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

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206655728
  • Catalog Number: 066557

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Loco-Motion (2:27)
  2. 2 Big Girls Don't Cry - The Four Seasons (2:25)
  3. 3 Sugar Shack (2:01)
  4. 4 Stand by Me - Ben E. King (2:59)
  5. 5 Because They're Young - Duane Eddy (2:01)
  6. 6 Venus in Blue Jeans (2:24)
  7. 7 Duke of Earl (2:27)
  8. 8 When Will I Be Loved? (2:02)
  9. 9 Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis (2:22)
  10. 10 Only Love Can Break a Heart (2:49)
  11. 11 Runaway (2:21)
  12. 12 Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca (2:09)
  13. 13 I Love How You Love Me (2:06)
  14. 14 Poetry in Motion (2:33)
  15. 15 Travelin' Man - Rick Nelson (2:22)
  16. 16 Raindrops (2:52)
  17. 17 Bobby's Girl (2:25)
  18. 18 Forever (2:24)
  19. 19 A Million to One - The Revellettes (2:31)
  20. 20 Let the Little Girl Dance (2:21)
  21. 21 Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (2:43)
  22. 22 Finger Poppin' Time (2:36)
  23. 23 Hey! Baby (2:24)
  24. 24 Palisades Park (1:54)
  25. 25 Two Faces Have I - Lou Christie (2:43)
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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, Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good overview, but missing major entries

    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!

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