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The Top Rank Story -1962- is a fabulous collection of Public Domain recordings available for a really amazing price of under £3 which is less than the cost of one CD single.

There are some really good recordings in here that are quite well know like Gary U.S. Bonds, The Originals, Andy Stewart, The Shirelles, Lee Dorsey, Danny & The Juniors, B. Bumble & The Stingers and many more.
Trye there are some less well know and some that are a little bit.. well you fill in the blanks BUT at this price you really cannot go wrong.

The 42 original recordings are remastered onto two CDs and come in a digipak.
But the big thing is Amazon's listing is jumbled and hard to read so some gems you are looking for may be missed this list is an attempt to help those like me!
Too old for a paper round and too young to retire!

Track List:
[Disc 1]
1. Small Sad Sam - Phil McLean
2. Chicken - Phil McLean
3. Ev'ry Step Of The Way - Kevin McQuinn
4. Keep Me On Your Mind - Kevin McQuinn
5. Flying Circle - Frank Slay & His Orchestra
6. Cincinatti - Frank Slay & His Orchestra
7. Gimme A Little Kiss Will "Ya" Huh? - The Originals
8. At Times Like This - The Originals
9. Baby It's You - The Shirelles
10. The Things I Want to Hear (Pretty words) - The Shirelles
11. Dear Lady Twist - Gary U.S. Bonds
12. Havin' So Much Fun - Gary US Bonds
13. A Change of Heart - Craig Douglas
14. Another You - Craig Douglas
15. Twistin' All Night Long - Danny & The Juniors
16. Twistin' England - Danny & The Juniors
17. The Door Is Open - Tommy Hunt
18. I'm Wondering - Tommy Hunt
19. Do-Re-Mi - Lee Dorsey
20. People Gonna Talk - Lee Dorsey
21. The Breaking Point - Chuck Jackson
22.My Willow Tree - Chuck Jackson

[Disc 2]
1. We Gonna - Jimmy Parker
2.No Word From Betty - Jimmy Parker
3.Teen Queen Of The Week - Freddy Cannon
4. Wild Guy - Freddy Cannon
5. When My Little Girl Is Smiling - Craig Douglas
6. Ring-A-Ding - Craig Douglas
7. Nut Rocker - Bumble & The Stingers
8. Nautilus - Bumble & The Stingers
9. Twistin' Rose Of Texas - Johnny Desmond
10. Hello Honey - Johnny Desmond
11. Big Mouth Bill - Phil McLean
12. Come With Us - Phil McLean
13. Pop-Eye - Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns
14. Scald-Dog - Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns
15. Twist, Twist Senora - Gary U.S. Bonds
16. Food Of Love - Gary U.S. Bonds
17. Cowboy Jack from Skye - Andy Stewart
18. The Highland Twist - Andy Stewart
19. Just Got To Know - Jimmy McCracklin
20. The Drag - Jimmy McCracklin
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 February 2013
1962 spelled the end of the road for `Top Rank' records, from January to April saw the release of JAR 597 to JAR 617. All 42 A and B sides of those singles are represented here in chronological order. There are so many good singles on offer by the likes of - Kevin McQuinn (sadly the A side is a little distorted), The Shirelles, The Originals, Gary U.S Bonds, Craig Douglas, Chuck Jackson and the great Tommy Hunt. Not all of the tracks are good - there are far too many novelty tracks on here which aren't my bag (awful). However, some of the B sides alone are fantastic, there's lots of new to cd stuff here to discover. Overall, the sound quality is very good (except distortion on one or two tracks, NOTE:- the Jimmy Parker tracks are disc dubs which is a pity as it's a good single). As usual there is no booklet with this value for money release. I recommend this compilation, although it's probably aimed at completists - there is lots to enjoy by anyone that likes music from this era. The other 3 compilations in the series (1959, 1960, and 1961) are highly recommended. Well done 'One Day Music'.
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on 17 February 2013
This is the fourth outing for 'The Top Rank Story 1962. I love parody singles and Phil McCleans' 'Small Sad Sam' is one based on 'Big Bad John'. Another great track is Frank Slay & His Orchestra playing 'Flying Circle'. The Shirells are present with a rare single of 'Baby Its You' as is Gary US Bond 'Dear Lady Twist' and Danny & The Juniors 'Twisting All Night Long' and 'Twisting London' the last of which I've never heard and which comes some four years before 'At The Hop' (not featured).Its a refreshing change to hear something other than 'At The Hop'! Craig Douglas is represented with 'A Change Of Heart' which isn't on any of my compilations and is refreshingly new to me. The Tommy Hunt single 'The Door Is Open' is very soulful as is the faster tempo song by Lee Dorsey single 'Do-Re-Me' which again I've never heard. Chuck Jackson also appears here with 'The Breaking Point'. Jimmy Parker has a great song called 'We Gonna' but it comes from a well-played piece of vinyl. B.Bumble & The Stingers are represented with 'Nut Rocker' which we all know and love, but the never-heard 'B' side 'Nautilus' is a strange vocal with watery sound effects. Its not very good thats for sure. Johnny Desmond does a great job with a track based on 'The Yellow Rose Of Texas' called 'Twisting Rose Of Texas' with the 'B' 'Hello Honey' side a ballad in an easy listening jazzy style. Phil McClean makes a return with another parady of 'Big Bad John' called 'Big Mouth Bill' which is as good as his 'Small Sad Sam'. He sounds a bit like Phil Harris when he speaks. Huey 'Piano' Smith has a track called 'Pop-Eye' and 'Scald-Dog' and its an interesting single having never heard it before. Gary US Bond is represented with an unfamilar track to me called 'Twist Twist Senora'. Lastly, Andy Stewart (he of 'Donald Where's Your Troosers?' fame is represented with a single called 'Cowboy Jack Of Skye' which is a cross between country and Scottish singing. Its a really odd blend of music with an equally odd lyric! The 'B' side is called 'The Highland Twist' and is as odd as is the 'A' side! Jimmy McCracklin ends off with 'Just Got To Know' which is very bluesy number and a worthy listen.

I've reviewed the 'A' sides although there are some interesting 'B' sides. Its a great finale to the series as I believe 'Top Rank' was absorbed into another record label in this year with some of these track appearing on two labels. All the tracks are clearly taken from old original vinyl singles many of which have clearly seen better days. The remastering really does show up the age of singles and its a testament to the engineering that so many of them sound this good. Its all in mono and thats a good thing - that they sound like you played them on an old Dansette with a sapphire needle and a heavy arm is as much a blessing as it is not! Overall I like this 2cd very much,and there are many tracks I've heard only for the first time today. I'm impressed with the chronological timeline of JAR597 to JAR617 inclusive and there is a continuity of tracks which makes it a worthy listen. Like the three previous 2cd sets of 'Top Rank', I feel it will have great appeal to singles collectors and record label output collectors alike and I for one am glad to own this set.

Well done to One Day Music for a really interesting set!
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on 16 February 2016
INTRODUCTION:

The Rank Organisation was established in 1937 by J. Arthur Rank. At its height, in the Forties, the Rank Organization owned five film studios. By the late fifties, Rank started record production. Rank Records Ltd. was founded and its label was known as Top Rank.

By 1961, the year of this compilation, the label, managed by Dick Rowe (the man famous for turning down the Beatles while he was at Decca), assisted by Tony Hatch (who wrote Downtown for Petula Clark), had enjoyed two years’ worth of releases. The famous red-and-white record label incorporated the iconic ‘gong-man’ familiar to audiences from the Rank Organization’s many hundreds of films. The acts on the Top Rank label were an eclectic mixture of home-grown British talents alongside recordings licensed from American labels. Rank sold the label to EMI in 1960, who continued to release material under a license agreement until April 1962. Top Rank label went bankrupt in 1962, and consequently many of the acts would find their later releases appearing on EMI-affiliated imprints like Stateside, HMV and Columbia.

TOP RANK STORY:

One Day Music has released 2-CD sets on The Top Rank Story from 1959, 1960, 1961, and now 1962. The only difference here is that the b-sides of the single are also included, to the delight of many collectors like myself.

CONTENT:

This 2-CD set has only 42 songs, but both a and b-sides are included. I have listed the entire song listing with chart position and year, as follows:

Disc 1:
01 Small Sad Sam – Phil McLean (JAR 597)(US 21/1962)
02 Chicken – Phil McLean (JAR 597)(b-side)
03 Ev’ry Step Of The Way – Kevin McQuinn (JAR 598)
04 Keep Me On Your Mind – Kevin McQuinn (JAR 598)(b-side)
05 Flying Circle – Frank Sly & His Orchestra (JAR 599)(US 45/1962)*rare gem
06 Cincinnati – Frank Sly & His Orchestra (JAR 599)(b-side)*rare gem
07 Gimme A Little Kiss Will “Ya” Huh? – The Originals (JAR 600)
08 At Times Like This – The Originals (JAR 600)(b-side)
09 Baby It’s You – Shirelles (JAR 601)(US 8/1962)
10 The Things I Want To Hear (Pretty Words) – Shirelles (JAR 601)(b-side)(US 107/1961)*rare gem
11 Dear Lady Twist – Gary (U.S.) Bonds (JAR 602)(US 9/1962)
12 Havin’ So Much Fun – Gary (U.S.) Bonds (JAR 602)(b-side)
13 A Change Of Heart – Craig Douglas (JAR 603)
14 Another You – Craig Douglas (JAR 603)(b-side)
15 Twistin’ All Night Long – Danny & The Juniors (JAR 604)(US 68/1962)
16 Some Kind Of Nut – Danny & The Juniors (JAR 604)(b-side)*rare gem
17 The Door Is Open – Tommy Hunt (JAR 605)(US 92/1962)*rare gem
18 I’m Wondering – Tommy Hunt (JAR 605)(b-side)*rare gem
19 Do-Re-Mi – Lee Dorsey (JAR 606)(US 27/1962)*rare gem
20 People Gonna Talk – Lee Dorsey (JAR 606)(b-side)*rare gem
21 The Breaking Point – Chuck Jackson (JAR 607)*rare gem
22 My Willow Tree – Chuck Jackson (JAR 607)(b-side)*rare gem
Disc 2:
01 We Gonna – Jimmy Parker (JAR 608)*rare gem
02 No Word From Betty – Jimmy Parker (JAR 608)(b-side)*rare gem
03 Teen Queen Of The Week – Freddy Cannon (JAR 609)*rare gem
04 Wild Guy – Freddy Cannon (JAR 609)(b-side)*rare gem
05 When My Little Girl Is Smiling – Craig Douglas (JAR 610)(UK 9/1962)
06 Ring-A-Ding – Craig Douglas (JAR 610)(b-side)*rare gem
07 Nut Rocker – B. Bumble & The Stingers (JAR 611)(US 23/1962)
08 Nautilus – B. Bumble & The Stingers (JAR 611)(b-side)*rare gem
09 Twistin’ Rose Of Texas – Johnny Desmond (JAR 612)*rare gem
10 Hello Honey – Johnny Desmond (JAR 612)(b-side)*rare gem
11 Big Mouth Bill – Phil McLean (JAR 613)
12 Come With Us – Phil McLean (JAR 613)(b-side)
13 Pop-Eye – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & His Clowns (JAR 614)(US 51/1962)
14 Scald-Dog – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & His Clowns (JAR 614)(b-side)*rare gem
15 Twist, Twist Senora – Gary (U.S.) Bonds (JAR 615)(US 9/1962)
16 Food of Love – Gary (U.S.) Bonds (JAR 615)(b-side)*rare gem
17 Cowboy Jack From Skye – Andy Stewart (JAR 616)
18 The Highland Twist – Andy Stewart (JAR 616)(b-side)
19 Just Got To Know – Jimmy McCracklin (JAR 617)(US 64/1962)*rare gem
20 The Drag – Jimmy McCracklin (JAR 617)(b-side)*rare gem

The sound is well remastered with no hiss. There is a one page liner note, which is very informative.

ONE DAY MUSIC:

This reissue label from UK has released over 100 CDs documenting different record labels, such as ABC-Paramount, United Artists, Coral, Brunswick, Pye, Colpix Atlantic, Roulette, and Stateside, etc. If you are interested in the history of the various labels, the above mentioned sets are readily available at cheap price. (my review elsewhere)

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The above 2 CD set with rare b-sides is a welcome addition to my record library. Most of the songs are not well known, and therefore, I feel that the purchase is more for collectors. The above set is recommended more for collectors.
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on 19 February 2013
Been looking forward to this one for a while. Some nice obsucruties and cuts, shame it has to be the end of the line for Top Rank but what a story!
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on 31 July 2013
I was amazed when they released the 1962 Top Rank Story with the B sides whilst the others - 1959, 1960 and 1961 only have they A sides. I wonder if the B sides of those years will be released? It would be a great shame if they left the Bs sides out because these CD collections are so unique and would be fantastic for record collectors to admire. Lets hope for the B sides of the Top Rank Story to be released.

Many thanks!!!!
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on 25 May 2013
This compilation like many from this label features some rare gems and their many hit singles(hard to believe the label didn't last long). Pre-Beatle days so it features many soloists and a main singer and their backing group so enjoy it while you can.
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on 22 May 2013
I had all these on vinyl and very much regretted parting with them.
Wonderfully dated, I recommend getting the rest of this set as well - '59/'60/'61 - for a most enjoyable slice of the British pop chart's golden age.
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on 18 January 2016
QUITE A FEW OBSCURITIES(SOME DESERVE TO REMAIN FORGOTTEN) I HAVE A SOMEWHAT TWISTED SENSE OF HUMOUR AND WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE THE TWO ANDY STEWART SONGS AS CANDIDATES FOR "WORST RECORDINGS OF THE 20th CENTURY
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on 16 May 2013
These are mainly the last knocking from the label. Novelty items and little known artistes make this 3rd release very much one for the avid collector who wants to finish his set.
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