London American Label Year by Year: 1958

London American Label Year by Year: 1958

     
 

The London American label in a way helped rock music get a foothold in the U.K., as it licensed many U.S. rock & roll records for the British market from a wide variety of independent labels. This is a compilation of 28 of them, and perhaps one more bound to impress those with a sentimental attachment to the label than cold-hearted reviewers untouched by the imprint's… See more details below

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The London American label in a way helped rock music get a foothold in the U.K., as it licensed many U.S. rock & roll records for the British market from a wide variety of independent labels. This is a compilation of 28 of them, and perhaps one more bound to impress those with a sentimental attachment to the label than cold-hearted reviewers untouched by the imprint's significance. There's a fair amount of good music here, and it certainly does present a wide if not all-encompassing snapshot of rock & roll in the year 1958. Here's the problem as a collector, however: you're likely to have the classic stuff (or be able to pick it up in a better context) elsewhere. The rarities -- and there are quite a few of them, with ten of these songs failing to make even the Top 100 -- are usually simply not that great (and often a good deal less than that). The Coasters' "The Shadow Knows" and Carl Perkins' "Lend Me Your Comb" are notable exceptions in that regard, though they aren't hard to find on compilations of those artists' best material. You just want to know what the classics are? Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" leads the pack, trailed closely by Chuck Willis' "Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes," Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Rock and Roll," Little Richard's "Ooh My Soul," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Break-Up," Duane Eddy's "Cannonball," Jimmy Clanton's "Just a Dream," and Johnny Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way." You want interesting rarities and oddities? There aren't so many of those, but Ganim's Asia Minors are certainly a weird novelty outfit that tries (not very successfully) to combine Turkish music with rock & roll; the Mills Brothers offer an unlikely cover of the Silhouettes' doo wop classic "Get a Job," which is markedly inferior to the original (though it almost made the U.S. Top 20); future soul stars Garnet Mimms and Howard Tate were both in the Gainors, though their "The Secret" isn't very memorable; and Billy Ward offers an unlikely cover of Jan & Arnie's proto-garage rocker "Jennie Lee," again in a rendition unlikely to displace memories of the original. Jimmy Starr's take on Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe" also falls into that category, though its inclusion seems pointless considering it's not the original, not that good, and didn't make the charts. The liner notes, however, offer Ace's usual diligently researched cornucopia of interesting little-known facts and illustrations.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2011
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667046220
catalogNumber:
6704622
Rank:
180579

Tracks

  1. Cannonball  -  Duane Eddy, His "Twangy" Guitar & The Rebels
  2. Get a Job  -  Mills Brothers
  3. Just a Dream  -  Jimmy Clanton & His Rockets
  4. Break-Up  -  Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
  5. A Wonderful Time Up There  - Pat Boone
  6. Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes  - Chuck Willis
  7. Lend Me Your Comb  - Carl Perkins
  8. Summertime Blues  - Eddie Cochran
  9. Sweet Little Rock and Roll  - Chuck Berry
  10. Margaret  -  Royal Holidays
  11. Big Guitar  -  Frank De Rosa & His Orchestra
  12. It's Only Make Believe  - Jimmy Starr
  13. Wait a Minute  - Jo-Ann Campbell
  14. Daddy Lolo  -  Ganim's Asia Minors
  15. The Shadow Knows  -  Coasters
  16. Ooh' My Soul  - Little Richard
  17. The Freeze  -  Tony & Joe
  18. Come What May  - Clyde McPhatter
  19. The Secret  -  Gainors
  20. Tootsie  - Carl McVoy
  21. Splish Splash  - Bobby Darin
  22. The Greasy Spoon  -  Billy & Lillie
  23. Geraldine  -  Chantones
  24. The Day the Rains Came  - Jane Morgan
  25. Guess Things Happen That Way  -  Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two
  26. Moonlight Bay  -  Drifters
  27. Jennie Lee  -  Billy Ward & the Dominoes
  28. The Chipmunk Song  -  Chipmunks

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Charlie Rich   Composer
Conway Twitty   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Eddie Cochran   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Duane Eddy   Composer
Jack Scott   Composer
Chuck Willis   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Jimmy Clanton   Composer
Lee Hazlewood   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Ross Bagdasarian   Composer
Jan Berry   Composer
Jerry Capehart   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer
Pierre Delanoé   Composer
Charles "Chick" Ganimian   Composer
Jack Nance   Composer
Irving Roth   Composer
Joe Saraceno   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Frank Slay   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Earl Beal   Composer
Raymond Edwards   Composer
Arnie Ginsburg   Composer
William Horton   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Tony Savonne   Composer
Joe Lubin   Composer
Edward Madden   Composer
Franklin Tableporter   Composer
Percy Wenrich   Composer
Vernon Williams   Composer
Jean Murray   Composer
Jo-Ann Campbell   Composer
Ben Wiseman   Composer
Kathleen Twomey   Composer
Richard Lewis   Composer
Lee Roy Abernathy   Composer
John Broven   Liner Notes
Larry Coleman   Composer
William Cantrell   Composer
Frank De Rosa   Composer
Robert Genovese   Composer

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