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Various - Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years - The Early 60s

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Audio Remixers: Evren G”knar; Marty Wekser. Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl. Photographer: Billy Vera. Arrangers: Joe Rene; Billy Mure; Burt Bacharach; Carole King. There's nothing too obscure or thematically ambitious about this compilation: it's just a 25-song collection of Top Tenners from 1960-63, taken from all corners of the pop-rock spectrum. Maybe it's too predictable for some listeners, particularly collectors who are likely to have much or all of this somewhere else in their library. But on its own terms, it's very good, and in its own way a demonstration that the early '60s were far from a desert for creative rock'n'roll, spawning their share of both great classics and hits that, if not classic, were at least pretty fun. As far as great classics, this disc gives you Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion," Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl," the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved," Del Shannon's "Runaway," Dee Clark's "Raindrops," the Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?," and Bruce Channel's "Hey! Baby." As far as songs that are at the very least a heck of a lot of a fun, there's Bobby Lewis' "Tossin' and Turnin'," Ernie Maresca's "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)," Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park," Billy Bland's "Let the Little Girl Dance," and Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' "Finger Poppin' Time." You also get teen idols (Jimmy Clanton's "Venus in Blue Jeans," Ricky Nelson's "Travelin' Man"), instrumental rock (Duane Eddy's "Because They're Young"), and melodrama (Gene Pitney's "Only Love Can Break a Heart"). True, only a couple of these items have escaped incessant oldies rotation, those being the Little Dippers' easy-listening country-pop number "Forever" and, perhaps, Jimmy Charles' soul-tinged ballad "A Million to One." Should your shelves not yet be stuffed with music from the era, though, it's a pretty good sampling of some of the era's better music, annotated with reasonable thoroughness. ~ Richie Unterberger


UPC 030206655728
Runtime 60 min.
Type Collection
Genre Oldies
Sub Genre Rock 'N' Roll
Label Varese Sarabande Records
Producer David Kirschner; Nick Cenci; Carl Davis; Earl Montgomery; Marvin Holzman; Ernie Maresca; Frank Slay; Hank Ballard; Harry Balk; H
Number of Discs 1
Track Listing Disc 1
  • 1. Loco-Motion, The - Little Eva
  • 2. Big Girls Don't Cry - The Four Seasons
  • 3. Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer
  • 4. Stand by Me - Ben E. King
  • 5. Because They're Young - Duane Eddy
  • 6. Venus in Blue Jeans - Jimmy Clanton
  • 7. Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
  • 8. When Will I Be Loved? - The Everly Brothers
  • 9. Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  • 10. Only Love Can Break a Heart - Gene Pitney
  • 11. Runaway - Del Shannon
  • 12. Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca
  • 13. I Love How You Love Me - The Paris Sisters
  • 14. Poetry in Motion - Johnny Tillotson
  • 15. Travelin' Man - Rick Nelson
  • 16. Raindrops - Dee Clark
  • 17. Bobby's Girl - Marcie Blane
  • 18. Forever - The Little Dippers
  • 19. Million to One, A - The Revellettes/Jimmy Charles
  • 20. Let the Little Girl Dance - Billy Bland
  • 21. Will You Love Me Tomorrow? - The Shirelles
  • 22. Finger Poppin' Time - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  • 23. Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel
  • 24. Palisades Park - Freddy Cannon
  • 25. Two Faces Have I - Lou Christie
Format Compact Disc
Spars Coding n/a
Artists Various

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  • Great Classic Music!

    I bought this CD to play for my class ... I play classic rock n roll before class to help them to focus on the upcoming class lesson. My students love the old music ... many ask me about who the artists are & how they can get some of the music. It's nice to have a compilation so you can enjoy the music without having to buy so many Cds. This CD is one of the best I've bought. I would recommend this for anyone who loves classic rock n roll. I know I do! The low price is an extra bonus!

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