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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now that you're gone, I'm left all alone
This is the year when rock'n'roll started unravelling starting with THAT plane crash in February. Little Richard had already found religion and the cupboard of pre-recorded stuff was bare. Jerry Lee was still suffering the effects of the "scandalous" trip to the UK in May `58 with the child bride. So we got less from some of the big boys this time and the question is, did...
Published on 4 Nov. 2011 by Dangerous Dave

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1.0 out of 5 stars The London American Story 1959
London American Story 1959 I Was expecting better, The sound quality leaves a lot to be desired, It says Digitally Remastered, but it does not sound remastered at all,Plus some of The Duanne Eddy & The Drifters & The Coasters tracks are Re-Records.
Published on 13 July 2011 by Rockinkev


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now that you're gone, I'm left all alone, 4 Nov. 2011
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Dangerous Dave (Berkhamsted, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The London American Story 1959 (Audio CD)
This is the year when rock'n'roll started unravelling starting with THAT plane crash in February. Little Richard had already found religion and the cupboard of pre-recorded stuff was bare. Jerry Lee was still suffering the effects of the "scandalous" trip to the UK in May `58 with the child bride. So we got less from some of the big boys this time and the question is, did some others emerge to fill their shoes?

Well it's fair to say that both Eddie Cochran and Bobby Darin were in their prime and we get a couple of good tracks from each (including the totally unexpected "Mack the Knife"). The elegant Mr Nelson was also in top form and, helped by the tasteful Mr Burton, delivers a couple of classy tracks. Chuck's still producing - "Memphis Tennessee", for me, is the highlight of the set both lyrically and via its unusual melody line. And Jerry Lee's still churning out superb rock'n'roll even if it not all are achieving chart success. And Fats just keeps on rolling. Of the "oldies" the Everly's continue along the country rock road and we're lucky this time to get three of their efforts.

The highlights on the vocal group side this time are two of the continuing series of excellent Coasters singles plus a pair from the revamped Drifters featuring Ben E King. The two in question are "There goes my baby" and "Dance with me", both drenched in tympani and strings and quite likely to have had some effect on the young and impressionable Phil Spector. Elsewhere we get some black and white doowop from new names yet again - they do seem to come and go.

Very little R&B this time and not much from Atlantic.

The best semi-obscure item for me is "Linda Lu" from black Texan rocker, Ray Sharpe. This one slipped by me at release time but I picked up on it eventually via Doug Sahm's copy. Another obscure one is Jesse Lee Turner's "Shake Baby Shake" which is actually a cleaned up version of Hank Ballard's "Sexy Ways". It was also B side to Lee Turners (very) minor hit "Little Space Girl".

There's other very listenable stuff, even another Jack Scott track plus Frankie Ford's unlikely New Orleans classic, but the one I keep going back to is "Donna", one of two posthumous tracks from Ritchie Valens who went down in that plane. The other track, "That's my little Suzie" has the freshness of youthful promise but it's "Donna" that better captures the mood.

Good stuff throughout but dropping off the peak of preceding years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars London American Story - 1959, 18 Jun. 2011
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R. Shaw "Ronboy" (Leicester UK) - See all my reviews
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London American Story 1959A 2CD collection of great releases from Decca's London American label. Most tracks will be familiar to anyone who jived in the dance halls in the 50's, but worth buying if like me you only have the scratched 45's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'MORE TREASURED MEMORIES FROM THE 'LONDON/AMERICAN' SERIES', 5 Nov. 2014
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The London American Story 1959 (Audio CD)
Another in the very collectable London/American music-series, 1959 certainly a year music-fans
of those times will not forget easily, as an earlier reviewer pointed out 'Febuary 3rd 'THE DAY THE
MUSIC DIED' (There are a couple of 'Richie Valens' tracks on-board, sadly no 'Buddy' or 'Bopper'),
That aside there are again many gems that many will surely remember from back then, again there
are a few flip-sides included within the play-list.
I will again highlight a few from each of the 2-CD's to give a flavour of the memories harboured on-
board........on disc one........'Jerry Lee Lewis' --'High School Confidential'........'Eddie Cochran' --
'C'mon Everybody'........'Richie Valens' --'Donna'........'Ricky Nelson' --'It's Late'........'Jimmy and the
Night Hoppers' --'Cruising'........'The Fleetwoods' --'Come Softly To Me'........and........'Marilyn Monroe'
--'I Want to be Loved By You'........a few of the 25 tracks to be found upon disc one..........on disc two.
....'Jerry Keller' --'Here Come Summer'........'The Drifters' --'There Goes My Baby'........'Chuck Berry'
--'Memphis Tennessee'........'The Coasters' --'Poison Ivy'........'Bobby Darin' --'Mack The Knife'........
'Wink Martindale' --'Deck of Cards'........and........'Marv Johnson' --'You Got What it Takes'........surely
many memories are harboured among the play-list.
This music collection does harbour many memories indeed and maybe one or two difficult to find tracks,
the 'American' music scene truly did export many memorable numbers along with the not to be forgotten
performers that recorded them............the complete track listings are available on it's 'Amazon' page...
Currently priced at little over £4 ....though it looks like this album-series will become difficult to find in the
not to distant future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1959, 1 Mar. 2012
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Just like its big brother 59 makes a great impact on the music that changed the world. The champs, ricky nelson and jack scott to name 3 of the best on this I love what I hear and I want more of these great compilations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cannot grumble, 21 July 2011
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Victor Preston "gvb" (birmingham, west mids United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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i have all of the ace london american releases but these out of copyright discs are worth having for under a fiver.
they might not be perfect compilations there are errors but at least they are not live recordings and you cannot grumble because of the price.
great if you have a cd jukebox relive those coffe bar days with something stronger in your glass.
London American Story 1959
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, good collection, but watch out!, 13 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The London American Story 1959 (Audio CD)
Contrary to a comment on the previous collection, 1960, these do not leave the Ace collections 'cold'! They are cheap & they have the popular singles that Ace leave out because they appear on so many other collections. That is why they are a good buy, they are double CDs & collect a lot of the London releases for each year together in one place.
However, also as pointed out in one of the 1960 reviews, there are errors. On this one I noticed immediately that the recording of Dance with me, whilst it is by the Drifters, is not the original, hit, version.
It is a re-recording from a later period & possibly therefore breaks the 50 year copyright legislation?
Things like this lead you to the conclusion that the collections are shabby at the very least but they are still very collectable for the overall content. It is just a crying shame, particularly in the case of this record which is a classic, that they can't be more careful when sourcing the original recordings!
The Ace collections are more professional & still collectable because there are relatively few overlaps between the two.
Danny Lopez
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars never knew what imissed ( til 1959)., 1 May 2013
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If you read my 1957 story review,you'll see that the everlys started me off on 7" viny, great to see its nicely situated at track 12 on disc 2. can you just imagine the awe felt by this 10 year old on hearing this lot over that 12 month period? .... and the frustration with the knowledge this music was "out there" but no record player.....until my older cousin Carl ( r i p ) sold Mom his Champion manual single disc record player,not an auto-change Dansette but who cared? not me for sure,especially when she asked me if i'd like it?.... as well as this surprise present,so much of this music made my jaw drop in disbelief...High School Confidential,C'mon Everybody, Charlie Brown, Peter Gunn, Red River Rock and many others,just blew me away.i learned to have a little patience as i awaited follow ups from many of the London American label acts.I know I was certainly not alone in this. My first album was the Buddy Holly Story on Coral... a near mint 2nd hand copy. It was then I realised as I digested the sleevenotes that Buddy had already died ... I was so happy to hear this wonderful l.p but how could he be gone? he made me want to hear much more of this music .. Ta Buddy ,I'll never forget. i loved Eddie Cochran,Johnny and the Hurricanes,Sandy Nelson,Duane Eddy,Richie Valens,Chuck and of course the Everly Brothers. this is where i came in . so my advice is get on to Amazon and make that purchase as this is a bargain. it took me right back as I wrote this .... Awesome!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The London American Story 1959, 13 July 2011
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London American Story 1959 I Was expecting better, The sound quality leaves a lot to be desired, It says Digitally Remastered, but it does not sound remastered at all,Plus some of The Duanne Eddy & The Drifters & The Coasters tracks are Re-Records.
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3.0 out of 5 stars which is far superior., 8 July 2014
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A very disapointing version of Peter Gunn by 'Duane Eddy'. I have the original 45rpm single, which is far superior.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia, 13 July 2013
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Mr R P Coulson (WALLASEY, MERSEYSIDE, GB) - See all my reviews
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another fine example of the genre, this is when so many artists of good class were available, value for money.
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