- Audio CD (3 Nov. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Box set
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B005XW43RQ
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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(2011/Not Now) 75 tracks 3-CD
Hearts Of Stone - The Fontane Sisters
Earth Angel - The Penguins
Penny Candy - Jim Reeves
Love Me - Fats Domino
Rock Love - The Fontane Sisters
Don't Be Angry - Nappy Brown
Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown
Farewell, So Long, Goodbye - Bill Haley & His Comets
Go Baby Go - The Four Tophatters
We're Gonna Bop - Alvadean Coker
Rocking Chair On The Moon - Bill Haley & His Comets
That Lucky Old Sun - Lavern Baker
See You Later Alligator - Bobby Charles
Seven Days - Clyde Mcphatter
Bo Weevil - Fats Domino
Get Up Get Up (You Sleepy Head) - Lavern Baker
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
Downbound Train - Chuck Berry
Maybelline - Jim Lowe
Do The Bop - The Hilltoppers
Church Bells May Ring - The Willows
Treasure Of Love - Clyde Mcphatter
Crazy For My Baby - Willie Dixon
Corrine Corrina - Joe Turner
I Want To Do More - Ruth Brown
One Night - Smiley Lewis
I Want You - The Cadets
Hey Baby Doll - The Clovers
Lonesome For A Letter - Sanford Clark
Honky Tonk Rock - Betty Johnson
Boogie Woogie Country Girl - Joe Turner
Your Tender Lips - The Clovers
Down Yonder (We Go Ballin') - Smiley Lewis
I'll Be True - Faye Adams
I Gotta Get Myself A Woman - The Drifters
A Casual Look - The Six Teens
Cool It Baby - Dick Lory
All The Time - Werly Fairburn
Honey Chile - Fats Domino
If You Don't Know - George Hamilton Iv
Confidential - Sonny Knight
Shame Shame Shame - Smiley Lewis
Would I Be Crying - The Flamingos
Little By Little - Nappy Brown
Ain't Got No Home - Clarence Henry
Don't Walk Out - The Barons
Ernie - Merle Kilgore
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I am an avid collector on pop music from the past 60 years and am particularly interested in US only hits that did not chart in the UK. This CD has quite a few so will probably appeal to hard core collectors.
On the music side, sound quality and mastering of the tracks is excellent.
Well worth the money to plug a few gaps in your collection from the rock 'n' roll era.
1. Hearts Of Stone 'The Fontane Sisters'
2. Earth Angel 'The Penguins'
3. Penny Candy 'Jim Reeves'
4. Love Me 'Fats Domino'
5. Rock Love 'The Fontane Sisters'
6. Don't Be Angry 'Nappy Brown'
7. Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean 'Ruth Brown'
8. Farewell, So Long, Goodbye 'Bill Haley And His Comets'
9. Go Baby Go 'The Four Tophatters'
10. We're Gonna Bop 'Alvadean Coker'
11. Rocking Chair On The Moon 'Bill Haley And His Comets'
12. That Lucky Old Sun 'LaVern Baker'
13. See You Later Alligator 'Bobby Charles'
14. Seven Days 'Clyde McPhatter'
15. Bo Weevil 'Fats Domino'
16. Get Up Get Up You Sleepy Head 'LaVern Baker'
17. Blue Suede Shoes 'Carl Perkins'
18. Downbound Train 'Chuck Berry'
19. Maybelline 'Jim Lowe'
20. Do The Bop 'The Hilltoppers'
21. Church Bells May Ring 'The Willows'
22. Treasure Of Love 'Clyde McPhatter'
23. Crazy For My Baby 'Willie Dixon'
24. Corrine Corrina 'Joe Turner'
25. I Want To Do More 'Ruth Brown'
1. One Night 'Smiley Lewis'
2. I Want You 'The Cadets'
3. Hey Baby Doll 'The Clovers'
4. Lonesome For A Letter 'Sanford Clark'
5. Honky Tonk Rock 'Betty Johnson'
6. Boogie Woogie Country Girl 'Joe Turner'
7. Your Tender Lips 'The Clovers'
8. Down Yonder We Go Ballin 'Smiley Lewis'
9. Ill Be True 'Faye Adams
10. I Gotta Get Myself A Woman 'The Drifters'
11. A Casual Look 'The Six Teens'
12. Cool It Baby 'Dick Lory'
13. All The Time 'Werly Fairburn'
14. Honey Chile 'Fats Domino'
15. If You Don't Know 'George Hamilton IV'
16. Confidential 'Sonny Knight'
17. Shame Shame Shame 'Smiley Lewis'
18. Would I Be Crying 'The Flamingos'
19. Little By Little 'Nappy Brown'
20. Aint Got No Home 'Clarence Henry'
21. Don't Walk Out 'The Barons'
22. Ernie 'Merle Kilgore'
23. I Can't Love You Enough 'LaVern Baker'
24. I Want To Be Loved' Ruth Brown'
25. Matchbox 'Carl Perkins'
1. Step It Up And Go 'Mac Wiseman'
2. Night Air 'The Mints'
3. Sweetheart Please Don't Go 'The Gladiolas'
4. Saturday Night 'Roy Brown'
5. Just To Hold My Hand 'Clyde McPhatter'
6. Empty Arms 'Ivory Joe Hunter'
7. Glad All Over' Carl Perkins'
8. Roc a Chicka 'Jim Lowe'
9. Shuffle In The Gravel 'Young Jessie'
10. Say Yeah 'Wayne Handy & Jim Thornton And His Band'
11. Till The Law Says Stop 'Johnny Faire'
12. She's Neat 'Dale Wright And The Rock Its'
13. Little Pigeon 'Chuck Sims'
14. So Tough 'Kuf Linx'
15. Only Teenagers Allowed 'Jackie Walker'
16. Tootsie 'Carl McVoy'
17. Try The Impossible 'Lee Andrews & The Hearts'
18. Over The Mountain, Across The Sea 'Johnnie And Joe'
19. Beside My Love 'The Dubs'
20. Drip Drop 'The Drifters'
21. Ten Commandments Of Love 'Harvey & The Moonglows'
22. Shake Baby Shake 'Jesse Lee Turner'
23. Save It 'Mel Robbins'
24. Mystery Train 'Vernon Taylor'
25. Sadie's Back In Town 'Sonny Burgess'
Who is this set aimed at? The year-at-a-time double CD sets were, in my view, aimed either at the nostalgia audience or at younger buyers starting to get into the original rock'n'roll years. Ace had already started producing their London American sets which, in line with a lot of other Ace output were aimed more at collectors than relatively casual buyers. One Day increased the content by about 80%, reduced the price significantly and I suspect, reduced the level information which came with the releases, though I can't fully vouch for the last point since I haven't actually purchased any.
This set increases the content again albeit with some increase in cost BUT removes (almost) all the big names who could well have been the main reason for many buyers to have bought the year by year sets. They would appear on this one, to be aiming at the collectors. One wonders whether they've included sufficient information with the sets that would be in line with normal collector expectations.
In terms of sticking to the relatively unknown, One Day have been pretty well as good as their word. We get the odd track from Berry and Perkins (a couple) and also three from Domino but that's about it. There are a couple of Bill Haley's but they're not the ones you'd find in a shortish best-of on the man. There are a couple of biggish names that one wouldn't quite expect but they're outside their normal stamping ground presumably because they're very early - there's Jim Reeves with an up tempo pop cum country item and George Hamilton IV with some rockabilly! There are a few Sun tracks which any r'n'r collector is bound to have but these are too few to really worry about. One thing that does annoy me slightly though, is that they've included a few of the more obscure tracks from the year by year sets which will be a negative for those who already been collecting those sets. However it may be a sign that One Day do think they are aiming for a different audience here (in which case the argument would be to keep them in).
So what do we get? Well there's a lot of doowop, black and white plus black vocal group stuff generally e.g. the Clovers. I'm not best equipped to opine on the quality of this material but the quantity is certainly there (and they sound pretty good to me). We get quite a lot of rockabilly, mainly, but not only, from the Dot label. Much of it is not the usual stuff you see in mixed sets so could be desirable. Names include Alvadean Coker, Jim Lowe (the "Green Door" man), Sanford Clark (with great Al Casey guitar), Dick Lory, Werly Fairburn, early Merle Kilgore (with "Ernie" who, this time, is not the fastest milkman in the west), Johnny Faire, Mac Wiseman, Chuck Sims (with stunning echo chamber) plus the Sun material I've already mentioned. We also get a fair amount of early Atlantic with tracks from Lavern Baker, Ruth Brown (great live cut on Youtube), Joe Turner, early Drifters and Clyde separately, Ivory Joe Hunter (very early country soul), Roy Brown (great) and others. Some of this a collector may have but it's nice material and is all up to the high Atlantic standards. There are some New Orleans goodies via Imperial including Smiley Lewis and Nappy Brown. There's also some good R&B from other sources - Bobby Charles (Alligator) and Willie Dixon (both from Chess), Clarence "Frogman" Henry (with "Ain't got no home" which does appear in several collections)and the rather splendidly forceful Faye Adams.
I should add that there's very little MOR or easy listening on these three discs even though London American would have been picking up some of this type of material particularly in the mid 50's, purely on the basis that it was still selling well in the US. No, much of what we hear on this set are the threads that went to make up r'n'r - some is even is pre r'n'r. It's also not the 2nd or 3rd generation rock where the threads had come together and you lost track of the sources i.e. the music we were beginning to hear at the tail end of the `50's or the start of the `60's. Without checking dates on all these I would guess much of this is `56 through to `58 and not much later. Which could well make this a very interesting set to delve in to.
My penfriend Ginny Wright had 2 singles issued here along with her label mate Myrna Lorrie but the only Fabor recordings here are Alvadean Coker and Jim Reeves which are common.
You only need to glance through the 2 volumes of the London American Legend to find others many yet to appear on CD eg the Honeytones.
Which is why this CD Box loses 2 stars.
Its also misleading enough as to include what was the B side of Sanford Clark's "The Fool" as if it was a seperate single while Run Boy Run must be rarer
Jom Lowe's version of Blue Suede Shoes is not only rarer than the Perkins original but is actually worth more on the collectors market
Clearly the idea behind this needed more research