The London American Label, Year by Year: 1964

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ace's ongoing chronicle of American recordings licensed to the London American label in the U.K. reaches 1964 with this 28-track, 2013 release. London American didn't have a deal with one specific U.S. label, they cherry-picked from a number of different imprints, but things began to shift in 1964, and not just due to the international spread of Beatlemania. During that year, EMI and Pye ramped up their own American specialty labels, narrowing the scope of what London American could license; halfway through, Atlantic and Dot moved elsewhere. This means that the 28 tracks here -- 28 of 111 singles the label released in 1964 -- aren't really representative of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ace's ongoing chronicle of American recordings licensed to the London American label in the U.K. reaches 1964 with this 28-track, 2013 release. London American didn't have a deal with one specific U.S. label, they cherry-picked from a number of different imprints, but things began to shift in 1964, and not just due to the international spread of Beatlemania. During that year, EMI and Pye ramped up their own American specialty labels, narrowing the scope of what London American could license; halfway through, Atlantic and Dot moved elsewhere. This means that the 28 tracks here -- 28 of 111 singles the label released in 1964 -- aren't really representative of the sound sensations that swept the charts in 1964, even though there's a killer Beatles rip-off in the Chartbusters' "She's the One." There aren't even that many big hits here, either: only Louis Armstrong's "Hello, Dolly!" reached the Top 10 in both the U.S. and U.K., with the Crystals' "Uptown" peaking at 13 in the U.S. and the Ronettes' "Do I Love You?" reaching the Top 40 on both sides of the Atlantic. Hits may be in short supply, but big names are not, as Jerry Lee Lewis, the Drifters, Rufus Thomas, Solomon Burke, Del Shannon, the Coasters, Ben E. King, Willie Mitchell, and Otis Redding are all here, represented either by early or latter-day singles, depending on the artist indeed, the Killer's contribution "Lewis Boogie" dates all the way back to 1958. All of these recognizable names contribute solid singles -- and the Coasters' "T'Ain't Nothin' to Me" is an atypical, stripped-down, bluesy live cut -- but the fun is in discovering the Buddy Holly imitators David Box's "Little Lonely Summer Girl," Ray Ruff's "I Took a Liking to You"; hearing a slow, sophisticated ballad from Gloria Lynne "I Wish You Love"; Jimmy Holiday's histrionic uptown groover "I Lied"; the ridiculous, easy listening, south of the border instrumental "Comin' in the Back Door" by the Baja Marimba Band; Terry Stafford crooning through "I'll Touch a Star," and Don & Dewey tearing through the delirious "Get Your Hat." These obscurities are the reason to dig deep into a collection, and this 1964 installment of The London American Label, Year by Year provides more than enough of them to make it worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2013
  • Label: Ace Records Import
  • UPC: 029667054225
  • Catalog Number: 6705422
  • Sales rank: 91,919

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lewis Boogie - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:02)
  2. 2 Uptown - The Crystals (2:21)
  3. 3 Little Lonely Summer Girl - David Box (2:11)
  4. 4 One Way Love - The Drifters (2:27)
  5. 5 Oh! What A Feeling - Tommy Tucker (2:39)
  6. 6 Comin' In The Back Door - Baja Marimba Band (2:17)
  7. 7 Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) - Solomon Burke (3:13)
  8. 8 Tea For Two - Nino Tempo (2:32)
  9. 9 I'll Touch A Star - Terry Stafford (2:23)
  10. 10 She's The One - The Chartbusters (2:22)
  11. 11 Get Your Hat - Don & Dewey (2:24)
  12. 12 That'S The Way Love Is - Del Shannon (2:26)
  13. 13 Tequila - Bill Black's Combo (2:24)
  14. 14 I Took A Liking To You - Ray Ruff & the Checkmates (1:50)
  15. 15 Kentucky Bluebird (Send A Message To Martha) - Lou Johnson (3:17)
  16. 16 T'aint Nothin' To Me - The Coasters (4:07)
  17. 17 The World I Used To Know - Jimmie Rodgers (2:35)
  18. 18 Somebody Stole My Dog - Rufus Thomas (2:39)
  19. 19 I Lied - Jimmy Holiday (2:07)
  20. 20 I Wish You Love - Gloria Lynne (3:38)
  21. 21 Around The Corner - Ben E. King (1:56)
  22. 22 20-75 - Willie Mitchell (2:16)
  23. 23 Even The Bad Times Are Good - Jerry Wallace (2:57)
  24. 24 Do I Love You - The Ronettes (2:50)
  25. 25 Come To Me - Otis Redding (2:42)
  26. 26 Baby Come Home - Ruby & the Romantics (2:26)
  27. 27 Do What You Do Do Well - Ned Miller (2:34)
  28. 28 Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong & the Allstars (2:25)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Jerry Lee Lewis Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Del Shannon Composer
Rufus Thomas Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Willie Mitchell Composer
Dewey Terry Composer
Ned Miller Composer
Rod McKuen Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Carl Belew Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Peter Andreoli Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Hal David Composer
Wes Farrell Composer
Mort Garson Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Ezio Leoni Composer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Chuck Rio Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Scott Turner Composer
Phil Walden Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Ben Weisman Composer
L.E. White Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Pat Patterson Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Albert Beach Composer
David Box Composer
Dolores Fuller Composer
Lee Jackson Composer
Clyde Pitts Composer
Tommy Tucker Composer
James Baird Composer
Vincent Poncia Composer
Roland Pike Composer
Georges Augustin Composer
John Dubas Composer
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