Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: Special Novelty Edition

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Name any big rock & roll novelty hit from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, the sillier the better, and the odds are it's on this 30-song compilation. As just a sample of the big hits here, this has the Ran-Dells' "Martian Hop"; Sheb Wooley's "The Purple People Eater"; David Seville's "Witch Doctor"; the Playmates' "Beep Beep"; Barry Mann's "Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp)"; Gene Simmons' "Haunted House"; the Detergents' "Leader of the Pack" satire "Leader of the Laundromat" (probably the funniest thing here); and, closing the disc, Napoleon XIV's legendarily grating "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!" Naturally, some of the big hits included weren't ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Name any big rock & roll novelty hit from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, the sillier the better, and the odds are it's on this 30-song compilation. As just a sample of the big hits here, this has the Ran-Dells' "Martian Hop"; Sheb Wooley's "The Purple People Eater"; David Seville's "Witch Doctor"; the Playmates' "Beep Beep"; Barry Mann's "Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp)"; Gene Simmons' "Haunted House"; the Detergents' "Leader of the Pack" satire "Leader of the Laundromat" (probably the funniest thing here); and, closing the disc, Napoleon XIV's legendarily grating "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!" Naturally, some of the big hits included weren't as funny as they were popular, like Larry Verne's "Mr. Custer," Brian Hyland's "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," Ray Stevens' "Ahab the Arab," and Buzz Clifford's "Baby Sittin' Boogie." Those are necessary to get a full view of the range of early rock & roll novelty hits, though, and as compensation there are quite a few semi-forgotten amusing small novelty hits, like Murry Kellum's "Long Tall Texan" (covered soon afterward by the Beach Boys), Jimmy Cross' tasteless death rock satire "I Want My Baby Back," Stan Freberg's "The Old Payola Roll Blues," and Spencer & Spencer's "Russian Band Stand" (a simulation of how American Bandstand might have been conducted in the former Soviet Union). As grounds for mild criticism, "Transfusion" would have made a better Nervous Norvus cut than "Ape Call," and the version of "Alley-Oop" is not the number one hit version by the Hollywood Argyles, but the (admittedly far rarer) one by the Dyna-Sores, which made it up to a mere number 59. But overall it's the most in-depth collection of the genre ever produced, accompanied by a 32-page booklet of detailed liner notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667198028
  • Catalog Number: 980
  • Sales rank: 13,456

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Martian Hop - The Ran-Dells (2:15)
  2. 2 Mr. Bass Man - Johnny Cymbal (2:34)
  3. 3 I Want My Baby Back - Jimmy Cross (3:22)
  4. 4 Baby Sittin' Boogie - Buzz Clifford (2:02)
  5. 5 Yogi - The Ivy Three (2:12)
  6. 6 Ape Call - Nervous Norvus (2:36)
  7. 7 Delicious! - Jim Backus (3:05)
  8. 8 Long Tall Texan (2:04)
  9. 9 Mr. Custer - Larry Verne (3:07)
  10. 10 The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley (2:14)
  11. 11 The Flying Saucer, Pt. 1 - Buchanan & Goodman (2:35)
  12. 12 Rip Van Winkle - The Devotions (2:18)
  13. 13 Witch Doctor - David Seville (2:21)
  14. 14 Russian Band Stand - Sonia Pryor Choir (1:49)
  15. 15 Beep Beep - The Playmates (2:30)
  16. 16 More Money for You and Me Medley: Mr. Blue/Alley Oop/Smoke Gets in ... - The Four Preps (4:48)
  17. 17 The Mummy - Bob McFadden (2:00)
  18. 18 The Blob - The Five Blobs (2:40)
  19. 19 The Little Space Girl - Jesse Lee Turner (2:51)
  20. 20 Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) - Edward Brynes (2:04)
  21. 21 Itsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Brian Hyland (2:22)
  22. 22 Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp) - Barry Mann (2:43)
  23. 23 Psycho - Bobby Hendricks (2:28)
  24. 24 Ahab the Arab - Ray Stevens (2:50)
  25. 25 Haunted House - Kiss (2:33)
  26. 26 Alley-Oop - The Dyna-Sores (2:30)
  27. 27 The Old Payola Roll Blues - Stan Freberg (4:24)
  28. 28 Ambrose, Pt. 5 - Linda Laurie (2:34)
  29. 29 Leader of the Laundromat - The Detergents (3:11)
  30. 30 They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haa! - Napoleon XIV (2:12)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Stan Freberg Composer
Sheb Wooley Composer
Ray Stevens Composer
Clyde McPhatter Composer
Johnny Parker Composer
Gene Roland Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Dickie Goodman Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Johnny Cymbal Composer
Rod McKuen Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Ross Bagdasarian Composer
Bruce Belland Composer
Perry Botkin Jr. Composer
Al DeLory Composer
Mort Garson Composer
Dave Guard Arranger
Otto Harbach Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Charles Koppelman Composer
Glen Larson Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Jerry Samuels Composer
Henry Strzelecki Composer
Paul Vance Composer
Gil Garfield Composer
Jimmy Oliver Composer
Lee Pockriss Composer
Robert Rappaport Composer
Steve Rappaport Composer
Ray Sanchez Composer
John Spirt Composer
Jesse Lee Turner Composer
Rob Finnis Annotation
Phil Smee Cover Art
Mack David Composer
Lou Sprung Composer
Lou Stallman Composer
Irving Taylor Composer
DeWayne Blackwell Composer
Jacque Cascales Composer
Carl Cicchetti Composer
Donald Claps Composer
Fred Darian Composer
Robert Geddins Composer
Sid Jacobson Composer
Tom Galzer Arranger
Wes McWain Composer
Dennis Frazier Composer
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