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Book Of Love - MONOTONES
Susie-Q - HAWKINS, Dale
C C Rider - WILLIS, Chuck
Echo - EMOTIONS
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
Mr. Lee - BOBBETTES
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
Yea, Yea - KENDALL SISTERS
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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)
2. Susie-Q – DALE HAWKINS
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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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
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.
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.