All-American Rock 'n' Roll from Fraternity Records 1959-1961

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
One of the most curious of all the independent record companies that dotted the Midwest and dabbled in rock & roll in the 1950s and '60s was Harry Carlson's Fraternity Records, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Curious because Carlson was 50 years old when he started the label in 1954 and his musical background was of another era far removed from the country and blues talent being gobbled up by his neighbor, Syd Nathan's King Records. His own tastes ran toward M.O.R. romantic ballads and light orchestral arrangements and the first 40 or so releases on the label reflect that, with Cathy Carr's "Ivory Tower" and Jimmy Dorsey's "So Rare" neither compiled here for obvious reasons ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
One of the most curious of all the independent record companies that dotted the Midwest and dabbled in rock & roll in the 1950s and '60s was Harry Carlson's Fraternity Records, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Curious because Carlson was 50 years old when he started the label in 1954 and his musical background was of another era far removed from the country and blues talent being gobbled up by his neighbor, Syd Nathan's King Records. His own tastes ran toward M.O.R. romantic ballads and light orchestral arrangements and the first 40 or so releases on the label reflect that, with Cathy Carr's "Ivory Tower" and Jimmy Dorsey's "So Rare" neither compiled here for obvious reasons becoming the first big hits for the label. But within a couple of years, Carlson was making his first tentative moves toward the rock & roll market, and the 20 tracks compiled here reflect some of the best the label had to offer between 1956 to 1959. Kicking off with three recordings by the energetic Sparkle Moore -- one of the few female rockabillies recording for any label back in those times -- both "Rock-A-Bop" and "Killer" shine with a D.I.Y. breathless vocal approach from the girl that outshines the relatively square backing she receives from the Dan Belloc Orchestra. Dale Wright clocks in with three superlative winners, including his big hit, "She's Neat," the funny but all too true "That's Showbiz," and the bluesy rock-a-ballad "You're The Answer," all exhibiting a wilder tone to the backing than most Fraternity singles. For years, collectors assumed that Bill Parsons' 1958 hit "The All American Boy" was country singer Bobby Bare under an assumed name, which was true, as Bare sold off all his rights because he was entering the service. But to confuse the story -- and it is a very confused one -- even further, this compilation brings to light four novelty rockers by the real Bill Parsons, sounding very much like the Bobby Bare on "The All American Boy," most notably on the extremely similar "Absolutely Nothin'" and "Jungle Bandstand." But Bobby Bare finally gets his due with alternate takes of "The All American Boy," and its flip "Rubber Dolly" credited correctly to him with a 1959 track, "Buddies with the Blues," thrown in to round things out. Great one-offs from Jesse Lee Turner "That's My Girl", Robin Hood Brians "Dis a Itty Bit!", Jimmy Jeffers and the Jokers "Teardrops from My Eyes", Richard Turley "Makin' Love with My Baby" and a pair from lightweight rocker Carl Dobkins, Jr. "Take Hold of My Hand" and "That's Why I'm Asking" complete this excellent package. Fraternity may not have been the most committed of labels when it came to recording the shakin' music although they had hits with Lonnie Mack and the Casinos into the late '60s, but they left behind some fine sides, and many of them are collected right here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/20/1993
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667131629
  • Catalog Number: 316
  • Sales rank: 352,364

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock-A-Bop - Sparkle Moore (2:12)
  2. 2 Flower of My Heart - Sparkle Moore (2:26)
  3. 3 Killer - Sparkle Moore (2:33)
  4. 4 She's Neat - D. Wright (2:00)
  5. 5 Take Hold of My Hand - Carl Dobkins Jr. (2:02)
  6. 6 Makin' Love with My Baby - All American Boys' Orchestra (2:18)
  7. 7 That's My Girl - Jesse Lee Turner (1:53)
  8. 8 Absolutely Nothin' - Bill Parsons (3:03)
  9. 9 Try It No More - Gene Marcum (1:59)
  10. 10 That's Show Biz - D. Wright (2:30)
  11. 11 That's Why I'm Asking - Carl Dobkins Jr. (2:12)
  12. 12 Dance, Dance, Dance - Bill Parsons (2:37)
  13. 13 You're the Answer - D. Wright (2:23)
  14. 14 Dis a Itty Bit! - Robin "Hood" Brians (2:27)
  15. 15 Buddies with the Blues - All American Boys' Orchestra (2:26)
  16. 16 Hand Me Down My Rockin' Shoes - Bill Parsons (2:06)
  17. 17 Teardrops from My Eyes @@Jeffers, Jimmy & The Jokers (2:11)
  18. 18 Jungle Bandstand - Bill Parsons (2:37)
  19. 19 Rubber Dolly - Bobby Bare (2:03)
  20. 20 The All American Boy - Bobby Bare (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Bare Track Performer
Carl Dobkins Jr. Track Performer
Robin "Hood" Brians Track Performer
D. Wright Track Performer
Bill Parsons Track Performer
Jesse Lee Turner Track Performer
Dan Belloc Track Performer
Richard Turley Track Performer
Sparkle Moore Track Performer
Technical Credits
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Barbara Morgan Composer
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