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Radio Gold: Special Bigger in Britain Edition
     

Radio Gold: Special Bigger in Britain Edition

 
The idea behind Radio Gold: Special Bigger in Britain Edition is specific but good: round up songs by American artists that wound up being bigger smashes in the United Kingdom than they were in their homeland. The 24 songs here are from a very specific period -- 1956-1963, aka the years after

Overview

The idea behind Radio Gold: Special Bigger in Britain Edition is specific but good: round up songs by American artists that wound up being bigger smashes in the United Kingdom than they were in their homeland. The 24 songs here are from a very specific period -- 1956-1963, aka the years after Elvis and before the Beatles. During this time, rock & roll sat side by side with sock-hop pop, and the 24 selections here ever so slightly lean toward the latter, favoring novelties, pieces of exaggerated Americana, and cloying pop over straight-up rock & roll or R&B. Perhaps not so coincidentally, there aren't many straight-up classics here -- the album-opening "Blue Bayou" by Roy Orbison and Jim Reeves' "Welcome to My World" are the closest, followed by Eddie Cochran's "My Way" (a staple of British rock & roll groups), then Buddy Holly's "Reminiscing" and Frankie Laine's "Rawhide," although much of its appeal is down to the Blues Brothers -- but it's certainly fascinating to hear the songs that wound up climbing the U.K. charts. This is a time capsule of pre-Beatles British pop, sometimes surprisingly swinging (Gene Vincent's "Pistol Packin' Mama"), sometimes quite sweet (Del Shannon's "Two Kinds of Teardrops"), but often kind of corny...which doesn't mean it's not a good time, of course.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2013
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667053525
catalogNumber:
6705352

Tracks

  1. Blue Bayou
  2. Reminiscing
  3. Giddy Up a Ding Dong
  4. Swinging On a Star
  5. Multiplication
  6. My Little Girl
  7. Welcome to My World
  8. When Mexico Gave Up the Rhumba
  9. My Way
  10. Here Comes That Feelin'
  11. Rockin' Through the Rye
  12. Mountain Greenery
  13. Two Kinds of Teardrops
  14. Pistol Packin' Mama
  15. I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent
  16. Johnny Will
  17. The Folk Singer
  18. I Dig You Baby
  19. The Ballad of Paladin
  20. English Country Garden
  21. Mona Lisa
  22. How Many Tears
  23. Love Makes the World Go Round (Yeah Yeah)
  24. Rawhide

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