- Audio CD (31 Jan. 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ace
- ASIN: B0000009IH
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll Vol.3: Hot 100 Hits from 1954-1963
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The All American Boy - PARSONS, Bill
Kansas City - HARRISON, Wilbert
My True Love - SCOTT, Jack
Jennie Lee - JAN & ARNIE
The Joker - MYLES, Billy
The Beat - ROCKIN' R'S
To Know Him Is To Love Him - TEDDY BEARS
When You Dance - TURBANS
Love Letters - LESTER, Ketty
So Tough - KUF LINX
To The Aisle - FIVE SATINS
La Dee Dah - BILLY & LILLIE
Endless Sleep - REYNOLDS, Jody
Chicken Baby Chicken - HARRIS, Tony
Lover's Island - BLUE JAYS
No Chemise Please - GRANAHAN, Gerry
It Was I - SKIP & FLIP
Tonight I Fell In Love - TOKENS
Happy Birthday Blues - YOUNG, Kathy & THE INNOCENTS
Rockin' Little Angel - SMITH, Ray
Tonite, Tonite - MELLO-KINGS
Cha Hua Hua - PETS
Western Movies - OLYMPICS
The Girl In My Dreams - CLIQUES
Sugar Shack - FIREBALLS
There Is Something On Your Mind - McNEELY, Big Jay
Woman Is A Man's Best Friend - TEDDY & THE TWILIGHTS
Sacred - CASTELLES
The Freeze - TONY & JOE
Click Clack - DOO, Dicky & THE DON'TS
Top Customer Reviews
The third instalment follows the same route as Volumes 1 and 2 – 30 cleverly sequenced Mono US 7" singles (only "Sacred" by The Castells is in Stereo) – a nice mixture of the obvious with the obscure/rare (three US numbers 1s while only 6 of these 30 American releases charted in the UK) – and all presented to fans by a record company that knows and cares and has a reputation to maintain. The full 18 volumes in Ace's "The Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll" CD Series to 2015 are listed below. So once more into the details for those 'All American Boys'...
UK and USA released January 1994 - "The Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll Volume 3: Hot 100 Hits From 1954-1963" by VARIOUS ARTISTS on Ace Records CDCHD 497 (Barcode 029667149723) is a 30-track CD and breaks down as follows (75:42 minutes):
1. The All American Boy – BILL PARSONS
December 1958 US 7" single on Fraternity 835 (peaked at 2)
February 1959 UK 7" single on London HL 8798 (peaked at 22)
Bill Parsons is a pseudonym for Bobby Bare who later had his own US TV show in the 80s – the song is famously about Elvis Presley
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I could comment like this on all the 50s remasters of this fabulous record label, not only their other editions, but especially the Golden Age of American Rock n roll. I can not add anything to the positive reviews than simply summing up my personal view:
30 tracks per cd, and sometimes! (Time life is also excellent, but you get 15 per cd!)
excellent booklets with background info (not surpassed by any label).
not the same old songs over again, but many rare and still excellent tracks!
last but not least amazing sound quality.
So although you might have some songs there on other collections, it is for above mentioned points alone worth it to always have an ACE copy as well.
John Hiatt the Master kingpin of oldies trivia.
Except to note that the billing on All American Boy wasn't an error. As Rob Finnis, the London-based and well-known rock & roll historian, says in his delightful 14-page insert, "the song had its origins in 'Guitar Blues'. a song Parsons had written and recorded for the Starday label in 1956. Two years later, an Indian friend, Orval Lunsford, re-wrote the lyrics as a topical satire of Elvis to be delivered in the first person narrative in a slack-jawed mumbling drawl. Unable to rise to the task, Parsons induced Bare to 'ghost' the vocal track, although Parsons did sing on the B-side, "Rubber Dolly." Bare, who had recently returned to Ohio (his home state) from California to prepare for his army induction, accepted a fee of $50 for his light-hearted gesture. The ruse backfired on Bare when extensive airplay pushed "The All American Boy" by 'Bill Parsons' on the Fraternity label all the way to # 2 in February 1959."
And that is just a small sample of the kind of liner notes that fills this series, something that almost makes them worth the price of the CD themselves. Equally fascinating comments are here regarding all the other tracks, including The Kuf-Linx and their hit So Tough (misspelled above).
Another reviewer warns against the sound quality of Jennie Lee. I'm listening to it right now and it sounds no different than the old 45 rpm - and without the snap, crackle and pop. Again, quoting from Finnis' liner notes "One night Jan and several other Barons...." (the group he belonged to at the time) ...."took in a burlesque show in downtown LA and watched a stripper named Jennie Lee, who became the purported inspiration for Jan's subsequent song. Jennie Lee was recorded in the Berry's garage with Jan vamping on an old piano and Arnie beating time on a wooden crate while wallowing in a purgatory of wild reverb created by wiring up two tape recorders." Hardly what you would call professional studio mix.
Another bit of interesting trivia provided by Rob deals with the now-classic Western Movies by The Olympics, and which should help collectors discern that original from the later re-make, which all too often appears in compilations as the 1958 hit. Says Rob "The final take of Western Movies was top'n'tailed with gunshot effects dubbed from a scratched sound effects LP whose crackles are indelibly etched on the original Demon master."
I could go on and on, but that would be giving away the surprises contained in the notes. Just buy a copy and be prepared to be entertained both from a musical as well as an historical concept. At the same time enjoy the photos (some rare) of Billy & Lillie, Ketty Lester, The Turbans, The Rockin' R's, Jan & Arnie, Billy Myles, The Mello-Kings, Kathy Young and Teddy & The Twilights, along with numerous vintage poster/advertisement reproductions. A delight as always.