The London American Label, Year by Year: 1957

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
These 28 tracks don't have too much in common besides having all been issued in the U.K. on the London American label, and usually having some kind of relationship if sometimes pretty tenuous with the rock & roll overtaking the world in 1957. It gives you a pretty good cross section of what you might have been likely to hear on the radio that year, though it should be cautioned that, like the other volumes in this series, this is by no means the best cross section that could have been devised, even when limiting the selections to London American titles. Instead, it's kind of all over the map, stylistically and quality-wise. There are classics by Fats Domino "Blue...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
These 28 tracks don't have too much in common besides having all been issued in the U.K. on the London American label, and usually having some kind of relationship if sometimes pretty tenuous with the rock & roll overtaking the world in 1957. It gives you a pretty good cross section of what you might have been likely to hear on the radio that year, though it should be cautioned that, like the other volumes in this series, this is by no means the best cross section that could have been devised, even when limiting the selections to London American titles. Instead, it's kind of all over the map, stylistically and quality-wise. There are classics by Fats Domino "Blue Monday", Eddie Cochran "Twenty Flight Rock", Johnny Cash "I Walk the Line", Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire", Chuck Berry "You Can't Catch Me", Bill Haley whose 1952 single "Rock the Joint," the prototype for "Rock Around the Clock," is included here as it wasn't released in the U.K. until 1957, and Little Richard "Keep a Knockin'". There are more R&B-oriented cuts by Chuck Willis, Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Clyde McPhatter, and Roy Brown an odd cover of Buddy Knox's "Party Doll" that are in no way their most popular or best. There's mild teen idol-oriented rock by Pat Boone "Why Baby Why" and George Hamilton IV, though in the latter case, you get something of a rarity -- a different version of his hit "A Rose and a Baby Ruth," amended for the U.K. market to "A Rose and a Candy Bar." There are some other rarities of interest to collectors, if rather slightly so, like Patience and Prudence's surprisingly forthrightly self-descriptive "We Can't Sing Rhythm & Blues"; a novelty "The Bullfrog Hop" by Nervous Norvus, who was far more famous for his hit "Transfusion"; and the sped-up version of Carl Perkins' "Your True Love" that was used for the original 45. Whether you've heard them or not, however and it's hard to imagine that anyone interested in a compilation like this hasn't heard the classic hits, the value's enhanced by detailed liner notes that might tell you something you don't know about even the most familiar of these recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667047326
  • Catalog Number: 6704732
  • Sales rank: 6,249

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Monday - Fats Domino (2:20)
  2. 2 You Can't Catch Me - Chuck Berry (2:43)
  3. 3 I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash (2:45)
  4. 4 Keep A Knockin' - Little Richard (2:16)
  5. 5 Why Baby Why - Pat Boone (1:58)
  6. 6 Twenty Flight Rock - Eddie Cochran (1:44)
  7. 7 Wandering Eyes - Charlie Gracie (2:28)
  8. 8 A Rose And A Candy Bar - George Hamilton IV (1:59)
  9. 9 I Like Your Kind Of Love - Peggy Ann Powers (2:28)
  10. 10 My Idea Of Love - Johnny Olenn (2:24)
  11. 11 Rock The Joint - Bill Haley & His Comets (2:15)
  12. 12 Step It Up And Go - Mac Wiseman (1:45)
  13. 13 White Silver Sands - Don Rondo (2:42)
  14. 14 Ernie - Merle Kilgore (1:46)
  15. 15 Party Doll - Roy Brown (2:14)
  16. 16 Your True Love - Carl Perkins (2:46)
  17. 17 Ninety Nine Ways - Tab Hunter (1:46)
  18. 18 Rock And Cry - Clyde McPhatter (2:16)
  19. 19 I Knew From The Start - The Moonglows (2:05)
  20. 20 We Can't Sing Rhythm & Blues - Patience and Prudence (2:09)
  21. 21 Rakin' And Scrapin' (2:18)
  22. 22 That Train Has Gone - Chuck Willis (2:52)
  23. 23 Lipstick, Powder And Paint - Joe Turner (2:30)
  24. 24 The Bullfrog Hop - Nervous Norvus (1:50)
  25. 25 One More Time - Ruth Brown (2:39)
  26. 26 Feelin' Low - Ernie Chaffin (2:34)
  27. 27 Tempo's Tempo - Nino Tempo (2:32)
  28. 28 Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis (1:52)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Mac Wiseman Composer
Johnny Cash Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Eddie Cochran Composer
Buddy Knox Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Chuck Willis Composer
Glen Moore Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Nino Tempo Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Melvin Endsley Composer
Jimmy Bowen Composer
Jack Hammer Composer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Kal Mann Composer
Jesse Stone Composer
Pee Wee Maddux Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Doc Bagby Composer
Mark McIntyre Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Slim Willet Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Milton Subotsky Composer
Dean Beard Composer
Eddie Day Composer
Ned Fairchild Composer
Anthony September Composer
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Charles Matthews Composer
Joyce Heath Composer
Johnny Olenn Composer
Larry Harrison Composer
Don Keene Composer
Cliff Ferre Composer
Gladys Reinhardt Composer
Charles Singleton Composer
Eric Dunsdon Liner Notes
Bernard Lowe Composer
Antoine Domino Composer
Jimmy Drake Composer
Hal Norton Composer
Harry Frafton Composer
Dorothy Salley Composer
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