Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 8

Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 8

     
 
This is a decent if inconsistent blend of rock & roll oldies from the 1950s and early 1960s. There are a lot of big hits on the 30-song disc, many of them best heard in the context of a compilation, since they're by artists that didn't have much else in the way of classics: the Fiestas' "So Fine," the Impalas' "Sorry (I Ran All the Way

Overview

This is a decent if inconsistent blend of rock & roll oldies from the 1950s and early 1960s. There are a lot of big hits on the 30-song disc, many of them best heard in the context of a compilation, since they're by artists that didn't have much else in the way of classics: the Fiestas' "So Fine," the Impalas' "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)," Ernie Maresca's wildly energetic pour-on-the-cliches "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)," the Cadillacs' "Speedoo," the Dell-Vikings' "Whispering Bells," the Heartbeats' "A Thousand Miles Away," the Crows' "Gee," and Thomas Wayne's "Tragedy." There are also a bunch of mid-to-low-charting rarities that are so much less impressive and memorable (though sometimes zestily delivered) than the big hits that one wonders if payola was involved in getting them to the lowly rankings they attained. A few worthwhile obscurities do sneak through, like R&B star Nappy Brown's surprise 1955 pop hit "Don't Be Angry," with its stuttering vocal hook; Larry Bright's hard rocking adaptation of "I Got My Mojo Workin'" into "Mojo Workout"; the Furys' infectious cover of "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"; Johnny Bond's country-rockabilly hit "Hot Rod Lincoln"; and Jimmy Norman's hard rockin' New Orleans-styled "I Don't Love You No More (I Don't Care About You)," an answer record to Barbara George's "I Know" that never quite sustains the momentum of its opening spoken phone call.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/1999
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667175029
catalogNumber:
750
Rank:
63095

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Performance Credits

Nappy Brown   Track Performer
Freddy Cannon   Track Performer
Del Vikings   Track Performer
Gene Vincent   Track Performer
Sanford Clark   Track Performer
Crows   Track Performer
Dick & Dee Dee   Track Performer
Wade Flemons   Track Performer
Ernie Maresca   Track Performer
Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers   Track Performer
Johnny Preston   Track Performer
Danleers   Track Performer
Johnny Bond   Track Performer
Fiestas   Track Performer
Jeanette Baker   Track Performer
Larry Bright   Track Performer
Robert Carr   Track Performer
Cyclones   Track Performer
Little Joey   Track Performer
Johnny Mitchell   Track Performer
Jimmy Norman   Track Performer
Thomas Wayne   Track Performer
Johnny Wyatt   Track Performer
Danny Zella   Track Performer
Pastels   Track Performer
Lonnie Russ   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jorma Kaukonen   Composer
Ernie Maresca   Composer
H.B. Barnum   Composer
Eddie Sauter   Composer
Ray Topping   Liner Notes
Jon Broven   Compilation Research
Rob Finnis   Liner Notes,Compilation Research
Trevor Churchill   Compilation Research
Bernice Bedwell   Composer
Tommy Bedwell   Composer
Thomas Bogdany   Composer
Ace   Cover Photo
J. Bright   Composer
James Hanley   Composer
Lowery   Composer

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