The Golden Age of American Rock'n'Roll - Special Novelty Edition
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Golden Age Of American Rock'n'Roll~Special Novelty Edition: Sure to appeal to those Pop/RocknRoll fans who want just one representative selection of Novelty classics in their collections, and this is the ideal opportunity to get 30 of their favourite records in the same place, at the same time and with a lavishly illustrated booklet too!
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Highlights I've previously found hard to find include Barry Mann's original version of Who Put the Bomp. Why is it that cover versions (including those of Jan & Dean and Frankie Lymon) change it to "I Put the Bomp"? Didn't they realise that - since Barry Mann was the man who put the bomp - there's a good joke here? Duh?! Also here are the original versions of Witch Doctor, Beep Beep, The Purple People Eater and They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haa! All of which are a lot harder to find than they should be.
Other gems - like Brian Hyland's Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - can be found elsewhere easily enough, but I can't criticise their inclusion.
Some purchasers may be disappointed that Alley-Oop is not the version by the Hollywood Argylles. It's an interesting early cover - but those who don't already have it are still going to be searching for the original recording. (They'll find it on a double CD called "60 Number Ones of the Sixties" - which has been deleted, but can still be had from Amazon Marketplace sellers.)
Inevitably, there are omissions and some naff tracks. But the inexcusable inclusion of one track is what led me to give the album 4 stars instead of 5. I refer to Russian Band Stand - a lamentable and heavy handed piece of Cold War propaganda. It was neither funny nor musically enjoyable in 1959 - and it is neither funny nor musically enjoyable now. There is nothing funny about the Soviet Union having been an oppressive regime, there is nothing funny about the jibes made here being largely unfair and - least funny of all - is that the record was clearly designed to make Americans like the Russians even less and thus bring the world a little bit closer to nuclear annihilation.
So - do yourself a favour and skip Russian Band Stand. But you will find, here, a lot of indespensible gems you're going to have trouble tracking down elsewhere.
The original version of Mr.Custer. The song that was regularly voted The World's Worst on Kenny Everett's Show. I want my Baby Back is also included.
I think it's a hoot.
Things like Buchanan & Goodman weren't even funny for one play-corny stuff which is like anyone could have done with access to a tape recorder.
Some of these people WERE comedians anyway like Larry Verne and the cover of this song by Charlie Drake in the U K was even worse.
But thats the beauty of this stuff on CD playing on the computer-you just move to the next track.
Its also rather pointless the way Ace keep putting the same tracks out-and the annoying thing is there's plenty to go at if their definition of "novelty" is Martian Hop.
Sleeve though is great and I just got this for completeness as the booklets are worth the money
In short many of the tracks you'll either love or hate, but they've all been treated with the usual consummate care that Ace treat all their Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll releases with.
By the way I think Russian bandstand is quite funny. That must make me a baaaaaaaaaaaaad baaaaaaaaaaaaad puppy!