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VINTAGE ROCK 'N' ROLL & ROCKABILLY

Various Artists Collections - Ace Label - Part 1

 

INTRODUCTION: Britain's Ace Records label started in the 70s and rapidly acquired a well deserved reputation as one of the finest reissue labels in the world. It now has an extensive catalog of blues, rhythm & blues, soul, doo-wop, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, country and more. Whenever possible all tracks are remastered from original label master tapes by some of Britain's finest remastering engineers. When available, reissues frequently include unissued tracks and alternate takes. The accompanying booklets have extensive documentation on the performers, the music and the background to the recordings and frequently have rare and unpublished photos. When you buy an Ace release you can feel confident that you are getting the best.
 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 316 All American Rock 'n' Roll From Fraternity Records ● CD $18.98
You know blonde bombshell Sparkle Moore recorded for Fraternity Records, waxing her dynamite Rock-A-Bop in '56 and the sultry rocker Killer in '57. We can forget about the lousy ballad unearthed for this CD though. Carl Dobkins, Jr., Dale Wright, Jesse Lee Turner and Bill Parsons all tried their hands there too, trying to marry rockabilly with pop rock. Sometimes it worked out well too like on Parson's Absolutely Nothin' & Jungle Bandstand and Wright's That's Showbiz featuring some devistating guitar. Bobby Bare's witty All American Boy is here too, falsely attributed to Bill Parsons for years. My favorite Fraternity disc is here too - Robin Hood Brians' rampage through Dis A Itty Bit . Oh, did I mention that the gorgeous Sparkle Moore is heard here too? I thought so, but check out the photos anyway. What a gal. (AE)
BOBBY BARE: The All American Boy/ Buddies With The Blues/ ROBIN HOOD BRIANS WITH LEW DOUGLAS HIS ORCHESTRA: Dis A Itty Bit!/ CARL DOBKINS JR WITH LEW DOUGLAS & HIS ORCHES: Take Hold Of My Hand/ That's Why I'm Asking/ JIMMY JEFFERS AND THE JOKERS: Teardrops From My Eyes/ GENE MARCUM: Try It No More/ SPARKLE MOORE WITH DAN BELLOC AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Flower Of My Heart/ Killer/ Rock-a-bop/ BILL PARSONS: Absolutely Nothin'/ Dance, Dance, Dance/ Hand Me Down My Rockin' Shoes/ Jungle Bandstand/ Rubber Dolly/ RICHARD RURLEY WITH THE ALL AMERICAN BOYS: Makin' Love With My Baby/ JESSE LEE TURNER WITH LUTHER BRANDON: My Girl/ DALE WRIGHT AND THE ROCK-IT'S: She's Neat/ DALE WRIGHT AND THE WRIGHT GUYS: That's Show Biz/ You're The Answer

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCH 288 Another Saturday Night ● CD $18.98
JOHNNIE ALLAN: The Promised Land/ VIN BRUCE: Jole Blon/ CAJUN GOLD: Georgie Lou/ COOKIE & THE CUPCAKES: I Cried/ CAROL FRAN: The Great Pretender/ DONNIE JACOBS: If You Want Good Lovin'/ RUFUS JAGNEAUX: Downhome Music/ Opelousas Sostain/ TOMMY MCLAIN: Before I Grow Too Old/ Sweet Dreams/ Try To Find Another Man/ AUSTIN PITRE: Two Step De Bayou Teche/ BELTON RICHARD: Another Sleepless Night/ I'm A Lonesome Fugitive/ Laisser Les Cajuns Dancer/ Oh Lucille/ GARY WALKER: Who Needs You So Bad/ CLINT WEST: Another Saturday Night/ MARGO WHITE: Don't Mess With My Man

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 734 Bay Area Rockers ● CD $18.98
Fine collection of hot rock 'n roll from San Francisco and The Bay Area recorded between 1957 and 1960 for mostly small local labels like Christy, Vortex, Hush and others - Jerry Coulston, Jackie Gotroe, Tyrone SChmidling, The jades, Al & Nettie, The Treys, Bobby Freeman (the only chartmaker here), The Martells, McMillin Brothers, Benn Joe Zeppa and others.
AL & NETTIE: Move, Baby, Move/ The Frog Hop/ JERRY COULSTON: Bon Bon Baby/ Cave Man Hop/ BOBBY FREEMAN: Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes/ Big Fat Woman/ JACKIE GOTROE: Lobo Jones/ Raised On Rock'n'Roll/ Rock It Up To The Moon/ THE JADES: Applesauce/ The Big Beach Party/ PAT LA ROCCA: Rowena/ THE MARCELS: Betty Lou/ THE MARTELLS: Rockin' Santa Claus/ THE MCMILLIN BROTHERS: Satisfied/ MICHAEL MONTE: Rock My Rockin' Chair/ RORAY REID: Mad Lovin'/ THE SAVOYS: I Love My Baby/ TYRONE SCHMIDLING: You're Gone, I'm Left/ THE TREYS: Rockin' Mary/ BENN JOE ZEPPA: A Foolish Fool/ Doctor Doctor/ Hocus Pocus/ Louise

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 744 Bayou Rockabilly Cats ● CD $18.98
Fine 26 track collection of rockabilly and upbeat country from Eddie Schuler's pioneering Goldband label. This collection is the first time that the first pressings of many of original singles have been reissued since later pressings of singles often used alternate takes or overdubbed versions and these were the versions often reissued. There are six tracks by the most well known of the Goldband boppers - Al Ferrier & His Boppin' Billies along with tracks by Hopeless Homer (doh!), Bill & Carroll & The Neches Valley Boys, Bill Arnold with Amos Como's Tune Toppers, Jerry Noble & The Plantation Playboys, , Little Billy earl and others including a 1950 cut by Goldband founder Eddie Schuler with his All Star Revelers. The hillbilly element is very strong on these sides and even the most rockin' sides usually have a fiddle, steel guitar or both. Great sound and interesting notes, in tiny type by Dave Sax. (FS)
BEE ARNOLD & THE TUNE TOPPERS: Way Down Under Blues/ BEE ARNOLD WITH AMOS COMO'S TUNE TOPPERS: Plant You Now, Dig You Later/ BILL & CARROLL WITH THE NECHES VALLEY BO: Feel So Good/ Honest To Goodness Baby/ BILL & CARROLL & THE NECHES VALLEY BOYS: Love Me Just A Little Bit/ My Blue Letter/ LITTLE BILLY EARL: Couple In The Car/ Honey Baby-O/ AL FERRIER & HIS BOPPIN' BILLIES: Honey Baby/ AL FERRIER & THE BOPPIN' BILLIES: I'll Never Do Any Wrong/ It's Too Late Now/ My Baby Done Gone Away/ No No Baby/ AL FERRIER & HIS BOPPIN' BILLIES: What Is This Thing Called Love/ HOPELESS HOMER: New Way Rockin'/ The Girl In The Red Blue Jeans/ BILL HUTTO & HIS PLAYBOYS: Wanna Go Steady/ RED LE BLANCE & HIS CRESCENT BOYS: Blue Moon On The Bayou/ Freed My Silly Mind/ I Love That Woman (Right Or Wrong)/ Memory In My Heart/ DON MOORING WITH THE YELLOW JACKETS: Love Me Mary Ann/ JERRY NOBLE & THE PLANTATION PLAYBOYS: Mabel's Done Gone/ EDDIE SHULER'S ALL STAR REVELIERS: Jambalaya Boogie/ BUCK WHEAT: Twitterpated/ Texas Woman

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 442 Boppin' Tonight ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, 50 minutes, recommended. This fantastic collection features 22 rockabilly tunes from Eddie Shuler's Goldband Studio in Lake Charles, Louisiana, done between 1955 and 1960. Who better to start off with than the great Al Ferrier blasting away on 5 tunes including the title cut, Honey Baby/ No No Baby . Wild and rockin' 'billy music at its best, although I do have a quibble with the takes used here. Little Billy Earl isn't in the same league as Ferrier but he gets 5 tunes as well, really shining on Go Dan Tucker and I Never Had The Blues . Larry Hart isn't a very good singer but some of his tunes are interesting. Things pick up considerably with the last 6 tunes. Bill & Carroll sing a pair of good ones, Ray Vict rocks mightily on Bop Stop Rock , Jay Chevalier bops Cubano style on Castro Rock and Johnny Jano is dynamite on Mabel's Gone and High Voltage . This could've been essential with a little more effort on Ace's part, but it's darned close as it is. (AE)
BILL & CARROLL: Bluff City Rock/ Hold Me Baby/ JAY CHEVALIER: Castro Rock/ LITTLE BILLY EARL: Couple In The Car/ Go Dan Tucker/ Honey Baby-o/ I Never Had The Blues/ Who's Baby Are You/ AL FERRIER: Honey Baby/ Let's Go Bopping Tonight/ My Baby Done Gone Away/ No No Baby/ What Is That Thing Called Love/ LARRY HART: Coffins Have No Pockets/ Come On Baby/ Flashiest Classiest/ Freight Train/ I'm Just A Mender/ Never Run Out Of Love/ Oh Nellie/ JOHNNY JANO: High Voltage/ Mabel's Gone/ Oh Baby/ RAY VICT: Bop Stop Rock

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 722 Chartbusters USA - Vol. 1 ● CD $18.98
"Son Of The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll" - this new series features U.S. hits from the mid and late 60s. 
THE SHANGRI-LAS: Remember (walking In The Sand)/ THE SOUL SURVIVORS: Expressway To Your Heart/ THE BOX TOPS: Soul Deep/ CANNED HEAT: On The Road Again/ THE COUNT FIVE: Psychotic Reaction/ LEE DORSEY: Working In The Coalmine/ SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET: She's About A Mover/ BOBBY FULLER 4: I Fought The Law/ DOBIE GRAY: The In Crowd/ ROY HEAD: Treat Her Right/ THE HOMBRES: Let It All Hang Out/ LEFT BANKE: Walk Away Renee/ THE LEMON PIPERS: Green Tambourine/ BOB LIND: Elusive Butterfly/ THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL: Do You Believe In Magic/ MAMAS & PAPAS: California Dreaming/ BARRY MC GUIRE: Eve Of Destruction/ HUGO MONTENEGRO: The Good The Bad & The Ugly/ VAN MORRISON: Brown Eyed Girl/ PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Kicks/ RONNY & THE DAYTONAS: Little Gto/ MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS: Jenny Take A Ride/ SAM THE SHAM & THE PHARAOHS: Wooly Bully/ THE SEEDS: Pushing Too Hard/ SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: Dance To The Music/ THE SOUL SISTERS: I Can't Stand It/ JOE SOUTH: Games People Play/ TOMMY TUCKER: Hi-heel Sneakers/ THE VENTURES: Hawaii 5.0/ BRENTON WOOD: Gimme Little Sign

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 832 Chartbusters USA - Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
Ace's second collection of U.S. rock hits from the mid/late 60s.
BOB & EARL: Harlem Shuffle/ THE BYRDS: Mr Tambourine Man/ THE CASTAWAYS: Liar, Liar/ CLASSICS IV: Spooky/ BOBBY FULLER FOUR: Love's Made A Fool Of You/ THE GANTS: Road Runner/ BOBBY HEBB: Sunny/ NEAL HEFTI AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Batman Theme/ JAN & DEAN: The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)/ JEFFERSON AIRPLANE: Somebody To Love/ JOHN FRED & HIS PLAYBOY BAND: Judy In Disguise (with Glasses)/ THE KINGSMEN: Louie Louie/ LOVIN' SPOONFUL: Summer In The City/ MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS: Dancing In The Street/ THE NEWBEATS: Bread & Butter/ THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'/ MONGO SANTAMARIA: Watermelon Man/ LALO SCHIFRIN: Mission: Impossible/ SONNY & CHER: Baby Don't Go/ STEPPENWOLF: Magic Carpet Ride/ THE STRANGELOVES: Cara-lin/ SYNDICATE OF SOUND: Little Girl/ IKE & TINA TURNER: I Can't Believe What You Say/ THE TURTLES: Elenore/ JERRY JEFF WALKER: Mr Bojangles/ TONY JOE WHITE: Polk Salad Annie/ MASON WILLIAMS: Classical Gas/ THE YOUNG RASCALS: Good Lovin'/ THE ZOMBIES: Time Of The Season

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 506 Domino Records Story ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 68 mins, recommended. 30 tracks recorded for small Austin label Domino between 1957 and 1961 best known for the original version of the classic doo-wop ballad You Cheated by The Slades. This is included here with 19 other tracks by them including two under their original name of The Spades, two backing Joyce Webb, one backing powerhouse vocalist Joyce Harris on an answer to You Cheated called, yes you guessed it, I Cheated and six songs from a previously unissued rehearsal tape. There are four more tough tracks by Harris including a previously unissued version of Got My Mojo Working, two blues tracks from The Daylighters featuring a young Sonny Rhodes and two by rockabilly favorite Ray Campi. (FS)
RAY CAMPI: My Screamin' Screamin' Mimi/ With You/ THE DAYLIGHTERS: I'll Never Let You Go/ Something Is Wrong/ JOYCE HARRIS: No Way Out/ I Cheated/ I Got My Mojo Working/ THE SLADES: Baby/ Gee Whiz/ I've Had It/ In The Still Of The Night/ It's Better To Love/ It's Your Turn/ Just You/ Ling-ting-tong/ Little Star/ No Time/ So Tough/ Summertime/ Take My Heart/ The Waddle/ You Cheated/ You Gambled/ You Mean Everything To Me/ You Must Try/ JOYCE WEBB WITH THE SLADES: I Don't Care/ I'll Cry After You've Gone/ Right Here

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 592 Dot Rock 'n' Roll ● CD $18.98
28 rocking tracks from the Dot catalog.
BILLY ADAMS: You Heard Me Knocking/ GENE BROWN: Big Door/ RAY CAMPI: It Ain't Me/ SANFORD CLARK: Modern Romance/ The Fool/ KEITH COURVILLE: Trapped Love/ TOMMY DANTON: Oh Yeah/ JIMMY DEE & THE OFFBEATS: Henrietta/ You're Late Miss Kate/ BOB DENTON: Playboy/ Skinnie Minnie/ THE FIVE BOPS: Jitterbuggin'/ MICKEY GILLEY: Call Me Shorty/ KAY CEE JONES: Johnny, Johnny, Johnny/ SNOOKY LANSON: Stop! Let Me Off The Bus/ DICK LORY: Ballroom Baby/ ROBIN LUKE: You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming/ NERVOUS NORVUS: Transfusion/ JIMMY NEWMAN: Carry On/ JOYCE PAUL: Baby You've Had It/ JIMMY RINGO: I Like This Kind Of Music/ RAY SHARPE: Oh My Baby's Gone/ That's The Way I Feel/ NIKI SULLIVAN: It's All Over/ LEROY VAN DYKE: Chicken Shack/ MAC WISEMAN: Step It Up And Go/ DANNY WOLFE: Let's Flat Git It/ Pucker Paint

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 609 Dot's Cover To Cover, Hit Upon Hit ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 72 minutes, recommended If you, like me, found a perverse fascination on the History Of Rock'n'Roll documentary of finger-snappin' Pat Boone crooning Tutti Frutti, then you've come to the right place! All 30 tracks are Dot's answer to rock'n'roll, heartland crooners covering that nasty black music for mom & dad. An all-star line-up of stars sell them hits! Ol' white buck Pat leads the way with Ain't That A shame/ I'll Be Home (not bad!)/ I Almost Lost My Mind, & a rompin' Long Tall Sally! Gale Storm (AKA My Little Margie) counters with a gorgeous version of Ivory Tower (actually my earliest musical memory!) & Why Do Fools Fall In Love. Jim "Green Door" Lowe does Maybelline & Blue Suede Shoes, plus more by such wild rockers as The Fontaine Sisters, Tab Hunter, Billy Vaughn & Snooky Lanson! (GM)
PAT BOONE: Ain't That A Shame/ At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama)/ Chains Of Love/ I Almost Lost My Mind/ I'll Be Home/ Long Tall Sally/ Two Hearts/ THE FONTANE SISTERS: Eddie My Love/ Hearts Of Stone/ I'm In Love Again/ Please Don't Leave Me/ Rollin' Stone/ Seventeen/ THE HILLTOPPERS: Ka-ding-dong/ Marianne/ Only You (And You Alone)/ The Joker/ TAB HUNTER: Young Love/ SNOOKY LANSON: Seven Days/ Why Don't You Write Me/ JIM LOWE: Blue Suede Shoes/ Maybellene/ THE MILLS BROTHERS: Get A Job/ GALE STORM: I Hear You Knockin'/ Ivory Tower/ Lucky Lips/ Why Do Fools Fall In Love?/ NICK TODD: At The Hop/ Plaything/ BILLY VAUGHN: Raunchy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 608 Early Girls, Vol 1 : Popsicles & Icicles ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 72 min., recommended Popsicles & Icicles offers 28 artists in 28 tracks on almost as many labels, and while a few cuts have seen their share of 'Best Ofs' (Shirley Ellis' The Name Game, The Shirelles' Dedicated To The One I Love, The Aquatones' You), most have not yet been compiled ad nauseam. Toni Fisher's West Of The Wall, which mixes nationalism and Berlin politics with the girl sound is of special note, as is the sparsely beautiful Dark Moon by Bonnie Guitar, and The Angels near-perfect 'Til. And from at least some of the mysterious people who cut The Jaynettes' Sally Go Round The Roses (not here), comes the lesser known Dear Abby by The Hearts. Other artists include Skeeter Davis, Linda Scott, Janie Grant, Carole King, The Cookies, Robin Ward, Earl-Jean, Betty Everett, and more. In short, the early girl sound here does not require the usual insulin injections associated with the more"mature" sound of immaturity. A pleasure. (JC)
The Angels: 'Til/ The Aquatones: You/ The Blossoms: Son-in-law/ The Chantels: He's Gone/ The Cookies: Chains/ Skeeter Davis: I Can't Stay Mad At You/ Shirley Ellis: The Name Game/ The Essex: Easier Said Than Done/ Betty Everett: You're No Good/ The Exciters: Doo-wah-diddy/ Toni Fisher: West Of The Wall/ Janie Grant: Triangle/ Bonnie Guitar: Dark Moon/ The Hearts: Dear Abby/ Earl Jean: I'm Into Something Good/ Carole King: It Might As Well Rain Until September/ Little Peggy March: I Wish I Were A Princess/ The Murmaids: Popsicles And Icicles/ The Paris Sisters: I Love How You Love Me/ Reparata And The Delrons: Whenever A Teenager Cries/ Rosie & The Originals: Angel Baby/ Linda Scott: I've Told Every Little Star/ The Sensations: Music, Music, Music/ The Shirelles: Dedicated To The One I Love/ Dodie Stevens: Pink Shoelaces/ The Teen Queens: Eddie My Love/ Robin Ward: Wonderful Summer/ Kathy Young: The Great Pretender

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 657 Early Girls, Vol 2 : Popsicles & Icicles ● CD $18.98
Great collection of early girl group and solo female pop and rock 'n roll sides - Barbie Gaye, Ruby & The Romantics, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Lesley Gore, Marcie Blane, Patience & Prudence (yow!), Peggy Lee, Damita Joe, Ann-Margret (her great bluesy I Just Don't Understand), Rosie & The Originals, Kathy Young & The Innocents, The Chantels and lots more.
ANN-MARGRET VOCAL ACCOMPANIMENT BY THE J: I Just Don't Understand/ MARCIE BLANE: Bobby's Girl/ THE BLOSSOMS: Move On/ THE BONNIE SISTERS: Cry Baby/ THE CHANTELS: Well, I Told You/ DAMITA JO: I'll Save The Last Dance For You/ THE EXCITERS: Tell Him/ BARBIE GAYE: My Boy Lollipop/ LESLEY GORE: You Don't Own Me/ THE HEARTS: Lonely Nights/ GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: Every Beat Of My Heart/ Letter Full Of Tears/ PEGGY LEE: Fever/ THE MCGUIRE SISTERS: Sugartime/ PATIENCE & PRUDENCE: Tonight You Belong To Me/ THE PEARLETTES: Duchess Of Earl/ THE RAINDROPS: The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget/ ROSIE & THE ORIGINALS: Lonely Blue Nights/ RUBY & THE ROMANTICS: Our Day Will Come/ THE SECRETS: The Boy Next Door/ THE SENSATIONS: Let Me In/ THE SHIRELLES: I Met Him On A Sunday (ronde-ronde)/ APRIL STEVENS: Teach Me Tiger/ TERRY & THE TUNISIANS: The Street/ BABS TINO: Forgive Me (for Giving You Such A Bad Time)/ DINAH WASHINGTON: September In The Rain/ KATHY YOUNG & THE INNOCENTS: A Thousand Stars/ TIMI YURO: What's A Matter Baby (is It Hurting You)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 775 Early Girls, Vol. 3 ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 70 min, recommended. Don't know why, but I've been listening to a lot of 57-63 pop lately, & this set has been sounding quite fine! Not everything falls into that time period - there's some nice 50s R&B like Faye Adams' Shake A Hand & Lillian Brigs' rockin' cover of Louis Jordan's I Want You To Be My Baby. A lot of the usual hits are here (Shelby Flint - Angel On My Shoulder, Little Peggy March - I Will Follow Him, & the usual stuff by Shelley Fabares, Joanne Summers, Cathy Jean & The Roommates, etc) but this volume has a lot of stuff I hadn't heard, my fave being Dumbhead by Ginny Arnell, along with The Girlfriends' (including ex members of The Blossoms) - My One & Only Jimmy Boy, Suzie Clark's great Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya & a nice post-Arlene Smith Chantels - Look In my Eyes. Bios of all & pics of most. (GM)
FAYE ADAMS: Shake A Hand/ GINNY ARNELL: Dumb Head/ LILLIAN BRIGGS: I Want You To Be My Baby/ BERNADETTE CARROLL: Party Girl/ CATHY JEAN AND THE ROOMMATES: Please Love Me Forever/ THE CHANTELS: Look In My Eyes/ THE CHARMAINES: What Kind Of Girl (do You Think I Am?)/ SUZIE CLARK: Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya/ DEBBIE DOVALE: Hey Lover/ SHELLEY FABARES: Johnny Angel/ SHELBY FLINT: Angel On My Shoulder/ THE GIRLFRIENDS: My One And Only, Jimmy Boy/ ETTA JAMES: At Last/ ETTA JONES: Don't Go To Strangers/ LITTLE PEGGY MARCH: I Will Follow Him/ PATTI PAGE: Old Cape Cod/ THE PERCELLS: What Are Boys Made Of/ ESTHER PHILLIPS: Release Me/ THE PIXIES THREE: Birthday Party/ DIANE RAY: Please Don't Talk To The Lifeguard/ MARGIE RAYBURN: I'm Available/ DELLA REESE: Don't You Know?/ JODIE SANDS: With All My Heart/ JOANIE SOMMERS: Johnny Get Angry/ THE STARLETS: Better Tell Him No/ CARLA THOMAS: Gee Whiz (look At His Eyes)/ ALICE WONDER LAND: He's Mine/ TIMI YURO: Hurt

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 878 The Early Jin Singles - Southland Rock 'n' Roll ● CD $18.98
Fine collection of rock 'n' roll and swamp pop recorded for Floyd Soileau's Jin label between 1958 and 1961. Includes Doug Ardoin & The Boogie Kings, Rob & The Rhythm Aces, Red Smiley & The Vel-Tones, Steve Rollins & The Continentals, Al Chase & The Midnites, Rockin' Sidney & His All Stars, Phil Bo, The Del-Cords, Chuck Martin & The Honeydrippers, Rockin' Dave Allen & The Thunderbirds, Johnnie Allan, Mary McCoy, Jivin' Gene & The Jokers and others - 30 tracks in all. Booklet includes comments on the artists and tracks by Floyd Soileau himself.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 762 Ernie Maresca - The Original Wanderer ● CD $18.98
30 track collection featuring songs written by rock 'n' roll/doo-wop writer Ernie Maresca best known for The Wanderer as well as many others. There are several performances by Maresca himself along with versions of his songs by Dion, The Belmonts, Chiffons, Runarounds, Del Satins and others.
THE 1929 DEPRESSIONS: Child Of Clay/ THE BELMONTS: Come On, Little Angel/ BERNADETTE CARROLL: Party Girl/ THE CHIFFONS: Dream, Dream, Dream/ SAL CORRENTE: Run, Run, Run/ THE DELRONS: Your Big Mistake/ THE DESIRES: I Ask You/ The Story Of Love/ DION: Runaround Sue/ The Wanderer/ FOREIGN INTRIGUE: The Wanderer/ THE FOUR GRADUATES: When Will We Know/ THE FOUR WINDS: Remember Last Summer/ WARREN GRADUS: Lovers Who Wander/ THE HUBCAPS: Hot Rod City (vocal)/ THE JEANS: Whenever A Teenager Cries/ ERNIE MARESCA: Down On The Beach/ Lorelei/ Shout! Shout! (knock Yourself Out)/ The Wanderer (song Demo)/ You're The Only Girl For Me/ Please Be Fair/ Rockin' Boulevard Street/ NINO & EBBTIDES: Happy Guy/ THE REGENTS: A Fool In Love/ Lonesome Boy/ Runaround/ THE RUNAROUNDS: Unbelievable/ GLEN STUART CHORUS: Donna The Prima Donna/ MIKE TAYLOR: Mi-a-suri Talk

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 289 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll ● CD $18.98
All 30 songs in this collection are pre-British Invasion era, the earliest from 1954 and the latest from 1963. The expected classics are here: The Penguins' Earth Angel, Bobby Day's Rockin' Robin, The Skyliners' Since I Don't Have You, Crests' 16 Candles and so on. But it also contains the less-often collected Sally Go Round The Roses by The Jaynetts, My True Story from The Jive Five, The Genies' Who's That Knocking, I Love How You Love Me by The Paris Sisters, and more. You get over 78 minutes of great music, without having to change 45's every other minute. Liner notes are excellent, and provide the US and UK labels, numbers and peak chart position for every cut. This is a collection put together by people who love the music, on a CD that looks like a 45! Nice touch, no? (JC)
THE CADETS: Stranded In The Jungle/ CLAUDINE CLARK: Party Lights/ THE CORSAIRS: Smoky Places/ JOHNNY CRAWFORD: Cindy's Birthday/ THE CRESTS: Sixteen Candles/ BOBBY DAY: Rockin' Robin/ THE DREAMLOVERS: When We Get Maried/ PRESTON EPPS: Bongo Rock/ THE FENDERMEN: Mule Skinner Blues/ MISS TONI FISHER: The Big Hurt/ THE GENIES: Who's That Knocking/ RON HOLDEN: Love You So/ THE INNOCENTS: Gee Whiz/ THE JARMELS: A Little Bit Of Soap/ THE JAYNETTS: Sally Go Round The Roses/ THE JIVE FIVE: My Trun Story/ THE KINGSMEN: Louie Louie/ CURTIS LEE: Pretty Little Angel Eyes/ BOBBY LEWIS: Tossin' and Turnin'/ CHRIS MONTEZ: Let's Dance/ THE PARIS SISTERS;: I Love How You Love Me/ THE PENGUINS: Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)/ RANDY & THE RAINBOWS: Denise/ ROSIE & THE ORIGINALS: Angel Baby/ THE SAFARIS: Image Of A Girl/ SKIP & FLIP: Cherry Pie/ THE SKYLINERS: Since I Don't Have You/ THE TEEN QUEENS: Eddie My Love/ LENNY WELCH: Since I Fell For You/ KATHY YOUNG WITH THE INNOCENTS: A Thousand Stars

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 445 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 74 min., recommended Sometimes a well-chosen, long, various artist program is just what the CD format seems to have been made for. And this one's a good one. A generous slice of mostly top 40 material recorded between 1956 and 1964, and the companion piece to the earlier issued Volume 1 of the same name (Ace 289). Featured numbers include Memphis by Lonnie Mack, You Belong To Me by the Duprees, A Million To One by Jimmy Charles, Stay by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, You By The Aquatones, I've Had It by the Bell Notes, and Buzz, Buzz, Buzz by the Hollywood Flames. The focus is clearly on the fifties. Sound quality, cover art, and notes are up to Ace's usual high standards. (DH)
THE AQUATONES: You/ THE BELL NOTES: I've Had It/ BILLY BLAND: Let The Little Girl Dance/ THE BLUE BELLES: I Sold My Heart To The Junkman/ THE CAPRIS: There's A Moon Out Tonight/ JIMMY CHARLES: A Million To One/ BOBBY COMSTOCK: Let's Stomp/ THE CRESCENDOS: Oh Julie/ KENNY DINO: Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night/ HAROLD DORMAN: Mountain Of Love/ THE DUPREES: You Belong To Me/ THE ETERNALS: Rockin' In The Jungle/ THE FIVE SATINS: In The Still Of The Night/ GABRIEL & THE ANGELS: That's Life (That's Tough)/ BARBARA GEORGE: I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)/ THE GLADIOLAS: Little Darlin'/ THE HALOS: Nag/ THE HOLLYWOOD ARGYLES: Alley Oop/ THE HOLLYWOOD FLAMES: Buzz Buzz Buzz/ LONNIE MACK: Memphis/ SANDY NELSON: Teen Beat/ THE PARADONS: Diamonds And Pearls/ THE QUINTONES: Stay Aisle Of Love/ THE RIVIERAS: California Sun/ THE ROCKIN' REBELS: Wild Weekend/ THE SILHOUETTES: Get A Job/ THE VIDELS: Mister Lonely/ THE WILLOWS: Church Bells May Ring/ LINK WRAY: Rumble

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 497 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 3 ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 75 min., recommended An almost uniformly well chosen sampler of mid- to late 50s hits, many of them new to CD, including Big Jay McNeely's Something on Your Mind, Kathy Young's Happy Birthday Blues, Bill Parson's (Well, actually Bobby Bare's) All American Boy, Jan and Arnie's Jenny Lee, Billy Myles' The Joker, the Teddy Bears' To Know Him Is To Love Him, Ketty Lester's Love Letters, the Kuf-Linx's So Tough, and Dicky Do & the Don'ts' (Actually a multi-tracked Gerry Granahan) Click Clack. It's mostly solid, vintage rock 'n' roll. For my money the only real clunker here is the wimpy Sugar Shack by Jimmy Gilmer. Otherwise, the sound quality, graphics, and notes are all first rate. (DH)
BILLY & LILLIE: La Dee Dah/ THE CASTELLS: Sacred/ THE CLIQUES: The Girl In My Dreams/ DICKY DOO AND THE DON'TS: Click Clack/ THE FIREBALLS: Sugar Shack/ THE FIVE SATINS: To The Aisle/ TONY HARRIS: Chicken Baby Chicken/ WILBERT HARRISON: Kansas City/ LOVE JACK SCOTT: My True/ JAN & ARNIE: Jennie Lee/ THE KUF LINX: So Tough/ KETTY LESTER: Love Letters/ BIG JAY MCNEELY: There Is Something On Your Mind/ THE MELLO-KINGS: Tonite, Tonite/ BILLY MYLES: The Joker/ THE OLYMPICS: Western Movies/ BILL PARSONS: The All American Boy/ THE PETS: Cha Hua Hua/ JODY REYNOLDS: Endless Sleep/ THE ROCKIN R'S: The Beat/ RAY SMITH: Rockin' Little Angel/ TEDDY & THE TWILIGHTS: Woman Is A Man's Best Friend/ THE TEDDY BEARS: To Know Him, Is To Love Him/ THE TOKENS: Lover's Island/ TONY & JOE: The Freeze/ THE TURBANS: When You Dance/ KATHY YOUNG & THE INNOCENTS: Happy Birthday Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 500 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 4 ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended The fourth volume in this excellent series featuring U.S. top 100 rock 'n' roll hits from the mid 50s through the early 60s is another winner. It opens with Ray Sharpe's classic Linda Lou, follows on with Nappy Brown's Little By Little and also includes Flamingo Express by The Royaltone, Maybe by The Chantels, Start Movin' by Sal Mineo, Don't Let Go by Roy Hamilton, Life's Too Short by The Lafayettes, Glory Of Love by The Roommates and more from Donie Owens, The Dubs, The Temptations, Barbara Lynn, Little Anthony & The Imperisl, The Rip Chords, The Jacks and many more. As with all the volumes in this series the sound is superb, mostly mastered from original master tapes, and comes with a 16 page booklet crammed full of song and artist info, photos, ads and other memorabilia. A winner. (FS)
BILLY & LILLIE: Lucky Ladybug/ U.S. BONDS: New Orleans/ THE CADILLACS: Peek-a-boo/ THE CHANTELS: Maybe/ DION: Drip Drop/ THE DUBS: Could This Be Magic/ THE EDSELS: Rama Lama Ding Dong/ TOMMY FACENDA: High School USA/ DON FRENCH: Lonely Saturday Night/ ROY HAMILTON: Don't Let Go/ THE JACKS: Why Don't You Write Me?/ JAN & DEAN: Baby Talk/ NAT KENDRICK & THE SWANS: (Do The) Mashed Potatoes (Part 1)/ BUDDY KNOX: Party Doll/ THE LAFAYETTES: Life's Too Short/ LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS: Tears On My Pillow/ LITTLE CAESAR AND THE ROMANS: Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)/ LITTLE JOE & THE THRILLERS: Peanuts/ BARBARA LYNN: You'll Lose A Good Thing/ SAL MINEO: Start Movin' (In My Direction)/ LITTLE NAPPY BROWN: Little By/ DONNIE OWENS: Need You/ THE REGENTS: Barbara-Ann/ THE RIP CHORDS: Here I Stand/ THE ROCKY FELLERS: Killer Joe/ THE ROOMMATES: Glory Of Love/ THE ROYALTONES: Flamingo Express/ RAY SHARPE: Linda Lu/ THE SHERRYS: Pop Pop Pop-pi/ THE TEMPTATIONS: Barbra

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 600 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 5 ● CD $18.98
Fifth volume in this great series features 30 more great slabs of American rock 'n' roll that charted between 1954 and 1963 in finest sound ever.
THE ACCENTS: Wiggle Wiggle/ THE BELMONTS: Tell Me Why/ FREDDY CANNON: Tallahassee Lassie/ GENE CHANDLER: Duke Of Earl/ THE CLOVERS: Love Potion No. 9/ DALE & GRACE: I'm Leaving It All Up To You/ DEE DEE CLARK: Hey Little Girl/ DON & JUAN: What's Your Name/ EDDIE FONTAINE: Nothin Shakin'/ THE FROGMEN: Underwater/ THE G-CLEFS: Ka-Ding Dong/ ROSCO GORDON: Just A Little Bit/ THURSTON HARRIS: Little Bitty Pretty One/ JAN & DEAN: Heart And Soul/ JAY & THE AMERICANS: She Cried/ THE JAYHAWKS: Stranded In The Jungle/ THE JIVE BOMBERS: Bad Boy/ JOHNNIE & JOE: Over The Mountain, Across The Sea/ THE KNOCKOUTS: Darling Lorraine/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: The Walk/ THE REVELS: Midnight Stroll/ THE RIBBONS: Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya/ SANTO & JOHNNY: Sleep Walk/ THE SHIELDS: You Cheated/ THE SHOWMEN: It Will Stand/ THE SPANIELS: Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight/ GENE THOMAS: Sometime/ TRAVIS & BOB: Tell Him No/ THE TUNE WEAVERS: Happy, Happy Birhtday Baby/ THE VALIANTS: This Is The Nite

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 650 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 6 ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 73 min., highly recommended Another great maximum-length various artist disc from the reliable folks at England's Ace label. Like its predecessors, this volume offers a program that mixes single artist and vocal group cuts, as well as jumps and ballads. Among the hit numbers offered this time are Come Go With Me by the Dell-Vikings, Lollipop by the racially mixed originators Ronald & Ruby (complete with phony publicity photo), Do You Want to Dance by Bobby Freeman, You're So Fine by the Falcons, Tall Cool One by the Wailers, Little Star by the Elegants, Lover Please by Clyde McPhatter, Pledging My Love by Johnny Ace, Don't You Just Know It by Huey Smith & the Clowns, and I Love an Angel by Little Bill & the Blue Notes. A lot of great music, put together once again with Ace's usual stellar production values and definitive liner notes. (DH)
JOHNNY ACE: Pledging My Love/ GENE ALLISON: You Can Make It If You Try/ ARVEY & THE MOONGLOWS: Ten Commandments Of Love/ JOE BENNETT & THE SPARKLETONES: Black Slacks/ EDDIE COOLEY & THE DIMPLES: Priscilla/ THE DELACARDOS: Hold Back The Tears/ THE DELL-VIKINGS: Come Go With Me/ JIMMY EDWARDS: Love Bug Crawl/ THE EL DORADOS: At My Front Door/ THE ELEGANTS: Little Star/ THE FALCONS: You're So Fine/ JOHN FRED: Shirley/ BOBBY FREEMAN: Do You Want To Dance/ BOBBY HENDRICKS: Itchy Twitchy Feeling/ ITTLE BILL & THE BLUENOTES: I Love An Angel/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Lover Please/ RICKY NELSON: I'm Walkin'/ ONALD & RUBY: Lollipop/ THE PENTAGONS: I Wonder (if Your Love Will Ever Belong To Me)/ THE QUOTATIONS: Imagination/ JOHNNY RESTIVO: The Shape I'm In/ THE RIVINGTONS: Papa-oom-mow-mow/ THE ROYAL TEENS: Short Shorts/ THE SEVILLES: Charlena/ HUEY PIANO SMITH & THE CLOWNS: Don't You Just Know It/ THE STOMPERS: Quarter To Four Stomp/ BUNKER HILL: Hide And Go Seek (part1)/ VAN: Real Wild Child/ THE WAILERS: Tall Cool One/ NOBLE "THIN MAN" WATTS & HIS RHYTHM SPARKS: Hard Times (the Slop)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 700 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 7 ● CD $18.98
The seventh volume in this acclaimed series featuring U.S. chart hits from the period 1954 to 1963 - familiar titles and obscurities - in the best ever sound.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 750 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 8 ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 74 min., highly recommended This award winning series of "Hot 100 Hits from 1954-1963" is just getting better and better. There's not much I can say except it gets my 'Run, Don't Walk - Don't Even Stop For A Red Light' seal-of-approval. My favorite tracks include Ray Appleberry & Bobby Swayne (under the imagative name "Ray & Bob") very Sam Cooke-ish Air Travel, Rochell & The Candles's Once Upon A Time featuring Johnny Wyatt (1938-1983), and one to the first proto-soul sides, The Pastels' Been So Long featuring the exquisite lead singer and songwriter Di Fosco T. Erwin, Jr., aka Big Dee Erwin. Other highlights include Dell-Vikings' Whispering Bells, Danny Zella & His Zell Rocks' Wicked Baby, Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker's Hey Girl, Hey Boy, Little Joey & The Flips' Bongo Stomp, etc. As with the complete series, most tracks come from the master tapes, with each track completely itemized by CD notes writer extraordinary Rob Finnis. (EL)
JOHNNY BOND: Hot Rod Lincoln/ LARRY BRIGHT: Mojo Workout/ NAPPY BROWN: Don't Be Angry/ THE CADILLACS: Speedoo/ FREDDY CANNON: Way Down Yonder In New Orleans/ SANFORD CLARK: The Fool/ THE CROWS: Gee/ THE DANLEERS: One Summer Night/ THE DELL-VIKINGS: Whispering Bells/ DICK & DEE DEE: The Mountain's High/ THE FIESTAS: So Fine/ WADE FLEMONS: Here I Stand/ THE FURYS: Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart/ THE GRADUATES: Ballad Of A Girl And Boy/ THE HEARTBEATS: A Thousand Miles Away/ THE IMPALAS: Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)/ LITTLE JOEY & THE FLIPS: Bongo Stomp/ ERNIE MARESCA: Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)/ THE MARK II: Night Theme/ JIMMY NORMAN: I Don't Love You No More/ THE PASTELS: Been So Long/ JOHNNY PRESTON: Running Bear/ RAY & BOB: Air Travel/ RENE AND RAY: Queen Of My Heart/ ROBERT & JOHNNY: We Belong Together/ ROCHELL & THE CANDLES: Once Upon A Time/ LONNIE RUSS: My Wife Can't Cook/ GENE VINCENT: Lotta Lovin'/ THOMAS WAYNE: Tragedy/ DANNY ZELLA AND HIS ZELL ROCKS: Wicked Ruby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 800 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 9 ● CD $18.98
The latest in this great series of pre-Beatle rock 'n' roll features 30 more tracks that reached the U.S. charts between 1955 and 1963 - both big hits and small hits. As always the sound quality is unbeatable and the enclosed 28 page illustrated booklet give extensive annotation on the performers and the songs. 
JOE BARRY I'm A Fool To Care/ BOYD BENNETT & ROCKETS Seventeen/ BUSTER BROWN Fannie Mae/ FREDDY CANNON Palisades Park/ THE CELLOS Rang Tang Ding Dong (i Am The Japanese Sandman)/ THE CHANTERS No, No, No/ PAUL CHAPLAIN & EMERALDS Shortin' Bread/ DION & BELMONTS I Wonder Why/ DR FEELGOOD & INTERNS Doctor Feel-good/ THE EXCELLENTS Coney Island Baby/ THE FIVE KEYS Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind/ JESSIE HILL Ooh Poo Pah Doo Part 1/ WANDA JACKSON Let's Have A Party/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN Fever/ JOHNNY & HURRICANES Crossfire/ JOE JONES & ORCHESTRA You Talk Too Much/ MATT LUCAS I'm Movin' On/ THE MAJORS A Wonderful Dream/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN Just Got To Know/ CLINT MILLER Bertha Lou/ THE ORIGINAL CASUALS So Tough/ RENE & RAY Queen Of My Heart/ CHARLIE RICH Lonely Weekends/ RONNIE SELF Bop-a-lena/ THE SHELLS Baby Oh Baby/ SHEP & LIMELITES Daddy's Home/ THE SIX TEENS A Casual Look/ JIMMY SOUL If You Wanna Be Happy/ THE STEREOS I Really Love You/ THE VELVETS Tonight (could Be The Night)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 850 Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll, Volume 10 ● CD $18.98
The latest in this great series features another 30 hot 100 hits from the pre-Beatles era, immaculately remastered from the best possible sources and including a fully illustrated 28 page booklet.
ROD BERNARD: This Should Go On Forever/ CHUCK BERRY: Maybellene/ THE BOBBETTES: I Shot Mr Lee/ JERRY BUTLER AND THE IMPRESSIONS: For Your Precious Love/ THE CHARMS: Hearts Of Stone/ THE CHORDS: Sh-Boom/ THE CLEFTONES: Little Girl Of Mine/ THE COASTERS: Searchin'/ THE CUES: Why/ LEE DORSEY: Ya Ya/ DONNIE ELBERT: What Can I Do/ THE FIVE ROYALES: Dedicated To The One I Love/ PAUL GAYTEN: The Hunch/ ROY HAMILTON: You Can Have Her/ CLARENCE "FROGMAN" HENRY: Ain't Got No Home/ CURTIS LEE: Under The Moon Of Love/ CARL MANN: Mona Lisa/ JANIS MARTIN: Will You, Willyum/ SAMMY MASTERS: Rockin' Red Wing/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: A Lover's Question/ RICKY NELSON: Stood Up/ ROY ORBISON: Ooby Dooby/ LLOYD PRICE: Just Because/ THE RINKY DINKS FEATURING BOBBY DARIN: Early In The Morning/ THE ROYAL TEENS: Believe Me/ THE SCHOOLBOYS: Shirley/ SONNY SPENCER: Gilee/ TITUS TURNER: We Told You Not To Marry/ THE VOLUMES: I Love You/ RUSTY YORK: Sugaree

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 595 Gulf Coast Grease ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 63 minutes, recommended One of the best compilations of unknown stuff I've heard in awhile. This is the 1st volume to chronicle the Sandy label of Mobile AL, devoted to the rockabilly, rockin' country & flat out rockers done on Sandy & it's subsidiaries Orange & Smoke from '57-62 (another volume promises to look at the R&B sides & a 3rd will be devoted to their top 10 hitmakers Travis & Bud). The most famous artist to come from this collection is Ray Sawyer, heard here on Rockin' Satellite, who much later found fame as lead singer of Dr. Hook. The best known tune here, though is probably Jackie Morningstar's classic Rockin' In The Graveyard, but there's plenty more stuff to keep ya interested, including Daddy's Goin' Batty & Mercy Me by Darryl Vincent & His Flares, Jungle Rock by Bo & Jo & The Niteriders, Sugar Baby by Helen Bozeman & my fve, Knockin' At Your Door by Curtis Bunyard & the "No-Names". Complete liner notes with rare pics. (GM)
HELEN BOZEMAN: Sugar Baby/ KEN BOZEMAN: Trackdown/ CURTIS BUNYARD & THE NO-NAMES: Knocking At Your Door/ BILLY CLARK: I Know Why/ I Saw A Dream Walking/ I Saw A Dream Walking (alt Take)/ RONNY KEENAN: Juke Box Queen/ Stop Sign On Your Heart/ JACKIE MORNINGSTAR: No Date Tonight/ Rockin' In The Graveyard/ O & JO & THE NITERIDERS: Jungle Rock/ GEORGE RICHARDSON: Close To You/ RAY SAWYER: I'm Gonna Leave/ Rockin' Satellite/ MORRIS SIMMONS: Shenandoah Waltz/ KENNY SPIVEY: Woke Up This Morning/ DARRYL VINCENT: Because I Love You/ Wild Wild Party/ Mercy Me/ Daddy's Goin' Batty/ HAPPY WAINWRIGHT: Juke Box Rock/ My Baby Don't Love Me No More/ Walking And Talking/ FLOYD WHITEHURST: Brand New Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 641 Hey Baby! The Rockin' South ● CD $18.98
30 rockabilly and rock 'n' roll sides recorded for Excello and it's subsidiary Nasco in the mid 50s - Al ferrier, Lindsey Brothers, Don Haggard & The Sunset Drifters, Billy Fortune, Bobby jenkins, Jackie Trent, Warren Storm and others.
TOMMY ANGEL: Black Night/ Honey Bee (i Love You)/ RAY BATTS: Stealin' Sugar/ TOMMY BELL: Swamp Gal/ BOB & RAY: Shorty Shorty/ TOMMY FACENDA: Little Baby/ AL FERRIER: Hey! Baby/ I'm The Man/ BILLY FORTUNE: Trapped/ DON HAGGARD & THE SUNSET DRIFTERS WITH JULIE: Somebody Clipped Your Wings/ SLIM HARPO: Bobby Sox Baby/ JOHNNY JANO: Havin' A Whole Lot Of Fun/ I'd Make A Good Man For You/ BOBBY JENKINS: My Baby's Gone/ THE LINDSEY BROTHERS: Big Hearted Joe/ Let's Get Down To Business/ LOWELL MCGUIRE WITH THE CRESCENDOS: Leave My Girlie Alone/ Spellbound/ THE MONORAYS: It's Love Baby/ What's Your Name?/ WARREN STORM: I'm A Little Boy (looking For Love)/ Mama, Mama, Mama (look What Your Little Boy's Done)/ So Long, So Long (good Bye Good Bye)/ Troubles, Troubles (troubles On My Mind)/ THE SURF RIDERS: I'm Out/ ROY TEO: Mama Doll/ JACKSON TOOMBS: Kiss-a-me Quick/ THE TRENDS: Tell Me/ JACKIE TRENT: Little Andy/ GARY WARREN: Werewolf

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 777 King Rockabilly ● CD $18.98
DELBERT BARKER: Jug Band Jump/ No Good Robin Hood/ BILL BEACH: Peg Pants/ BOYD BENNETT: Move/ THE BLUETONES: Shake Shake/ BOB & LUCILLE: Eeny-meeny Moe/ CHICK & HIS HOT RODS: Just Doing Rock And Roll/ MAC CURTIS: Grandaddy's Rockin'/ BING DAY: Pony Tail Partner/ DAVE DUDLEY: Rock And Roll Nursery Rhyme/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: One Hand Loose/ CHARLIE GORE & LOUIE INNIS: (your Ain't Nothin' But A Female) Hound Dog/ CECIL MCNABB: Clock Tickin' Rhythm/ HANK MIZELL: Jungle Rock/ MOON MULLICAN: Seven Nights To Rock/ JOE PENNY: Bip A Little, Bop A Lot/ Mercy Mercy Percy/ JIMMY LEE PROW: You Tell Her I Stutter/ FULLER TODD: Topten Rock/ RONNIE WADE: Annie Don't Work/ Gotta Make Her Mine/ DONNIE WHITE: Your Kind Of Lovin/ RUSTY YORK: Tremblin

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 702 Land Of 1000 Dances ● CD $18.98
A collection of 30 rock 'n' roll dance hits from the late 50s and early 60s.
STEVE ALAIMO: Mashed Potatoes/ RAY BARRETTO: El Watusi/ BOB & EARL: Harlem Shuffle/ THE BON-AIRES: The Shrine Of St Cecilia/ AL BROWN'S TUNETOPPERS: The Madison/ RUSSELL BYRD: Hitch Hike Part 1/ CANNIBAL AND THE HEADHUNTERS: Land Of 1,000 Dances/ THE CAPITOLS: Cool Jerk/ THE CHAMPS: Limbo Rock/ THE CRITERIONS: I Remain Truly Yours/ JOEY DEE AND THE STARLITERS: Peppermint Twist (Part 1)/ THE DEL SATINS: I'll Never Know/ THE DIAMONDS: The Stroll/ DINO AND THE DIPLOMATS: Hushabye My Love/ I Can't Believe/ LEE DORSEY: Ride Your Pony/ THE ELEGANTS: Wake Up/ SHIRLEY ELLIS: The Nitty Gritty/ THE ENCHORDS: I Need You Baby/ Zoom Zoom Zoom/ THE FIVE DISCS: I Remember/ The World Is A Beautiful Place/ THE FOUR EPICS: Again/ THE FOUR GRADUATES: Picture An Angel/ BOBBY FREEMAN: C'Mon And Swim/ BILLY GRAVES: The Shag (Is Totally Cool)/ THE HARPS: Daddy's Going Away Again/ THE HOLIDAYS: Stars Will Remember/ Who Knows, Who Cares/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Twist And Shout/ TOMMY JAMES AND THE SHONDELLS: Hanky Panky/ THE JO-VALS: You, You My Love/ MAJOR LANCE: The Monkey Time/ RUSTY LANE & THE MYSTICS: Karen/ JACKIE LEE: The Duck/ LITTLE EVA: The Loco-Motion/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN: The Walk/ CHRIS MONTEZ: Let's Dance/ THE MOTIONS: Mr. Night/ THE OLYMPICS: (Baby) Hully Gully/ THE ORIENTS: Queen Of The Angels/ Shouldn't I/ JOHNNY OTIS: Willie & The Hand Jive/ THE OVATIONS: My Lullabye/ THE PASSIONS: Gloria/ I Only Want You/ Just To Be With You/ Oh Melancholy Me/ This Is My Love/ BOBBY "BORIS" PICKETT AND THE CRYPT-KICKERS: Monster Mash/ RONNIE PREMIERE: Angel In My Eyes/ THE PREMIERS: Falling Star/ RANDY & THE RAINDOWS: She's My Angel/ THE ROLLERS: The Continental Walk/ CHAN ROMERO: Hippy Hippy Shake/ RUFUS THOMAS: Walking The Dog/ TONY AND JOE: The Freeze/ MARK VALENTINO: The Push And Kick/ THE VIBRATIONS: The Watusi/ VITO AND THE SALUTATIONS: Hello Dolly

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 840 Land Of 1000 Dances, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
Complementing Ace 702 this is another collection of rock & roll and R&B dance to tunes from the 50s and 60s.
HANK BALLARD & the MIDNIGHTERS: The Twist/ GARY "US" BONDS: Twist, Twist Senora/ RAY BRYANT COMBO: The Madison Time Pt 1/ CANDY & the KISSES: The 81/ ALVIN CASH: Twine Time/ TED CASSIDY: The Lurch/ BOBBY COMSTOCK: Let's Stomp/ LOU COURTNEY: Skate Now/ DANNY & THE JUNIORS: Twistin' Usa/ THE DEL-VIKINGS: Cool Shake/ DUANE EDDY & THE REBELETTES: (dance With) The Guitar Man/ THE FIVE DU-TONES: Shake A Tail Feather/ THE FLARES: Foot Stomping Pt 1/ BOBBY FREEMAN: (i Do The) Shimmy Shimmy/ GENE & WENDELL with the SWEETHEARTS: The Roach (dance)/ GUITAR JUNIOR: The Crawl/ CURTIS LEE: The Wobble/ MARK IV: (make With) The Shake/ THE MIRACLES: Mickey's Monkey/ THE NOVAS: The Crusher/ THE OLYMPICS: The Bounce/ ROBERT PARKER: Barefootin'/ THE PASTEL SIX: Cinnamon Cinder (it's A Very Nice Dance)/ THE RIVINGTONS: The Bird's The Word/ ROUND ROBIN: Land Of 1000 Dances (the "na Na Song")/ HUEY SMITH: Pop- Eye/ THE LARKS: The Jerk/ JOHNNY THUNDER: Loop De Loop/ ANDRE WILLIAMS: Bacon Fat/ JACKIE WILSON: Baby Workout

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 768 Long Gone Daddies ● CD $18.98
32 tracks, 73 mins, very good A collection of 32 tracks from the vaults of Modern, Flair, RPM and Kent. There are certainly some rocking gems like the two versions of Long Gone Daddy by Pat Cupp, the two cuts by Clarence Garlow, Sammy Masters' Red Cadillac, Snake Eyed Mama by Don Cole and, best of all, Jesse James' stupendous Red Hot Rockin' Blues. But there's also a fair amount of expendable stuff like Pat Cupp's dire ballads, the mediocre previously unissued demos by Jesse James and Danny Flores' forgettable update of You Are My Sunshine. Mercy Dee was a great blues artist but his rock 'n' roll song Come Back Maybelline is pretty pathetic. I guess Ace were determined to fill up a whole CD of rockers from the Modern group of labels even if what was available only warranted half a CD! Still it does have a nice booklet. (FS)
BARKER BROTHERS: Hey Little Mama/ Lovin' Honey/ You Can't Stay Here/ BIG DUKE: Baby, Beat It/ DON COLE: Saturday Night Party Time/ Snake Eyed Mama/ Sweet Lovin' Honey/ PAT CUPP: Baby Come Back/ Do Me No Wrong/ I Guess It's Meant That Way/ I Won't Remember To Cry/ Long Gone Daddy (r&b Version)/ Long Gone Daddy (rockabilly Version)/ That Girl Of Mine/ DANNY BOY: Don't Go Pretty Baby/ LEE DENSON: High School Hop/ DANNY FLORES: You Are My Sunshine/ CLARENCE GARLOW: Crawfishin'/ Route 90/ JESSE JAMES: Red Hot Rockin' Blues/ Red Hot Rockin' Rally (demo)/ Rock Daddy Rock (demo)/ South's Gonna Rise Again/ South's Gonna Rise Again (rockabilly Version)/ JACK LEWIS: Toodle-oo/ LONG TALL MARVIN: Have Mercy, Miss Percy/ SAMMY MASTERS: Pink Cadillac/ Some Like It Hot/ OSCAR MCLOLLIE: Roll, Hot Rod, Roll/ MERCY DEE: Come Back, Maybellene/ VAN ROBINSON: Basis Of Rock'n' Roll/ ARTIE WILSON: Jerry Jerry

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 491 Louisiana Rockers ● CD $18.98
This is the fourth volume on CD from Ace in this series, reissuing another 2 dozen swampland gems originally recorded in the 50's and 60's for Eddie Shuler's Goldband Records out of Lake Charles, LA. There aren't any big hits here or even much in the way of local hits but there's some great music all the same. Goldband recorded most of the various Southern styles but this collection mostly sticks to what was called rock'n'roll. White rocker Gene Terry sings the classic shaker Cindy Lou , bluesman Jimmy Wilson adds some Louisiana hot sauce to Yankee Danky Doodle , Ray Gerdsen & the Yellow Jackets set up a furious pace on Bye Bye Baby , Clemae by Jerry Morris sounds like something Esquerita would come up with, Cookie & the Cupcakes are excellent as usual on I Keep Crying and on and on. A couple of the ballads are sophomoric but the surprises here more than make up for a few duds, especially the lowdown, funky talkin' blues of Devil Made Me Say That by Danny James. (AE)
ELTON ANDERSON: Catch That Train/ I Love You/ COOKIE: I Keep Cryin'/ GABE DEAN: Slop And Stroll Jolie Blonde/ AL FERRIER: Muscadine Mule/ RAY GERDSEN WITH THE YELLOW JACKETS: Bye Bye Baby/ Fattie Hattie/ CHUCK HILLIER: Do You Take Me For A Fool/ IVORY JACKSON: Orelia/ DANNY JAMES: Devil Made Me Say That/ LITTLE EDDIE: Linda Lu/ FRANKIE LOWERY: Why Did You Leave Me/ JERRY MORRIS: Clemae/ JAY NELSON: Silly Dilly/ CHARLES PAGE: Baby You Been To School/ BILL PARKER'S SHOWBOAT BAND: Sweet Potato Mash/ CHARLES PERRYWELL AND THE FAIRLANES: Come Along With Me/ LIONEL PREVOST: Flim Flam/ JAY RICHARDS: Wiggle Rock/ DUKE STEVENS: Emmagene/ GENE TERRY & THE DOWNBEATS: No Mail Today/ GENE TERRY AND THE DOWN BEATS: Cindy Lou/ JIMMY WILSON: Yankee Danky Doodle/ THE YELLOW JACKETS: Chickee Town Rock

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 844 Love That Louie ● CD $18.98
A tribute to one of the all time greatest rock 'n' roll songs that has been performed over the years by thousands of artists and recorded by hundreds and even provided the basis for a book by Dave Marsh. Though not the first this is the most authoritative aural survey of the phenomenon featuring, of course, the original 1957 version by Richard Berry (from original mastertape for the first time), songs that may have influenced the composition, Northwest garage groups that first brought it to prominence in the early 60s (Rockin' Robin Roberts & The Wailers, Kingsmen, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Sonics, etc), miscellaneous American and British covers (Otis Redding, Travis Wammack, The Kinks, Sounds Orchestra, etc), songs featuring rewrites of the lyrics (Jack E. Lee & The Squires, The Kingsmen), sequels to the song from Richard Berry & Paul Revere & The Raiders and ends with Toots & The Maytals reggae treatment. Includes 20 page booklet with introduction by Dave Marsh and incredibly detailed notes from Alec Palao with interviews and loads of photos and other visual ephemera.
THE BEACH BOYS: Louie Louie/ CHUCK BERRY: Havana Moon/ RICHARD BERRY & THE PHAROAHS: Have Love Will Travel/ Louie Louie/ DON & THE GOODTIMES: Louie Louie/ JACK ELY & THE COURTMEN: Louie Louie '66/ H.B. & THE CHECKMATES: Louise Louise/ THE KINGSMEN: Long Green/ Louie Louie/ THE KINKS: Louie Louie/ JACK E. LEE & THE SQUIRES: Love That Louie/ LITTLE BILL with the ADVENTURERS and the: Louie Louie/ JOHNNY MERCER with PAUL WESTON & HIS ORCHESTRA: One For My Baby/ OTIS REDDING: Louie Louie/ PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Louie Go Home/ Louie Louie/ ROCKIN' ROBIN ROBERTS & THE WAILERS: Louie Louie/ THE SANDPIPERS: Louie Louie/ THE SONICS: Louie Louie/ SOUNDS ORCHESTRAL: Louie Louie/ THE SWAMP RATS: Louie Louie/ TOOTS & THE MAYTALS: Louie Louie/ RENE TOUZET: El Loco Cha Cha/ TRAVIS WAMMACK: Louie Louie

 

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