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

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667175029
  • Catalog Number: 750
  • Sales rank: 87,170

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca (2:11)
  2. 2 Whispering Bells - The Del Vikings (2:28)
  3. 3 We Belong Together - Johnny Mitchell (2:48)
  4. 4 Sorry - The Impalas (2:40)
  5. 5 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Freddy Cannon (2:34)
  6. 6 So Fine - The Fiestas (2:21)
  7. 7 Bongo Stomp - Little Joey & The Flips (2:17)
  8. 8 Wicked Ruby - Danny Zella (2:52)
  9. 9 Tragedy - Thomas Wayne & DeLons (2:10)
  10. 10 Here I Stand - Wade Flemons & the Newcomers (2:24)
  11. 11 Gee - The Crows (2:13)
  12. 12 Don't Be Angry - Nappy Brown (2:24)
  13. 13 One Summer Night - The Danleers (2:14)
  14. 14 Lotta Lovin' - Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps (2:12)
  15. 15 Ballad of a Girl and Boy - The Graduates (2:42)
  16. 16 Bullwhip Rock - Cyclones (2:04)
  17. 17 Mojo Workout - Larry Bright (2:17)
  18. 18 Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart - The Furys (2:06)
  19. 19 Air Travel - Ray & Bob (2:20)
  20. 20 Once upon a Time - Johnny Wyatt (2:54)
  21. 21 The Fool - Sanford Clark (2:46)
  22. 22 Speedoo - The Cadillacs (2:20)
  23. 23 My Wife Can't Cook - Lonnie Russ (2:34)
  24. 24 Running Bear - Johnny Preston (2:38)
  25. 25 The Mountain's High - Dick & Dee Dee (2:15)
  26. 26 A Thousand Miles Away - The Heartbeats (2:27)
  27. 27 Hey Girl, Hey Boy - Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker (2:45)
  28. 28 Been So Long - The Pastels (2:42)
  29. 29 I Don't Love You No More - Jimmy Norman (2:31)
  30. 30 Hot Rod Lincoln - Johnny Bond (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nappy Brown Track Performer
Freddy Cannon Track Performer
The Del Vikings Track Performer
Gene Vincent Track Performer
Sanford Clark Track Performer
The 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
The Danleers Track Performer
Johnny Bond Track Performer
The 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
The Pastels Track Performer
Lonnie Russ Track Performer
Technical Credits
Rickie Lee Jones Composer
Jorma Kaukonen Composer
Jan Garbarek Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Ernie Maresca Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
H.B. Barnum Composer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Eddie Sauter Composer
Ray Topping Liner Notes
Sam Weiss Composer
Jon Broven Compilation Research
Rob Finnis Liner Notes, Compilation Research
Trevor Churchill Compilation Research
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Bernice Bedwell Composer
Tommy Bedwell Composer
Thomas Bogdany Composer
Lorenzo Patterson Composer
Ace Cover Photo
L. Goodman Composer
J. Bright Composer
Lowery Composer
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