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The Class & Rendezvous Story

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Leon Rene was the principal figure in running the affiliated Class and Rendezvous labels, who recorded a good amount of early Los Angeles R&B-influenced rock'n'roll in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It's a good bet that just two of the 24 songs on this compilation will be familiar to general rock fans: Bobby Day's classic "Rockin' Robin" and B. Bumble & the Stingers' eccentric instrumental "Nut Rocker," based on a part of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite." Those are the first two tracks on this CD, and that leaves 22 more to go, most of them pretty obscure, though actually they had more chart success than you might suspect. Indeed about half the songs on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Leon Rene was the principal figure in running the affiliated Class and Rendezvous labels, who recorded a good amount of early Los Angeles R&B-influenced rock'n'roll in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It's a good bet that just two of the 24 songs on this compilation will be familiar to general rock fans: Bobby Day's classic "Rockin' Robin" and B. Bumble & the Stingers' eccentric instrumental "Nut Rocker," based on a part of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite." Those are the first two tracks on this CD, and that leaves 22 more to go, most of them pretty obscure, though actually they had more chart success than you might suspect. Indeed about half the songs on the disc charted, so you might also remember Bobby Day's "Over and Over," later a big hit for the Dave Clark Five; Day's original version of "Little Bitty Pretty One," covered for a much bigger hit by Thurston Harris; Eugene Church's solid good-time R&B-rock tune "Pretty Girls Everywhere"; and the Ernie Fields Orchestra's rocked-up "In the Mood," an actual Top Ten hit in 1959, though seldom played on oldies radio. Frankly the goods get less interesting the lower in the charts you go, as demonstrated by Day's "Rockin' Robin"-soundalike "The Bluebird, The Buzzard & the Oriole"; Church's "Miami"; Fields's "Chattanooga Choo Choo"; and the Dyna-Sores' "Alley Oop," the distant third in a field of cover versions which saw the Hollywood Argyles get to #1 with the same tune, and Dante & the Evergreens make the Top Twenty with yet another rendition. Johnny "Guitar" Watson (with his 1959 rock single "The Bear"/"One More Kiss") and Jesse Belvin (with a 1960 single "I'm Confessin'") are the only relatively big names among the flop singles also included on the compilation. Overall it's okay early rock'n'roll just out of the R&B bathtub, with nothing nearly as fine as the classic "Rockin' Robin," though "Pretty Girls Everywhere," "Over and Over," and "Little Bitty Pretty One" are pretty good too. One of the tracks, Fields's "Texas Twister," was previously unissued.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/1994
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667146128
  • Catalog Number: 461
  • Sales rank: 270,911

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day (2:36)
  2. 2 Nut Rocker - B. Bumble & the Stingers (2:01)
  3. 3 Miami - Eugene Church (2:43)
  4. 4 In the Mood - Ernie Fields (2:35)
  5. 5 Little Bitty Pretty One - Bobby Day & the Satellites (2:28)
  6. 6 Hey Girl, Hey Boy - Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker (2:41)
  7. 7 The Bear - Johnny "Guitar" Watson (2:47)
  8. 8 That's My Desire - Bob & Earl (2:41)
  9. 9 Pretty Girls Everywhere - Eugene Church & The Fellows (2:57)
  10. 10 Texas Twister - Ernie Fields (2:16)
  11. 11 I'm Confessin' - Jesse Belvin (2:31)
  12. 12 The Bluebird, the Buzzard and the Oriole - Bobby Day (2:22)
  13. 13 No Time - The Titans (2:24)
  14. 14 Ez-Zee - Googie Rene (2:55)
  15. 15 You Made a Boo Boo - Bob & Earl (2:02)
  16. 16 One More Kiss - Johnny "Guitar" Watson (2:26)
  17. 17 Wow Wow Baby - The Searchers (2:31)
  18. 18 Good News - Eugene Church (3:07)
  19. 19 Alley-Oop - The Dyna-Sores (2:32)
  20. 20 Let Me Know, Let Me Know - Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker (2:31)
  21. 21 Mama Julie - Terry & Jerry (2:29)
  22. 22 I Ain't Goin' for That - Eugene Church (2:19)
  23. 23 Chattanooga Choo Choo - Ernie Field's Orchestra (2:29)
  24. 24 Over and Over - Bobby Day (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse Belvin Track Performer
Bob & Earl Track Performer
Bobby Day Track Performer
The Searchers Track Performer
Plas Johnson Piccolo, Tenor Saxophone
Satellites Track Performer
B. Bumble & the Stingers Track Performer
Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers Track Performer
The Titans Track Performer
Jeanette Baker Track Performer
Red Callender Bass
Earl Track Performer
Ernie Fields Track Performer
Ernie Freeman Piano
Rene Hall Guitar
Earl Palmer Drums
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Track Performer
Eugene Church Track Performer
Googie Rene Track Performer
Terry & Gerry Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jim Dawson Liner Notes
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Ellis Reynolds Composer
Doc Daugherty Composer
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