on 4 March 2013
I remember 1962 so well and this CD makes those memories come alive. So many of these tracks are outstanding but the track which really stands out is "Green Onions" by Booker T & the M.G.'s. Compared with most records of the day, the sound is so different with Steve Cropper's guitar work so ahead of it's time.
Compilations of this kind serve many purposes, one being proof as to why artistes of the calibre of Del Shannon, Roy Orbison and Ricky Nelson were consistently in the charts.
I've awarded four stars rather than five for two reasons: one being a lack of an informative booklet (see such releases on ACE) and the other is a personal choice; I could have done without "Speedy Gonzales" thanks very much!
A definite purchase for anyone with memories and a love of good music.
Strictly for those hazy memories from 1962 of the many 'American' acts we used to follow, listening
to some of these tracks did make me smile some, with songs like 'Pat Boone's' - 'Speedy Gonzales'
along with several B-Side favourites also included on-board, and one or two acts i honestly don't
remember though the songs are familiar.
The London/American story series certainly worth a glance from collectors of the early Rock/Pop era.
Those that were buying records back then will almost certainly remember tracks like ....disc one.......
'Roy Orbison' --'Dream Baby'........'Del Shannon's' --'Hey ! Little Girl'........'Kathy Lester' --'Love Letters'
....'The Champs' --'Experiment in Terror'........'Sandy Nelson' --'Drummin' up a Storm' and........
'Roy Orbison's' --'The Crowd' (not a massive hit for him, however certainly a favourite of mine)....many
memories to be found and maybe a gem or two on disc one........disc two........'Bobby Darin' --'Things'..
....'Carole King' --'It Might as well Rain until September'........'Chris Montez' --'Let's Dance'........'Marcie
Blane' --'Bobby's Girl' (a hit for Susan Maughan in the U.K)........'The Drifters' --Up On The Roof' (this
was recorded by several U.K artists including in more recent years 'Robson and Jerome')...........'Little Eva'
--'Keep Your Hands off My Baby' (from memory as with a few on-board this was a B-Side, always liked this
one myself)........and........'Mel Torme' --'Comin' Home Baby'.........just some of the memories to be found
on disc one.
This a 50 track 2-Disc Compilation that in my view is certainly worth a glance, certainly at it's current price
of little over £4.00 on the Amazon-Site.
on 18 February 2013
just missed the 5*rating by the inclusion of the obvious turkeys i wish the compilers realised that people like me and others who buy these cd,s would prefer the more obscure sides from the london back catologue, and there must be dozens copyright permiting, you could choose from. i have bought each release of the london cd,s and maybe your holding back some tracks with a view to volumes2 (i hope) of these cd,s.
THE LONDON AMERICAN STORY 1959 has 50 ORIGINAL RECORDINGS which have been
DIGITALLY REMASTERED ON 2 CDS.
Generally the remastering can improve the sound but I really would encourage you to read other reviews to confirm and get a broader picture.
This is by no means a review but I find that when all the artistes and tracks are scrunched up rather than in a list, I find it hard to read and work out which tracks are on.
SO I've relisted them
Ignore track 26 on CD two if cutting and pasting.
1. High School Confidential - Jerry Lee Lewis
2. Problems - The Everly Brothers
3. Shake Baby Shake - Jesse Lee Turner
4. C'mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran
5. 16 Candles - The Crests
6. The All American Boy - Bill Parsons
7. The Bluebird, The Buzzard And The Oriole - Bobby Day
8. Donna - Ritchie Valens
9. Goodbye Baby - Jack Scott
10. Beatnik - The Champs
11. It's Late - Ricky Nelson
12. Charlie Brown - The Coasters
13. Since I Don't Have You - The Skyliners
14. Cruising - Jimmie & The Night Hoppers
15. Pink Shoe Laces - Dodie Stevens
16. Lovin' Up A Storm - Jerry Lee Lewis
17. Come Softly To Me - The Fleetwoods
18. Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford
19. The Happy Organ - Dave 'Baby' Cortez
20. Little Queenie - Chuck Berry
21. I Wanna Be Loved By You - Marilyn Monroe
22. Poor Jenny - The Everly Brothers
23. Margie - Fats Domino
24. Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
25. A Teenager In Love - Dion & The Belmonts
1. Peter Gunn - Duane Eddy
2. That's My Little Suzie - Ritchie Valens
3. Here Comes Summer - Jerry Keller
4. There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
5. Still In Love With You - The Tu-Tones
6. Just Keep It Up - Dee Clark
7. Lavender Blue - Sammy Turner
8. Memphis Tennessee - Chuck Berry
9. Just A Little Too Much - Ricky Nelson
10. Forty Miles Of Bad Road - Duane Eddy
11. Linda Lu - Ray Sharpe
12. ('Til) I Kissed You - The Everly Brothers
13. Baby Talk - Jan & Dean
14. Poison Ivy - The Coasters
15. Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
16. I Want To Walk You Home - Fats Domino
17. Somethin' Else - Eddie Cochran
18. Red River Rock - Johnny & The Hurricanes
19. Ring A Rockin' - Neil Sedaka
20. Deck Of Cards - Wink Martindale
21. Seven Little Girls Sitting On The Back Seat - Paul Evans & The Curls
22. Dance With Me - The Drifters
23. Be My Guest - Fats Domino
24. You Got What It Takes - Marv Johnson
25. Drum Party - Sandy Nelson
26. Hullabaloo - Glen and the Ringtones.
on 23 May 2013
These are so nicely produced. I'm collecting them all. Some pretty standard, almost cliched Rock and Roll Tracks, but they are surrounded by some amazing obscurities, forgotton hits, and one hit wonders.