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Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 8
1. Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca
2. Whispering Bells - The Del Vikings
3. We Belong Together - Johnny Mitchell/Robert Carr/Robert & Johnny
4. Sorry - The Impalas
5. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Freddy Cannon
6. So Fine - The Fiestas
7. Bongo Stomp - The Flips/Little Joey
8. Wicked Ruby - Danny Zella
9. Tragedy - DeLons/Thomas Wayne/The Delons
10. Here I Stand - The Newcomers/Wade Flemons
11. Gee - The Crows
12. Don't Be Angry - Nappy Brown
13. One Summer Night - The Danleers
14. Lotta Lovin' - Gene Vincent
15. Ballad of a Girl and Boy - The Graduates
16. Bullwhip Rock - Cyclones
17. Mojo Workout - Larry Bright
18. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart - The Furys
19. Air Travel - Ray & Bob
20. Once upon a Time - Johnny Wyatt/Rochell & the Candles
21. Fool, The - Sanford Clark
22. Speedoo - The Cadillacs
23. My Wife Can't Cook - Lonnie Russ
24. Running Bear - Johnny Preston
25. Mountain's High, The - Dick & Dee Dee
26. Thousand Miles Away, A - The Heartbeats
27. Hey Girl, Hey Boy - Jeanette Baker/Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers/Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker
28. Been So Long - The Pastels
29. I Don't Love You No More - Jimmy Norman
30. Hot Rod Lincoln - Johnny Bond
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 750
Compilation producers: John Broven, Trevor Churchill, Rob Finnis.
Includes liner notes by Rob Finnis.
Liner Note Authors: Ray Topping; Rob Finnis.
This is a decent if inconsistent blend of rock & roll oldies from the 1950s and early 1960s. There are a lot of big hits on the 30-song disc, many of them best heard in the context of a compilation, since they're by artists that didn't have much else in the way of classics: the Fiestas' "So Fine," the Impalas' "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)," Ernie Maresca's wildly energetic pour-on-the-cliches "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)," the Cadillacs' "Speedoo," the Dell-Vikings' "Whispering Bells," the Heartbeats' "A Thousand Miles Away," the Crows' "Gee," and Thomas Wayne's "Tragedy." There are also a bunch of mid-to-low-charting rarities that are so much less impressive and memorable (though sometimes zestily delivered) than the big hits that one wonders if payola was involved in getting them to the lowly rankings they attained. A few worthwhile obscurities do sneak through, like R&B star Nappy Brown's surprise 1955 pop hit "Don't Be Angry," with its stuttering vocal hook; Larry Bright's hard rocking adaptation of "I Got My Mojo Workin'" into "Mojo Workout"; the Furys' infectious cover of "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"; Johnny Bond's country-rockabilly hit "Hot Rod Lincoln"; and Jimmy Norman's hard rockin' New Orleans-styled "I Don't Love You No More (I Don't Care About You)," an answer record to Barbara George's "I Know" that never quite sustains the momentum of its opening spoken phone call. ~ Richie Unterberger
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