CD Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years - The Early 60's (CD 145298), Audio Other
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Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years - The Early 60's

    1. Loco-Motion, The - Little Eva
    2. Big Girls Don't Cry - The Four Seasons
    3. Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer
    4. Stand by Me - Ben E. King
    5. Because They're Young - Duane Eddy
    6. Venus in Blue Jeans - Jimmy Clanton
    7. Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
    8. When Will I Be Loved? - The Everly Brothers
    9. Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
    10. Only Love Can Break a Heart - Gene Pitney
    11. Runaway - Del Shannon
    12. Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca
    13. I Love How You Love Me - The Paris Sisters
    14. Poetry in Motion - Johnny Tillotson
    15. Travelin' Man - Rick Nelson
    16. Raindrops - Dee Clark
    17. Bobby's Girl - Marcie Blane
    18. Forever - The Little Dippers
    19. Million to One, A - The Revellettes/Jimmy Charles
    20. Let the Little Girl Dance - Billy Bland
    21. Will You Love Me Tomorrow? - The Shirelles
    22. Finger Poppin' Time - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
    23. Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel
    24. Palisades Park - Freddy Cannon
    25. Two Faces Have I - Lou Christie
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 066557

  • Credits
    ProducerCarl Davis; David Kirschner; Nick Cenci; Earl Montgomery; Marvin Holzman; Ernie Maresca; Frank Slay; Hank Ballard; Harry Balk; Hy Weiss; Aaron Schroeder; Jerry Leiber; Jimmie Haskell; Lee Hazlewood; Lester Sill; Luther Dixon; Mike Stoller; Norman Petty; Archie Bleyer; Wally Gold; Bill Smith; Phil Spector; Steve Massie; Bob Crewe; Buddy Killen; Calvin Carter; Cary E. Mansfield

    Audio Remixers: Evren Gknar; Marty Wekser.
    Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
    Photographer: Billy Vera.
    Arrangers: Joe Rene; Billy Mure; Burt Bacharach; Carole King.
    There's nothing too obscure or thematically ambitious about this compilation: it's just a 25-song collection of Top Tenners from 1960-63, taken from all corners of the pop-rock spectrum. Maybe it's too predictable for some listeners, particularly collectors who are likely to have much or all of this somewhere else in their library. But on its own terms, it's very good, and in its own way a demonstration that the early '60s were far from a desert for creative rock'n'roll, spawning their share of both great classics and hits that, if not classic, were at least pretty fun. As far as great classics, this disc gives you Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion," Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl," the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved," Del Shannon's "Runaway," Dee Clark's "Raindrops," the Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?," and Bruce Channel's "Hey! Baby." As far as songs that are at the very least a heck of a lot of a fun, there's Bobby Lewis' "Tossin' and Turnin'," Ernie Maresca's "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)," Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park," Billy Bland's "Let the Little Girl Dance," and Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' "Finger Poppin' Time." You also get teen idols (Jimmy Clanton's "Venus in Blue Jeans," Ricky Nelson's "Travelin' Man"), instrumental rock (Duane Eddy's "Because They're Young"), and melodrama (Gene Pitney's "Only Love Can Break a Heart"). True, only a couple of these items have escaped incessant oldies rotation, those being the Little Dippers' easy-listening country-pop number "Forever" and, perhaps, Jimmy Charles' soul-tinged ballad "A Million to One." Should your shelves not yet be stuffed with music from the era, though, it's a pretty good sampling of some of the era's better music, annotated with reasonable thoroughness. ~ Richie Unterberger

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