This was a few years before my record buying began. A lot of these tracks I was not familiar with. I bought this one because I have all the others in the series. Another great collection - although a lot of new ones on me - but certainly not disappointed, and have to mention the excellent sleeve notes on all these CDs.
I like some of the music today, but you can't beat these old classics. And this CD would have guarnteed appeal for anyone like myself who still loves the music from this era.
Teddy Boys, boot-lace ties, velvet collars, winkle-pickers, coffee bars, juke boxes, beehive hairdos, record players, local dance halls. Black and White TV: and the late 50's early 60's music shows -Oh Boy, Juke Box Jury, Six Five Special, Thank Your Lucky Stars.
First it was skiffle, then rock and roll, fond memories.
If you like the music from those early years, you will probably like the collection of songs on this CD . The big hits from these years have all been out for ages on many other compilations, but this is a collection of lesser known tracks. Some you may never have heard of, but still a good interesting collection from 1958 and the roots of Rock and Roll.
Yet another great entry into the 'London American' series from 'Ace'. As usual a fantastic booklet and great sound quality throughout. There are some great rock and roll tracks on this edition, mixed in with some doo wop, instrumentals, novelty and MOR tracks (something for everyone). A couple of good covers in 'Get a job' by the Mills Brothers and 'It's only make believe' by Jimmy Starr. My two favourite tracks are 'Margaret' by the Royal Holidays and the track which in my opinion is worth the price of the cd alone 'The Secret' by the Gainors - featuring the wonderful voice of a young Garnet Mimms (its simply beautiful). Overall a great mixed bag, you won't like em' all (sorry Pat Boone) but the there are some truly great tracks here.
A fantastic series of great records. This is especially good, other than the dreadful Chipmunks (but I warmed a little to this on learning that each chipmunk was named after the label's executives).@Cannonball' is a superb opener.
I have purchased LONDON AMERICAN LABEL YEAR BY YEAR 61/60/59 AND NOW 1958. THE ALBUMS FEATURE WELL KNOWN ARTISTS PERFORMING LESS KNOWN SONGS AND INSTUMENTALS. I ALSO POSSESS THE BARGAIN BOX-SETS LONDON-AMERICAN STORY YEARS 57/58/59/60. I WOULD RECOMMEND ALL THESE CD'S BUT MY FAVOURITE IS '58 AS IT INCLUDES JIMMY CLANTON "JUST A DREAM" A SONG I STILL HAVE ON AN OLD "45" SO RELIVE THE TIMES FROM OVER 50 YEARS AGO AND STILL THE BEST MUSIC?
We are constantly being reminded of the black music covers by Pat Boone. Yet here is a blatant attempt to derail the then beginning career of Jan & Arnie (later Jan & Dean) by an already established name in the black music field-Billy Ward & the Dominoes who were more opportunist than ever Boone was when their previous covers of Stardust and Deep Purple were from white songwriters as was the B side of this single of Jennie Lee-Music Maestro Please. And it wasn't beneath black vocal groups to put out a cover-this being the Silhouettes'Get A Job and the Mills Brothers went on to a hit career into the 70s Think about it-blacks covered whites as much as whites covered blacks Not that it bothers me as I love cover versions