includes so many well known and slighlty less well known titles. Shall look out for other labels in this series.
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I bought this product for my father, he seems very satisfied with itt and thats the most I can say about it.
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By Art on 26 April 2013
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as shown on time. ok sounds , not quite what I was expecting. s s s s s s s s
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I have one or two tracks on this and the sister albums covering the years of 1959 & 1960 respectively but there are so many that I missed and, of course, its quite handy having them all packaged together on two Cds.
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