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4.8 out of 5 stars
Goodbye Cruel World: The Colpix Story 1959-1962
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 16 February 2016

One Day Music, a reissue label from UK, has releases a whole series of 2 CD set, covering various labels, including ABC-Paramount, Pye International, Brunswick, Coral, Top Rank, Vee-Jay, Columbia, Okeh, Aladdin, Roulette, and more recently, Challenge, Modern and Stateside. The current 2 CD set The Colpix Story is a recent release.

Colpix Records was stablished in 1958 by Jonie Taps and Harry Cohn; its name is a conflation of “Columbia” and “pictures”. The label was founded chiefly as an outlet for the soundtracks of Columbia Pictures movies and television shows, and it was based in New York City.

The main stars in Colpix Records are Shelley Fabares, and Paul Petersen (both from The Donna Reed Show), and James Darren (starring in Gidget movies with Sandra Dee). Other famous acts started their career in Colpix Records, including the Ronettes and Nina Simone.

Colpix Records was discontinued in 1966 and was immediately replaced by Colgems Records, which became an outlet for the recordings of the Monkees. In the few short years that it existed, however, Colpix Records was the launch pad for several important rock and pop acts and has a unique place in the multi-faceted world of rock and roll.


This is a 2 CD set with 50 songs, covering the period from 1959 to 1962. The song listing (with chart position and year) is as follows:

Disc 1:
01 Goodbye Cruel World – James Darren (CP609)(US 3/1961)
02 Johnny Angel – Shelley Fabares (CP 621)(US 1/1962)
03 Blue Moon – The Marcels (CP 186)(US 1/1961)
04 I’m Gonna Quite While I’m Ahead – Ronettes (CP 646)(1961)
05 Sports Car Sally – Bernadette Castro (CP 1963)(1960)
06 My Dad – Paul Petersen (CP 663)(US 6/1962)
07 Come On Back, Jack – Nina Simone (CP 614)(1962)
08 Crazy Little Heartache – Phil Castro (CP 106)(1959)
09 Mother Goose Twist – Oliver & The Twisters (CP 615)(1962)
10 Staying Up Late – Kris Jensen (CP 118)(1959)(note: should have included his charted hit, Torture, 20/1962)
11 The Tease – Stu Phillips (CP 641)(1962)
12 Daydream – Don Gant (CP 652)(1962)
13 I Think You Want My Girl – Bobby Adams (CP 604)(1961)
14 Tears In My Eyes – Eddie Friend & The Empires (CP 112)(1959)
15 Moonlight Walk – The Violents (CP 616)(1961)
16 Breaking It Up Is Hard To Do – Shelley Fabares (CP 654)(b-side to The Things We Did Last Summer, 1962)
17 Heartaches – The Marcels (CP 612)(US 7/1961)
18 Paper Boy – Tony Richards & The Twilights (CDP 176)(1960)
19 My Coloring Book – Sandy Stewart (CP 669)(US 20/1962)
20 I Want A Boy – Ronnie & The Relatives (The Ronettes)(CP 601)(1961)
21 I’ll Close My Eyes – The Skyliners (CP 188)(1961)
22 Because They’re Young – James Darren (CP 142)(1960)
23 I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl – Nina Simone (CP 647)(1962)
24 She Can’t Find Her Keys – Paul Petersen (CP 620)(US 19/1962)
25 Big Wide World – Teddy Randazzo (CP 662)(US 51/1963)

Disc 2:
01 Cool Man – Jerry Hansen (CP 137)(1960)
02 Her Royal Majesty – James Darren (CP 622)(US 6/1962)
03 Little Boy Sad – Paul Petersen (CP 663)(b-side to My Dad, 1962)
04 Chilly Winds Don’t Blow – Nina Simone (CP 635)(1964)
05 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’ – Shelley Fabares (CP 140)(1960)
06 His Lips Get In The Way – Bernadette Castro (CP 163)(US 123/1964)
07 I’m On the Wagon – The Ronettes (CP 646)(1962)
08 Hear What I Wanna Hear - Ray Campi (CP 166)(1960)
09 Single And Free – Eddie Friend & The Empires (CP 112)(1959)
10 Summertime – The Marcels (CP 196)(US 78/1961)
11 I Wish, I Wish – Jerry Knight (CP 148)(1960)
12 Lollipops And Roses – Paul Petersen (CP 649)(US 54/1962)
13 Sugar Love – Don Gant (CP 618)(1961)
14 Locomotion Twist – Oliver & The Twisters (CP 615)(1961)*rare gem
15 Baion Rhythm – Jimmy Beaumont (CP 607)(1961)
16 Gidget Goes Hawaiian – James Darren (CP 189)(1961)
17 I Heard You Cried Last Night – Sandy Stewart (CP 669)(b-side to My Coloring Book, 1962)*rare gem
18 Goodbye To Love – The Marcels (CP 186)(b-side to Blue Moon, 1961)
19 Johnny Loves Me – Shelley Fabares (CP 636)(US 21/1962)
20 Sweet Sixteen – Ronnie & The Relatives (The Ronettes)(CP 601)(1961)
21 Be Sure My Love – Teddy Randazzo (CP 662)(b-side to Big Wide World, 1963)
22 Pepe – Shirley Jones (CP 160)(1961)*rare gem (from the movie Pepe)
23 Save Those Teardrops – Bobby Adams (CP 604)(1961)
24 Please Believe In Me – Tony Richards & The Twilights (CDP 178)(1960)
25 Alpens Ros – The Violents (CP 616)(1961)

The sound is well remastered, clean with no hiss.


Being a collector and completist, I have purchased this entire series, covering different labels. Reading the liner notes while listening to the music of that label really gave me lots of insight into the pop world from the past. If you like pop music from UK, I would advise you to look for the British Hit Parade series, from 1954 to 1962, covering every single that hit the chart for that year. In the past 2 years, the b-sides were also released separately.

There is a 2 CD set called Colpix-Dimension Story, released by Rhino in 1994, but with different song listing. This current set is more for collectors, but the entire set is very enjoyable, and is recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 11 March 2013
... and the Colpix Story is a case in point. Yes, it's got some really great tracks: Blue Moon by The Marcels, Chilly Winds Don't Blow by Nina Simone and (and I'm aware I'm contradicting myself slightly here) Save Those Teardrops by Bobby Adams (No, I hadn't either). But really? "Sports Car Sally", "My Colouring Book" and, Lord save me, "She Can't Find Her Keys". It's often been said that the period covered by this compilation- between the aftershock of Rock and Roll's debut and the coming of The Beatles, was one of the poorest of the modern music era and if this was the only compilation available for 59-62 it would be case proven. (Mother Goose Twist anyone?)
Look, it's only around a fiver and there are some good tracks and some interesting items, such as early, pre-Spector Ronettes recordings, and as such makes an interesting historical document, but unless you were there and have pangs of nostalgia whenever you hear Gidget Goes Hawaian or Staying Up Late, or want many great examples of just how much The Beatles were NEEDED in 1962 it's probably not worth buying this over the really, really great Stax- Wait A Minute -The Stax & Satellite Story (1959-1962) or Sue-Sticks And Stones- The Sue Records Story (1957-1962)- compilations One Day have out.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 24 January 2013
I own most of these 2 disc 'record label' compilations from 'One Day Music' and this is one of the very best (ABC-Paramount, Columbia and Parlophone are also top notch). Colpix (founded in 1958) seem to have more of a commercial sound than many of the smaller independant labels. There's a good mix of Teen Pop, Girl sounds, Doo Wop and Instro's across the 2 discs. Many of the labels main acts get 3 or 4 tracks - Nina Simone, The Marcels, Paul Petersen, Shelley Fabares, James Darren, The Ronettes and there's even two tracks from one of the greatest songwriters/producers of the period - Teddy Randazzo. Overall this compilation has great sound quality - nice, crisp and clear. The flow of this compilation is very good, there are only a few tracks that aren't to my taste out of the 50. As usual with these `One Day Music' compilations there's no booklet but there's a one sided introduction to the labels history and writing credits. Overall, an excellent compilation of late 50's early 60's sounds. Highly recommended. 9.5/10.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 March 2014
Another bargain compilation including the mega-hit "Blue Moon" by the Marcels (I was so surprised to find out years later that it wasn't an original!). Colpix had some cracking artists in its stable at the turn of the 1960s like the Ronettes, but also prone to putting out annoying little knock-offs of the dreaded novelty song, then so much in vogue. These discs include both so it's a warts an' all selection, but cheap as chips if you're quick enough on the FF button!
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on 18 February 2016
super compilation , i did not expect to enjoy this set as much as some of the others, but was i wrong , some real good gems here , highly recommended !
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on 17 July 2014
A very good collection of oldies, which is good to reminisce with. Good value for money.
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on 17 March 2013
Bought these as a gift, it was a hit. some unusual songs that brought memories back, would have paid more. but the quality of this was great.
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on 8 March 2013
great sounds of the time, even if some of the tracks are a bit alike. still an excellent listen for fans of that time.
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on 18 January 2013
Colpix recordings were never on my record shop counter .Blue moon ,Johnny Angle & Goodbye Cruel World
were about the only one's we got here via PYE International the rest just names listed here in The American BILLBOARD TOP 100 . I'll take a long shot gamble and give it 5*'s in my rating ,it in the post and I'll be back to give you my full review then , unless some avid gets in before I do .
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