The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 9

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Another high-class mixture of all sorts of rock & roll from the music's first decade, blending not just styles but varying levels of familiarity. You got some pretty well-known classics here, like Little Willie John's "Fever," Dion & the Belmonts' "I Wonder Why," Shep and the Limelites' "Daddy's Home," Jimmy Soul's "If You Wanna Be Happy," and Charlie Rich's "Lonely Weekends." What makes this more enticing for listeners with any aspirations whatsover to put music about as good, but not as well known, into their collection is the presence of numerous fine lower-charting hits. Wanda Jackson's "Let's Have a Party" could be the finest female rockabilly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Another high-class mixture of all sorts of rock & roll from the music's first decade, blending not just styles but varying levels of familiarity. You got some pretty well-known classics here, like Little Willie John's "Fever," Dion & the Belmonts' "I Wonder Why," Shep and the Limelites' "Daddy's Home," Jimmy Soul's "If You Wanna Be Happy," and Charlie Rich's "Lonely Weekends." What makes this more enticing for listeners with any aspirations whatsover to put music about as good, but not as well known, into their collection is the presence of numerous fine lower-charting hits. Wanda Jackson's "Let's Have a Party" could be the finest female rockabilly performance of all time, and Buster Brown's "Fannie Mae" is one of the bluesiest items ever to make the Top Forty. There's also Jessie Hill's inane New Orleans R&B chant "Ooh Poo Pah Doo"; the Chanters' infectious doo wop hit "No, No, No"; the Cellos' profoundly silly doo wop standard "Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am the Japanese Sandman)"; Ronnie Self's fantastic slice of rockabilly lunacy "Bop-A-Lena"; and Dr. Feelgood's original version of "Doctor Feel-Good," which became a much covered R&B staple, despite making only number 66 in 1962. Right there you've got more nuggets than most oldies collections offer, and although some of the forgotten semi-hits here are indeed unmemorable, it's an anthology that's both quite good and quite diverse. Here's some trivia you probably won't read in any other review of this CD: The Majors' late doo wop hit "A Wonderful Dream," which nearly made the Top Twenty in 1962, was covered by the great French star Francoise Hardy soon afterward as "Je Pense a Lui."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667180023
  • Catalog Number: 800
  • Sales rank: 83,613

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm a Fool to Care (2:22)
  2. 2 Palisades Park (1:54)
  3. 3 I Wonder Why - Dion & the Belmonts (2:38)
  4. 4 A Casual Look (2:25)
  5. 5 Lonely Weekends (2:10)
  6. 6 Fannie Mae (2:59)
  7. 7 Shortnin' Bread (1:56)
  8. 8 I Really Love You - The Stereos (2:18)
  9. 9 Doctor Feel-Good (2:16)
  10. 10 Seventeen (2:07)
  11. 11 Daddy's Home (2:51)
  12. 12 Bop-A-Lena (2:05)
  13. 13 A Wonderful Dream - The Majors (2:02)
  14. 14 Bertha Lou (2:35)
  15. 15 I'm Movin' On - Matt Lucas (2:24)
  16. 16 Coney Island Baby (2:12)
  17. 17 No, No, No - The Chanters (2:12)
  18. 18 I Just Got to Know (2:58)
  19. 19 Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am the Japanese Sandman) (2:46)
  20. 20 Fever (2:42)
  21. 21 Cross Fire (2:26)
  22. 22 Baby Oh Baby (2:26)
  23. 23 Let's Have a Party (2:09)
  24. 24 Tonight (Could Be the Night) (2:08)
  25. 25 Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Pt. 1 (2:20)
  26. 26 So Tough (2:16)
  27. 27 Queen of My Heart (2:13)
  28. 28 You Talk Too Much (2:36)
  29. 29 Out of Sight, Out of Mind (2:17)
  30. 30 If You Wanna Be Happy (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buster Brown Track Performer
Jimmy McCracklin Track Performer
Charlie Rich Track Performer
Freddy Cannon Track Performer
The Cellos Track Performer
The Five Keys Track Performer
Wanda Jackson Track Performer
The Shells Track Performer
Jimmy Soul Track Performer
The Velvets Track Performer
Johnny & the Hurricanes Track Performer
Little Willie John Track Performer
The Majors Track Performer
Ronnie Self Track Performer
Joe Barry Track Performer
The Chanters Track Performer
Jessie Hill Track Performer
The Original Casuals Track Performer
Shep & the Limelites Track Performer
The Excellents Track Performer
Six Teens Track Performer
Dr. Feelgood & the Interns Track Performer
The Stereos Track Performer
Clint Miller Track Performer
Dion & the Belmonts Track Performer
Boyd Bennett & His Rockets Track Performer
Matt Lucas Track Performer
Technical Credits
Frank Zappa Annotation
Rob Finnis Liner Notes
Trevor Churchill Tape Research
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Joseph Royster Composer
Chuck Barris Composer
Frank Guida Composer
Paul Chaplain Arranger
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