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The Top Rank Story 1961
 
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The Top Rank Story 1961

19 Oct. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Following the financial collapse of Top Rank in August 1960, the label was taken over by EMI who kept the label running until April 1962. During the EMI period the vast majority of the releases were from American labels - and EMI eventually neatly slid all these onto its new Stateside imprint from June '62. The 1961 double CD reissue is therefore the strongest for my tastes, with rarely seen tracks from Maurice Williams, The Jarmels, Dion and Gary US Bonds (with the rare School Is In). Top Rank's two UK biggies are here - Johnny Remember Me - and the original 'offensive' version of the Craig Douglas hit 'A Hundred Pounds Of Clay'. This was banned by the BBC and had to be rerecorded before gaining any airplay. A follow up CD for this period should be a natural, with plenty more from the catalogue - plus from the first 4 months of 1962. A couple of possible gems for the future might be The Back Beat Philharmonic 'R & R Symphony', and Danny & the Juniors 'Twistin' England'. This is a really well considered compilation.
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HISTORY:

The Rank Organisation was established in 1937 by J. Arthur Rank. At its height, in the Forties, the Rank Organization owned five film studios. By the late Fifties, Rank started record production. Rank Records Ltd. was founded and its label was known as Top Rank.

By 1961, the year of this compilation, the label, managed by Dick Rowe, assisted by Tony Hatch (who wrote Downtown for Petula Clark), had enjoyed two years’ worth of releases. The famous red-and-white record label incorporated the iconic ‘gong-man’ familiar to audiences from the Rank Organization’s many hundreds of films. The acts on the Top Rank label were an eclectic mixture of home-grown British talents, like Vince Eager, Bert Weedon, Craig Douglas, American doo-wop groups, solo singers, novelty acts and out-and–out rock ’n’ rollers. This compilation of 1961 includes the A sides mix of all these styles.

Top Rank label went bankrupt in 1962, and was bought by EMI, which started Stateside Record label for its American artists. This Top Rank Story has a companion set for 1960. I am planning to do a Garry Mills Singles Collection. Garry Mills sang Look For A Star in 1960 on Top Rank label. But unfortunately his single releases in 1961 on Top Rank were not included in this 1961 compilation.
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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Dec. 2012
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Question: Is this 2 disc compilation by 'One Day Music' disappointing? Answer: NO, on the contrary it's a FANTASTIC compilation of 'Top Rank' A sides from 1961 (covering JAR 534 to JAR 596). Disc 1 runs 59.06mins and Disc 2 59.25. So nearly 2 hours of superb music all for under a 5.

Yes, there are a few niggles:
1. If we are being pedantic 'A Hundred Pounds of Clay' by Craig Douglas is the amended version and not the original banned version.
2. If we are being extra pedantic 'Raindrops' by Dee Clark is a different version also.
3. If we are being extra super pedantic 'Turn around, look at me' by Glen Campbell is not the original Crest Records version (which is far superior - Crest 1087).

In my opinion, these niggles don't matter one jot because the music - original versions or not is fantastic, by some fantastic top notch artists - some of my favourites are 'Little lonely one' by the Jarmels and 'Stop your crying' by Jerry Naylor. This compilation has great sound quality, something that other pedantic reviewers have omitted to say. This is the best of the three compilations of 'Top Rank' records released to date by One Day Music. Highly Recommended. Great value for money. Looking forward to the last instalment - Jan to April 1962.
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Some songs I knew and some I didn't but I enjoyed them all and the sound is excellent.
Craig Douglas should have been bigger than he was as he was/is a very good singer.
Chuck Jackson has also become a favourite of mine over the years and I have several of his cd's but back in 1961 he was unknown to me.
Great sounds and a great price! I will be buying the rest of this series.
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This is a great series of classic tracks from this great record label. The series is well produced and includes so many well known and slighlty less well known titles. Shall look out for other labels in this series.
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This is a good follow up to the original record. It still has plenty going for it and complements the 1960 disc very well.
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Another great collection from one day music,they really are putting out some great stuff
At least half of these tracks are new to me.Imust have missed them first time round.The best track for me is the wonderfull glen campbell track turn around.honestly there is not aduff track.So if like me you like early 60,s this is agreat buy.so many rare tracks.Cant wait for the 1962 releases from this company ENJOY
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