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3.6 out of 5 stars
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on 9 June 2007
I've been trying to assemble on CD all of what I consider the essential recordings. A lot of the task has been easy - but the last twenty or thirty songs have been very elusive. It is, therefore, a huge pleasure to find several of the recordings for which I've been searching all neatly tied up on one disc.

Highlights I've previously found hard to find include Barry Mann's original version of Who Put the Bomp. Why is it that cover versions (including those of Jan & Dean and Frankie Lymon) change it to "I Put the Bomp"? Didn't they realise that - since Barry Mann was the man who put the bomp - there's a good joke here? Duh?! Also here are the original versions of Witch Doctor, Beep Beep, The Purple People Eater and They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haa! All of which are a lot harder to find than they should be.

Other gems - like Brian Hyland's Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - can be found elsewhere easily enough, but I can't criticise their inclusion.

Some purchasers may be disappointed that Alley-Oop is not the version by the Hollywood Argylles. It's an interesting early cover - but those who don't already have it are still going to be searching for the original recording. (They'll find it on a double CD called "60 Number Ones of the Sixties" - which has been deleted, but can still be had from Amazon Marketplace sellers.)

Inevitably, there are omissions and some naff tracks. But the inexcusable inclusion of one track is what led me to give the album 4 stars instead of 5. I refer to Russian Band Stand - a lamentable and heavy handed piece of Cold War propaganda. It was neither funny nor musically enjoyable in 1959 - and it is neither funny nor musically enjoyable now. There is nothing funny about the Soviet Union having been an oppressive regime, there is nothing funny about the jibes made here being largely unfair and - least funny of all - is that the record was clearly designed to make Americans like the Russians even less and thus bring the world a little bit closer to nuclear annihilation.

So - do yourself a favour and skip Russian Band Stand. But you will find, here, a lot of indespensible gems you're going to have trouble tracking down elsewhere.
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on 30 August 2013
This won't be to everybody's liking,but it was to mine. Some I had heard before,others,not. There is a different version of Ally Oop.
The original version of Mr.Custer. The song that was regularly voted The World's Worst on Kenny Everett's Show. I want my Baby Back is also included.
I think it's a hoot.
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on 10 May 2013
it only gets 3 stars because although there are many good tracks on it there about a dozen average ones. however it does contain Kenny everetts no 1 worlds worst record. "I want my baby back" which is worth the price of admission alone! a classic in bad taste.
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on 21 November 2006
America managed to produce so many unfunny comedy records-and unfortuantely many are on here.
Things like Buchanan & Goodman weren't even funny for one play-corny stuff which is like anyone could have done with access to a tape recorder.
Some of these people WERE comedians anyway like Larry Verne and the cover of this song by Charlie Drake in the U K was even worse.
But thats the beauty of this stuff on CD playing on the computer-you just move to the next track.
Its also rather pointless the way Ace keep putting the same tracks out-and the annoying thing is there's plenty to go at if their definition of "novelty" is Martian Hop.
Sleeve though is great and I just got this for completeness as the booklets are worth the money
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VINE VOICEon 16 February 2008
Although inevitably there are some naff tracks on here (goes with the territory when you're dealing with novelty hits) this is more than made up for by the sprinkling of great tracks like Who Put the Bomp etc, all naturally spruced up from either the actual master tapes or the best available copies. Even if some of these tracks might be available elsewhere, rest assured that they won't sound anywhere near as good as they do on here.

In short many of the tracks you'll either love or hate, but they've all been treated with the usual consummate care that Ace treat all their Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll releases with.

By the way I think Russian bandstand is quite funny. That must make me a baaaaaaaaaaaaad baaaaaaaaaaaaad puppy!
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on 28 April 2008
I bought it for Delicious - a rare enough track anywhere, and The Mummy, an early recording by Rod McKuen (yes, the same).
The rest, as other reviewers have said, are available elsewhere.
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on 7 March 2016
Very good
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