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3.0 out of 5 stars Value for money, 1 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Lemon Popsicles and Strawberry Milkshakes Vol.2 (Audio CD)
This is basically a Pop hits collection drawn from the second half of the fifties.

Undoubtedly the recordings have been processed in order to eliminate hiss and to balance the differences in volume among such uneven sources. The sound in general is just ok, quite clear but a bit lifeless too (I guess this is due to the total elimination of noise, which somehow gives the sound an artificial quality). Apart from that, the low frequencies are "beefed up" and there's a certain lack of nuances and detail. Thus, the sound by no means can be compared to the superb remaster job usually made by Bear Family Records and some other companies dedicated to reissue music from the forties and fifties, but, that said, it's more than acceptable.

There's a regrettable lack of information, as there are no notes at all, not even the recording dates. The tracks don't follow a chronological order, or any other recognizable rule. As well the selection of songs itself seems to be rather hit-and-miss, yet it is true that all of the recordings have been popular singles.

In short, considering its low price, this is a recommendable box set for casual or nostalgic listeners and for those who, like me, are interested in the history of rock and pop music or simply feel curious about the hits that people were listening to by those years on the radio, TV shows, jukeboxes, dancehalls or whatever.

I took care to seek the release year for each song, so here's the complete track listing accompanied by that information.


CD 1

1. Travellin' light. Cliff Richard. 1959
2. It really doesn't matter anymore. Buddy Holly. 1959
3. Mr blue. The Fleetwoods. 1959
4. High school confidential. Jerry Lee Lewis. 1958
5. It's late. Ricky Nelson. 1959
6. Rock and roll is here to stay. Danny and the Juniors. 1958
7. Somethin' else. Eddie Cochran. 1959
8. Teenager in love. Dion and the Belmonts. 1959
9. Only sixteen. Sam Cooke. 1959
10. I want to walk you home. Fats Domino. 1959
11. Born to be with you. The Chordettes. 1956
12. Why. Frankie Avalon. 1959
13. Yes tonight Josephine. Johnnie Ray. 1957
14. Honeycomb. Jimmie Rodgers. 1957
15. Stupid Cupid. Connie Francis. 1958
16. Smoke gets in your eyes. The Platters. 1958
17. Mack the knife. Bobby Darin. 1959
18. Heartaches by the number. Guy Mitchell. 1959
19. (`Till) I kissed you. The Everly Brothers. 1959
20. Side Saddle. Russ Conway. 1959
21. Here comes summer. Jerry Keller. 1959
22. The day the rains came. Jane Morgan. 1958
23. Butterfly. Charlie Gracie. 1956
24. The three bells. The Browns. 1959
25. Sleepwalk. Santo and Johnny. 1959

CD 2

1. Battle of New Orleans. Lonnie Donegan. 1959
2. Put your head on my shoulder. Paul Anka. 1959
3. What'd I say. Ray Charles. 1959
4. Come on let's go. Ritchie Valens. 1958
5. Lonely teardrops. Jackie Wilson. 1958
6. I want you to be my girl. Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers. 1956
7. Charlie Brown. The Coasters. 1959
8. Carol. Chuck Berry. 1958
9. Dedicated to the one I love. The Shirelles. 1959
10. Go Jimmie go. Jimmy Clanton. 1959
11. Mad about the boy. Julie London. 1958
12. Sea of love. Marty Wilde. 1959
13. The girl can't help it. Little Richard. 1956
14. Personality. Lloyd Price.1959
15. Kansas City. Wilbert Harrison. 1959
16. I only have eyes for you. Flamingos. 1959
17. Blue suede shoes. Carl Perkins. 1956
18. Mambo Nº 5. Perez Prado. 1949 ? 1955 ?
19. Dreamboat. Alma Cogan. 1955
20. Little white bull. Tommy Steele. 1959
21. Seven little girls. Paul Evans. 1960 ?
22. Tiger. Fabian. 1959
23. A white sports coat. Marty Robbins. 1957
24. With all my heart. Petula Clark. 1957
25. Tammy. Debbie Reynolds. 1957

CD 3

1. Sugar moon. Pat Boone. 1958
2. Fire down below. Shirley Bassey. 1957
3. There goes my baby. The Drifters. 1959
4. Hummingbird. Les Paul and Mary Ford. 1955
5. Starry eyed. Michael Holliday. 1960
6. Rock and roll waltz. Kay Starr. 1956
7. Blue jean bop. Gene Vincent. 1956
8. A fool such as I. Elvis Presley. 1959
9. Raw hide. Link Wray. 1959
10. 26 miles (Santa Catalina). The Four Preps. 1957
11. Silhouettes. The Diamonds. 1957
12. Don't knock the rock. Bill Haley & the Comets. 1956
13. Love makes the world go `round. Perry Como. 1958
14. The Tijuana jail. The Kingston Trio. 1958 ?
15. Dreams can tell a lie. Nat King Cole. 1956
16. Misty. Johnny Mathis. 1959
17. Little star. The Elegants. 1958
18. One step at a time. Brenda Lee. 1957
19. Are you sincere. Andy Williams. 1958
20. Sugartime. The McGuire Sisters. 1957
21. Mambo italiano. Rosemary Clooney. 1954
22. A very precious love. Doris Day. 1957
23. Volare. Dean Martin. 1958
24. I go ape. Neil Sedaka. 1959
25. What a difference a day makes. Dinah Washington. 1959
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Initial post: 21 Feb 2013 17:30:13 GMT
Steve says:
Thank you Adrian for a terrific review. The comments about the sound quality were what I wanted to know about and you covered the detail very well. It seems that, like you, I believe the sound quality can greatly affect the impact a recording has on the listener so I will not be buying into this particular series. I am sure it will be a good source of music for many people who will enjoy the content but I am after that little bit more. I am very great-full to you. Steve T.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2013 19:08:33 GMT
Thanks for reading, Steve. As you surely know the sound factor is in part a subjective matter. I am not an audio expert, but to my taste the sound of this records, although being more than decent, is also "suspiciously" clean, and all the tracks sound very similar, what makes the listener's experience a bit tiresome and monotonous. If you're after a more satisfying and more authentic sound, you'll do right looking elsewhere. Just as an example, The Bear Factory Records' "Blowing The Fuse " series are extremely good sounding deluxe editions, though exclusively focused on Rhythm & Blues hits, and a bit expensive too, but in my humble opinion they worth every penny. Cheers.
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