Susie Darlin' [Compilation]

Susie Darlin' [Compilation]

by Robin Luke
     
 
Here are 31 Robin Luke songs from the Bertram International and Dot Records vaults, ten of them previously unissued. For some reason, the producers haven't assembled the songs in chronological order, which is annoying. "Susie Darlin'" was a beautiful song with an engaging simplicity, heavily overdubbed, but cut on a primitive recording unit that gave it a strangely

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Here are 31 Robin Luke songs from the Bertram International and Dot Records vaults, ten of them previously unissued. For some reason, the producers haven't assembled the songs in chronological order, which is annoying. "Susie Darlin'" was a beautiful song with an engaging simplicity, heavily overdubbed, but cut on a primitive recording unit that gave it a strangely appealing raw, basic sound, despite its overall prettiness. The rest varies according to whatever contemporary trend Luke and his producers were trying for -- Ricky Nelson seemed to be their benchmark, although "Won't You Please Be Mine" features a Buddy Holly-like sound and "Foggin' Up the Window" (cut with actress Roberta Shore, best remembered for her work on The Virginian) is a cute novelty number. It always seems like a "Peggy Sue"-beat wasn't far from anyone's thinking, at least on Luke's 1959 sessions, which was his biggest year. Some of it, such as "Make Me a Dreamer" and (especially) "All Because of You" is sappy, but the music is all of a piece with a very innocent era in pop-rock, and for balance there are rockers like "You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming" and Luke's cover of "Bad Boy," which has some of the Gene Vincent-like menace of the original, despite being done on the fly at one o'clock in the morning. The Dot Records demos also show Luke working in more of a rock & roll mode, incorporating elements of country and even rockabilly in his sound. Colin Escott's notes are very informative and the photos, including shots of Luke alongside Sam Cooke, Connie Francis, the Everly Brothers and Frankie Avalon, and surrounded by dozens of adoring female fans speak volumes for his appeal and popularity. The sound ranges from good to excellent.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/1994
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127155474
catalogNumber:
15547
Rank:
92216

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Tracks

  1. Susie Darlin'
  2. Well Oh, Well Oh (Don't You Know)
  3. Won't You Please Be Mine
  4. Everlovin'
  5. Five Minutes More
  6. Walking in the Moonlight
  7. Foggin' up the Window
  8. Who's Gonna Hold Your Hand
  9. Make Me a Dreamer
  10. School Bus Love Affair
  11. You Can't Stop Me from Dreaming
  12. Polyanna
  13. Rotten Love
  14. Sugar
  15. It Had to Happen
  16. All Because of You
  17. So Alone
  18. Don't Cry, for You I Love
  19. Poor Little Rich Boy
  20. Part of a Fool
  21. Bad Boy
  22. My Girl
  23. Poor Me
  24. Chicka Chicka Honey
  25. Hayride
  26. Living's Loving You
  27. Strollin' Blues
  28. Mighty River
  29. It Hurts a Little While
  30. Wide Wide World
  31. If You Only Knew My Baby

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robin Luke   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Overdubs
Perry Botkin   Conductor
Jack Halloran   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Johnny Mann Singers   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bill Lawrence   Guitar
Bob Bertram   Percussion,Conductor

Technical Credits

Robin Luke   Illustrations,Guitar Overdubs
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Randy Wood   Producer
Hoffmann Nienburg   Artwork
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Discographical Annotation
Bob Bertram   Arranger,Producer
Billy Baskette   Composer

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