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Any Day Now THE QUALITY RECORDS STORY 1960 - 1962 features the Canadian label founded in Toronto in 1950.

The company released Canadian artists but also a lot of stuff from American (USA) labels under their banner.

This realease on 3 Cds has 75 original recordings.

These sets really are a steal at this price.

Why are these releases so reasonably priced I hear you ask?

The simple reason that these sets are as cheap as chips is that the tracks are public domain.

That means the rights to the music has gone and any old Dick or Harry can release them.

The bad news for the previous rights holders' means good news for us, the buyers for if the price is too high we will not buy.
So the sets are at a more than reasonable price.
Next year the law changes to fall in line with the Americans and the 50 year rule will be finished but that will apply only to stuff released after 1963.
(Thanks to AJ Taylor for putting me right)

But Amazon have scrunched up all the tracks making it hard for people to read which tracks let alone which artist is on so I've spaced them out making it easier to read.

CD1

1. Any Day Now ~ Chuck Jackson
2. He's A Rebel ~ The Crystal
3. Every Little Girl ~ Dale Hawkins
4. Nut Rocker ~
B. Bumble & The Stingers
5. Robot Man ~ Jamie Horton
6. Mr. Mistaker ~ Curtis Lee
7. Got The Bull By The Horns ~ Hugh Barrett & The Victors
8. Letter To Mommy And Daddy ~ Barbara Lynn
9. Listen ~ The Impressions
10. Arkansas Jane ~ The Millionaires
11. Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It ~ Freddy Cannon
12. I Love You ~ The Volumes
13. Look At Me ~ Dobie Gray
14. Four Steps To Love ~ The Safaris
15. I Hear My Baby ~ Larry Williams
16. Twist And Shout ~ The Isley Brothers
17. Corinne Corinna - Ray Peterson
18. If You're So Smart... ~ The Tams
19. Miracle Of Love ~ Glen Campbell
20. Clap Your Hands Once Again ~ The Beau-Marks
21. Traffic Jam ~ Johnny & The Hurricanes
22. These Golden Rings ~ The Jive Five
23. Please Be Mine ~ The Knockouts
24. Irresistible You ~ Bobby Peterson
25. Trouble In Paradise ~ The Crests

CD2

1. Motorcycle ~ Tico & The Triumphs
2. Lover Please ~ Dennis Turner
3. Little Town Flirt ~ Del Shannon
4. I Remember ~ The Five Discs
5. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman ~ The Blue-Belles
6. Goodnight Irene ~ Sammy Turner
7. The Snake ~ The Isley Brothers
8. A Little Bit Of Soap ~ The Jarmels
9. Turn Around, Look At Me ~ Glen Campbell
10. Doin' The Continental Walk ~ Danny & The Juniors
11. Blue Lawdy Blue ~ Myron Lee & The Caddies
12. You'll Lose A Good Thing ~ Barbara Lynn
13. Wild Weekend ~ The Rockin' Rebels
14. Puddin' N' Tain ~ The Alley Cats
15. Deep Inside Me ~ The Tams
16. Bye Bye Johnny ~ Chuck Berry
17. Let's Stick Together ~ Wilbert Harrison
18. Poor Little Rhode Island ~ Dale Hawkins
19. Woman Is A Man's Best Friend ~ Teddy & The Twilights
20. Black Maria ~ Dick Damron
21. Getting Ready For The Heartbreak ~ Chuck Jackson
22. Beat Party ~ Ritchie & The Squires
23. Release Me ~ Esther Phillips
24. Acapulco 1922 ~ Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
25. Love Me Like You Should ~ The Vibrations

CD3

1. Under The Moon Of Love ~ Curtis Lee
2. You Talk Too Much ~ Joe Jones
3. Big Wheel ~ The Royal Tones
4. Come On And Love Me ~ Freddy Cannon
5. The Tender Years ~ The Beau-Marks
6. Back To The Hop ~ Danny & The Juniors
7. I Don't Believe Them ~ Tico & The Triumphs
8. Don't Wanna Twist No More ~ Gabriel & The Angels
9. Uptown ~ The Crystals
10. Lonely Street ~ Clarence `Frogman' Henry
11. Fickle Little Girl ~ The Temptations
12. Blue Star ~ The Mystics
13. The Dance Is Over ~ Little Billy & The Essentials
14. Quite A Party ~ The Fireballs
15. You Didn't Care ~ Ray Peterson
16. Walk Down ~ Wes Dakus & The Rebels
17. Don't Cry Baby ~ Etta James
18. Hully Gully Callin' Time ~ The Jive Five
19. Darling ~ The Pips
20. You Never Talked About Me ~ Del Shannon
21. The Bug Eyed Man ~ The Hollywood Argyles
22. A Summer Place ~ Dick Roman
23. 38 Special ~ Ace Cannon
24. Come Back Into My Heart ~ The Volumes
25. Johnny, Oh Johnny ~ Carol Collins
26. Cash Oh Cash - Stevie D'Or and The Dockers.
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on 16 February 2016
HISTORY:

Anybody who grew up and bought records in Toronto would be very familiar with the Quality Record label, that rivaled K-Tel in that era. Quality Records Ltd was founded in Toronto in 1950, initially under the direction of George Keane as vice-president and general manager. The company pressed and distributed music from various US labels including MGM, Buddah, Groove Merchant, Kama Sutra and Mercury. It was the first in Canada to manufacture cassettes and eight-track tapes and also distributed a number of independent Canadian labels as well as its own Quality, Birchmount and Celebration imprints. Quality Records Ltd ceased operations in 1985. Its special products division was acquired by R-Tek Corp of Winnipeg, so the name lived on in the world of TV-advertised pop compilations, which I have quite a few. Quality was revived as a label for new recordings with the release in 1991 of an album by home-grown star Dan Hill.

CONTENT:

This 3CD set contains 75 songs recorded in the pre-Beatles era from 1960-1962. I have compiled a detailed song listing with chart position and year (both in US & Canada via CHUM), plus personal comments:

Disc 1:
01 Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird) – Chuck Jackson (US 23/1962)*rare gem; his biggest hit
02 He’s A Rebel – The Crystals (US 1(2)/1962; CHUM 1/1962)
03 Every Little Girl – Dale Hawkins (uncharted, 1960)*rare gem
04 Nut Rocker – B. Bumble & The Stingers (US 23/1962)*adapted from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet
05 Robot Man – Jamie Horton (uncharted, 1960)*her only charted hit: My Little Marine 84/1960
06 Mr. Mistaker – Curtis Lee (uncharted, 1962)*his biggest hit was Pretty Little Angel Eyes (7/1961)
07 Got The Bull By The Horn – Hugh Barrett & The Victors (uncharted, 1961)
08 Letter To Mommy And Daddy – Barbara Lynn (b-side to Second Fiddle Girl, 1963)*rare gem
09 Listen – The Impressions (uncharted, 1958)
10 Arkansas Jane – The Millionaires (uncharted, 1962)
11 Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It – Freddy Cannon (US 51/1961; CHUM 15/1961)
12 I Love You – The Volumes (US 22/1962)
13 Look At Me – Dobie Gray (US 91/1963)*his biggest hit: Drift Away (5/1973)
14 Four Steps To Love – Safaris (uncharted, 1960)
15 I Hear My Baby – Larry Williams (uncharted, 1960)
16 Twist And Shout – The Isley Brothers (US 17/1962)*original version, later done by the Beatles in 1964
17 Corinna Corinna – Ray Peterson (US 9/1961; CHUM 3/1961)*song listing in the CD misspelled the title as Corinne Corinna
18 If You’re So Smart (Why Do You Have A Broken Heart) – The Tams (uncharted, 1962)
19 Miracle Of Love – Glen Campbell (uncharted, 1962)
20 Clap Your Hands Once Again – the Beau-Marks (uncharted, 1962)*follow up to Clap Your Hands (US 45/1960; CHUM 46/1960)*rock n roll band from Montreal
21 Traffic Jam – Johnny & The Hurricanes (uncharted, 1962)
22 These Golden Rings – The Jive Five (uncharted, 1962)
23 Please Be Mine – The Knockouts (uncharted, 1960)*their only charted hit: Darling Lorraine (46/1960)
24 Irresistible You – Bobby Peterson (US 96/1960)*rare gem
25 Trouble in Paradise – The Crests (US 20/1960)

Disc 2:
01 Motorcycle – Tico & The Triumphs (US 99/1962)*ultra-rare gem; Paul Simon was in this group, before he was part of Simon & Garfunkel in 1965
02 Lover Please – Dennis Turner (uncharted, 1961)*a big hit for Clyde McPhatter in 1962
03 Little Town Flirt – Del Shannon (US 14/1963; CHUM 9/1963)
04 I Remember – The Five Discs (uncharted, 1961)*doo-wop group from Brooklyn
05 I Sold My Heart To the Junkman – The Blue-Belles (US 15/1962)*rare gem; Patti Labelle was part of the group
06 Goodnight Irene – Sammy Turner (uncharted, 1962)*his biggest hit: Lavender Blue (3/1959)
07 The Snake – The Isley Brothers (uncharted, 1962)
08 A Little Bit Of Soap – The Jarmels (US 12/1961)
09 Turn Around, Look At Me – Glen Campbell (US 62/1961; CHUM 9/1962)
10 Doin’ The Continental Walk – Danny & The Juniors (US 93/1962)*rare gem; CD debut!
11 Blue Lawdy Blue – Myron Lee & The Caddies (uncharted, 1961)
12 You’ll Lose A Good Thing – Barbara Lynn (US 8/1962)
13 Wild Weekend – The Rockin’ Rebels (US 8/1963; CHUM 3/1960)
14 Puddin’ N’ Tain – The Alley Cats (US 43/1963)
15 Deep Inside Me – The Tams (uncharted, 1962)
16 Bye Bye Johnny – Chuck Berry (uncharted, 1960)
17 Let’s Stick Together – Wilbert Harrison (uncharted, 1962)*new version charted in 1969 as Let’s Work Together
18 Poor Little Rhode Island – Dale Hawkins (uncharted, 1960)*rare gem
19 Woman Is A Man’s Best Friend – Teddy & The Twilights (US 59/1962)*rare gem
20 Black Maria – Dick Damron (uncharted, 1960)*Canadian singer
21 Getting Ready For The Heartbreak – Chuck Jackson (US 88/1962)*rare gem
22 Beat Party – Ritchie & The Squires (uncharted, 1961)
23 Release Me – Esther Phillips (US 8/1962; CHUM 30/1962)*her biggest hit
24 Acapulco 1922 – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass (b-side to The Lonely Bull, 1962)
25 Love Me Like You Should – The Vibrations (b-side to So Blue, 1960)*rare gem

Disc 3:
01 Under The Moon Of Love – Curtis Lee (US 46/1961; CHUM 19/1961)
02 You Talk Too Much – Joe Jones (US 3/1960; CHUM 4/1960)*never dedicate this song to your better half, even if you think it is funny; it’s NOT!
03 Big Wheel – The Royaltones (uncharted, 1962)
04 Come On And Love Me – Freddy Cannon (uncharted, 1962)
05 The Tender Years – Beau-Marks (uncharted, 1962)
06 Back To The Hop – Danny & The Juniors (US 80/1961)
07 I Don’t Believe Them – Tico & The Triumphs (b-side to Motorcycle, 1962)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut
08 Don’t Wanna Twist No More – Gabriel & The Angels (b-side to That’s Life (That’s Tough)(51/1962)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut; why can’t we have the a-side too?
09 Uptown – The Crystals (US 13/1962; CHUM 3/1962)
10 Lonely Street – Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry (US 57/1961)*rare gem
11 Fickle Little Girl – The Temptations (uncharted, 1960)*long before their big hit: My Girl in 1965
12 Blue Star – The Mystics (uncharted, 1960)
13 The Dance Is Over – Little Billy & The Essentials (uncharted, 1962)
14 Quite A Party – The Fireballs (US 21/1961)*their biggest hit: Sugar Shack (1(5)/1963)
15 You Didn’t Care – Ray Peterson (b-side to Sweet Little Kathy, 1961)
16 Walk Down – Wes Dakus & The Rebels (uncharted, 1962)*rare gem; group from Alberta
17 Don’t Cry Baby – Etta James (US 39/1961)
18 Hully Gully Callin’ Time – The Jive Five (US 105/1962)*rare gem
19 Darling – The Pips (uncharted, 1962)
20 You Never Talked About Me – Del Shannon (b-side to The Swiss Maid, 1962)
21 The Bug Eyed Man – The Hollywood Argyles (uncharted, 1960)*their biggest and only charted hit: Alley-Oop (1/1960)
22 A Summer Place – Dick Roman (US 64/1962)*ultra-rare gem; makes CD debut!
23 38 Special – Ace Cannon (b-side to Sugar Blues, 1962)*rare gem
24 Come Back Into My Heart – The Volumes (US 118/1962)*rare gem
25 Johnny, Oh Johnny – Carol Collins (uncharted, 1961)*written by Tommy Boyce

POSITIVE POINTS:

1. It is a wonderful compilation with many rare gems as stated above, plus some that made their CD debut, like A Summer Place by Dick Roman, two songs by Tico & The Triumphs (Paul Simon), etc.
2. There are also many charted hits, like Release Me by Esther Phillips, He’s A Rebel by the Crystals, Corinna Corrina by Ray Peterson, Twist And Shout by Isley Brothers, etc.
3. All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded versions.
4. The sound is excellent, with good vibrancy and no hiss.
5. There is an interesting essay on the history of Quality Records.

NEGATIVE POINT:
1. I wish Not Now Music would have included the a-side That’s Life (That’s Tough) by Gabriel and the Angels. (the b-side is included in this compilation).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I have many albums on Quality label and Birchmont labels, like Dick Clark’s 20 Years Of Rock N Roll Music 2 album set, Best of Pat Boone and Lennon Sisters, etc. Looking at these vinyl albums really brings back many happy memories of shopping at A&A and Sam The Record Man back in the 70s to 90s. But both of them are gone now. And so is Quality Record label. Fortunately, this 2 CD set with 75 songs brings back some memories of the happy times. This set is highly recommended.
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on 12 March 2014
This is a really high standard compilation of terrific early 60s American R&B. There are well written and interesting notes on each track included in the accompanying booklet.

Firstly..the Chuck Jackson song "Any Day Now" which kicks off the whole thing is just jaw-dropping sensational. There's no other description for it! if you enjoy real Soul music, or you have any liking at all for R&B, then I urge you to listen to this beautiful tune if you don't already know it. It has become one of my most favourite songs of all time.

After that sort of terrific start, you'd think the rest of the CD would struggle to keep up the high standard. No problem - it's all good, much of it very, very good indeed. Strongly recommended.
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on 27 December 2013
great.bit of oldies music, Love this old stuff this sort of sound will always be around. it is always nice to here
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on 26 February 2014
I have not played it often but it will go in my new car. A great varied selection. Songs I have not heard. Good value.
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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 16 July 2014
very good
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on 20 August 2014
great
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