Cameo Parkway: The Greatest Hits

Cameo Parkway: The Greatest Hits


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When much of the Cameo Parkway label catalog finally got reissued on CD, this 25-track compilation gathered most of the biggest hits the company had issued between the mid-'50s and mid-'60s. The label's biggest stars -- Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Dee Dee Sharp, and the Orlons -- are all represented here by several tracks apiece, with one or two by less prolific chart artists like the Dovells, the Tymes, the Rays (their one-shot doo wop classic "Silhouettes"), Charlie Gracie (the rockabilly-pop hit "Butterfly"), and ? & the Mysterians (their 1966 garage rock chart-topper "96 Tears"). It's true there's no strong musical theme that unites this material, which encompasses pop-soul, early teen idol smashes, the most popular twist records ever made, rockabilly, and even (with John Zacherle's "Dinner with Drac, Pt. 1") novelty. It's also true that there might be room for some debate over the track selection, which misses some notable Cameo Parkway hits like Checker's "The Fly," Gracie's "Fabulous," and Rydell's "Forget Him" and "Kissing Time." And the package certainly could have done with at least a short liner note, instead of offering nothing but credits and chart positions. Still, there are many good pop
ock hits here, including quite a few very famous ones, like Checker's "The Twist," the Dovells' "Bristol Stomp," Sharp's "Mashed Potato Time," the Tymes' "So Much in Love," and the Orlons' "South Street." You can get some more music by the artists on the single-artist anthologies and various-artists box set of Cameo Parkway material that ABKCO released around the same time. But for those who don't want to go that far, and/or are primarily concerned with finally getting a lot of big hits that eluded CD reissue for decades, this is a good accumulation/sampler of the label's most popular efforts.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2006
Label: Abkco
UPC: 0018771923725
catalogNumber: 9237
Rank: 85855


  1. The Twist
  2. Bristol Stomp
  3. Wild One
  4. Mashed Potato Time
  5. Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)
  6. The Wah-Watusi
  7. Slow Twistin'
  8. Swingin School
  9. We Got Love
  10. Butterfly
  11. Silhouettes
  12. So Much in Love
  13. Limbo Rock
  14. Dinner with Drac, Pt. 1
  15. Don't Hang Up
  16. South Street
  17. You Can't Sit Down
  18. Ride!
  19. Pony Time
  20. Let's Twist Again
  21. The Cha-Cha-Cha
  22. Volare
  23. Wonderful! Wonderful!
  24. Jingle Bell Rock
  25. 96 Tears

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Hank Ballard   Composer
George Williams   Composer
Dave Appell   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Bob Crewe   Producer
Joel Fein   Engineer
Bob Gallo   Engineer
Gregg Geller   Reissue Producer
Billy Jackson   Composer,Producer
Iris Keitel   Art Direction
Bernie Lowe   Producer,Executive Producer
Robert Mersey   Arranger
Steve Rosenthal   Archives Coordinator
Frank Slay   Arranger,Producer
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Joseph Wissert   Engineer
Hal Miller   Vocal Arrangements
Michael Kirk   Sample Clearance
Emil Korsen   Engineer
Roy Stragis   Arranger,Composer
Rudy Gonzalez   Producer
Maria Papazahariou   Session Research
Seth Adkins   Sample Clearance
Teri Landi   Reissue Producer,Tape Research,Session Research
Janessa Gursky   Assistant Art Director
Alisa Coleman   Art Direction
Kal Kann   Producer
Jody H. Klein   Reissue Producer

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