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4.0 out of 5 stars happy memories
Some good tracks here. reminds me of sitting in local milkbar and feeding the jukebox. A real nostalgia trip. Mind you, some of the tracks must have been minor hits, but the collection is none the worse for that!
Published 12 months ago by flotterton lad

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not all perfect
Just a heads up for buyers who demand accuracy. The version of 'Pink Shoelaces' on this set is NOT the 1959 hit version recorded for Chrystalette Records. It's the 1962 remake that Dodie Stevens did for Dot Records. Also, the producers have clearly 'borrowed' The Tempos' 'See You In September' from an Ace CD which has the song mastered too fast.
Published 11 months ago by Aj Watson


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all perfect, 30 May 2014
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Aj Watson (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: America Music Library: The Hits of 1959 (Audio CD)
Just a heads up for buyers who demand accuracy. The version of 'Pink Shoelaces' on this set is NOT the 1959 hit version recorded for Chrystalette Records. It's the 1962 remake that Dodie Stevens did for Dot Records. Also, the producers have clearly 'borrowed' The Tempos' 'See You In September' from an Ace CD which has the song mastered too fast.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars happy memories, 9 May 2014
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flotterton lad (ELLESMERE PORT, Cheshire England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: America Music Library: The Hits of 1959 (Audio CD)
Some good tracks here. reminds me of sitting in local milkbar and feeding the jukebox. A real nostalgia trip. Mind you, some of the tracks must have been minor hits, but the collection is none the worse for that!
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3.0 out of 5 stars US hits from '59, 22 Mar. 2014
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1959 and the American music industry was in a state of flux; fluxing awful, some might say. The King ws doing his bit for Uncle Sam, leaving the door open for many a young pretender, gifted with good looks and 'discussable' talent. At the same time, the music biz had decided to get a controlling grip on Rock'n'Roll and was bending it to its will, that is to say, emasculating it for profit. Oh dear...

The unique selling point of this somewhat lavish three CD set is American hits that didn't mean a light here in the UK. So you get 37 Pop Top Tenner's, six Country #1's, four r&b chart toppers and 43 Hot 100 hits, ranging from #1 to barely scraped in, a generous total of 90 cuts. There are a few 'old school' rockers here, Jack Scott, Bell Notes, George 'Thumper' Jones, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens, the recently late Rusty York...s'about it. Other listenable artists include LaVern Baker, Coasters, Wilbert Harrison, Drifters, Ray Charles, Phil Phillips, James Brown, Ray Sharpe, Little Willie John, Bo Diddley, Titus Turner, Jackie Wilson and Dee Clark. Even a taste of doo-wop, so not s bad as I thought, tho I might have all these tracks many times over.

It gets sad when one contemplates much of the remainder. The laughably inadequate Fabian (great backing!), closely followed by Frankie Avalon. The twee Annette and Dodie Stevens and what's David Seville & The Chipmunks, Martin Denny and Franck Pourcel doing here? Idiot, because they charted! This set is aimed at the chartologist, or folk who like to have collections based on years, so you have to take the rough with the smooth. (Some 25 or so years later, John Fred might have had a minor charter over here with "Shirley", very popular at rockin' record hops...such was the fate of "Jungle Rock").

The presentation is excellent, apart from the rather dull front cover. It's a quad-fold sleeve, rammed with label shots, pic sleeves, contemporary ads. A chunky booklet lists artist, title, US and UK label and number (a few were not issued over here) and there's an informative paragraph per. Except for Billy Grammer's "Bonaparte's Retreat", which enjoys a note for Ernie K Doe's "Mother-in-Law"! Upon enquiry, I was informed of a finger problem, combined with myopia, the miscreants having already been soundly thrashed. Oh how we laughed!

This is promised as the first in an on-going series, covering the 50s and 60s, also to include tracks from the Bubbling Under chart. Myself, I'll be a bit more selective (this too 'pop' for my liking) with future releases, but plainly, this a labour of love for compiler and annotator Austin Powell. Many will love it, I'm coolish.
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