Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years - The Early 60's

Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years - The Early 60's

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There's nothing too obscure or thematically ambitious about this compilation: it's just a 25-song collection of Top Tenners from 1960-63, taken from all corners of the pop-rock spectrum. Maybe it's too predictable for some listeners, particularly collectors who are likely to have much or all of this somewhere else in their library. But on its own terms, it's very good

Overview

There's nothing too obscure or thematically ambitious about this compilation: it's just a 25-song collection of Top Tenners from 1960-63, taken from all corners of the pop-rock spectrum. Maybe it's too predictable for some listeners, particularly collectors who are likely to have much or all of this somewhere else in their library. But on its own terms, it's very good, and in its own way a demonstration that the early '60s were far from a desert for creative rock'n'roll, spawning their share of both great classics and hits that, if not classic, were at least pretty fun. As far as great classics, this disc gives you Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion," Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl," the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved," Del Shannon's "Runaway," Dee Clark's "Raindrops," the Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?," and Bruce Channel's "Hey! Baby." As far as songs that are at the very least a heck of a lot of a fun, there's Bobby Lewis' "Tossin' and Turnin'," Ernie Maresca's "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)," Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park," Billy Bland's "Let the Little Girl Dance," and Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' "Finger Poppin' Time." You also get teen idols (Jimmy Clanton's "Venus in Blue Jeans," Ricky Nelson's "Travelin' Man"), instrumental rock (Duane Eddy's "Because They're Young"), and melodrama (Gene Pitney's "Only Love Can Break a Heart"). True, only a couple of these items have escaped incessant oldies rotation, those being the Little Dippers' easy-listening country-pop number "Forever" and, perhaps, Jimmy Charles' soul-tinged ballad "A Million to One." Should your shelves not yet be stuffed with music from the era, though, it's a pretty good sampling of some of the era's better music, annotated with reasonable thoroughness.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Varese Fontana
UPC:
0030206655728
catalogNumber:
066557

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Burt Bacharach   Conductor
Billy Mure   Conductor

Technical Credits

Hank Ballard   Composer,Producer
Lou Christie   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
Carole King   Arranger,Composer
Del Shannon   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Arranger,Composer
Bruce Channel   Composer
Dee Clark   Composer
Phil Everly   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Lee Hazlewood   Producer
Jerry Leiber   Composer,Producer
Barry Mann   Composer
Ernie Maresca   Composer,Producer
Bob Crewe   Composer,Producer
Billy Mure   Arranger
Norman Petty   Producer
Phil Spector   Producer
Ritchie Adams   Composer
Archie Bleyer   Producer
Calvin Carter   Producer
Don Costa   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Evren Göknar   Remixing
Wally Gold   Composer,Producer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Producer
Jack Keller   Composer
Buddy Killen   Composer,Producer
Gary Klein   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Phil Medley   Composer
Joe Rene   Arranger
Aaron Schroeder   Composer,Producer
Frank Slay   Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer,Producer
Hy Weiss   Producer
Lester Sill   Producer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Keith McCormack   Composer
Nick Cenci   Producer
Luther Dixon   Producer
Bill Smith   Producer
Bernice Williams   Composer
Harry Balk   Producer
Marty Wekser   Remixing
David Kirschner   Producer
Hank Hoffman   Composer
Mike Anthony   Composer
Steve Massie   Producer
Eugene Dixon   Composer
Earl Montgomery   Producer
Carl Spencer   Composer
Earl Edwards   Composer
Chuck Barris   Composer
Margaret Cobb   Composer
Faye Voss   Composer
Carl Glover   Composer
Jerry Fuller   Composer
Larry Kolber   Composer
Twyla Herbert   Composer
Thomas Bogdany   Composer
Marvin Holzman   Producer
Malou Rene   Composer
Carl Davis   Producer

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Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years - The Early 60's 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Varese's second volume in this series focuses on the years 1960-63, a time when rock 'n' roll was in transition between its '50s blues, R&B and country roots and the coming reinvention of the British Invasion. What's captured here includes the softer, poppier work of harmony groups and teen idols like The Four Seasons and Ricky Nelson, a smattering of '50s holdovers like The Everly Brothers, Duane Eddy and Hank Ballard, and neo-soul sides from the likes of Ben E. King and Dee Clark. ¶ At a single disc of 25-tracks, this collection covers a lot of ground, including Brill Building hits, girl groups, soul, teen idols, pop, and adult contemporary - many of the threads that formed the fabric of early 60s radio. Though many of the tracks have been anthologized elsewhere (for good reason!), a few have been less overexposed, including The Little Dippers' superb choral-harmony-meets-country-lounge hit "Forever," Ernie Maresca's swinging' '50s throwback "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)," and Billy Bland's fine soul side, "Let the Little Girl Dance." ¶ Though several important aspects of the early 60s are missing (e.g., Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, Elvis' post-army hits, surf music, the folk revival), what's here is solid gold. Particularly interesting is the view of pop record production that hadn't yet gravitated completely to the coasts (NY/LA), with hits coming from New Mexico ("Sugar Shack"), Nashville ("Poetry in Motion" "Forever"), Chicago ("Raindrops") and Pittsburgh ("Two Face Have I"). True stereo on all cuts except 1-3, 6, 11, 13, 19, 20, 23, 24, and when you hear how much action is packed into Freddy Canon's "Palisades Park," you'll wonder if two tracks was ever really necessary!