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  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B00000DMGA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. Book of Love - The Monotones
  2. Susie-Q - Dale Hawkins
  3. C C Rider - Chuck Willis
  4. Echo - The Emotions
  5. Come On, Let's Go - Ritchie Valens
  6. Mother-in-law - Ernie K-Doe
  7. Ling, Ting, Tong - The Five Keys
  8. Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford
  9. Just a Dream - Jimmy Clanton & His Rockets
  10. The Caterpillar Crawl - The Strangers
  11. To Be Loved (Forever) - The Pentagons
  12. Cherrystone - Addrisi Brothers
  13. Unchained Melody - Vito & The Saluations
  14. Pretty Girls Everywhere - Eugene Church & The Fellows
  15. Confidential - Sonny Knight
  16. Watch Your Step - Bobby Parker
  17. Harlem Nocturne - The Viscounts
  18. I Like It Like That, Part 1* - Chris Kenner
  19. Foot Stomping Part 1 - The Flares
  20. Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
  21. Tear Drops - Lee Andrews & The Hearts
  22. Mr Lee - The Bobbettes
  23. Rhythm of the Rain - The Cascades
  24. I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight - Barry & The Tamerlanes
  25. Hushabye* - The Mystics
  26. Clap Your Hands - The Beau-Marks
  27. Sugar Bee - Cleveland Crochet & Band
  28. Shop Around - The Miracles
  29. Daughter - The Blenders
  30. Yea, Yea - The Kendall Sisters

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Book Of Love - MONOTONES
Susie-Q - HAWKINS, Dale
C C Rider - WILLIS, Chuck
Come On, Let's Go - VALENS, Ritchie
Mother-In-Law - K-DOE, Ernie
Ling, Ting, Tong - FIVE KEYS
Sea Cruise - FORD, Frankie
Just A Dream - CLANTON, Jimmy & ROCKETS
The Caterpillar Crawl - STRANGERS
To Be Loved (Forever) - PENTAGONS
Cherrystone - ADDRISI BROS
Unchainded Melody - VITO & SALUTATIONS
Pretty Girls Everywhere - CHURCH, Eugene & FELLOWS
Confidential - KNIGHT, Sonny
Watch Your Step - PARKER, Bobby
Harlem Nocturne - VISCOUNTS
I Like It Like That (part 1, stereo) - KENNER, Chris
Foot Stompin' (part 1) - FLARES
Money (That's What I Want) - STRONG, Barrett
Tear Drops - ANDREWS, Lee & HEARTS
Rhythm Of The Rain - CASCADES
I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight - BARRY & TAMERLANES
Hushabye (stereo) - MYSTICS
Clap Your Hands - BEAU-MARKS
Sugar Bee - CROCHET, Cleveland & Band
Shop Around - MIRACLES
Daughter - BLENDERS

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The seventh instalment of Ace's "The Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll" CD Series follows the same route as Volumes 1 to 6 – 30 cleverly sequenced Mono US 7" singles that hit the American Pop charts with a nice combo of the obvious and the obscure. "I Like It Like That Part 1" by Chris Kenner and "Hushabye" by The Mystics are in Stereo – while only Ernie K-Doe (6) and The Cascades (23) made the British charts. And all of this rare and hip material is presented to fans by a record company that gives a damn - with a hard-won reputation across four decades of reissue quality (best tape sources used – no needle drops). The full 18 volumes up to late 2015 are listed below. So lets avoid the 'Mother In Law' as we succumb to the 'Ling, Ting, Tong' and do 'The Caterpillar Crawl' (all in the best possible taste of course)...

UK and USA released November 1998 - "The Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll Volume 7: Hot 100 Hits From 1954-1963" by VARIOUS ARTISTS on Ace Records CDCHD 700 (Barcode 029667170024) is a 30-track CD and breaks down as follows (72:32 minutes):

1. Book Of Love – THE MONOTONES
February 1958 US 7" single on Argo 5290 (peaked at 5)
May 1958 UK 7" single on London HLM 8265 (didn’t chart)

May 1957 USA 7” single on Checker 863 (peaked at 27)
September 1957 UK 7" single on London HL 8482 (didn’t chart)
In the liner notes it states that Ace has 'taken the original master and re-created the reverb to produce a better quality master with extra length at the end'...

3. C. C. Rider – CHUCK WILLIS
March 1957 US 7" single on Atlantic 45-1130 (peaked at 12)
June 1957 UK 7" single on London HLE 8444 (didn’t chart)

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A great, great cd........another one to be repeated when necessary..........! And that will be another one that will have me jiving and coming back for more....
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x915b5450) out of 5 stars Great Music At A Great Price 25 July 2000
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
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Another eclectic--but terrific--collection of soul/pop/doo-wop/rockabilly that made up the pre-British Invasion (1954-1963) American rock and roll landscape. Like the previous volumes, ACE places the emphasis on the rare and obscure. In fact, many of these songs won't be found even in the most avid collector's music library. Of course there are the big hits like Ernie K-Doe's chart-topping "Mother-In-Law," the Monotones' doo-wop classic "Book of Love," Jimmy Clanton's lovely "Just a Dream" and the Miracles' first Motown hit "Shop Around."
But what sets this series apart from the rest, is its ability to rescue forgotten gems from obscurity. You get the Viscounts' haunting instrumental "Harlem Nocturne," which only made it to No. 52 in 1959. [It would be rereleased in 1966 and make the Top 40.] There's the doo-wop harmonies of the Five Keys' minor hit "Ling, Ting, Tong" and the Flares' "Foot Stomping, Part 1." Ritchie Valens' charged "Come On, Let's Go," which barely missed the Top 40 at No. 42. John Lennon cut his teeth on Barret Strong's "Money." Lennon also claims he used the riff from Bobby Parker's "Watch Your Step" for "Day Tripper."
And the 20-page booklet is full of photos and trivia on each of the artists and songs. Did you know that Chuck Willis's 1957 hit "C.C. Rider" was a 1925 hit for Ma Rainey as "See See Rider Blues"? "Sea Cruise" was recorded by Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns and then Smith's vocal was replaced with Frankie Ford's and it sold 30 million copies worldwide.
This is the most consistently solid early rock and roll series available and ACE continues to find strong material for each new volume. Don't be put off by your unfamiliarity with some of these tracks. In many cases I've found myself enjoying them just as much, if not more than the big hits. And where most labels would make this a two-disc set and charge you double the price, this is an amazing bargain. My advice? Buy this while you still can. RECOMMENDED
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x915b54a4) out of 5 stars now this is THE soundtrack to the golden age of rock and roll 14 April 2008
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Golden Age Of American Rock & Roll, Vol. 7 is a wonderful installment in a fine CD series looking back at great rock and roll music. The sound quality couldn't be better--and how's about that awesome artwork?

The Monotones kick things off with their rather famous hit entitled "Book Of Love." They harmonize very well and the percussion is strong but very useful at marking the major beats to this tune. I really like "Book Of Love." Dale Hawkins also performs his "Susie-Q;" this is one number that jams! "Susie-Q" also features Dale Hawkins singing with all his might and it works--this is another awesome tune. Listen also for Ernie K-Doe to playfully poke fun at the stereotypical mother-in-law with his hit simply called "Mother-In-Law." The melody is very cool and I always enjoyed "Mother-In-Law."

Frankie Ford lends his hands to this album with his tune "Sea Cruise." "Sea Cruise" is a fun, somewhat campy little number that always makes me smile. Frankie never sounded better either! "To Be Loved (Forever)" is a tender, passionate love ballad by The Pentagons; The Pentagons deliver this with great sensitivity and this impresses me a lot. Listen also for Vito & The Salutations to do a mighty fine rendition of "Unchained Melody." "Unchained Melody" is truly a highlight of this fine album.

The Viscounts perform an awesome instrumental called "Harlem Nocturne;" this is beautiful and it will haunt you with its bewitching melody. That's some horn solo on "Harlem Nocturne," too! The Flares also do an outstanding job on "Foot Stomping;" they never miss a beat and this is great music for dancing even today!

"Money (That's What I Want)" is an excellent tune by Barrett Strong; he sings this with a female backup chorus to bolster his performance; and the musical interlude really jams hard! I always enjoyed "Money (That's What I Want);" and this version by Barrett Strong has forever been my very favorite. The Bobbettes also do a fine rendition of "Mr. Lee;" this is yet another 1950s song that I always liked and The Bobbettes do this one up right! The melody is also very well written.

"Hushabye" by The Mystics is a beautiful number that gets a doo wop/rock and roll treatment to enhance the natural beauty of this ballad; and it all holds its own very well. The Miracles sing so well on the original release of "Shop Around;" this was later performed by Captain & Tennille in the 1970s. The album ends well with The Kendall Sisters performing their hit "Yea, Yea." This last tune has an incredible horn solo and it rocks well, too!

This is a must have for fans of early rock and roll. The thirty selections on this fine CD give you so much to enjoy; and that's wonderful. This is also one installment in a CD series that fans may want to explore by purchasing other CDs in this series.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x915b58dc) out of 5 stars Another Fabulous ACE Collection 17 Nov. 1999
By Ken Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Every recording on this fabulous cd sounds better than they did when they were new. ACE is known for top quality recordings. This cd excells all other oldies packages. This is a must for any collector of early rock'n roll.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x915b5ca8) out of 5 stars Another Jewel In A Crown Filled With Them 4 April 2008
By George O'Leary - Published on Amazon.com
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The cover photo of this 7th installment in Ace of London's great series The Golden Age Of American Rock & Roll is of Joe Houston's 1956 Combo Records LP Rockin' At The Drive-in, showing the Wild Man of the tenor sax himself wailing away in front of Scrivners Drive-In in L.A., while to his left, as you look at the photo, dances radio station K-Pop DJ Art Laboe. Unfortunately, Joe's only hit single came way back in 1952 - two years before the period covered in this series - when Worry, Worry, Worry reached # 10 R&B on Mercury 8248 (originally on Sphinx 122) b/w Hard Time Baby.

In this volume 8 of the tracks made it into the lucrative Billboard Pop Top 10 (1, 6 (the only # 1), 9, 18, 22, 23 and 28), joined by another 5 that found their way into the Top 20 (3, 8, 15, 21 and 25), 5 more that made it to the Top 30 (2, 7, 19, 20 and 24), and one that just made the Top 40 (track 14). That's 19 out of the 30 tracks which were solid hits by any standard. Many of the following would undoubtedly have gone higher had they been handled by large labels, as the small companies involved had neither the necessary advertising/promotion funds at their disposal, nor the cash with which to grease certain palms during the height of Payola: Caterpillar Crawl by The Strangers (# 49 in 1959 for Titan); Unchained Melody by Vito & The Salutations (# 66 in 1963 for Herald); Clap Your Hands by the Montreal-based Beau-Marks (# 45 in 1960 for Shad); Sugar Bee by Cleveland Crochet & Band with vocal by Jesse "Jay" Stutes (# 80 in 1960 for Goldband); Daughter by The Blenders (# 61 in 1963 for Witch); and Yea Yea by The Kendall Sisters (# 73 in 1958 for Argo and one much sought after by those whose collections centre around the Girl-Group Sound.

As with every volume in the series, this comes with a multi-page insert including detailed and informative liner notes written by Rob Finnis in 1998, and having all 12 in the main series, along with those accompanying the many off-shoot releases such as the Folk Music, Bubbling Under, Jazz, Doo-Wop. Novelty and Country volumes, is like having a book detailing the evolution of the musical history of the era, especially the vintage photos, record cover and poster reproductions. In this volume you get shots of The Strangers, Ritchie Valens, The Flares, Viscounts, Bobbettes, Chuck Willis, The Mystics, Eugene Church, The Cascades, Jimmy Clanton, Frankie Ford, The Pentagons, Dale Hawkins, The Beau-Marks, Ernie K-Doe, The Emotions, The Miracles, Sonny Knight and Cleveland Crochet.

One more jewel in a veritable crown filled with Golden Oldies.
HASH(0x915b5c54) out of 5 stars Je suis très satisfait du service d’Amazon et du produit acheté: The Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll Volume 1 26 Jan. 2015
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Très bon produit à un très bon prix. Livré en date promise et en bonne état.je recommande Amazon comme excellente magasin en ligne pour vos achats. Ainsi que je vous recommande ce produit pour tous les bons collectionneurs de musiques souvenirs.
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