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Woo-Hoo! The Roulette Story
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2012
A varied mix of music released on the Roulette label is on offer here. There are well known hits by Jimmy Rodgers, Buddy Knox, The Playmates and Joey Dee, amongst others, plus lesser known recordings by the likes of Charlie Gracie, Jimmy Jones, Frankie Lymon and Georgia Gibbs . Interspersed, are a whole raft of recordings by artistes whom most pop music followers might be challenged to identify - Chuck Reed, Jimmy Lloyd, The Chapparals and Jimmy Isle, for example. Yes. There are a few dud tracks in the mix, but that is totally to be anticipated. But the quality of the reproduction of the music is high and the interest factor of these historic recordings even higher. That, coupled with being offered at a very reasonable price, makes this 50 track compilation excellent value for money.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2012
I really only bought this for the Rock-A-Teens title track but the other 49
are a great selection, mixing a few well known tunes with rarer and unheared
material.Well done One Day Music, another bargain!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2012
I had not realised that Charlie Gracie came [ in part ] from that label and there were some other interesting artists whom I had never encountered at the time of their original release. These old compilations are always worth a look and a purchase because they invariably bring out something of interest.
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Many of us associate rock'n'roll in its first incarnation, very strongly or even exclusively, with that highly talented group of artists who came to prominence in the mid to late fifties - Elvis, Jerry Lee, Little Richard, etc. None of those appear here. With no intended disrespect to Ronnie Hawkins, he's the closest we get in this compilation.

But in other respects the album covers the (wide) genre rather well. There are plenty of rockabillies and doo woppers and their portions are of good size and are roughly equal in size (though I haven't actually counted). Goodies can be found in these chunks of the 2 disc set but the rockabilly fan will already have some. There are a few nice and chunky New Orleans sounding cuts from Joe Jones plus three / four rock instros - it's four if you ignore the minimalist vocals on the Rocka-A-Teens delightfully primitive "Woo Hoo".

There's a relatively small amount of what I'd term teen pop. One always has to remember that even in the height of the rocking fifties much of the hit parade (particularly in the UK) contained teen pop, novelty songs, and easy listening cum lounge. By far the best of the teen pop included here comes from Jimmie Rodgers who was almost a household name at the time but is largely forgotten now. His cuts, Honeycomb" and "Kisses sweeter than wine" are excellent examples of a unique mix of folk, easy listening and teen pop. No one else did it as well.

Another gent in this set, Charlie Gracie also had his moment of fame somewhere around 1958. Unfortunately by the time the tracks here appeared Charlie had fallen from grace in spite of (or because of?) two label changes. Similar comments can be made about Frankie Lymon who'd aged two or three years since those marvellous early hits with the Teenagers.

I wouldn't dare make the same remarks about Ronnie Hawkins, and for the died-in-the-wool rocker, he's head and shoulders above the other folk here. Not only does he receive great backing he has the seemingly natural authority of the big name rock''n'roll (and blues) stars. The downside is that the died-in-the-wool rocker probably has these tracks already.

Located in New York, Roulette attracted talent from all over the place. They attempted to emulate the majors in catching hold of the rock'n'roll flame before it faded but with mixed success. Hardly any of the tracks here could be described as essential but they paint a good picture of pop music in the late fifties / early sixties timeframe.
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on 10 July 2013
This record company like many others, is taking advantage of Europe's out of copyright pre 1963 recording legislation.
However in the last year, this record company has, it appears, stopped re-mastering the recordings and puts them out with all the warts that have been acquired since they were last aired/used.
This is a real shame, as this series of discs to the same quality of those on the (UK) ACE label would be well worth twice the asking price. But not these here.
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on 7 August 2012
50 tracks on 2CD's from Roulette, so contains the inevitable "Party doll" from Buddy Knox and "I got a rocket in my pocket" from Jimmy Lloyd. However also some nice lesser known tracks from such as Frankie Lymon, The Cognacs, The Heartbeats, and The Techniques, which makes this set worth a listen.
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on 27 February 2013
Another great mix of songs and artists from the past. These artists could sing unlike some of the so called singers of today.
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on 17 July 2014
A very good collection of oldies, which is good to reminisce with. Good value for money.
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on 13 July 2014
Bought for my dad! He really enjoys listening to this and says it's a good collection,
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2012
Good selection of the wide range of music that George Goldner got to be associated with. Hits and Flops sit side by side and you get the impression that George didn't care that much. Like a true gambler he felt that just because you've lost out 15 times in a row that #16 wouldn't at least recoup all your losses. You hedged your bets by making sure that you got your name on the writing credits whether you took part in the actual process or not. Unethical? Maybe, but it made for an interesting release schedule. Worth it if only to fill in some of the gaps in your collection.
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