Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: The Follow-Up Hits

The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll: The Follow-Up Hits

     
 
Having run through a few hundred genuine classic hits from rock & roll's first decade in its previous volumes, the series The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll was starting to concentrate on thematic compilations by the time of this 2008 release. This one has 30 "follow-up hits," or singles released immediately or soon after a big smash 45 by the same artist

Overview

Having run through a few hundred genuine classic hits from rock & roll's first decade in its previous volumes, the series The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll was starting to concentrate on thematic compilations by the time of this 2008 release. This one has 30 "follow-up hits," or singles released immediately or soon after a big smash 45 by the same artist. Most follow-up hits, of course, didn't do as well as what they were following up, usually because the songs sounded too much like their predecessors and/or weren't as strong. That's true of most of the cuts here, actually, but that doesn't mean this doesn't have some good (and usually low-charting) rock & roll chart hits from 1956-1963. A good number of these were almost as good, and almost as popular, as the more famous songs they were following up, including Danny & the Juniors' "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay," Bobby Freeman's "Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes," Shirley & Lee's "I Feel Good," Chuck Willis' "Betty and Dupree," Chris Montez's "Some Kinda Fun," and Dion & the Belmonts' "No One Knows." There are also some solid entries from a few bona fide rock & roll greats, even if those don't qualify as among their best recordings, like Gene Vincent's "Dance to the Bop" and Ritchie Valens' "That's My Little Suzie." You also, alas, get some numbers that were basically inferior attempts to replicate the mood of the big hit, like Mickey & Sylvia's "There Oughta Be a Law" (following "Love Is Strange"), Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones' "Penny Loafers and Bobby Socks" (following "Black Slacks"), and Bobby Day's "The Bluebird, the Buzzard and the Oriole" (following "Rockin' Robin"). Some other selections are fairly unmemorable by any standard, and only occasionally do you get items that are genuinely fine overlooked obscurities (the Cascades' harmony pop
ock ballad "Shy Girl" and Joe Jones' original version of "California Sun," later covered for a hit by the Rivieras). And some cuts are pretty derivative of other artists, as the Velvets' "Laugh" is of the Drifters, though that song does have the curiosity value of being co-written by Roy Orbison. The strong thematic core, however, makes this CD a more interesting compilation than most other anthologies of lesser-known rock & roll hits from the era, with excellent liner notes summarizing the backgrounds of the songs and performers.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667031721
catalogNumber:
1190
Rank:
98691

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Tracks

  1. Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay
  2. Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes
  3. (I Wanna) Dance with the Teacher
  4. Magic Wand
  5. There Oughta Be a Law
  6. Always
  7. Penny Loafers and Bobby Socks
  8. Oh What a Fool
  9. Like the Big Guys Do
  10. Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta
  11. I Feel Good
  12. Tear Drop
  13. Arrow of Love
  14. Betty and Dupree
  15. Dance to the Bop
  16. That's My Little Suzie
  17. The Age for Love
  18. Some Kinda Fun
  19. Tell Me
  20. The Girl with the Story in Her Eyes
  21. The Bluebird, The Buzzard and the Oriole
  22. Shy Girl
  23. Laugh
  24. This I Swear
  25. Do What You Did
  26. No One Knows
  27. Fire of Love
  28. I'll Take You Home
  29. California Sun
  30. Turvy II

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Bob Gibson   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Barry De Vorzon   Composer
Thurston Harris   Composer
Ernie Maresca   Composer
Jimmy Beaumont   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Ernie K-Doe   Composer
Bobby Freeman   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Cliff Goldsmith   Composer
Leonard Lee   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Horace Ott   Composer
Jody Reynolds   Composer
Ritchie Valens   Composer
Bodie Chandler   Composer
Ann Farina   Composer
Johnny Farina   Composer
Santo Farina   Composer
Janet Vogel   Composer
Joe Melson   Composer
Joe Rock   Composer
Floyd Edge   Composer
Bob Elgin   Composer
Jim Lee   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ken Hecht   Composer

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