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This is a great collection of tracks (see below) - with excellent sound quality, considering the age of the material; judging from the tracks I already have CD copies (or singles) of, they sound rather better.

Shame on Amazon - who have truly ceased to care about music or accuracy in what they sell. The have not provided a track list- again! Anyway, here I go again, doing Amazon's job for them.

Disc #1
01. Feelin' Fine - The Drifters
02. Priscilla - Eddie Cooley & The Dimples
03. High Blood Pressure - Huey "Piano" Smith & The Clowns
04. High Class Baby - Cliff Richard
05. Bristol Stomp - The Dovells
06. Oh-Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again - Jimmie Rodgers
07. There's A Moon Out Tonight - The Capris
08. Betty Betty (Go Steady With Me) - Dickie Pride
09. Sh-Boom - The Chords
10. Jim Dandy - Lavern Baker
11. The Hippy Hippy Shake - Chan Romero
12. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
13. Heart and Soul - The Cleftones
14. The Twist - Chubby Checker
15. Teenage Love - The Five Chesternuts
16. Ka-Ding Dong - The G-Clefs
17. Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter
18. Hit And Miss - John Barry Seven 19. Mr Sandman- The Chordettes
20. Last Train To San Fernando - Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys
21. Apache - The Shadows
22. Barbara Ann - The Regents
23. Tell Laura I Love Her - Ricky Valence
24. Diana - Paul Anka
25. Walkin' Back To Happiness - Helen Shapiro

Disc #2
01. Mary Lou - Ronnie Hawkins
02. Wild One - Bobby Rydell
03. School Day (Ring Ring Goes The Bell) - Chuck Berry
04. I'm Stickin' With You - Jimmy Bowen
05. Don't You Just Know It - Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns
06. Move It - Cliff Richard & The Drifters
07. (Baby) Hully Gully - The Olympics
08. Sweet Dreams - Dave Sampson & The Hunters
09. I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
10. I Love How You Love Me - Jimmy Crawford
11. You Can't Stop This Rocking And Rolling - Ivory Joe Hunter
12. River Line - Jimmy Jackson's Rock 'N' Skiffle
13. Gee - The Crows
14. Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker
15. I've Told Every Little Star - Linda Scott
16. Shortnin Bread Rock - Tony Crombie & His Rockets
17. The Race - Charlie Gracie
18. Lucky Lips - Ruth Brown
19. F.B.I - The Shadows
20. When We Get Married - The Dreamlovers
21. You Don't Know - Helen Shapiro
22. Put Your Head On My Shoulder - Paul Anka
23. You Baby You - The Cleftones
24. Stairway of Love - Michael Holliday
25. Stranger On the Shore - Acker Bilk

It's a great compilation for collectors of music from this era. Highly recommended.

Alan T
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on 16 February 2016
INTRODUCTION:

One Day Music label from UK has released a series of 2 CD set, containing gems from various UK/US labels, including the Top Rank, Coral, Pye International, Brunswick, Parlophone (my reviews elsewhere), Atlantic, Roulette, Vee Jay, ABC-Paramount, Phillips, Aladdin, Columbia, and Okeh. As a collector, I find that these releases are true treasures, and the line notes give us a deeper appreciation of how these labels come about: the rise and fall. A very educational reading.

The origins of the UK Columbia Records label date, almost incredibly, as far back as the beginnings of the recorded sound itself. In 1880 alexander Graham Bell co-founded the Volta Graphophone Company, which was succeeded by the American Graphophone Company. In 1888 this company became the Columbia Phonograph Company, which sold Edison phonographs and cylinders.

In the early years of the twentieth century the famous ‘Magic Notes’ logo (a pair of semiquavers) was introduced, and this was used by the UK company when it was sold off by its US parent in 1922 and became the Columbia Graphophone Company. In 1931 the UK label merged with Gramophone Company (which owned HMV) to become Electrical and Musical Industries (EMI), although the Columbia Records brand name and logo were retained and used until the early Seventies (they have since been purchased by Sony).

CONTENTS:

This 2-CD set consists of 50 songs, truly gems from the Columbia Vault, from 1954 to 1961. The artists are quite varied, ranging from Sir Cliff Richard, the Shadows, Helen Shapiro, Acker Bilk (from UK) to Paul Anka, Jimmie Rodgers, Chordettes, Bobby Rydell, chubby Checker and Linda Scott (US)…just to name a few. The sound is very well recorded and in fantastic stereo too.

The song listing (with their chart positions in US/UK) is as follows:

Disc 1:
01 Feeling Fine – The Drifters (later became the Shadows)
02 Priscilla – Eddie Cooley & The Dimples (US 20/1956)*rare gem
03 High Blood Pressure – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns (b-side to Don’t You Just Know It on Disc 2)*rare gem
04 High Class Baby – Cliff Richard (UK 7/1958)
05 Bristol Stomp – The Dovells (US 2/1961)
06 Oh-Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again – Jimmie Rodgers (US 7/1958; UK 18/1958)
07 There’s A Moon Out Tonight – The Capris (US 3/1960)
08 Betty Betty (Go Steady With Me) – Dickie Pride (should have put it his charted hit: Primrose Lane)*rare gem
09 Sh-Boom – The Chords (US 6/1954)
10 Jim Dandy – LaVern Baker (US 17/1956)*rare gem
11 The Hippy Hippy Shake – Chan Romero*rare gem
12 Why Do Fools Fall In Love – Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers (US 6/1956; UK 1/1956)
13 Heart And Soul – The Cleftones (US 18/1961)
14 The Twist – Chubby Checker (US 1/1960 & 1/1961; UK 44/1960 & 14/1962)
15 Teenage Love – The Five Chesternuts
16 Ka-Ding Dong – The G-Clefs (US 24/1956)*rare gem
17 Since I Met You Baby – Ivory Joe Hunter (US 12/1956)
18 Hit And Miss – John Barry Seven (UK 10/1960)
19 Mr. Sandman – The Chordettes (US 1/1954; UK 11/1954)
20 Last Train To San Fernando – Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys
21 Apache – The Shadows (UK 1/1960)
22 Barbara-Ann – The Regents (US 13/1961)
23 Tell Laura I Love Her – Ricky Valance (UK 1/1960)*rare gem (UK’s answer to US’s version by Ray Peterson)
24 Diana – Paul Anka (US 1/1957; UK 1/1957)
25 Walkin’ Back To Happiness – Helen Shapiro (UK 1/1961)*great song!

Disc 2:
01 Mary Lou – Ronnie Hawkins (US 26/1959
02 Wild One – Bobby Rydell (US 2/1960; UK 7/1960)
03 School Day (Ring Ring Goes The Bell) – Chuck Berry (US 3/1957; UK 24/1957)
04 I’m Stickin’ With You – Jimmy Bowen (US 14/1957)
05 Don’t You Just Know It – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & His Clowns (US 9/1958)*rare gem
06 Move It – Cliff Richard (UK 2/1958)
07 (Baby) Hully Gully – The Olympics (US 72/1960)
08 Sweet Dreams – Dave Sampson & The Hunters (UK 29/1960)*rare gem
09 I’m Not A Juvenile Delinquent – Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers (UK 12/1957)
10 I Love How You Love Me – Jimmy Crawford (UK 18/1961)*rare gem; UK’ answer to US’s version by the Paris Sisters
11 You Can’t Stop This Rocking And Rolling – Ivory Joe Hunter (b-side to Since I Met You Baby in Disc 1)*rare gem
12 River Line – Jimmy Jackson’s Rock ‘N’ Skiffle
13 Gee – The Crows (US 14/1954)*rare gem
14 Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker (US 8/1961; UK 37/1961 & 2/1961)
15 I’ve Told Every Little Star – Linda Scott (US 3/1961; UK 7/1961)
16 Shortnin’ Bread Rock – Tony Crombie & His Rockets
17 The Race – Charlie Gracie
18 Lucky Lips – Ruth Brown (US 25/1957)*rare gem; original version, later covered by Sir Cliff Richard
19 F.B.I. – the Shadows (UK 6/1961)
20 When We Get Married – The Dreamlovers (US 10/1961)*rare gem (backup group to most of Chubby Checker’s hits)
21 You Don’t Know – Helen Shapiro (UK 1/1961)*great song
22 Put Your Head On My Shoulder – Paul Anka (US 2/1959; UK 7/1959)
23 You Baby You – The Cleftones (US 78/1956)
24 Stairway Of Love – Michael Holliday (UK 3/1958)
25 Stranger On The Shore – Acker Bilk (US 1/1962; UK 2/1961)

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you like oldies from UK and US, this set is an enjoyable listening experience. But for collectors like myself, this set is like a goldmine with lots of rare gems. The price is also very cheap. This set with such a cheap price is recommended, especially for collectors.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 31 December 2012
Another fine compilation from 'One Day Music' records, which is neatly packaged (but without a booklet - which is to be expected at this value for money price tag) there is a one-sided intro and writing credits. The sound quality is very good indeed (these public domain records have been remastered). Fifty tracks that cover lots of genres, it's a mix of well known American and British classics with lesser known tracks mixed in for good measure.

Cd 1. (58.19mins) 1955-61. Lots of well known classics with great sound quality, great to hear 'Chan Romero's' fantastic original of 'Hippy Hippy Shake'. The title track 'Feelin' fine' (is by the british Drifters not Clyde McPhatters group). Overall, not a duff track, play and enjoy. 10/10.

Cd 2. (60.34mins) 1953-61. Again there are so many great tracks on this disc - 'Wild one' by Bobby Rydell,, 'Gee' by the Crows and my favourite is the ever wonderful 'I'm not a juvenile delinquent' by Frankie Lymon (what a great singer - tragic he died so young). 10/10.

Overall, a top notch compilation, that has a great selection of tracks, great sound quality, at a low price - a neat package that shows other budget labels how to do it.
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on 27 January 2013
I chose this rating on quality as much as value. Many Rare Gems and some classics too. Yet another well researched and presented value for money compilation of Music from the Classic Era of real dance music when the girls danced with the Guys.
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on 1 July 2013
50 tracks from the Columbia label 1954-1961. Most of these will be well known to those who's musical taste comes from this era. "High class baby" Cliff Richard, "Why do fools fall in love" Frankie Lymon, "Apache" The Shadows, "Tell Laura I love her" Ricky Valance, for example. There are some gems such as "Lucky lips" Ruth Brown, covered by Cliff Richard, and "Hippy hippy shake" Chan Romero, covered by The Swinging Blue Jeans, and "Sweet dreams" Dave Sampson & The Hunters. If you only have these tracks on vinyl and you want them on CD, or if you just want them because they have memories ,then a good buy.
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on 18 April 2013
There are so many good compilations from various labels around just now that this collection needs to be good to hold its own.Of course there are the tracks you would expect by both Cliff Richasrd and the Shadows but that is not all. Some very good doo-wop and some rock'n'roll classics from the USA - Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Charlie Gracie. Then add some fine tracks by Huey "Piano" Smith and Ivory Joe Hunter and you have excellent value for money.
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on 6 February 2013
WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT FOR £5.. GOOD SOUND QUALITY AND AN INTERSESTING COLLECTION OF MUSIC. i F THE MUSIC OF THIS ERA IS OF INTERSEST THEN ITS A GOOD BUY..
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on 6 July 2013
Add this to your collection and enjoy the nostalgia trip, rekindled a bit of my past and my wife likes the collection too....so it must be good!
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on 15 April 2013
Some real crackers from the early days of Rock'n'Roll. You will not be disappointed in this collection. I fully recommend this set.
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on 21 March 2013
you will not go far wrong buying this full of gems you'll love it if you were brought up to like I was
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