After owning most of the ACE series of American Rock & Roll, I can assure that this one is the best of them all. When you receive a CD with 28 tunes there are always some you don't like. The recent edition of the single CD "American Popular Music 1956-1965" was rated by me as the best release by ACE ever but now I have to rectify: this one is even better! How can you put together such a marvellous selection. A lot of highlights are available: 1.- there are 3 songs that were covered by Billy Fury two of which I thought were originals. Now I found out they weren't ("Push Push" & "Love Or Money" 2.- The original "I will by Vic Dana" is a beauty 3.- Sittin' In The Balcony was NOT an Eddie Cochran original 4.- This Tennnessee Waltz version by Jimmy Fuller is an absolute "knock out" I had never heard this uptempo rock&roller version 5.- The story behind Dean Read, an absolute unkown singer, who became a "Communist" Rock & Roller tremendously popular behind the iron curtain although he came from a rural town in Colorado. I could go on and on and on. Well known hits are mixed with complete unknown ones that sureley made it to the Top 100 but that we never knew of here in Europe. That's why I call those "New Oldies" and the ACE Golden Age of Rock & Roll Series especially the "Teenage Crush compilations (5 CD's so far) are full of those incredible and never heard of "new oldies". Thanks to these series one can relive that wonderful era again and again.
I always wondered really how long it would be before High School Pop was taken seriously as a legitimate collecting area.True some of it was like a continuation of 40s Tin Pan Alley eg Frankie Avalon but true high school pop was actually invented by Buddy Holly via Paul Anka and you began to notice many recurring strands-the rocking strings,tremeloe guitars,the famous chord sequence of C A F G beaten into submission (and adopted from Rodgers & Hart in the first place-check out Blue Moon) and girl groups in the background.And Jerry Fuller's version of Tennessee Waltz was as good as it got. Fuller would make his name as a writer and producer but many of these other lesser lights had little in the way of documentation. High School Pop-a name coined in Germany before the Nik Cohn book-linked straight into the British Invasion. The "experts" would have you believe the Beatles et al saw off high school but that's nonsense-the Invasion ADDED t it with Billy J,Peter & Gordon,Gerry,Herman and Freddie and the many new acts like Gary Lewis & the Playboys to Gary Puckett & the Union Gap.Plus many of the pre Beatles names like Vee,Montex,Hyland,Shannon and Christie scoring through the decade. One of my own specialist collecting areas is high school pop by girl singers-who were known as Pixie Girls. A few have been picked up on during these Ace series but they are mainly male oriented. The seperate series Early Girls has gathered many of them in 4 volumes which goes right across into the mid 50s