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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This five-CD set contains more Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers than any casual fan has likely ever thought of listening to, much less owning. Only one of its five CDs is less than satisfying, yet only a portion of this collection contains music that is actually important to the history of rock & roll. The first disc contains everything that Lymon and the Teenagers recorded together for official release. By the second disc, we're already into the Teenagers' recordings without Lymon, as well as live performances by Lymon and the Teenagers from The Ed Sullivan Show and various Alan Freed concert events. The final three discs are made up entirely of Lymon's solo sides from...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This five-CD set contains more Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers than any casual fan has likely ever thought of listening to, much less owning. Only one of its five CDs is less than satisfying, yet only a portion of this collection contains music that is actually important to the history of rock & roll. The first disc contains everything that Lymon and the Teenagers recorded together for official release. By the second disc, we're already into the Teenagers' recordings without Lymon, as well as live performances by Lymon and the Teenagers from The Ed Sullivan Show and various Alan Freed concert events. The final three discs are made up entirely of Lymon's solo sides from 1957 through 1968. From the 20 or so familiar early songs, one hears them "progress" to the later numbers, where their vocalizing became more sophisticated and subtle, but less cohesive. Disc three opens the Frankie Lymon solo material, and with all due respect to his memory, it's a disaster. His early solo sides, from 1957 through early 1958, tried to appeal strictly to pop listeners, with results that had no beat or any other serious appeal. Disc four finds him back on track, featuring 30 entertaining and engaging rock & roll songs that show Lymon in extraordinarily good voice. Disc five continues with Lymon's recordings for Columbia in 1964 to his final records in 1968. The sad and surprising part is that a lot of it isn't bad at all. Lymon's voice matured into a fairly nondescript instrument, but he could still put a good song over, as many of these later tracks show.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127157829
  • Catalog Number: 15782
  • Sales rank: 211,982

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (3:00)
  2. 2 Please Be Mine (2:52)
  3. 3 Love Is a Clown (2:13)
  4. 4 Am I Fooling Myself Again (2:52)
  5. 5 I Want You to Be My Girl (1:58)
  6. 6 I'm Not a Know It All (2:41)
  7. 7 I'm Not a Know It All (2:46)
  8. 8 I Promise to Remember (2:08)
  9. 9 ABC's of Love (2:05)
  10. 10 Share (2:14)
  11. 11 I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent (2:29)
  12. 12 Baby Baby (2:12)
  13. 13 Paper Castles (2:33)
  14. 14 Teenage Love (2:25)
  15. 15 Together (2:31)
  16. 16 You (2:53)
  17. 17 It Would Be So Nice (3:02)
  18. 18 Out in the Cold Again (3:19)
  19. 19 Little White Lies (2:44)
  20. 20 Begin the Beguine (3:01)
  21. 21 Love Is a Clown (2:12)
  22. 22 I Want You to Be My Girl (2:18)
  23. 23 I Want You to Be My Girl (3:09)
  24. 24 I'm Not a Know It All (2:33)
  25. 25 Who Can Explain? (1:49)
  26. 26 ABC's of Love (2:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Promise to Remember (2:13)
  2. 2 Share (2:19)
  3. 3 Fortunate Fellow (2:35)
  4. 4 Lost Without Your Love (2:24)
  5. 5 I'll Walk Alone (Without Love) (2:10)
  6. 6 Everything to Me (2:01)
  7. 7 Flip Flop (2:17)
  8. 8 Good Love (2:30)
  9. 9 Flip Flop (2:17)
  10. 10 Mama Wanna Rock (2:48)
  11. 11 My Broken Heart (3:01)
  12. 12 Crying (3:20)
  13. 13 Tonight's the Night (3:01)
  14. 14 Can You Tell Me (2:47)
  15. 15 A Little Wiser Now (2:25)
  16. 16 What's on Your Mind (2:02)
  17. 17 Love Me Long (3:06)
  18. 18 He's No Lover (2:35)
  19. 19 I Hear the Angels Cry (3:05)
  20. 20 The Wild Female (3:11)
  21. 21 Jean of the Ville (3:22)
  22. 22 The Draw (3:10)
  23. 23 Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (2:35)
  24. 24 Please Be Mine (1:37)
  25. 25 I Promise to Remember (2:20)
  26. 26 Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (1:24)
  27. 27 Goody Goody (2:03)
  28. 28 It's Christmas Once Again (1:10)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Goody Goody (2:11)
  2. 2 The Only Way to Love (2:41)
  3. 3 Miracle in the Rain (2:12)
  4. 4 Yours (2:19)
  5. 5 The Glow Worm (2:54)
  6. 6 Goody Goody (2:09)
  7. 7 Love Is the Thing (3:22)
  8. 8 You Can't Be True (2:51)
  9. 9 Fools Rush In (2:59)
  10. 10 Too Young (2:40)
  11. 11 Over the Rainbow (3:22)
  12. 12 As Time Goes By (3:04)
  13. 13 Don't Take Your Love (2:12)
  14. 14 Ghost of a Love (2:29)
  15. 15 Goody Goody (3:06)
  16. 16 Creation of Love (3:23)
  17. 17 Blue Moon (2:08)
  18. 18 These Foolish Things (3:14)
  19. 19 You Were Only Fooling (2:24)
  20. 20 Guilty (2:23)
  21. 21 So Goes My Love (1:55)
  22. 22 It's Christmas Once Again (1:52)
  23. 23 My Girl (2:05)
  24. 24 My Baby Just Cares for Me (2:33)
  25. 25 Somebody Loves Me (2:03)
  26. 26 Silent Night (1:42)
  27. 27 Little Girl (2:18)
  28. 28 Let's Fall in Love (2:18)
  29. 29 Thumb Thumb (2:13)
  30. 30 Portable on My Shoulder (2:05)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Footsteps (2:02)
  2. 2 That's the Way Love Goes (2:33)
  3. 3 Wake Up Little Susie (2:07)
  4. 4 Short Fat Fannie (2:42)
  5. 5 Waitin' in School (2:17)
  6. 6 Next Time You See Me (2:31)
  7. 7 Jailhouse Rock (2:07)
  8. 8 Send for Me (2:24)
  9. 9 Buzz Buzz Buzz (2:52)
  10. 10 Searchin' (2:21)
  11. 11 Silhouettes (2:27)
  12. 12 It Hurts to Be in Love (2:38)
  13. 13 Diana (2:44)
  14. 14 Diana (2:28)
  15. 15 Little Bitty Pretty One (2:27)
  16. 16 Mama Don't Allow It (2:08)
  17. 17 Girls Were Made for Boys (1:59)
  18. 18 Campus Queen (2:51)
  19. 19 The Only Way to Love (2:02)
  20. 20 No Matter What You've Done (1:57)
  21. 21 Melinda (1:58)
  22. 22 Ain't She Sweet (2:10)
  23. 23 Almost out of My Mind (2:25)
  24. 24 Rockin' Tambourine (2:26)
  25. 25 Danny Boy (2:24)
  26. 26 Up Jumped a Rabbit (2:02)
  27. 27 Before I Fall Asleep (2:23)
  28. 28 Prince or Pauper (2:12)
  29. 29 What a Little Moonlight Can Do (2:47)
  30. 30 'Deed I Do (1:22)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Since the Beginning of Time (2:20)
  2. 2 Pardon Me Please (2:20)
  3. 3 The Magic Song (1:57)
  4. 4 A Kiss from Your Lips (2:13)
  5. 5 The Joke (1:54)
  6. 6 The Rainbow (2:27)
  7. 7 The Joke (2:06)
  8. 8 Goody Good Girl (2:22)
  9. 9 Blessed Are They (2:07)
  10. 10 I'm Not Too Young to Dream (2:11)
  11. 11 Almost out of My Mind (2:18)
  12. 12 Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? (2:29)
  13. 13 Lover, Come Back to Me (2:02)
  14. 14 Change Partners (2:01)
  15. 15 So Young (3:11)
  16. 16 Young (2:17)
  17. 17 I Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp) (2:42)
  18. 18 To Each His Own (2:10)
  19. 19 Teacher, Teacher (2:32)
  20. 20 Roll On (2:35)
  21. 21 Push and Pull (2:51)
  22. 22 Sweet and Lovely (2:28)
  23. 23 Somewhere (2:01)
  24. 24 Somewhere (3:21)
  25. 25 I'm Sorry
  26. 26 Sea Breeze
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers Primary Artist, Track Performer
Frankie Lymon Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Al Sears Saxophone
Louie Lymon Vocals
Moe Wechsler Piano
Skeeter Best Guitar
Abie Baker Bass
Al Casamenti Guitar
Panama Francis Drums
Sol Gubin Percussion
Al Hall Bass
Milt Hinton Bass
Buddy Lucas Saxophone
J. Marshall Drums
Freddie Mitchell Saxophone
S. Powell Saxophone
Sol Schlinger Saxophone
Jimmy Shirley Guitar
Jimmy Wright Saxophone
Kenny Bobo Vocals
Gene Brooks Drums
Jerome Day Guitar
Delecates Vocals
Sherman Garnes Bass (Vocal)
Freddie Houston Vocals
Freddie Johnson Piano
Billy Lobrano Vocals
Jimmy Merchant Tenor (Vocal)
Joe Negroni Baritone (Vocal)
A. Ryerson Guitar
Herman Santiago Tenor (Vocal)
Jimmy Phipps Piano
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Ray Charles Contributor
Nolan Strong Contributor
Count Basie Contributor
Louis Jordan Composer
John Gray Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Houston Composer
Dorsey Burnette Composer
Andy Adams Composer
Jimmy Castor Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Richard Barrett Composer
Johnny Burnette Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter DeVenne Mastering
Panama Francis Contributor
Bob Hyde Reissue Producer
Hugo Peretti Contributor
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Peter Grendysa Liner Notes
Sherman Garnes Composer
Germz Contributor
George Goldner Composer
Jimmy Merchant Composer
Herman Santiago Composer
Rudy Traylor Contributor
Matty Malneck Composer
Robert Byrd Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Shirley Owens Composer
Jimmy Smith Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Bill Austin Composer
Elaine Blackman Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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