Teenage Crush, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Twenty-eight more of what Ace refers to as "rockaballads" from the late '50s and early '60s -- that is, the very poppiest and most ballad-oriented shade of early rock & roll, or tracks that are essentially pop songs but had enough rock or teen idol influence to appeal to a teen audience. It's a bit hard to figure which fans might want to pick this up. The best and most famous tracks -- Eddie Cochran's "Sittin' in the Balcony," Ritchie Valens' "Donna," Jimmie Rodgers' "Honeycomb," and Skeeter Davis' "The End of the World" -- have been easily available on reissues for decades. So have hits like Frankie Avalon's "Venus," George Hamilton IV's "A Rose and a Baby ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Twenty-eight more of what Ace refers to as "rockaballads" from the late '50s and early '60s -- that is, the very poppiest and most ballad-oriented shade of early rock & roll, or tracks that are essentially pop songs but had enough rock or teen idol influence to appeal to a teen audience. It's a bit hard to figure which fans might want to pick this up. The best and most famous tracks -- Eddie Cochran's "Sittin' in the Balcony," Ritchie Valens' "Donna," Jimmie Rodgers' "Honeycomb," and Skeeter Davis' "The End of the World" -- have been easily available on reissues for decades. So have hits like Frankie Avalon's "Venus," George Hamilton IV's "A Rose and a Baby Ruth," the Fleetwoods' "Come Softly to Me," and others. Almost half of these are lesser-known cuts, several of which only charted in the 20s or so, and are hard to find on reissues and indeed rarely played even on oldies radio. The problem is, these cuts have been neglected for a reason; they're often facile teen pop songs that aren't very good, like Tony Bellus' "Robbin' the Cradle," Bobby Curtola's "Fortune Teller," Dale Ward's abominable "Letter from Sherry," and Garry Miles' "Look for a Star." About the most interesting off-the-beaten-path item is Jimmy Elledge's version of Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away," which hit number 22 in 1961. This isn't that bad a listen, and points go to Ace for including a wide spectrum of light early ballad rock -- including black artists like Brook Benton and one-shots like singer Ed Townsend, who made the Top 20 in 1958 with "For Your Love" -- but it's no great shakes either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/1999
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667170123
  • Catalog Number: 701
  • Sales rank: 58,216

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sittin' In The Balcony - Eddie Cochran (2:00)
  2. 2 Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods (2:26)
  3. 3 Donna - Ritchie Valens (2:30)
  4. 4 Fortune Teller - Bobby Curtola (2:45)
  5. 5 Venus in Blue Jeans - Jimmy Clanton (2:21)
  6. 6 Endlessly - Brook Benton (2:20)
  7. 7 A Teenager's Romance - Rick Nelson (2:20)
  8. 8 I've Come Of Age - Billy Storm (2:55)
  9. 9 Robbin' The Cradle - Tony Bellus (2:36)
  10. 10 Sandy - Larry Hall (2:30)
  11. 11 For Your Love - Ed Townsend (2:52)
  12. 12 You're Sixteen - Johnny Burnette (1:59)
  13. 13 I Only Have Eyes for You - The Flamingos (3:24)
  14. 14 Dear One - Larry Finnegan (3:03)
  15. 15 The Three Bells - The Browns (2:52)
  16. 16 Funny How Time Slips Away - Jimmy Elledge (2:51)
  17. 17 Honeycomb - Jimmie F. Rodgers (2:17)
  18. 18 A Rose And A Baby Ruth - George Hamilton IV (2:01)
  19. 19 The End of the World - Skeeter Davis (2:39)
  20. 20 Look For A Star - Garry Mills (2:26)
  21. 21 Letter From Sherry - Dale Ward (2:22)
  22. 22 Venus - Frankie Avalon (2:23)
  23. 23 Let Me Belong to You - Brian Hyland (3:05)
  24. 24 Dream Lover - Bobby Darin (2:32)
  25. 25 Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter (2:46)
  26. 26 Sixteen Reasons - Connie Stevens (1:58)
  27. 27 So This Is Love - The Castells (2:46)
  28. 28 The Theme From "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith (2:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Track Performer
Percy Faith Track Performer
Brook Benton Track Performer
Eddie Cochran Track Performer
Bobby Darin Track Performer
The Fleetwoods Track Performer
Brian Hyland Track Performer
Frankie Avalon Track Performer
Tony Bellus Track Performer
Jimmy Clanton Track Performer
Billy Storm Track Performer
George Hamilton IV Track Performer
Connie Stevens Track Performer
The Browns Track Performer
The Castells Track Performer
Jimmie F. Rodgers Track Performer
Johnny Burnette Track Performer
Skeeter Davis Track Performer
The Flamingos Track Performer
Larry Hall Track Performer
Rick Nelson Track Performer
Ed Townsend Track Performer
Ritchie Valens Track Performer
Dale Ward Track Performer
Bobby Curtola Track Performer
Jimmy Elledge Track Performer
Larry Finnegan Track Performer
Garry Mills Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Tom Verlaine Composer
Brian Burrows Cover Design
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Richard M. Sherman Composer
Rob Finnis Liner Notes
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Johnny Dee Composer
Naomi Neville Composer
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