Another 2 disc compilation from `One Day Music' this time featuring some of the early output (1955 to 62) of `Crest' records based on Sunset Boulevard.in Hollywood. The sound quality is good overall (but never great - 3 or 4 tracks have distortion on them), there is no booklet as usual - just a one sided intro to the label.
Cd.1. (58.08mins) Disc one is a real mix of genres and a real mix of talent from the hugely talented, world renowned Eddie Cochran to virtual unknowns such Troy Talton (who's tribute track `Marilyn' is really rather good.). This cd also contains the original version of Glen Campbell's `Turn around, look at me' (Crest 1087). Other highlights are Vern Stovall's `Long black limousine' and `Yea!Yea' by Tony Casanova. 8/10
Cd. 2. (58.05mins) Disc two is more of the same kind of mix but less enjoyable than the first disc. Good to hear `Miracle of love' by Glen Campbell. 6/10.
Overall a good listen, you can't go wrong at this low budget price. 7.5/10
Crest sounds more like a name you would find in hygiene or even cuisine, but no, it's the name of a legendary record label from Hollywood, California. You'll mostly get pure classic Fifties Rock & Roll and rockabilly. Some names should strike like my namesake Eddie Cochran and Glen Campbell, who in fact cut the original "Turn Around, Look At Me" (later covered by the Vogues in 1968). It's featured here.
You also get a fabulous country crossover in Bobby Edward's "You're The Reason" and a solemn ballad of Tommy Dee's "Three Stars" honouring the Day The Music Died long before Don McLean paid homage. These were the chart entries, but I go for some obscure tracks here and rarities and I love the hidden initials of Glen Campbell (Gee Cee).
If you're like me an oldies enthusiast, this and other comps are for you.