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The Hillbillies-They Tried To Rock Vol. 2
The Hillbillies-They Tried To Rock Vol. 2
Price: £12.55

4.0 out of 5 stars One goof...but still recommended., 20 Mar. 2015
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I agree with the previous reviewer that this is a great sounding CD, however it is spoilt somewhat by a messy alternate take of Moon Mullican's '56 rocker "Seven Nights To Rock". Why they didn't use the issued version is beyond me. This version has some other singer clumsily trying to duet in places with Boyd (he first appears around 22 secs). This has to be sloppy research by the CD producers, rather than intentional on their part as the track notations clearly state this is KING 4894.. which it ain't!.... Aside from that blunder, I fully recommend this release, along with the companion first volume.


We're Gonna Bop 1954-1957
We're Gonna Bop 1954-1957
Price: £4.84

3.0 out of 5 stars Loud mastering!, 14 Mar. 2015
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I was really looking forward to this Bear Family release, however, sadly I was disappointed. Not because of the material, but simply the sound quality of the audio. It is quite harsh and unnatural! This CD could have been very good if it wasn't for the mastering - it is WAY TOO SHRILL ...and loud! Why do some reissue labels continue to over-do the loudness, especially a renowned company like Bear Family which has nearly always earned high praise for the quality of their releases. I really don't know if masterer Christian Zwarg was acting to instructions when he produced the sound on this CD, however we really don't need audio limited to this extent, and then to have the highs pumped up to a level which is painful on the ears. Great booklet, but that's where the kudos end....it's just unfortunate that the sound quality of the audio lets it down so much.


Halfway to Paradise: The Epic Records Story
Halfway to Paradise: The Epic Records Story
Price: £5.19

2.0 out of 5 stars Bad error, 4 Mar. 2015
Only 2 stars from me for a big goof here.....The opening track, Tony Orlando's 1961 hit "Halfway To Paradise" is a remake, not the Epic hit version - This is the K-tel version. WHY??? Absolutely ridiculous as his"Bless You" on the same set is the original hit version also recorded for Epic Records. Go figure!


All the Hits & More
All the Hits & More
Price: £9.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A few surprises here!, 4 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: All the Hits & More (Audio CD)
I bought this CD basically for one song "All Over Again", hoping that it was the first of 2 versions that Tommy did of that song for MGM Records.....and YES it is! "All Over Again" was Tommy Edwards' very first recording for MGM in 1951 (MGM 11035) and this CD marks it's first appearance on CD. It sounds quite clean to me so I've no complaints at all on the quality. The liner notes incorrectly show a date of 10-58 for this song on the US r&b charts, in fact, it should read 11-51 when it reached the #10 spot. Apart from "All Over Again", this collection also includes another 6 of Tommy Edwards' early 50s singles for the label - "It's All In The Game", "The Morningside Of The Mountain", "Please Mr Sun", "A Fool Such As I", "Baby Baby Baby" and "Secret Love", some of which he re-recorded during 1958/59.

Some of the reviews of this CD are a bit wide of the mark IMHO. Whilst the sound is not quite the quality of the ERIC "Complete Hits of Tommy Edwards" CD from some years ago (hence only 4 stars rating from me), the sound is quite OK and certainly not "muffled" as one poster here claims. Overall, I was totally happy with this purchase.which compliments the Eric CD in my collection.


The Hillbillies-They Tried To Rock Vol.1
The Hillbillies-They Tried To Rock Vol.1
Price: £13.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 3 Mar. 2015
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Overall I really enjoyed this comp. Great sound quality and it's nice to hear this mix of familiar and obscure attempts at the new rock & roll sound which was sweeping the world during the 50s. One recording I definitely could have done without here is Link Davis' pathetic attempt at 'Good Rockin Tonight' under the title of 'Have You Heard The News' which is painful to listen to, with both the singer and the band horribly off-key.....Thank goodness for the skip button! That aberration aside, there are some choice obscurities featured, including some very interesting cover versions. These include The Carlisles' take on "Honey Love", as well as Charline Arthur's cover of "Burn That Candle", The Stanley Brother's excellent performance of "Finger Poppin' Time" (also for King) and 2 recordings I was totally unaware of - Bobby Williamson's version of "Sh-boom" and the closing track, Kirk Hansard's attempt on Dot at Smiley Lewis' "One Night (Of Sin)". While none of those recordings holds a candle to the respective original versions of the songs, their real interest lies in the fact that they are 'different'. This release has wet my appetite for Vol.2 which is now on order.


The Complete US Hits 1952-62
The Complete US Hits 1952-62
Price: £10.12

1.0 out of 5 stars What a rip-off - These are CD-Rs. Avoid!, 17 Feb. 2015
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It's a sad indictment on the European public domain laws when a PD company such as ACROBAT has to cheapen things even further by issuing this comp on CD-Rs rather than pressed CDs.


We Were First! - 180 Hits in Their Original Versions
We Were First! - 180 Hits in Their Original Versions
Price: £12.98

16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really poor selections., 16 Feb. 2015
Very poor compilation. A lot of really bad choices here. They should have chosen genuine original RARITIES instead of wasting our time with common fare here which every collector already has. Who needs Dean Martin's million selling "Memories Are Made Of This"? or Harry Belafonte's "Island In The Sun"? or Hank Ballard's "Lets Lets Go, Let's Go"? or Sheb Wooley's "Purple People Eater"? - WHO ELSE HAD HITS WITH THOSE SONGS? (or wasn't aware of these originals?) !!!! What was this compiler thinking? This could have been so good if Documents had used someone with half a brain to compile this set. Don't waste your money.
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The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues 1955-1962 (From RocknRoll To The End Of The Carnival)
The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues 1955-1962 (From RocknRoll To The End Of The Carnival)
Price: £24.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some wrong tracks, but good overall., 15 Feb. 2015
While the selections here overall are great, some of these recordings have no place here and illustrate a lack of knowledge and research by the compilers of this set - Just as an example, all the Larry William's tracks (bar "Oh Baby"), have no connection to New Orleans as they were all Los Angeles recordings for Specialty Records. Similarly, Little Richard's classic "Keep A Knockin' was a Washington DC radio station recording, far removed from New Orleans. There are others, however as an overview of NO music during this period, this collection is a good illustration of the music from that area.


Sings Hits Of The Rockin' 50s
Sings Hits Of The Rockin' 50s
Price: £2.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for., 11 Feb. 2015
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Way too much noise reduction on this disc dub, especially bad on the fade-outs/endings


The Monument Singles Collection
The Monument Singles Collection
Price: £15.15

3.0 out of 5 stars Faults, 11 Feb. 2015
While I ap[p[reciate the original mono mixes presented here, there are faults. Apart from the missing intro to Say You're My Girl' which is simply unforgivable, something that nobody has mentioned is that "Blue Angel" at 2:40 is mastered 8 seconds TOO FAST! Sloppy work! How can this happen??


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