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

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667031721
  • Catalog Number: 1190
  • Sales rank: 81,028

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay (2:30)
  2. 2 Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes (2:28)
  3. 3 (I Wanna) Dance with the Teacher - The Olympics (1:52)
  4. 4 Magic Wand (2:19)
  5. 5 There Oughta Be a Law (2:44)
  6. 6 Always (2:12)
  7. 7 Penny Loafers and Bobby Socks (1:53)
  8. 8 Oh What a Fool - The Impalas (2:20)
  9. 9 Like the Big Guys Do (2:13)
  10. 10 Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta (2:41)
  11. 11 I Feel Good (2:20)
  12. 12 Tear Drop (2:09)
  13. 13 Arrow of Love (2:12)
  14. 14 Betty and Dupree - Chuck Willis (2:27)
  15. 15 Dance to the Bop - Gene Vincent (2:16)
  16. 16 That's My Little Suzie (1:52)
  17. 17 The Age for Love (2:27)
  18. 18 Some Kinda Fun - Chris Montez (2:24)
  19. 19 Tell Me - Dick & Dee Dee (2:16)
  20. 20 The Girl with the Story in Her Eyes (1:56)
  21. 21 The Bluebird, The Buzzard and the Oriole - Bobby Day (2:24)
  22. 22 Shy Girl - The Cascades (1:58)
  23. 23 Laugh (2:22)
  24. 24 This I Swear - The Skyliners (2:40)
  25. 25 Do What You Did - Thurston Harris (2:03)
  26. 26 No One Knows (2:38)
  27. 27 Fire of Love (1:54)
  28. 28 I'll Take You Home - The Corsairs (2:45)
  29. 29 California Sun - Joe Jones (2:22)
  30. 30 Turvy II (2:32)
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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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