CD The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 9 (CD 116995),
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The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 9

  • 1. I'm a Fool to Care - Joe Barry
    2. Palisades Park - Freddy Cannon
    3. I Wonder Why - Dion & the Belmonts
    4. Casual Look, A - Six Teens
    5. Lonley Weekends - Charlie Rich
    6. Fannie Mae - Buster Brown
    7. Shortin' Bread - Paul Chaplain & His Emeralds
    8. I Really Love You - The Stereos
    9. Doctor Feel-Good - Dr. Feelgood & the Interns
    10. Seventeen - Boyd Bennett & His Rockets
    11. Daddy's Home - Shep & the Limelites
    12. Bop-a-Lena - Ronnie Self
    13. Wonderful Dream, A - The Majors
    14. Bertha Lou - Clint Miller
    15. I'm Movin' On - Matt Lucas
    16. Coney Island Baby - The Excellents
    17. No, No, No - The Chanters
    18. Just Got to Know - Jimmy McCracklin
    19. Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am the Japanese Sandman) - The Cellos
    20. Fever - Little Willie John
    21. Crossfire - Johnny & the Hurricanes
    22. Baby Oh Baby - The Shells
    23. Let's Have a Party - Wanda Jackson
    24. Tonight (Could Be the Night) - The Velvets
    25. Ooh Poo Pah Doo - (part 1)
    26. So Tough - The Original Casuals
    27. Queen of My Heart - Ren & Ray
    28. You Talk Too Much - Joe Jones & His Orchestra
    29. Out of Sight, Out of Mind - The Five Keys
    30. If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 800

  • Credits

    Compilation producers: John Broven, Trevor Churchill, Rob Finnis.
    Includes liner notes by Rob Finnis.
    Another high-class mixture of all sorts of rock & roll from the music's first decade, blending not just styles but varying levels of familiarity. You got some pretty well-known classics here, like Little Willie John's "Fever," Dion & the Belmonts' "I Wonder Why," Shep and the Limelites' "Daddy's Home," Jimmy Soul's "If You Wanna Be Happy," and Charlie Rich's "Lonely Weekends." What makes this more enticing for listeners with any aspirations whatsover to put music about as good, but not as well known, into their collection is the presence of numerous fine lower-charting hits. Wanda Jackson's "Let's Have a Party" could be the finest female rockabilly performance of all time, and Buster Brown's "Fannie Mae" is one of the bluesiest items ever to make the Top Forty. There's also Jessie Hill's inane New Orleans R&B chant "Ooh Poo Pah Doo"; the Chanters' infectious doo wop hit "No, No, No"; the Cellos' profoundly silly doo wop standard "Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am the Japanese Sandman)"; Ronnie Self's fantastic slice of rockabilly lunacy "Bop-A-Lena"; and Dr. Feelgood's original version of "Doctor Feel-Good," which became a much covered R&B staple, despite making only number 66 in 1962. Right there you've got more nuggets than most oldies collections offer, and although some of the forgotten semi-hits here are indeed unmemorable, it's an anthology that's both quite good and quite diverse. Here's some trivia you probably won't read in any other review of this CD: The Majors' late doo wop hit "A Wonderful Dream," which nearly made the Top Twenty in 1962, was covered by the great French star Francoise Hardy soon afterward as "Je Pense a Lui." ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (5/01, p.125) - "...Rarely heard doo buffered by shrieking rockabilly, gospel-tinged country and proto-Merseybeat..."
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