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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 16 February 2016

One Day Music label from UK has released a series of 2 CD set, containing gems from various UK/US labels, including the Top Rank, Coral, Pye International, Brunswick, (my reviews elsewhere), Atlantic, Roulette, Vee Jay, ABC-Paramount, Phillips, Aladdin, Columbia, Parlophone and Okeh. As a collector, I find that these releases are true treasures, and the line notes give us a deeper appreciation of how these labels come about: the rise and fall. A very educational reading.


This review is focused on Parlophone label from UK. The history of the Parlophone record label in the UK is inextricably linked with that of George Martin and the Beatles, the band he signed in May 1962. Yet the Parlophone label dates back to 1896 when it was founded by Carl Lingstrom Company in Germany. The famous logo of the company is not, as is popularly thought, a pound sign but is a German upper case “L” standing for

The British branch of the company was established in 1923 as Parlophone, and acquired for itself a reputation as a leading jazz label. George Martin joined as assistant label manager in 1950 and took over as manager in 1955. During the Fifties the label provided an eclectic mix of licensed American acts and home-grown British acts.


The American Parlophone acts were a mixture of country, doo-wop, rock ‘n’ roll and ballads. Only You by the Platters was one of Parlophone’s most successful imported hit records. Apparently the jerky “o-oHHHH-nly you” melody line came about by accident. The group were rehearsing while riding in a car which drove over a pothole. Very interesting! Other acts included Billy Ward & His Dominoes, Otis Williams & His Charms, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Silhouettes, and Tokens.

The British Parlophone signings seem to have consisted of a high percentage of instrumental acts typified by guitarist Bert Weedon. John Barry is best know today for the music he wrote for the James Bond film, but in 1957, fresh out of National Service, he formed the John Barry Seven and appeared on TV shows Six Five Special and Oh Boy! (Cliff Richard was also on that show). Their first single after being signed to the label was Zip Zip which failed to chart. Long John, a reworking of the traditional What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor was released in 1959. Undoubtedly, the jewels in the crown of the Parlophone label during its pre-Beatles days were two British singers who later went on to forge careers as well respected actors: Shane Fenton and Adam Faith.

The song listing (with label numbers and chart positions) is as follows:

Disc 1:
01 Summertime Blues – Vipers (Parlophone 4484)
02 Butterfly – Charlie Gracie (Parlophone 4290)(US 1/1957; UK 12/1957)
03 Seventeen – Boyd Bennett & His Rockets (Parlophone 6180)(UK 16/1955)
04 Brand New Cadillac – Vince Taylor & His Playboys (Parlophone 4539)
05 You Ain’t Treating Me Right – Mac Curtis (Parlophone 4279)
06 Let’s Rock While The Rockin’s Good – Little Willie John (Parlophone 4472)
07 Summertime Symphony – Jamie Coe (Parlophone 4600)
08 Teardrop – Santo & Johnny (Parlophone 4619)(US 23/1959)
09 You Don’t Know What You’ve Got – Ral Donner (Parlophone 4820)(US 4/1961)
10 Heading For The Poorhouse – The Silhouettes (Parlophone 4425)
11 Shimmy Shimmy – Bobby Freeman (Parlophone 4684)(US 37/1960)
12 The Twist – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (Parlophone 4688)(US 28/1960)
13 Honky Tonk (Part 1) – Bill Doggett (Parlophone 4231)(US 2/1956)
14 Hearts Of Stone – The Charms (Parlophone 6155)(US 15/1954)
15 What Do You Want? – Adam Faith (Parlophone 4591)(UK 1/1959)
16 Caravan – Duane Eddy (Parlophone 4826)
17 My True Story – The Jive Five (Parlophone 4822)(US 3/1961)*rare gem
18 Zip Zip – John Barry & The Seven (Parlophone 4363)
19 Night Of The Vampire – The Moontrekkers (Parlophone 4814)
20 Let’s Do The Stroll – Donnie Elbert (Parlophone 4403)
21 Blue Suede Shoes – Boyd Bennett & His Rockets (Parlophone 6233)
22 Be My Girl – Jim Dale (Parlophone 4343)
23 Stranded In The Jungle – The Jayhawks (Parlophone 4228)(US 18/1958)*rare gem
24 He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands – Laurie London (Parlophone 4359)(US 1/1958; UK 12/1957)
25 Sleepwalk – The Sleepwalkers (Parlophone 4580)*rare gem (rare version of Sleepwalk)

Disc 2:
01 Tonight I Fell In Love – The Tokens (Parlophone 4790)(US 15/1961)
02 Clap Trap – The Vampires (Parlophone 4599)
03 Sevens Nights To Rock – Moon Mullican (Parlophone 6254)
04 Tossin’ & Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis (Parlophone 4794)(US 1/1961)
05 This Should Go On Forever – Vice Eager (Parlophone 4550)
06 Shake ‘Em Up, Baby – Rusty York (Parlophone 4398)*rare gem
07 Finger Poppin’ Time – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (Parlophone 4682)(US 7/1960)
08 Poor Me – Adam Faith (Parlophone 4623)(UK 1/1960)
09 My Boy ?Flat Top – Boyd Bennett & His Rockets (Parlophone 6203)
10 Fabulous – Charlie Gracie (Parlophone 4313)(US 16/1957; UK 8/1957)
11 Piccadilly Line – Jim Dale (Parlophone 4329)
12 Only You – Platters (Parlophone 1058)(US 5/1955)
13 Right Behind You Baby – Vince Taylor (Parlophone 4505)
14 Three Coins In The Fountain – Billy Ward & His Dominoes (Parlophone 6112)*rare gem
15 Two Hearts – Otis Williams & His Charms (Parlophone 4860)
16 Flannel Foot – Bert Weedon (Parlophone 6242)
17 Seven Lonely Days – Bonnie Lou (Parlophone 6021)*rare gem
18 Get A Job – The Silhouettes (Parlophone 4407)(US 1/1958)
19 Splish Splash – Charlie Drake (Parlophone 4461)*rare gem (remember his rendition of My Boomerang Won’t Come Back?)
20 You’ve Got What I Like – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers (Parlophone 4793)
21 Leave My Kitten Alone – Little Willie John (Parlophone 4571)(US 60/1959)
22 Long John – The John Barry Seven (Parlophone 4530)*rare gem
23 Please Have Mercy – Linda Hayes & The Platters (Parlophone 6174)
24 I’m A Moody Guy – Shane Fenton & The Fentones (Parlophone 4827)(UK 22/1961)
25 Emily – Sounds Incorporated (Parlophone 4815)*rare gem


Overall, the sound is very good with no hiss. The packaging is solid gatefold out with great colours.


This is a wonderful collection of both US and UK hits on Parlophone label, plus many rare gems. If you like pre-Beatles hits on Parlophone, you will enjoy this set. Great variety, plus a few rare gems. This set is recommended, especially for collectors.
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Yet another quality 2 disc release from 'One day Music'. This time taking in the music from 'Parlophone' records dating from 1954 to 1961. There's no booklet but theres an intro and writing credits. The sound quality is very good indeed, an excellent job. The first disc is filled with great tracks from start to finish by great artists such as Charlie Gracie, Little Willie John, Ral Donner and our very own Adam Faith and Jim Dale. Disc 2 isn't as good as disc 1 but it still has more than its fair share of great tracks by The Tokens, Bobby Lewis and Charlie Gracie to name afew. A Highly recommended budget compilation. Also check out the other 2 disc compilations in this series of 'record label' releases. Fabulous.

Please note; Only You by The Platters is the 'Federal' records original and not the hit version on 'Mercury' records, but it's still good, if a little sparse.
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on 24 November 2012
a great cd of gems from parlophone,proving that the label had a life before the beatles. don't believe lazy writers who tell you that the label was nothing until the beatles came along and only released comedy records. a good mixture of british and american releases,highlights include vince taylor's brand new cadillac,charlie gracie's first two hits and loads more! great stuff.
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on 6 December 2012
Even if, like me, you already own some of these tracks the cost of this album is so low that it is well worth the purchase. As the title suggests it is packed with gems fom the late fifties and early sixties. I thouroughly recommend this album!
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on 23 September 2013
All the best USA hits hidden away on PARLOPHONE Label which your record shop never stocked , only Adam Faith ,and a job to find Charlie Gracie ?I'm sure these's would have been bigger hits such as BUTTERFLY & FABULOUS if more shops had stocked them , still we can't turn back time , thank goodness for LONDON AMERICAN , left to EMI would would have never got other hits .As one review remarked JIM DALE ! we did have CHARLIE DRAKE as well .A buy yourself's a bit of American rock'n'roll history and a little GB as well . Mine was as always a great buy from AMAZON .

PS. Look up the FEELIN'FINE , GEM'S FROM COLUMBIA VAULTS very much the same contents of what we cound't find in the local record shops at the time .

Oh dear ! Miss Sparks as I used to call her ,not to her face mine you , her face used to drop when I walked into the shop on a Saturday morning , wondering what I was going to ask for from the American obscurity . There must be a few of you who wished they had these recordings then ?
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on 10 July 2013
This record company like many others, is taking advantage of Europe's out of copyright pre 1963 recording legislation.
However in the last year, this record company has, it appears, stopped re-mastering the recordings and puts them out with all the warts that have been acquired since they were last aired/used.
This is a real shame, as this series of discs to the same quality of those on the (UK) ACE label would be well worth twice the asking price. But not these here.
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on 28 February 2014
I agree with other reviewers; I don't like the Summertime Blues version after hearing Eddie Cochran all my life. Great tracks here though by Hank Ballard - Finger Poppin' Time (good quality). I bought the CD for tracks like Tossin & Turnin, My True Story, Honky Tonk, Get A Job....etc. The Little Willie John tunes won't disappoint you at all and I really enjoyed "Teardrop" by Santo & Johnny. The Platter's version of "Only You" might not be what you expect, however. It's the Federal version. But there are plenty of tunes for everyone's taste.
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on 22 December 2013
Yet another fine addition to the series from One Day Music-Depending on your taste will determine if this cd is for you.A wide variety of artists ,some r and r,some doo-wop,and good late 50's early 60's pop.50 tracks at that price you can't go wrong..but please One Day don't include Summertime Blues by anybody except Eddie Cochran!
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on 16 May 2013
A very interesting music mixture. Some from the US,so you have Little Willie John rubbing shoulders with little Laurie London and Hank Ballard with Charlie Drake. There are a few instrumentals included in this compilation that covers 1957-61. An enjoyable set.
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on 28 March 2015
Another in a series of 2-CD sets compiling pop music from the late 50s & early 60s which in this case appeared in the UK on the old Parlophone label. Another value for money set at this time.
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