London American Label, Year by Year: 1960

London American Label, Year by Year: 1960

     
 

In the early years of rock & roll, the London American label licensed a lot of material from U.S. companies for release in the U.K. market, most of which was pretty commercially successful (sometimes enormously so). This CD brings together 28 such tracks from the year 1960, in a way offering a snapshot of where rock & roll was heading as the new decade got underway.… See more details below

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In the early years of rock & roll, the London American label licensed a lot of material from U.S. companies for release in the U.K. market, most of which was pretty commercially successful (sometimes enormously so). This CD brings together 28 such tracks from the year 1960, in a way offering a snapshot of where rock & roll was heading as the new decade got underway. It's not exactly a "best of 1960 rock & roll," however, as the pool from which it draws would be too limited for that. Instead, it's a grab bag of out-and-out classics (Roy Orbison's "Blue Angel," the Drifters' "Save the Last Dance for Me," Bo Diddley's "Road Runner"); teen idol pop (Johnny Burnette's "You're Sixteen," Donnie Brooks' "Doll House," Johnny Tillotson's "Poetry in Motion"); instrumental rock (Johnny & the Hurricanes' "Beatnik Fly," Duane Eddy's "Kommotion," the Ventures' "Perfidia"); and somewhat lesser-known tracks by early rock & roll greats like Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, the Coasters, and the Everly Brothers. A few rarities by non-stars are thrown in, as well as the odd honky tonker (Wynn Stewart's "Wishful Thinking"), early soul hit (Marv Johnson's "I Love the Way You Love"), and even a death disc (Lee Hazlewood's weird "The Girl on Death Row," with Eddy on guitar). Yes, there is a good amount of good to great music here, and if nothing else it's evidence that rock & roll, contrary to a stereotypical party line that's been perpetuated for decades, was still in many senses vibrant in 1960. Yet it's also evidence that 1960 wasn't one of rock & roll's better years either, with a number of the cuts showing the drift of much mainstream rock & roll toward softer poppier styles and production (though this wasn't always a terrible thing, as Donnie Brooks' undeniably catchy orchestrated teen idol pop hit demonstrates). And the restriction of the selection to tracks that were licensed by London American robs the set of any real identity -- they weren't even all done for the same label or group of labels originally, making it a somewhat arbitrary grouping of singles. The lack of thematic consistency or universally high quality makes even the stronger tracks items that sound much better on single-artist anthologies or various-artists collections, where the standards are higher and the connecting threads far more resonant.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667037921
catalogNumber:
1237
Rank:
278519

Tracks

  1. Let It Rock
  2. Three Steps to Heaven
  3. Wishful Thinking
  4. Kommotion  - Duane Eddy
  5. Blue Angel  - Roy Orbison
  6. Mystery Train
  7. Tiny Tim
  8. Poetry in Motion
  9. I Love the Way You Love  - Marv Johnson
  10. Road Runner
  11. Beatnik Fly
  12. All I Could Do Was Cry  - Etta James
  13. Too Young to Date
  14. Don't Be Cruel
  15. Wake Me, Shake Me
  16. Judy
  17. Save the Last Dance for Me
  18. Hey Little One  - Dorsey Burnette
  19. Lovey
  20. Somebody to Love
  21. I've Been Loved Before
  22. Doll House
  23. Perfidia
  24. Like Strangers
  25. My Girl Josephine  - Fats Domino
  26. The Girl on Death Row
  27. Sadie's Back in Town
  28. You're Sixteen  - Johnny Burnette

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Billy Guy   Arranger
LaVern Baker   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Eddie Cochran   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Duane Eddy   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Barry De Vorzon   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Lee Hazlewood   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Prof. Alex Bradford   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Tom King   Arranger
Leonard Lee   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jon Broven   Memorabilia
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Herman Parker   Composer
Rob Finnis   Memorabilia
Peter Gibbon   Memorabilia
Trevor Churchill   Memorabilia
Duncan Cowell   Mastering
Joe Melson   Composer
Ira Mack   Arranger
Roquel Davis   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Teddy Redell   Composer
Harry Adams   Composer
Peggy Farina   Composer
Tony Rounde   Memorabilia

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