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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect......
My generation was brought up on Jack Jackson (Decca and London, mainly) and Kent Walton (exclusively) bringing us good sounds through Radio Luxemburg. Here is a CD right up my own street, and if I have a regret it is that there are one or two 60s classics not there. But instead the CD includes several very hard to get tracks which I own in vinyl from the USA but which are...
Published 23 months ago by Ian M.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wasted opportunity
On paper the idea looked exciting enough but the results may not be enough to satisfy those who associate the label with the music it licensed.
This is the Top Rank story as it was in 1960 but the label had begun a year earlier and went about half way into 1962 before EMI took it over when the final single was by Jimmy McCracklin
Today collectors want the...
Published 23 months ago by Richard


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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasted opportunity, 14 Aug 2012
This review is from: The Top Rank Story 1960 (A Sides) (Audio CD)
On paper the idea looked exciting enough but the results may not be enough to satisfy those who associate the label with the music it licensed.
This is the Top Rank story as it was in 1960 but the label had begun a year earlier and went about half way into 1962 before EMI took it over when the final single was by Jimmy McCracklin
Today collectors want the obscure stuff the label issued rather than whats available elsewhere such as the Joe Meek comps.The Brook Brothers stick out like a sore thumb and are a throwback to the British covers which trailed every American original.Here it comes at the expense of what has rarely if ever been reissued anywhere in a long list of Top Rank singles of 1960 by Randy Starr,Billy Scott,Kelly Sims/Mitzi Gaynor,Eddie Smith & the Hornets,Gerry Granahan,Josh McRae,Ann Henry,Alvin Red Tyler,Bobby Bare and the Reivers.And thats only up to April of the year!
When the sleeve claims Original Versions it falls flat on its face as the Brook Brothers' Please Help Me Im Falling was not only a cover of the Hank Loclin original but Locklin got the hit!No 9 on the top 20
John Leyton covered the American original of Tell Laura I Love Her and as this was not available at the time while RCA faffed about whether to issue it because it was in bad taste Leyton could only claim to have had it first in the U K weeks before Ray Peterson.There's no answer though as to why an unknown Welsh singer suddenly claims the hit
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous sixties, 21 Aug 2012
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This review is from: The Top Rank Story 1960 (A Sides) (Audio CD)
great memories are evoked by this bargain buy get it or regret it.some excellent tracks beautifully packaged and presented.a two set series well worth a few quid.
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