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The London American Label, Year by Year: 1957
1. Blue Monday [From the Film The Girl Can't Help It] - Fats Domino
2. You Can't Catch Me [From the Film Mister Rock and Roll] - Chuck Berry
3. I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
4. Keep a Knockin' - Little Richard
5. Why Baby Why - Pat Boone
6. Twenty Flight Rock - Eddie Cochran
7. Wandering Eyes - Charlie Gracie
8. Rose and a Candy Bar, A - George Hamilton IV
9. I Like Your Kind of Love - Peggy Ann Powers/Andy Williams
10. My Idea of Love [From the Film The Girl Can't Help It] - Johnny Olenn
11. Rock the Joint - Bill Haley & His Comets
12. Step It Up and Go - Mac Wiseman
13. White Silver Sands - Don Rondo
14. Ernie - Merle Kilgore
15. Party Doll - Roy Brown
16. Your True Love - Carl Perkins
17. Ninety Nine Ways - Tab Hunter
18. Rock and Cry [From the Film Mister Rock and Roll] - Clyde McPhatter
19. I Knew from the Start [From the Film Rock Rock Rock!] - The Moonglows
20. We Can't Sing Rhythm & Blues - Patience and Prudence
21. Rakin' and Scrapin' - Dean Beard/The Crew Cats
22. That Train Has Gone - Chuck Willis
23. Lipstick, Powder and Paint - Joe Turner
24. Bullfrog Hop, The - Nervous Norvus
25. One More Time - Ruth Brown
26. Feelin' Low - Ernie Chaffin
27. Tempo's Tempo [From the Film The Girl Can't Help It] - Nino Tempo
28. Great Balls of Fire [From the Film Disc Jockey Jamboree] - Jerry Lee Lewis
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDCHD 1318
These 28 tracks don't have too much in common besides having all been issued in the U.K. on the London American label, and usually having some kind of relationship (if sometimes pretty tenuous) with the rock & roll overtaking the world in 1957. It gives you a pretty good cross section of what you might have been likely to hear on the radio that year, though it should be cautioned that, like the other volumes in this series, this is by no means the best cross section that could have been devised, even when limiting the selections to London American titles. Instead, it's kind of all over the map, stylistically and quality-wise. There are classics by Fats Domino ("Blue Monday"), Eddie Cochran ("Twenty Flight Rock"), Johnny Cash ("I Walk the Line"), Jerry Lee Lewis ("Great Balls of Fire"), Chuck Berry ("You Can't Catch Me"), Bill Haley (whose 1952 single "Rock the Joint," the prototype for "Rock Around the Clock," is included here as it wasn't released in the U.K. until 1957), and Little Richard ("Keep a Knockin'"). There are more R&B-oriented cuts by Chuck Willis, Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Clyde McPhatter, and Roy Brown (an odd cover of Buddy Knox's "Party Doll") that are in no way their most popular or best. There's mild teen idol-oriented rock by Pat Boone ("Why Baby Why") and George Hamilton IV, though in the latter case, you get something of a rarity -- a different version of his hit "A Rose and a Baby Ruth," amended for the U.K. market to "A Rose and a Candy Bar." There are some other rarities of interest to collectors, if rather slightly so, like Patience and Prudence's surprisingly forthrightly self-descriptive "We Can't Sing Rhythm & Blues"; a novelty ("The Bullfrog Hop") by Nervous Norvus, who was far more famous for his hit "Transfusion"; and the sped-up version of Carl Perkins' "Your True Love" that was used for the original 45. Whether you've heard them or not, however (and it's hard to imagine that anyone interested in a compilation like this hasn't heard the classic hits), the value's enhanced by detailed liner notes that might tell you something you don't know about even the most familiar of these recordings. ~ Richie Unterberger
Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The latest in this series offers country, R&B, rockabilly, doo-wop and Tin Pan Alley curios..."
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