The Golden Age of American Popular Music, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the first volume in this series, this is something of a spinoff from the concept driving Ace Records' long-running Golden Age of American Rock'n'Roll series, which branched out from rock & roll into country, novelty, and folk hits also covering the era approximately stretching from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s. More than the first volume, however, The Golden Age of American Popular Music, Vol. 2 gathers pop hits from that era that weren't really related to rock & roll or any sort of American roots music, or only tenuously so at most. Some of these 28 tracks, nonetheless, transcended labels to make it onto rock & roll oldies stations' playlists, like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the first volume in this series, this is something of a spinoff from the concept driving Ace Records' long-running Golden Age of American Rock'n'Roll series, which branched out from rock & roll into country, novelty, and folk hits also covering the era approximately stretching from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s. More than the first volume, however, The Golden Age of American Popular Music, Vol. 2 gathers pop hits from that era that weren't really related to rock & roll or any sort of American roots music, or only tenuously so at most. Some of these 28 tracks, nonetheless, transcended labels to make it onto rock & roll oldies stations' playlists, like Jimmie Rodgers' "Secretly," Gene McDaniels' "Chip Chip," Steve Lawrence's "Go Away Little Girl," and Nino Tempo & April Stevens' "Deep Purple." It's no accident, perhaps, that these are the biggest and best of the hits featured on this 28-track compilation, which concentrates mostly on lower-charting items -- though quite a few of these were solid Top 40 entries -- that have pretty much been forgotten, even by collectors specializing in this era of pop music. But there are still some pretty good other songs here, like Bobby Darin's "18 Yellow Roses" and Kitty Kallen's oft-covered "My Coloring Book," and some oddball selections with pretty interesting stories behind them, like actor Richard Chamberlain's "Theme from Dr. Kildare Three Stars Will Shine Tonight" which actually made the Top Ten and "Utopia" by Frank Gari who actually wrote and recorded with Roger McGuinn shortly before McGuinn co-founded the Byrds. Much of the rest is featherweight pop, in many cases by well-known singers like the Lettermen, Anita Bryant, Ronnie Dove, Buddy Knox, Johnny Nash, Ruby & the Romantics, Brian Hyland, and producer Bob Crewe whose "The Whiffenpoof Song" seems intended to emulate Bobby Darin's style in "Mack the Knife".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667033121
  • Catalog Number: 1191
  • Sales rank: 73,035

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 18 Yellow Roses - Bobby Darin
  2. 2 I Dreamed - Betty Johnson
  3. 3 Secretly - Jimmie Rodgers
  4. 4 Come Back Silly Girl - The Lettermen
  5. 5 Where The Blue Of Night - Tommy Mara
  6. 6 Three Stars Will Shine Tonight - Richard Chamberlain
  7. 7 Paradise - Sammy Turner
  8. 8 Southtown USA - The Dixiebells
  9. 9 Right Or Wrong - Ronnie Dove
  10. 10 My Little Corner Of The World - Anita Bryant
  11. 11 Utopia - Frank Gari
  12. 12 I Love The Way You Are - Bobby Vinton
  13. 13 Baubles Bangles And Beads - Kirby Stone Four
  14. 14 Apple Green - June Valli
  15. 15 Hula Love - Buddy Knox
  16. 16 Go Away Little Girl - Steve Lawrence
  17. 17 My Summer Love - Ruby & the Romantics
  18. 18 Chip Chip - Gene McDaniels
  19. 19 Beach Time - Roger Smith
  20. 20 Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry) - Marion Worth
  21. 21 Lovely One - The Four Voices
  22. 22 A Very Special Love - Johnny Nash
  23. 23 Wishin' On A Rainbow - Phill Wilson
  24. 24 My Coloring Book - Kitty Kallen
  25. 25 Deep Purple - Nino Tempo & April Stevens
  26. 26 Ginny Come Lately - Brian Hyland
  27. 27 Billy - Kathy Linden
  28. 28 The Whiffenpoof Song - Bob Crewe
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Jim Colegrove Memorabilia
Tom Moulton Stereo Mix Producer
Billy Vera Memorabilia
Peter Grendysa Liner Notes
Tony Rounce Memorabilia
Peter Gibbon Memorabilia
Marty Wekser Memorabilia
Trevor Churchill Memorabilia
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Mick Patrick Memorabilia
Clay Pasternack Memorabilia
Brian Nevill Memorabilia
Tom Diehl Memorabilia
Joji Tsukada Memorabilia
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