London American Label, Year by Year: 1959

The London American Label, Year by Year: 1959

     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2010
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667043625
catalogNumber:
6704362
Rank:
303836

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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
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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