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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2006
Label: Abkco
UPC: 0018771923725
catalogNumber: 9237
Rank: 74257

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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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Cameo Parkway: The Greatest Hits 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
Although Cameo Parkway was the home of Chubbie Checker and Bobby Rydell, it's easy to forget that it was also a haven of great R&B performers, as well as a few one-shot groups. This is pretty much a sampler of a 4-CD boxed set containing practically everything in the Cameo canon. While hearing Chubbie Checker doing several different versions of "The Twist" may be as necessary as a reunion of The Starlight Vocal Band, "Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits" also features lots of terrific stuff from Dee Dee Sharp, whose "Mashed Potato Time" is a perfect reclamation of The Motown Sound. Some of these songs are still familiar with listeners today, such as The Tymes' original version of "So Much In Love". However, how many of us remember The Cool Ghoul, John Zacherle's "Dinner With Drac", a tune which makes you laugh even when it's not Halloween. Then just as you finish hearing Bobby Rydell & Chubbie Checker doing a less-than-spectacular version of "Jingle Bell Rock", the CD ends with one of the most spectacular garage rock songs ever made, "96 Tears" by ? and The Mysterians. As good as this collection is, try to look for "Cameo Parkway Holiday Hits". This hard-to-find gem contains, among other things, a Bob Dylan soundalike version of "White Christmas" as well as a fantastic 1966 Bob Seger song, "Santa's Got A Brand New Bag".
Recordlover More than 1 year ago
After waiting decades for the original Cameo & Parkway hits to be available on CD, Allen Klein released them on his ABKCO Records label. For years the only versions of hits like Chubby Checker's "The Twist" or Bobby Rydell's "Volare" were substandard re-records. No longer! All the Cameo/Parkway gems are now in clean, clear digital sound on CD. The multi-CD Cameo/Parkway Box Set is a bit pricey but it includes a host of rare singles and non charting singles to please the collectors out there. This single CD: CAMEO/PARKWAY: The Greatest Hits, narrows this once mighty Philadelphia hit factory down to 24 essential hits. Chubby Checker's biggest hits are included: "The Twist", "Limbo Rock" and "Let's Twist Again". Also the Dovells' "Bristol Stomp" and "You Can't Sit Down". The biggest hits by Bobby Rydell, The Tymes , Dee Dee Sharp & The Orlons are also here! Yes, you miss out on some very rare tunes, Jo Ann Campbell's "(I'm The Girl From)WOLVERTON MOUNTAIN" and "The 81" by Candy & The Kisses which are only on the multi disc Box Set, but the big Cameo/Parkway hits are all here in one delightful hit-filled CD. Thanks go out to Jody Klein for putting this single disc together! Bobby Lauser Salinas,CA