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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 24 July 2010
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This review is from: The London American Label Year By Year: 1962 (Audio CD)
Third in the series so far and even better. As usual from 'Ace' the 24 page colour booklet, the sound quality are excellent. The music on this cd is superb, what strength in depth. All the usual giants are present and sound fantastic; Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, the Drifters etc. Good to hear songs by other great artists such as the Chantels, Ketty Lester, Ernie K Doe and Charlie Gracie. My favourites are 'Pretty susy Sunshine' Larry Finnegan, the wonderful 'Just a little bit sweet' Charlie Rich, 'She's a troublemaker' the Majors (what a fantastic voice Ricky Cordo had) but the cherry on top for me is 'Ecstasy' by Ben E King which is worth the admission price alone. Don't delay buy today!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel back to a more inoccent period in history !, 2 Oct 2011
This review is from: The London American Label Year By Year: 1962 (Audio CD)
1962 just before the 60's started to swing, just before the Beatles, woodstock, hippies, the pill, the vietnam war etc, back when music did'nt take itself too seriously ! The tracks on this CD are in glorious mono they way they were meant to be heard. 1962 was effectively the closing stage of the great rock'n'roll era just as Dylan said "the times they are a changing". However put this CD on close your eyes and you'll be transported back to that simpler gentler world. This is rock'n'roll in its purest form mixed with some beautiful ballads - all original tracks by original artists. I fully intend to buy the rest of the years available in this series! And as a bonus the linear notes booklet that comes with the CD is awesome !! BUY BUY BUY BUY !!!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace comes up trumps again, 18 Sep 2010
This review is from: The London American Label Year By Year: 1962 (Audio CD)
This third CD in the series brings together another eclectic selection of tracks released in the UK on the London American label. Some are familiar, but there are some undiscovered gems too. Great listening. I will be collecting the whole series as each new one becomes available. Highly recomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of 30 records, and in their original MONO single form too., 22 May 2014
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The idea of putting out former "London American" singles in year by year form has long been called for. And here not only has ACE (UK) done so, but these are all the original single versions too, in their as released mono sound. It would be great if once all the years are dealt with, a second or third offering for each year is offered too, as there are thousands of records to choose from.

For me personally, "Drums Are my Beat" by Sandy Nelson in crisp clear mono was reason enough to buy this disc, as until now the only mono versions I could find were those mixed down from the fake stereo LP take and sounded like two pianos were playing.

Track 1 I'd never heard of before, the Coasters in the 1960s, giving a typical 60s funky sort of sound, quite unlike anything I'd heard from them before, not my thing but others will enjoy it.

Track 2 "Locomotion" needs no introduction, great clear sound reproduction of what is now an early 60s classic.

Track 3 is Ernie "K" Doe and is called "A Certain Girl", this is another slice of that soul/funky style the Americans were putting out at the time.

Track 4 is not one of Jerry Lee Lewis' greatest records, but is not bad either. "I've Been Twistin" jumping on the dance bandwagon.

Track 5 is more typical early 60s pop in the Bobby Vee style etc., The Crickets "He's Old Enough To Know Better" was another I'd not heard in years.

Track 6 is Roy Orbison's "the Crowd" also typical Big O ballad style.

Track 7 is well Known enough, Del Shannon's "Swiss Maid", more 60's pop with a beat.

Of the 23 others, all are great sounding, Monster Mash is well known and nice to have it in mono at last, Charlie Rich's "Just A Little Bit Sweet" is early 60s county pop, halfway between Lonely weekends and his later full blow country records.

One Gem for many will be Ben E King's "Ecstasy". Jerry Wallace's "Shutters and Boards" is also considered a Gem if country pop
is your thing.
The disc ends with another classic, Carol King's "It Might As Well Rain Until September", which sounds like the Americans have been listening to some British Joe Meek productions.
To summarise, well worth having, and I intend to purchase the rest of the series as time and pocket permits.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London American Label-1962, 9 Aug 2010
This review is from: The London American Label Year By Year: 1962 (Audio CD)
Love the CD can't wait for the next one, I all ready have 1960 and 1961. Ace records just know how to package there cd. I have lots of London American Label 78's and 45's from the 50's and 60's but I got the cd's for the rarer tracks thats I don't have A1+ to Ace records
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London life, 15 April 2011
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From the over familiar to the little known and a good sampling of what was on the London American label in 1962.
There wasn't much I disliked but the Majors' A wonderful dream I regarded as rubbish-the British cover by the Avons was superior.Fortunately that song is not here instead its at least a better song which should have been given to somebody else.The most offensive thing about the Majors was the fact that they had a girl member yet used the falsetto voice of a guy!
1962 was a classic year for pop music both here and in America
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three in a row, 2 Aug 2010
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This is the third in a great series - all are recommended. Warning: may contain Pat Boone!
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