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Good Rockin' Tonight: The Old Town Records Story 1952-1962 [3CD Box Set]
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on 15 October 2015
Another great comp by ONE DAY MUSIC. It's so fine (sorry for wearing out the Fiestas' tune); it's a great feature here for the class of '59, baby!

Lots of Doo-Wop and Fifties vocal groups. The big hits from the Old Town catalogue are here: "Let The Little Girl Dance" by Billy Bland, "There's A Moon Out Tonight" by the Capris and "We Belong Together" by Robert & Johnny; these were the chart toppers, but unfortunately there are some tunes missing on this comp (the reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5). We're missing 2 big hits from Old Town; "Dear One" by Larry Finnegan and "Remember Then" by the Earls, both Old Town releases within the public domain - why were they left out?

Other highlights for me were "My Faith" by the Fi-Tones, "It's True" by the Rogues and "Good News" by the Fiestas (their follow-up hit???). The title track is hard-to-find nowadays in its single edit version (good job ONE DAY) and there's a fine instrumental by Preston Brown "Walk On."

Again, could have been better with the 2 hits we're missing!
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on 28 July 2014
i'm 60+but never really got passed 1965.all credit to one day music for there record label series. as a rule when you bought a vynal LP you rarely liked all the tracks and its the same with these CDs but there are a lot of tracks even i have never heard befor ( a few i dont really want to hear again) But well worth the money & good quality sound. thanks again one day music
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on 28 February 2015
BUY THIS AND YOU'LL HAVE GOOD ROCKIN' EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT ! WELL WORTH PURCHASING !
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on 5 April 2015
A really great collection. Would recommend this to anyone
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on 13 February 2015
Great selection of doo-wop etc..
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on 24 January 2015
good
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on 19 March 2015
Good CD
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 15 February 2016
INTRODUCTION:

Old Town Records was an American record label founded in 1952 by Hy Weiss. In 1949, he set up Parody Records with his brother Sam. Soon after, he added Modern Records to their stock. This was followed by Old Town Records. The inspiration for the name and its distinctive block printing on a yellow label came from the Old Town Paper Company in Brooklyn. The major artists under Old Town Records include Billy Bland, the Five Crowns, the Capris, the Fiestas, Robert & Johnny and Arthur Prysock.

CONTENTS:

This is a 3 CD set by One Day Music, a reputable reissue label, specializing in releasing songs for different labels. In this set, there are 60 songs, from 1952 to 1962.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 There are lots of rare gems from various artists:
(1) Billy Bland (Let The Little Girl Dance)(US 7/1960)
(Chicken Hop)(Uncharted, 1956)
(Chicken In The Basket)(Uncharted, 1955)
(How Many Hearts)(Uncharted, 1962)
(2) Robert & Johnny (We Belong Together)(US 32/1958)
(You’re Mine)(Uncharted, 1956)
(Dream Girl)(Uncharted, 1959)
(Broken Hearted Man)(Uncharted, 1957)
(3) The Fiestas (So Fine)(US 11/1959)
(I’m Your Slave)(Uncharted, 1959)
(Look At That Girl)(b-side to I Feel Good All Over, 1962)
(Good News)(Uncharted, 1959)
(4) The Five Crowns (Good Luck Darling)(Uncharted, 1953)
(Later Later Baby)(Uncharted, 1952)
(Lullaby Of The Bells)(Uncharted, 1953)
(5) The Capris (There’s A Moon Out Tonight)(US 3/1960)
(Why Do I Cry)(Uncharted, 1961)
(6) Larry Finnegan (Pretty Suzy Sunshine)(Uncharted, 1962)
(Oh Lonesome Me)(Uncharted, 1962)
(7) Arthur Prysock (Good Rockin’ Tonight)(Uncharted, 1960)
2 The sound is well remastered, vibrant with no hiss.
3 The songs are all original versions, no re-recorded versions here.
4 The price is reasonable (especially from sellers).

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are many major charted hits or b-sides missing:
(1) 3 charted hits with b-sides by Bobby Bland (they are found in the CD Let The Little Girl Dance on Ace label; Sweet Thing (b-side to Let The Little Girl Dance)(not included in the Ace compilation)(ultra-rare)
(2) Dear One (a-side)(US 11/1962) and Candy Lips (b-side) by Larry Finnegan should be included.
(3) I Believe In You (US 93/1958) by Robert & Johnny (you can find it in The Very Best Of Robert & Johnny on Collectables.
(4) Indian Girl (b-side to There’s A Moon Out Tonight) plus 2 other charted hits with their b-sides not included. (you can find these songs in The Very Best of the Capris on Collectables).
(5) more songs by Five Crowns (in 1958, Benjamin Earl Nelson joined the group. He later became Ben E. King)(you can find their songs in the CD Rainbow & Old Towne Recordings on Collectables.
2 There is no booklet and no chart positions.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This set brings me a few surprises, reminding me the many talents of Billy Bland, the Fiestas, the Five Crowns, plus many others. If you like doo-wops and songs from the late 50s and early 60s, this set is for you, otherwise, it is for more collectors.
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on 20 June 2014
Founded by hustler Hy Weiss in 1952, Old Town Records is possibly most noted among fans or its doo wop output. No surprise then, there's a lot of that on offer over these 60 tracks. The Tremaines, Solitaires, Five Crowns (later, add Ben E King, that's a whole new story), Valentines, Gwen Edwards & Co'eds, Fi-Tones, Royaltones, Capris, Fiestas, Cleftones, Keytones, all eminently listenable, uptempo and otherwise. The Rogues start off well enough with "It's True", descending into a white-sounding, square, old school harmony group.

Plenty of r&b content, half pace "Good Rockin' Tonight" would've sounded better without the girlie chorus. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee have four, all the better for the addition of small combo backing, Ursula Reed well worth a listen, as is Ruth McFadden (backed by The Supremes, Harptones and Royaltones). Pianist Bob Gaddy is solid, if a little derivative, Preston Brown stroll thru a nice organ, guitar and sax instro. Billy Bland is far from, great voice, whereas Gene Kennedy offers good enough teen pop and Larry Finnegan is more or less pure pop. Oddballs would include Vinny Lee & The Riders, throwaway instro workout on "Mule Train Rock", and Lou Dee & The Valley Boys get country with a hint of rockabilly. Mustn't forget The Fairfield Four, gospel, tremendous vocal workout on "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around".

This works well as a sampler for the Old Town catalogue, much enjoyed. Of course, if you've got the five volumes of Old Town Doo Wop on Ace, they'll take a little shine off it.
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on 29 July 2014
arrived in good order and on time
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