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|Dave Appell||Arranger, Producer, Engineer|
|Gregg Geller||Reissue Producer|
|Billy Jackson||Composer, Producer|
|Iris Keitel||Art Direction|
|Bernie Lowe||Producer, Executive Producer|
|Steve Rosenthal||Archives Coordinator|
|Frank Slay||Arranger, Producer|
|Hal Miller||Vocal Arrangements|
|Michael Kirk||Sample Clearance|
|Roy Stragis||Arranger, Composer|
|Maria Papazahariou||Session Research|
|Seth Adkins||Sample Clearance|
|Teri Landi||Reissue Producer, Tape Research, Session Research|
|Janessa Gursky||Assistant Art Director|
|Alisa Coleman||Art Direction|
|Jody H. Klein||Reissue Producer|
Posted February 2, 2011
Although Cameo Parkway was the home of Chubbie Checker and Bobby Rydell, it's easy to forget that it was also a haven of great R&B performers, as well as a few one-shot groups. This is pretty much a sampler of a 4-CD boxed set containing practically everything in the Cameo canon. While hearing Chubbie Checker doing several different versions of "The Twist" may be as necessary as a reunion of The Starlight Vocal Band, "Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits" also features lots of terrific stuff from Dee Dee Sharp, whose "Mashed Potato Time" is a perfect reclamation of The Motown Sound. Some of these songs are still familiar with listeners today, such as The Tymes' original version of "So Much In Love". However, how many of us remember The Cool Ghoul, John Zacherle's "Dinner With Drac", a tune which makes you laugh even when it's not Halloween. Then just as you finish hearing Bobby Rydell & Chubbie Checker doing a less-than-spectacular version of "Jingle Bell Rock", the CD ends with one of the most spectacular garage rock songs ever made, "96 Tears" by ? and The Mysterians. As good as this collection is, try to look for "Cameo Parkway Holiday Hits". This hard-to-find gem contains, among other things, a Bob Dylan soundalike version of "White Christmas" as well as a fantastic 1966 Bob Seger song, "Santa's Got A Brand New Bag".Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
After waiting decades for the original Cameo & Parkway hits to be available on CD, Allen Klein released them on his ABKCO Records label.
For years the only versions of hits like Chubby Checker's "The Twist" or Bobby Rydell's "Volare" were substandard re-records. No longer! All the Cameo/Parkway gems are now in clean, clear digital sound on CD.
The multi-CD Cameo/Parkway Box Set is a bit pricey but it includes a host of rare singles and non charting singles to please the collectors out there.
This single CD: CAMEO/PARKWAY: The Greatest Hits, narrows this once mighty Philadelphia hit factory down to 24 essential hits.
Chubby Checker's biggest hits are included: "The Twist", "Limbo Rock" and "Let's Twist Again". Also the Dovells' "Bristol Stomp" and "You Can't Sit Down". The biggest hits by Bobby Rydell, The Tymes , Dee Dee Sharp & The Orlons are also here! Yes, you miss out on some very rare tunes, Jo Ann Campbell's "(I'm The Girl From)WOLVERTON MOUNTAIN" and "The 81" by Candy & The Kisses which are only on the multi disc Box Set, but the big Cameo/Parkway hits are all here in one delightful hit-filled CD.
Thanks go out to Jody Klein for putting this single disc together!