The London American Label, Year by Year: 1959

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the other volumes in this series, this 28-track anthology has an assortment of American rock & roll, R&B, and pop (though usually rock-oriented) records that were released in the U.K. on the London American label. The resulting strange hybrid is a grab-bag of big hits, small hits, and items that missed the charts entirely, running the gamut from classics to efforts that many would feel have been justly forgotten. In the classic category, we have such goodies as Fats Domino's "I'm Ready," Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife," Ray Charles' "I'm Moving On," the Coasters' "Charlie Brown," Bo Diddley's "Say Man," Chuck Berry's "Back in the USA," and Johnny Cash's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the other volumes in this series, this 28-track anthology has an assortment of American rock & roll, R&B, and pop (though usually rock-oriented) records that were released in the U.K. on the London American label. The resulting strange hybrid is a grab-bag of big hits, small hits, and items that missed the charts entirely, running the gamut from classics to efforts that many would feel have been justly forgotten. In the classic category, we have such goodies as Fats Domino's "I'm Ready," Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife," Ray Charles' "I'm Moving On," the Coasters' "Charlie Brown," Bo Diddley's "Say Man," Chuck Berry's "Back in the USA," and Johnny Cash's "Luther Played the Boogie" (though the last song didn't make either the U.S. or U.K. charts as a single). There are also a bunch of cuts by significant artists like Eddie Cochran, Ruth Brown, Dee Clark, Clyde McPhatter, Neil Sedaka, Chuck Willis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and LaVern Baker that don't rank at (or sometimes near) the level of their best work. Also present are worthy instrumental hits by Duane Eddy and Johnny & the Hurricanes, as well as Jerry Keller's curious one-shot "Here Comes Summer," which was a solid hit in the U.S., but a chart-topper in the U.K. Of the obscure or relatively obscure selections, only Larry Williams' "She Said 'Yeah'" (covered in the mid-'60s by the Rolling Stones) and Della Reese's "Sermonette" are of much interest. Some of the milder, poppier tracks by non-stars make little impression whatsoever; Jimmy Clanton's "A Letter to an Angel" is a blatant reworking of Johnny Ace's "Pledging My Love," and Wink Martindale's maudlin "Deck of Cards," though a huge hit, sits most uncomfortably in these surroundings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667043625
  • Catalog Number: 6704362
  • Sales rank: 268,651

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Ready - Fats Domino (2:03)
  2. 2 Sermonette - Della Reese (2:22)
  3. 3 You Went Back On Your Word - Clyde McPhatter (2:26)
  4. 4 Here Comes Summer - Jerry Keller (2:09)
  5. 5 Luther Played The Boogie - Johnny Cash (2:04)
  6. 6 Charlie Brown - The Coasters (2:22)
  7. 7 Come On-A My House - Julie London (2:21)
  8. 8 Red River Rock - Johnny & the Hurricanes (2:13)
  9. 9 Sweet Annie Laurie - Sammy Turner (2:30)
  10. 10 Back In The Usa - Chuck Berry (2:28)
  11. 11 I Don't Know - Ruth Brown (2:56)
  12. 12 Just Keep It Up (And See What Happens) - Dee Clark (2:06)
  13. 13 Teenage Heaven - Eddie Cochran (2:08)
  14. 14 Ring-A-Rockin' - Neil Sedaka (2:25)
  15. 15 A Letter to an Angel - Jimmy Clanton and the Aces (2:54)
  16. 16 Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin (3:06)
  17. 17 Some Kind-A Earthquake - Duane Eddy (1:58)
  18. 18 Starry Eyed - Gary Stites (2:28)
  19. 19 Diamond Ring - Jimmy Isle (2:19)
  20. 20 My Life (2:47)
  21. 21 So High, So Low - LaVern Baker (1:48)
  22. 22 Say Man - Bo Diddley (3:14)
  23. 23 She Said "Yeah" (1:51)
  24. 24 Cruising - Jimmy & the Nighthoppers (2:16)
  25. 25 Run, Boy Run - Sanford Clark (2:14)
  26. 26 Let's Talk About Us - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:10)
  27. 27 Deck of Cards - Wink Martindale (3:57)
  28. 28 I'm Moving On - Ray Charles (2:19)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Johnny Cash Composer
Hank Snow Composer
Neil Sedaka Composer
LaVern Baker Composer
Brook Benton Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Eddie Cochran Composer
Duane Eddy Composer
Jimmy Clanton Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
William Saroyan Composer
Ross Bagdasarian Composer
Sonny Bono Composer
Jerry Capehart Composer
Mort Garson Composer
Howard Greenfield Composer
Jimmie Haskell Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Cosimo Matassa Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
John Paris Arranger
Mike Stoller Composer
Roddy Jackson Composer
Jerry Keller Composer
Tony Rounce Song Notes
Fred Mendelsohn Arranger
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Alan Warner Liner Notes
Earl Shuman Composer
Bobby Stevenson Composer
Sylvester Bradford Composer
Traditional Composer
Jimmy Isle Composer
Julian Adderley Composer
Antoine Domino Composer
Rita Murphy Composer
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