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on 21 June 2014
Stretching it a bit, 'Gems'. Mid-pace r&b rocker of the title from Carmen Taylor opens, followed by "Fly, Don't Fly On Me" from Neil Sedaka (later for "Ring A Rockin'"), mumbly Johnny Rivers, pop from The Sherrys, then Guyden's only hit of note, "Need You", by Donnie Owens - never heard of him - pleasant enough pop, as are his other two here. Apparently, Owens was a backing guitarist in twangmeister Duane Eddy's outfit, says here that Eddy was in the backing on "Need You". The Four Lads are a mini-Treniers on "Go, Baby, Go", The Two Dons are would-be Ev's, and it's always good to hear the original release of "Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie" by The Esquire Boys. Why the blues of Pee Wee Crayton's "I'm Still In Love With You", not one of his best? Recorded for and released on Modern back in 1948, it was reissued on Guyden in 1961. A selection of average doo wop bulks things out, but Frankie Ervin worth a mention for his N.O. flavoured "Why Don't You Go". A couple of instros, sad Danny & The Juniors pop, "Oo-La-La-Limbo". Couple of listenable ladies, Anita Tucker, Maxine Davis.

Overall, it was, er, 'interesting', a few standout cuts, so not a waste of time, particularly for the money.
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