The London American Label, Year by Year: 1960

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667037921
  • Catalog Number: 1237
  • Sales rank: 20,271

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let It Rock (1:50)
  2. 2 Three Steps to Heaven (2:23)
  3. 3 Wishful Thinking (2:44)
  4. 4 Kommotion - Duane Eddy (2:53)
  5. 5 Blue Angel - Roy Orbison (2:51)
  6. 6 Mystery Train (2:30)
  7. 7 Tiny Tim (2:20)
  8. 8 Poetry in Motion (2:27)
  9. 9 I Love the Way You Love - Marv Johnson (2:38)
  10. 10 Road Runner (2:49)
  11. 11 Beatnik Fly (2:08)
  12. 12 All I Could Do Was Cry - Etta James (2:56)
  13. 13 Too Young to Date (1:43)
  14. 14 Don't Be Cruel (2:02)
  15. 15 Wake Me, Shake Me (2:31)
  16. 16 Judy (2:33)
  17. 17 Save the Last Dance for Me (2:34)
  18. 18 Hey Little One - Dorsey Burnette (2:18)
  19. 19 Lovey (2:29)
  20. 20 Somebody to Love (2:13)
  21. 21 I've Been Loved Before (2:34)
  22. 22 Doll House (2:23)
  23. 23 Perfidia (2:05)
  24. 24 Like Strangers (2:02)
  25. 25 My Girl Josephine - Fats Domino (1:59)
  26. 26 The Girl on Death Row (2:48)
  27. 27 Sadie's Back in Town (2:24)
  28. 28 You're Sixteen - Johnny Burnette (1:58)
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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 Jr. 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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