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Rockin' on Broadway: The Time, Brent, Shad Story
1. I've Had It - The Bell Notes
2. Who's That Knocking - The Genies
3. Stumpy Stump - Tony Farrell
4. So Blue - The Jades
5. Come on Little Sarah - Leslie Harris
6. Firewater - Rusty Isabell
7. Be Mine - The Bell Notes
8. Leave Her for Me - The Jades
9. Hypnotized - Don Sr. Jordan
10. It Was I - Skip & Flip
11. People Hater, The - Brad & Jerry
12. Bury the Hatchet - Chuck & Chuckles
13. Darling Lorraine - The Knockouts
14. Riot in Room 3C - The Knockouts
15. White Buckskin Sneakers and Checkerboard Socks - The Bell Notes
16. Your Love - Lewis Reed
17. Merry-Go-Round - Lewis Reed
18. Starlight - Lee Greenlee
19. Clap Your Hands - The Beau Marks
20. Cherry Pie - Skip & Flip
21. Come Dance With Me - Eddie Quinteros
22. Oh Joan - The Beau-Marks
23. Betty Jean - Skip & Flip
24. Red Headed Woman - Wayne Worley
25. Slow Down Sandy - Eddie Quinteros
26. Raggedy Ann - Jody Reynolds
27. Bad Boy - The Donays
28. Oh My Angel - Bertha Tillman
29. Devil in His Heart - The Donays
30. Barracuda - Pete & The Minute Men
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 758
Liner Note Author: Rob Finnis.
What do the small Time, Brent, and Shad labels have in common? Aside from being minor indies of the late-'50s/early-'60s, they were all run by producer Bob Shad. Like a bunch of indie entrepreneurs of the era, his didn't subscribe to a set vision. Doo wop, primeval guitar rock'n'roll, rockabilly, novelty, ballads, girl group: all and more got a shot with Shad. And some succeeded: the Bell Notes' "I've Had It," a pretty cool mid-tempo song juxtaposing winsome lamenting harmonized vocals against growling guitars, made number six in 1959, while Skip and Flip almost made the Top Ten with both the catchy rockaballad "It Was I" and the slicker "Cherry Pie." All of those are on this 30-song compilation, which has some other interesting moments along the way. The Genies' "Who's That Knocking" is exuberant up-tempo doo wop; "The People Hater" is a disagreeable novelty about a misanthrope (really); the Beau-Marks were among the first Canadian rockers to make an impact in the States with their generic 1960 rocker "Clap Your Hands"; and the Donays made a girl-group classic with their only single, "Devil in His Heart," covered by the Beatles in 1963 (the B-side, "Bad Boy," is also here). Strangest of all are no less than four songs graced by the presence of a young Lou Reed -- yes, the Lou Reed. As a teenager he sang on the Jades' unremarkable 1958 doo wop single "So Blue"/"Leave Her for Me." More remarkably, this CD also unearths two previously unreleased (and previously unknown) 1962 solo tracks, credited to "Lewis Reed," which are typical commercial 1962 rock (penned by Reed himself) that would be utterly undistinguished if not for his unmistakable vocals. Still, about half of this CD is unmemorable period filler, making it a hit-and-miss listen. ~ Richie Unterberger
Q (9/00, p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Enjoyable stuff. The real attractions...are the 4 cuts involving Lewis 'Lou' Reed, fresh out of high school..."
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