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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars


on 12 July 2013
As other reviewers have posted, this is quite a good selection of answer songs. In fact I much prefer this to Bear Family's answer CD collections from some years ago. However it suffers from 2 songs included here -

Firstly, Carole King's 'Oh Neil' is mastered TOO SLOW. The original recording timed out at 2:05 - on here it runs for a sluggish 2:10. This faulty version first appeared on a bootleg Carole King compilation on the Marginal label in the early 90s, and unfortunately it's been used as a source by a number of grey area CDs ever since. I have the original 45, as well as Bear Family's reissue of the song on their Neil Sedaka box set which runs at the correct 2:05 speed.

The second error concerns Johnny Tillotson's 'Poetry In Motion'. This is not the hit version, but an unissued alt take which first appeared on a Tillotson 30 track CD issued by Ace UK in the 90s. It's easily distinguished from the hit version by the line "for all the world to see" at 1:15 into the song. The hit version (which is also more polished than this take), uses the words "a-swaying gracefully" in that spot. Ace later corrected their error by issuing the correct version in their London-American series.

Those errors aside, this is an excellent collection of answer songs. There are a few personal favorites of mine missing, however value-wise and sound-wise, it doesn't get much better.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 March 2016
INTRODUCTION:

Answer Discs first began to proliferate in the US during the early 1950s, initially in the Country chart, with artists like Hank Thompson, Kitty Wells, Webb Pierce, Davis Sisters, Eddy Arnold, etc. At one point around the mid 50s, it seemed that virtually every major C&W hit record was inspiring a reply and as some of these discs began selling heavily, a few even crossing over to the Pop charts, it was only ever going to be a matter of time before Rock N Roll, R&B and Pop followed suit. Sure enough, by the turn of the 60s, everyone was at it – and soon, nobody was safe, even iconic figures like Elvis finding their records subjected to cheeky musical riposters.

CONTENT:

This 2 CD set has 58 songs. There are 28 big hits, coupled with 30 Answer songs. Since Amazon.ca does not have a song listing, I have compiled a detailed song listing, including chart position, year and personal comments, which is as follows:

Disc 1:
01 Who Put The Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) – Barry Mann (US 7/1961)*don’t be misled by this novelty title; Barry Mann and wife Cynthia Weil are major songwriters, like You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, (You’re My) Soul & Inspiration, Kicks, etc.
02 I Put The Bomp – Frankie Lymon (uncharted single, 1961)*another hit on Roulette label was Little Bitty Pretty One (58/1960); Why Do Fools Fall In Love was incorporated into this answer song.
03 Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley (US 1(6)/1960)
04 Yes, I’m Lonesome Tonight – Thelma Carpenter (US 55/1961)*rare gem; her only charted hit; black singer with Teddy Wilson and the Count Basie Band; Dodie Stevens also charted with the same song (60/1961)(remember her Pink Shoe Laces?)
05 Runaround Sue – Dion (US 1(2)/1961)
06 I’m No Run Around – Ginger Davis (uncharted single, 1960)*rare gem
07 Burning Bridges – Jack Scott (US 3/1960)
08 You Burned The Bridges – Bobbie Jean (uncharted single, 1960)*rare gem
09 Duke Of Earl – Gene Chandler (US 1(3)/1962)
10 Duchess Of Earl – The Pearlettes (US 96/1962)*rare gem; R&B vocal group from Los Angeles; their only charted hit.
11 Walk On By – Leroy Van Duke (US 5/1961)*he also has an answer song If W Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone) to Bobby Darin’s If A Man Answers.
12 I’ll Just Walk On By – Margie Singleton (uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem; C&W singer; her biggest hit Keeping Up With The Joneses; a few duet with George Jones.
13 He’ll Have To Go – Jim Reeves (US 2/1959; C&W 1(14)/1959)*his biggest it
14 He’ll Have To Stay – Jeanne Black (US 4/1960; C&W 6/1960)*rare gem; C&W/pop singer; also covered by Skeet Davis; can be found in her CD Here’s The Answer (my review elsewhere)
15 Tell Laura I Love Her – Ray Peterson (US 7/1960)*did not chart in UK; in UK this cover by Riocky Valance went to Number 1 (UK 1/1960)
16 Tell Tommy I Miss Him – Marilyn Michaels (US 110/1960)*rare gem; this song was also covered by Skeeter Davis in her CD Here’s The Answer.
17 Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Shirelles (US 1(2)/1960; R&B 2/1960)
18 Not Just Tomorrow, But Always – Bertell Dache (uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem
19 Fool No. 1 – Brenda Lee (US 3/1961)
20 No, You’re Not The Fool – Marc Stewart (uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem
21 Oh! Carol! – Neil Sedaka (9/1959)*song written for Carole King
22 Oh Neil – Carole King (uncharted single, 1959)*Carole’s answer to Neil Sedaka
23 Poetry In Motion – Johnny Tillotson (US 2/1960; UK 1/1960)
24 Enormity In Motion – Simon Crum (uncharted single, 1960)*rare gem; Simon Crum is really Ferlin Husky; his biggest hit A Dear John Letter with Jean Shepard; Jean Shepard answered with Forgive Me John.
25 Please Help Me I’m Falling – Hank Locklin (US 8/1960; C&W 1(14)/1960)
26 (I Can’t Help You) I’m Falling Too – Skeeter Davis (US 39/1960; C&W 2/1960)*she also has answer song My Last Date (With You) to Floyd Cramer’s Last Date, I Really Want You To Know to Eddy Arnold’s I Really Don’t Want To Know and I Want To See You Too (Just One Time) to Don Gibson’s Just One Time – all in her Here’s The Answer CD.
27 Save The Last Dance For Me – Drifters (US 1(3)/1960; R&B 1/1960)
28 I’ll Save The Last Dance For You – Damito Jo (US 22/1960; R&B 16/1960)
29 You’re Having The Last Dance With Me – Billy Fury (album track, 1961)*rare gem; major artist in UK with many cover songs; held the distinction of spending longer on the UK chart without a No. 1 in the UK chart.

Disc 2:
01 Stand By Me – Ben E. King (US 4/1961; R&B 1(4)/1961; UK 1/1987)
02 I’ll Be There – Damita Jo (US 12/1961; R&B 15/1961)*rare gem; Janet Jackson’s middle name is named after her, Damita Jo.
03 Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean (US 1(5)/1961; C&W 1(2)/1961; UK 2/1961)
04 The Cajun Queen – Jimmy Dean (US 22/1962; C&W 16/1962)*one of the rare occasion when the artist answered his own song
05 Sherry – Four Seasons (US 1(5)/1962)
06 Jerry (I’m Your Sherry) – Tracey Dey (uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem
07 Roses Are Red – Bobby Vinton (US 1(4)/1962; UK 15/1962)
08 Long As The Rose Is Red – Florraine Darlin (US 62/1962)*rare gem; born Florraine Panza in 1944.
09 Little Sister – Elvis Presley (US 5/1961)
10 Hey Memphis – LaVern Baker (uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem; the song was originally written as Hey Elvis, but the record company got cold feet.
11 Fraulein – Bobby Helms (US 36/1957; C&W 1(4)/1957)
12 (I’ll Always Be Your) Fraulein – Kitty Wells (C&W 10/1957)*rare gem
13 I Like It Like That (Part 1) – Chris Kenner (US 2/1961)
14 I Don’t Like It Like That (Part 1) – Bobbettes (US 72/1961)*rare gem
15 Ballad Of The Teenage Queen – Johnny Cash (US 14/1958; C&W 1(10)/1958)
16 The Return Of The Teenage Queen – Tommy Tucker (uncharted single, 1958)*rare gem
17 She’s Got You – Patsy Cline (US 14/1962; C&W 1(5)/1962)
18 She Can Have You – Judy (uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem
19 Deck Of Cards – Wink Martindale (US 7/1959)
20 A Hillbilly’s Deck Of Cards – Simon Crum (uncharted single, 1959)*rare gem; Simon Crum = Ferlin Husky
21 Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello – Elvis Presley (US 55/1962)
22 Just Tell Him Jane Said Hello – Gerri Granger (uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem; she has one charted hit Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (108/1975), but she has another answer song Don’t Want Your Letter, answer to Elvis’s Return To Sender.
23 Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke (US 13/1962; R&B 2/1962)
24 I’ll Bring It On Home To You – Carla Thomas (US 41/1962; R&B 9/1962)*rare gem
25 Wolverton Mountain – Claude King (US 6/1962; C&W 1(9)/1962)
26 (I’m The Girl On) Wolverton Mountain – Jo Ann Campbell (US 38/1962; C&W 24/1962)*rare gem; remember her in A Kookie Little Paradise?
27 Take Good Care Of My Baby – Bobby Vee (US 1(3)/1961)
28 You Should Know I’m Still Your Baby – Sammi Lynn (uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem
29 I’ll Take Good Care Of Your Baby – Ralph Emery (uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem; husband of Skeeter Davis; his only charted hit Hello Fool was answer to Faron Young’s Hello Walls.

The sound is excellent, clean with no hiss. They are all original versions. There is a 6-page booklet with detailed song listing and also an essay.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This 2 CD set with 58 songs (original and answer songs) is excellent, lots of fun, very enjoyable and good value. Ace Records from UK also has a similar release in 2010 with 28 Answer songs only: “The Answer To Everything.” (my review elsewhere) I appreciate the original versions included and the answer songs are played back-to-back. For collection only, the Ace Records is more efficient, but also much more expensive for some reasons. If you like pop from the 60s, it is fun to listen to the answer songs too. This set is highly recommended.
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on 25 June 2013
Of course this album is all about fun though some answer records were slightly more serious. There were three track I had long sought - Oh Neil by Carole King (very funny) Enormity in Motion by Simon Crum [Ferlin Husky] (very politically incorrect) and Joanne Campbell's Wolverton Mountain answer (very southern). I can't remember anyone having a hit with an answer record but some fine singers produced good efforts. The stand-out tracks being by Billy Fury, Skeeter Davis, LaVern Baker and Carla Thomas. A really enjoyable wallow in nostalgia.
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on 22 October 2013
This is a lot of fun! There are very few dud tracks and the concept of having the answer disc following the original is just what is wanted. Very few answer records became hits; the only ones that I can think of are Oh Neil and (I'm The Girl On) Wolverton Mountain. Recommended if you're a bit weird like me!
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on 15 February 2015
Again this i fully enjoy as i move around the country its a fantastic music at its best recommended to all who enjoy good music
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on 24 August 2015
Love this cd. I knew some of the tracks, but love them all. Thank you.
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I knew these's were out there some where in a big record vault locked away , to try and put my own collection together ? Impossible ! thank you Amazon for picking up on this one , you have given one of the best collections of all times . c/d 1 & 2 even go's further with 3 answers to SAVE THE LAST DANCE & TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY,on c/d 2 , normally it was only two songs to most. Used this in a 1 hour segment on my record show last Sunday , got lots of good feed back on how good it was . Leaves me only to say buy and enjoy if your a "retro collector" .
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VINE VOICEon 12 June 2013
This is a really great collection. Titles that have been missing for collectors for many, many years. The sound reproduction is excellent and even stereo copies where available. Praise to the compiler, too many collections are compiled by those ignorant of the material. Not here, a really superb effort and many thanks from collectors everywhere.
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on 4 November 2014
fantastic
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on 30 August 2013
brings back old memories of my teenage years. Some that I have not heard for yonks. Great songs,great music,highly recomended
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