on 25 February 2007
After the wonderful series of the "Golden Age Of American R&R" (12 CD's)
and Teenage Crush (4 CD's)ACE records presents this new CD with hard to
find songs between 1956 and 1965. As usual, it already deserves 5 stars
because of the superb quality recordings of these "oldies" + the fact
it holds some beauties that as far as I can remember never came to
Europe or at least were never heard on the radio stations of those days.
It's like going back to the late 50's and early 60's and hear "new"
songs like "Bless You" by Toni Orlando, "My Dad" by Paul Peterson, the
incredible "As If I Didn't Know" by Adam Wade. Thirteen of these songs
are in "Full Stereo" and some were not only hard to get but hearing
them now with an incredible stereo quality makes another ACE CD compilation
a MUST especially for Jerry Wallace's "In The Misty Moonlight", a song
I have been looking for years. And there are 27 more songs to listen to....
Please keep on launching these wonderful compilation series!
on 29 March 2011
This is an excellent compilation of songs from the late fifties/early sixties, several of which are not easy to come by. And as is the norm for Ace Records, it is of superb sound quality. If you're living in America and are often skeptical of purchasing what is often referred to as a foreign import, if it is issued by Ace - well in my opinion it just doesn't get any better.
on 28 October 2009
If ever there was an album which amply differentiated between "pop" music and "popular" music, it just has to be this one. This "popular" music is the type of unthreatening and often forgettable fare that white Middle America embraced as a safe and wholesome antedote to The Devil's Music - the dreaded rock and roll that can be heard on any of the excellent ACE series of CD's which are in abundance. No. With the definite exception of Tony Orlando's superior "Bless You", this is pretty lacklustre stuff, and is at times bland to the point of being soporific. There are some interesting items in there, for sure. Anthony Perkins unlikely original of "Moonlight Swim" for example, which Elvis copied virtually note for note in "Blue Hawaii". I dip into this CD from time to time for the odd slushy ballad or two, and - used like that - I find it quite enjoyable. But I would imagine that having to listen to the whole CD in one sitting would be the audio equivalent to drowning in a vat of sucrose.
on 6 April 2008
Probably half of this could have been in the Golden Age of American RnR but there's more of the mid 50s music which was leading to high school later in the decade.
Popular in this context means records which made the Top 100 whether country,folk or straight ahead pop
Pity that Ace see fit to keep repeating stuff on other collections-Moonlight Serenade by the Rivieras is already on the Co Ed collection.
Loses a star as it seems rather pointless to include this one when there's so much they missed
Gerry Granahan-as Dickey Doo & the Donts-does a song called Leave me alone-which is no more than Glory Glory Hallelujah with different words!
And the Little Dippers are really the Anita Kerr Quartet