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Tops with Me Helen Hits Out By Helen Shapiro (2008-12-08)
Tops with Me Helen Hits Out By Helen Shapiro (2008-12-08)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Helen Shapiro 'Tops' With Me/Helen Hits Out (1CD): two complete albums; 26 songs; fantastic sound!, March 13 2016
CONTENT:

'Tops With Me/Helen Hits Out' by Helen Shapiro, released by reputable reissue label BGO Records from UK in 2000, is a twofer, containing two complete albums. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album label & number, chart position and year of release)(UK ALBUM=UK Album Chart):

LP 'TOPS WITH ME' (Columbia 33SX 1397)(UK ALBUM 2/1962):
01 LITTLE DEVIL
02 WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW
03 BECAUSE THEY'RE YOUNG
04 THE DAY THE RAINS CAME
05 ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?
06 TEENAGER IN LOVE
07 LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR
08 BEYOND THE SEA
09 SWEET NOTHIN'S
10 YOU MEANT EVERYTHING TO ME
11 I LOVE YOU
12 YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES
LP 'HELEN HITS OUT' (Columbia 33SX 1661)(1964):
13 MY GUY
14 ALL ALONE AM I
15 HE'S A REBEL
16 MOVE OVER DARLING
17 KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY BABY
18 REMEMBER ME
19 SHOP AROUND
20 WALK ON BY
21 THE END OF THE WORLD
22 IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER
23 BABY IT'S YOU
24 PLEASE MR. POSTMAN
25 IT'S IN HIS KISS
26 STAY

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 These two albums are Helen's first and fifth albums with EMI. The other three albums are 'A Teenager in Love' (1963), 'Helen's Sixteen' (1963) and 'Helen in Nashville' (1964). These albums are found in her 'The Ultimate Helen Shapiro' box set (EMI Gold, 3CDs, 2011, 90 songs).
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered from Original Master Tapes, as per usual high standards at BGO Records.
3 In the 8-page booklet, the two album front covers are in displayed on the front cover. The liner notes on the back album covers of the two albums are in the booklet.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There are no bonus tracks.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

When I was a teenager, I was simply captured by the raw sound of Helen Shapiro, with her mega-hits 'You Don't Know' and Walkin' Back To Happiness.' If you are looking for a more complete 'Greatest Hits,' I would highly recommend 'The Very Best Of Helen Shapiro' (EMI Gold, 2CDs, 2005, 40 songs). My own personal reference and favourite set is 'The Ultimate Helen Shapiro' (EMI Gold, 2011, 3CDs, 90 songs). It is unfortunate that materials after Helen left EMI, from 1978 to 2010, on various labels such as Decca, Oval, Calligraph, Katalyst, etc, are currently not readily available on CDs. Helen Shapiro is still the youngest female artist to top the charts, and at the end of 2002, she officially retired from show business after 42 years of touring. That she has had such longevity as an artists is a testament to her prodigious talent.

This current set, with 2 complete albums and excellent sound, is still highly recommended.

You Don't Know: All the Hits 1961-62
You Don't Know: All the Hits 1961-62
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Price: CDN$ 10.43
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helen Shapiro You Don’t Know All The Hits 61-62 (1CD): 30 songs; all the singles As & Bs 61-62; 1 EP; 1 LP; good sound., March 13 2016
CONTENT:

“You Don’t Know: All The Hits (1961 – 1962)” by Helen Shapiro, released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK in 2015, contains 30 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, year of release, plus personal comments)(UK=UK Singles Chart; UK EP=UK EP Chart; UK ALBUM=UK Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

SINGLES:
01 DON’T TREAT ME LIKE A CHILD (Columbia DB 4589)(a-side)(UK 3/1961)
02 WHEN I’M WITH YOU (Columbia DB 4589)(b-side, 1961)
03 YOU DON’T KNOW (Columbia DB 4670)(a-side)(UK 1(3)/1961)*her first UK No. 1 hit.
04 MARVELLOUS LIE (Columbia DB 4670)(b-side, 1961)
05 WALKIN’ BACK TO HAPPINESS (Columbia DB 4715)(a-side)(UK 1(3)/1961; BB Pop 100/1961)
06 KISS ‘N RUN (Columbia DB 4715)(b-side, 1961)
07 TELL ME WHAT HE SAID (Columbia DB 4782)(a-side)(UK 2/1962)
08 I APOLOGIZE (Columbia DB 4782)(b-side, 1962)
09 LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE (Columbia DB 4824)(a-side)(UK 23/1962)
10 SOMETIME YESTERDAY (Columbia DB 4824)(b-side, 1962)
11 LITTLE MISS LONELY (Columbia DB 4869)(a-side)(UK 8/1962)
12 I DON’T CARE (Columbia DB 4869)(b-side, 1962)
13 KEEP AWAY FROM OTHER GIRLS (Columbia DB 4908)(a-side)(UK 40/1962)
14 CRY MY HEART OUT (Columbia DB 4908)(b-side, 1962)
EP “HELEN” (Columbia ESG 7872)(UK EP 1(9)/1961)
15 GOODY GOODY
16 THE BIRTH OF THE BLUES
17 TIP TOE THROUGH THE TULIPS
18 AFTER YOU’VE GONE
LP “TOPS WITH ME” (Columbia 33SX 1397)(UK ALBUM 2/1962):
19 LITTLE DEVIL
20 WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW
21 BECAUSE THEY’RE YOUNG
22 THE DAY THE RAINS CAME
23 ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?
24 TEENAGER IN LOVE
25 LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR
26 BEYOND THE SEA
27 SWEET NOTHIN’S
28 YOU MEANT EVERYTHING TO ME
29 I LOVE YOU
30 YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent collection of early Helen Shapiro, including all her singles As & Bs from 1961-1962, plus one complete No. 1 EP and one complete album, with a total of 30 songs.
2 The sound is very well remastered as per usual high standards at Jasmine Records
3 The songs are sequenced chronologically.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 As per usual practice with most reissue labels from UK, like Jasmine, Sepia and Real Gone Music (UK), the compilation would end in 1962, due to local Public Domain laws. Helen Shapiro has a long illustrious career from 1961 – 1984. If you are looking for a more complete Helen Shapiro, do look elsewhere.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

When I was a teenager, I was simply captured by the raw sound of Helen Shapiro, with her mega-hits “You Don’t Know” and Walkin’ Back To Happiness.” If you are looking for a more complete “Greatest Hits,” I would highly recommend “The Very Best Of Helen Shapiro” (EMI Gold, 2CDs, 2005, 40 songs). My own personal reference and favourite set is “The Ultimate Helen Shapiro” (EMI Gold, 2011, 3CDs, 90 songs).

This current set, with good sound, gives us a taste of early Helen Shapiro, containing all famous singles plus jazzy EP and LP tracks, is still recommended.

1957 British Hit Parade: The B Sides Part 2
1957 British Hit Parade: The B Sides Part 2
Price: CDN$ 24.39
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1957 British Hit Parade B-sides (Part 2)(4CDs): 68 songs; every b-side July – December 1957; good sound; more for collectors!, March 11 2016
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CONTENT:

“1957 British Hit Parade B-sides (Part 2), released by reputable reissue label Acrobat Music from UK in 2016, is a 4 CD set, containing 68 songs, all the b-sides from July to December 1957. All the songs are listed on Amazon and will not be repeated here.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This collection is a companion edition to the 1957 British Hit Parade Part Two, containing the A-sides. The song listing here mirrors that of A-sides. Those double A-sides already appeared in the A-sides edition, and are not included in this set. The charts used are “Melody Maker” and “Record Mirror.”
2 There are many rare gems in this set.
3 The sound is very well remastered, as per usual high standards at Acrobat Music.
4 There is a wonderful 32-page booklet, featuring background notes on every record! Label & number and chart position are all included.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

“British Hit Parade series” is one of my favourite collections in my library. It started with 1953 and ended with A-sides 1962. This was followed by B-sides, working backward from 1962 to now 1957. The entire series is thoroughly done with great sound. A collector’s dream comes true. The B-sides with many rare gems are highly collectable, and they also provide a fascinating insight into an often ignored aspect of the business. This set is unfortunately more for collectors.

1957 British Hit Parade: The B Sides Part 1
1957 British Hit Parade: The B Sides Part 1
Price: CDN$ 24.29
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1957 British Hit Parade B-sides (Part 1)(4CDs): 87 songs; every b-side January – July 1957; good sound; more for collectors!, March 11 2016
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CONTENT:

“1957 British Hit Parade B-sides (Part 1), released by reputable reissue label Acrobat Music from UK in 2016, is a 4 CD set, containing 87 songs, all the b-sides from January to July 1957. All the songs are listed on Amazon and will not be repeated here.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This collection is a companion edition to the 1957 British Hit Parade Part One, containing the A-sides. The song listing here mirrors that of A-sides. Those double A-sides already appeared in the A-sides edition, and are not included in this set. The charts used are “Melody Maker” and “Record Mirror.”
2 There are many rare gems in this set.
3 The sound is very well remastered, as per usual high standards at Acrobat Music.
4 There is a wonderful 36-page booklet, featuring background notes on every record! Label & number and chart position are all included.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

“British Hit Parade series” is one of my favourite collections in my library. It started with 1953 and ended with A-sides 1962. This was followed by B-sides, working backward from 1962 to now 1957. The entire series is thoroughly done with great sound. A collector’s dream comes true. The B-sides with many rare gems are highly collectable, and they also provide a fascinating insight into an often ignored aspect of the business. This set is unfortunately more for collectors.

First Hot 100 Of The '60s
First Hot 100 Of The '60s
Price: CDN$ 24.71
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Hot 100 of the 60s (4CDs): 100 songs of course, from #1 to #100; many rare gems CD debut; good sound; more for collectors!, March 11 2016
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CONTENT:

“The First Hot 100 of the 60s”, released by reputable reissue label Acrobat Music from UK in 2016, is a 4-CD set with naturally 100 songs, arranged chronologically from position #1 to #100. The song listing is already on Amazon and will not be repeated here.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Of course, there are many well-known pop hits too numerous to list here.
2 Please allow me to list some of the rare gems, many of which are making CD debut (chart position listed is peak position, not position on that first chart):
(01) UH! OH! (PART 2) – The Nutty Squirrels (Hanover 4540)(BB Pop 14/1959)*rare gem
(02) MARINA – Rocco Granata & The International Quintet (Laurie 3041)(BB Pop 31/1959)*rare gem
(03) BELIEVE ME – The Royal Teens (Capitol 4261)(BB Pop 26/1959)*rare gem
(04) JUST AS MUCH AS EVER – Bob Beckham (Decca 30861)(BB Pop 32/1959)*rare gem
(05) CRAZY ARMS – Bob Beckham (Decca 31029)(BB Pop 36/1960)*rare gem
(06) THE HAPPY REINDEER – Dancer, Prancer and Nervous (Capitol 4300)(BB Pop 34/1959)*rare gem; CD debut!
(07) IF I HAD A GIRL – Rod Lauren (RCA Victor 7645)(BB Pop 31/1959)*rare gem
(08) THE CLOUDS – The Spacemen (Alton 254)(BB Pop 41/1959)*rare gem
(09) MARINA – Willy Alberti (London 1888)(BB Pop 42/1959)*rare gem; CD debut!
(10) HIGH SCHOOL USA – Tommy Facenda (Atlantic 51 to 78)(BB Pop 28/1959)*rare gem
(11) BACIARE, BACIARE (KISSING, KISSING) – Dorothy Collins (Top Rank 2024)(BB Pop 43/1959)*rare gem; CD debut!
(12) ROCKIN’ LITTLE ANGEL – Ray Smith (Judd 1016)(BB Pop 22/1960)*rare gem
(13) TRACY’S THEME – Spencer Ross (Columbia 41532)(BB Pop 13/1960)*rare gem
(14) I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS – The Bluenotes (Brooke 111)(BB Pop 61/1959)*rare gem
(15) ONE MORE CHANCE – Rod Bernard (Hall-Way 1902)(BB Pop 74/1959)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut.
3 The sound is very well remastered, as per usual high standards at Acrobat Music.
4 There is a wonderful 36-page booklet, featuring background notes on every record! Label & number and chart position are all included.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Following previous releases based on landmark moments in the Billboard charts – “The First Top 100 Nov. 1955” and “The First Hot 100 August 1958,” this collection highlights another musical landmark with the very first Hot 100 chart of the 1960s, the dawn of a momentous decade in the annals of popular music. Along the way, we have access to many pop hits. For most collectors, the prize is the many rare gems, usually located in the lower echelon of the chart, with a few making their CD debut. The sound is also great. This set is highly recommended, but more for collectors.

America's Greatest Hits 1940: The First Chart Year
America's Greatest Hits 1940: The First Chart Year
Price: CDN$ 19.31
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5.0 out of 5 stars America’s Greatest Hits 1940 First Chart Year (2CDs): 47 songs; golden oldies; many rare gems; great sound; good collection!, March 11 2016
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CONTENT:

“America’ Greatest Hits 1940: The First Chart Year”, released by reputable reissue label Acrobat Music from UK in 2016, as part of their “Greatest Hits of each year” series, contains 47 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, year of release, plus names of orchestras and personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955):

DISC 1:
01 I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN – Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra & Pied Pipers)(Victor 26628)(a-side)(US 1(12)/1940)*popular cover version by the Platters in 1961
02 THE BREEZE AND I – Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly)(Decca 3150)(a-side)(US 1(1)/1940)*adapted from the Spanish song “Andalucia”
03 IMAGINATION – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (vocal: Ray Eberle)(Bluebird 10622)(a-side)(US 2(2)/1940)(US 1(3)/1940)
04 PLAYMATES – Kay Kyser & His Orchestra (vocal: Sully Mason)(Columbia 35375)(a-side)(US 2(2)/1940)
05 FOOLS RUSH IN – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (vocal: Ray Eberle)(Bluebird 10728)(a-side)(US 1(1)/1940)*revived by Rick Nelson in 1963.
06 WHERE WAS I? – Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra (vocal: Mary Ann McCall)(Bluebird 10669)(a-side)(US 1(2)/1940)*from film “Til We Meet Again”
07 PENNSYLVANIA 6-5000 – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (Bluebird 10754)(a-side)(US 5/1940)*unison vocal: solos by Tex (tenor sax) & Johnny Best (trumpet); this was the telephone number of the Café Rouge at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.
08 IMAGINATION – Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)(Victor 26581)(a-side)(US 8/1940)
09 SIERRA SUE – Bing Crosby (John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra)(Decca 3133)(a-side)(US 1(4)/1940)
10 MAKE-BLIEVE ISLAND – Mitchell Ayres & His Fashions In Music (vocal: Mary Ann Mercer)(Bluebird 10687)(a-side)(US 1(2)/1940)
11 THE NEARNESS OF YOU – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (vocal: Ray Eberle)(Bluebird 10745)(a-side)(US 5/1940)
12 WHEN THE SWALLOWS COME BACK TO CAPISTRANO – Ink Spots (Decca 3195)(a-side)(US 4/1940)*revived by Pat Boone in the 50s.
13 MAKE-BELIEVE ISLAND – Jan Savitt & His Orchestra (vocal: Bon Bon)(Decca 3188)(a-side)(US 8/1940)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 FRENESI – Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (Victor 26542)(a-side)(US 1(13)/1940)
15 I’M NOBODY’S BABY – Judy Garland (Bobby Sherwood & His Orchestra)(Decca 3174)(a-side)(US 3/1940)*featured in film “Andy Hardy Meets Debutante”
16 BLUEBERRY HILL – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (vocal: Ray Eberle)(Bluebird 10768)(a-side)(US 1(1)/1940)*revived by Fats Domino in 1956.
17 SIX LESSONS FROM MADAME LA ZONGA – Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra (vocal: Helen O’Connell)(Decca 3152)(a-side)(US 4/1940)
18 GOD BLESS AMERICA – Kate Smith (Victor 26198)(a-side)(US 5/1940)*first charted in 1939, and later also recharted in 1942.
19 WHEN THE SWALLOWS COME BACK TO CAPISTRANO – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (vocal: Ray Eberle)(Bluebird 10776)(a-side)(US 2(2)/1940)
20 MAYBE – Inkspots (Decca 3258)(b-side)(US 2(6)/1940)*this b-side charted higher than the a-side “Whispering Grass” (US 10/1940); disc 2, track #3.
21 DOLIMITE – Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra (Bluebird 10812)(a-side)(US 10/1940)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 TRADE WINDS – Bing Crosby (Dicky McIntyre & His Harmony Hawaiians)(Decca 3299)(a-side)(US 1(4)/1940)
23 TRADE WINDS – Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)(Victor 26666)(a-side)(US 10/1940)*b-side “Only Forever” disc 2, track #6.
24 ONLY FOREVER – Bing Crosby (John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra)(Decca 3300)(a-side)(US 1(9)/1940)*from film “Rhythm On The River”

DISC 2:
01 BEAT ME DADDY (EIGHT TO THE BAR) PART 1 – Will Bradley & His Orchestra, featuring Ray McKinley & Freddie Slack (Columbia 35530)(a-side)(US 2(1)/1940)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 CROSSTOWN – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (vocal: Jack Lathrop)(Bluebird 10832)(a-side)(US 9/1940)
03 WHISPERING GRASS (DON’T TELL THE TREES) – Inkspots (Decca 3258)(a-side)(US 10/1940)*b-side in disc 1, track #20.
04 PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – Bob Chester & His Orchestra (vocal: Al Stuart)(Bluebird 10838)(a-side)(US 3/1940)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 WE THREE (MY ECHO, MY SHADOW, AND ME)– Ink Spots (Decca 3379)(a-side)(US 1(3)/1940)
06 ONLY FOREVER – Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (vocal: Allan Storr)(Victor 26666)(b-side)(US 7/1940)*a-side “Trade Winds” disc 1, track #23.
07 POMPTON TURNPIKE – Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra (Bluebird 10825)(a-side)(US 3/1940)*Billy May featured on trumpet.
08 FERRY-BOAT SERENADE – Kay Kyser & His Orchestra (vocals: Ginny Simms, Harry Babbitt, Jack Martin & Max Williams)(Columbia 35627)(a-side)(US 6/1940)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 OUR LOVE AFFAIR – Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)(Victor 26736)(a-side)(US 5/1940)*from film “Strike Up The Band”
10 OUR LOVE AFFAIR – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (vocal: Ray Eberle)(Bluebird 10845)(a-side)(US 8/1940)
11 THE CALL OF THE CANYON – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (vocal: Ray Eberle)(Bluebird 10845)(b-side)(US 10/1940)
12 DOWN ARGENTINA WAY – Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (vocal: Sara Horn)(Victor 26765)(a-side)(US 7/1940)*from film of the same name.
13 WE THREE (MY ECHO, MY SHADOW, AND ME) – Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)(Victor 27674)(a-side)(US 3/1940)
14 A HANDFUL OF STARS – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (vocal: Ray Eberle)(Bluebird 10893)(a-side)(US 10/1940)*from film “Hullabaloo”
15 SCRUB ME MAMA WITH A BOOGIE BEAT – Will Bradley & His Orchestra, featuring Ray McKinley (Columbia 35743)(a-side)(US 2(1)/1940)*rare gem; CD debut.
16 FERRYBOAT SERENADE (LA PICCININA) – Andrews Sisters (Vic Schoen & His Orchestra)(Decca 3328)(a-side)(US 1(3)/1940)
17 DOWN ARGENTINA WAY – Bob Crosby & His Orchestra (vocal: Bonnie King)(Decca 3404)(a-side)(US 2(1)/1940)*rare gem; from film of the same name.
18 A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (vocal: Ray Eberle)(Bluebird 10931)(a-side)(US 2(2)/1940)*from London musical “New Faces”
19 DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE – Will Bradley Trio with Ray McKinley (Columbia 35707)(a-side)(US 10/1940)*rare gem; CD debut.
20 THERE I GO – Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra (Bluebird 10848)(a-side)(US 1(3)/1940)*his first charted single.
21 THERE I GO – Will Bradley & His Orchestra (vocal: Jimmy Valentine)(Columbia 35743)(b-side)(US 5/1940)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side “Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat” disc 2, track #15.
22 STAR DUST – Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (vocals: Frank Sinatra & Pied Pipers)(Victor 27233)(a-side)(US 7/1941)*new version of the band’s 1936 hit.
23 FIVE O’CLOCK WHISTLE – Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (Decca 3420)(a-side)(US 9/1940)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This 2 CD set gives us a good glimpse of the music in 1940. Of course the main artist belongs to Glenn Miller & His Orchestra. All the songs are charted hits, with quite a few No. 1 hits. As noted above, there are also many rare gems, making their CD debut. Some rare b-sides are also included.
2 Another characteristic of that era is the emergence of multiple versions of the same song, competing with each other for charting supremacy, like “Trade Winds,””Only Forever,””Ferryboat Serenade,””We Three,”“There I Go” and “Down Argentina Way.”
3 For such old recordings, the sound is very well remastered.
4 There is a wonderful 28-page booklet, with detailed background notes on each song. The label & number, chart position plus names of orchestras and vocalists are all included. Good job!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 One minor mistake: the vocalist on “There I Go” by Will Bradley should be Jimmy Valentine (according to Joey Whitburn’s book) not Ray McKinley.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

In July 1940, Billboard began to publish the “best Selling Popular Retail Records” Top 10 on a weekly basis. This 2 CD set provides an entertaining snapshot of the dawn of the chart era. For collectors, there are also many rare gems making CD debut. The sound is also very good. This set is highly recommended to all lover of music of that era.

Face the Music: Complete Monument Singles 1965-70
Face the Music: Complete Monument Singles 1965-70
Price: CDN$ 24.89
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Stevens Face The Music: 24 songs; complete singles on Monument (As & Bs); good sound; great booklet; fantastic collection!, March 8 2016
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IMPORTANT NOTICE (April 26, 2016):

Ace Records have made an error in putting the WRONG version of "Gitazan", not the original single version, and has withdrawn sale from their website until the error is corrected. PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS CD AT THIS TIME. I shall update all of you when the corrected version is available and how to tell the difference.

CONTENT:

'Face The Music: The Complete Monument Singles 1965 ' 1970' by Ray Stevens, released by reputable reissue label Ace Records from UK in 2016, contains 24 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB C&W=Billboard Country Chart):

01 PARTY PEOPLE (Monument 45-911)(a-side)(BB Pop 130/1965)*mono
02 A-B-C (Monument 45-911)(b-side, 1965)*mono
03 DEVIL MAY CARE (Monument 45-927)(uncharted a-side, 1966)*mono
04 MAKE A FEW MEMORIES (Monument 45-927)(b-side, 1966)*mono
05 FREDDIE GEELGOOD (AND HIS FUNKY LITTLE FIVE PIECE BAND)(Monument 45-946)(BB Pop 91/1966)*mono
06 THERE'S ONE IN EVERY CROWD (Monument 45-946)(b-side, 1966)*mono
07 ANSWER ME, MY LOVE (Monument 45-1001)(uncharted a-side, 1967)*stereo
08 MARY MY SECRETARY (Monument 45-1001)(b-side, 1967)*mono
09 UNWIND (Monument 45-1048)(BB Pop 52/1968)*stereo
10 FOR HE'S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW (Monument 45-1048)(b-side, 1968)*stereo
11 MR. BUSINESSMAN (Monument 45-1083)(BB Pop 28/1968)*stereo
12 FACE THE MUSIC (Monument 45-1083)(b-side, 1968)*stereo
13 ISN'T IT LONELY TOGETHER (Monument MN45-1099)(b-side, 1968)*stereo
14 THE GREAT ESCAPE (Monument MN45-1099)(BB Pop 114/1968)*stereo
15 GITAZAN (Monument MN45-1131)(BB Pop 8/1969)*stereo
16 BAGPIPES ' THAT'S MY BAG (Monument MN45-1131)(b-side, 1969)*mono
17 ALONG CAME JONES (Monument MN45-1150)(BB Pop 27/1969)*stereo
18 YAKETY YAK (Monument MN45-1150)(b-side, 1969)*stereo
19 SUNDAY MORNIN' COMIN' DOWN (Monument MN45-1163)(BB Pop 81/1969; BB C&W 65/1969)*stereo
20 THE MINORITY (Monument MN45-1163)(b-side, 1969)*stereo
21 HAVE A LITTLE TALK WITH MYSELF (Monument MN45-1171)(BB Pop 123/1969; BB C&W 63/1969)*stereo
22 THE LITTLE WOMAN (Monument MN45-1171)(b-side, 1969)*stereo
23 THE FOOL ON THE HILL (Monument MN45-1187)(b-side, 1970)*stereo
24 I'LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT (Monument MN45-1187)(BB Pop 112/1970)*mono

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first decent collection that completely covers his entire output on Monument label (from 1965 ' 1970). Ace Records has done a very thorough job, listing every single chronologically As & Bs. Many of them are in stereo. The listing of chart positions is to demonstrate that most of the songs are hit singles. I hope that information is helpful to you.
2 The sound is very well remastered as per usual high standards at Ace Records.
3 All the songs are original recordings, no re-recorded materials.
4 Another highlight of Ace Records is their 16-page booklet, with informative essay by Tony Rounce. I counted'and there are actually TWENTY-FIVE pictures of 45 rpm single labels, not overlapping each other, plus many posters. Next to Bear Family, Ace Records has the best booklet. Period!
5 Ace Records is one of the rare label in UK that will publish songs beyond 1962 (public domain). Keep up the good work.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 No chart positions were provided.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Ray Stevens has a long illustrious career with singles from 1957 to 1980 (Pop Era) and 1969 to 2001 (Country Era). His singles labels are (1) Prep (1957), (2) Capitol (1958), (3) NRC (1959 ' 1960), (4) Mercury (1961 ' 1965), (5) Monument (1965 ' 1970), (6) Barnaby (1970 ' 1976), (7) Warner (1976 ' 1979), (8) RCA (1980 ' 1982), (9) MCA (1984 ' 1988) and (10) Curb (1991 ' 2001). Besides the current set, if you are looking for his earliest output, I would recommend 'Ahab, Jeremiah, Sgt. Preston and More' (Jasmine, 1CD, 2014, 31 songs 1957-1962). Along the way, there are many 'Greatest Hits' CDs: 'The Best of Ray Stevens' (Rhino, 1997), 'Everything Is Beautiful' (Rhino, 1996, only 10 songs, covering 1974 & 1975), 'Gitarzan' (Varese, 1996, 14 songs, 70s Barnaby era) and 'Everything Is Beautiful' (MCA, 1987, covering 1985-86, but only 10 songs). The only decent country coverage so far is 'The Country Hits Collection' (Varese, 1998, 16 songs). Avoid the 3CD 'Ray Stevens Box Set' (Curb, 2005, 3CDs) because all his hits from the 60s ' 90s are re-recorded materials, with only a few original songs on his own Curb label. I hope someday, Bear Family Records will have a box set for Ray Stevens covering his entire career. This is on my dream list, along with box sets for Pat Boone and Connie Francis (both beyond 1962). If you are a Ray Stevens fan, this set is a Must-Own.

Three Decades of Classic Novelty Hits
Three Decades of Classic Novelty Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three Decades of Classic Novelty Hits: 28 songs; many rare gems CD debut; single versions; fantastic sound; great collection!!, March 8 2016
CONTENT:

“Three Decades of Classic Novelty Hits”, released by Bill Buster and his production team on Complete 60s label in 2016, contains 28 wonderful novelty songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including single label & number, chart position, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

01 SMOKE! SMOKE! SMOKE! – Tex Williams (Capitol Am. 40001)(US 1(6)/1947)*sold over 2 million copies.
02 I’VE GOT A LOVELY BUNCH OF COCONUTS – Freddy Martin & His Orchestra (RCA Victor 78-3554)(US 8/1949)
03 SHAVING CREAM – Benny Bell (Vanguard 35183)(BB Pop 30/1975)
04 I TAUT I TAW A PUDDY TAT – Mel Blanc (Capitol F 1360)(US 9/1951)*rare gem; music by Billy May
05 THE HOKEY POKEY – Ray Anthony & His Orchestra (Capitol F 2427)(uncharted a-side, 1953)
06 COME ON-A MY HOUSE – Rosemary Clooney (Columbia 39467)(US 1(8)/1951)*from the Broadway musical “The Son”; Stan Freeman on harpsichord/piano
07 THE DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW – Patti Page (Mercury 70070)(US 1(8)/1953)
08 BALLAD OF DAVY CROCKETT – Fess Parker (Columbia 40449)(BB Pop 5/1955)*rare gem; introduced by Parker in the 1954 Disneyland TV episode “Davy Crockett Indian Fighter”
09 THE BATTLE OF KOOKAMONGA – Homer & Jethro (RCA Victor 7585)(BB Pop 14/1959)*stereo; parody of “The Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton
10 HOT ROD LINCOLN – Charlie Ryan & the Timberline Riders (4 Star 1733)(BB Pop 33/1960)*rare gem; sequel to Tiny Hill’s “Hot Rod Race” in 1951
11 AUCTIONEER – Leroy Van Dyke (Dot 15503)(BB Pop 19/1956)(11/24/56)
12 OLD RIVERS – Walter Brennan (Liberty 55436)(BB Pop 5/1962)*stereo
13 THE OLD PHILOSOPHER – Eddie Lawrence (Coral 61671)(BB Pop 34/1956)*rare gem; The Sentimental Four (musical accompaniment); background music: “Beautiful Dreamer”
14 JEREMIAH PEABODY’S POLY UNSATURATED QUICK DISSOLVING FAST ACTING PLEASANT TASTING GREEN AND PURPLE PILLS – Ray Stevens (Mercury 71843)(BB Pop 35/1961)*stereo; held the title for the Longest Title for awhile; the current longest title holder - you don’t want to know – it has 97 words!!!
15 THE BLOB – The Five Blobs (Columbia 41250)(BB Pop 33/1958)*title song from the movie starring Steve McQueen.
16 TEACH ME TIGER – April Stevens (Imperial 5626)(BB Pop 86/1959)*born Carol Lo Tempio, recorded with her brother Nino Tempo.
17 POISONING PIGEONS IN THE PARK – Tom Lehrer (Decca 11243)(uncharted UK a-side, 1960)*rare gem
18 LIZZIE BORDEN – Chad Mitchell Trio (Kapp 439)(BB Pop 44/1962)*stereo; rare gem
19 TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN, SPORT – Rolf Harris (Epic 9596)(BB Pop 3(1)/1963)*stereo; Pat Boone also has a cover version of this song
20 ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI – Tom Glazer & Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus (Kapp 526)(BB Pop 14/1963)*single version debut
21 WE LOVE YOU BEATLES – The Carefrees (London Int’l 10614)(BB Pop 39/1964)*US CD debut; new lyrics to “We Love You Conrad” from “Bye Bye Birdie”
22 THE BALLAD OF IRVING – Frank Gallop (Kapp 745)(BB Pop 34/1966)*stereo; parody of “Ringo” by Lorne Greene
23 SURFIN’ BIRD – The Trashmen (Garrett 4002)(BB Pop 4/1963)*DES Stereo!
24 THEY’RE COMING TO TAKE ME AWAY, HA-HAAA! – Napoleon XIV (Warner 5831)(BB Pop 3(1)/1966)*stereo
25 I LOVE ONIONS – Susan Christie (Columbia 43595)(BB Pop 63/1966)(6/11/66)*rare gem
26 LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS – Guy Marks (A&M 969)(BB Pop 51/1968)*stereo; rare gem
27 I.O.U – Jimmy Dean (Casino 052)(BB Pop 35/1976)(5/15/76)*stereo
28 STARS ON 45 MEDLEY – Stars On 45 (Radio 3810)(BB Pop 1(1)/1981)(4/11/81)*stereo

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a wonderful collection of novelty tunes from three decades. Many songs are rare gems, even making CD debut. The producers have really done their homework in the song selection. This is a collector’s dream come true. I listed the chart positions so that one can appreciate that they are charted hits, not fillers.
2 The highlight of any Bill Buster release is the sound quality. As usual, the remastering and engineering effort by Mark Mathews and Walt Weiskopf is first class, indeed remastered by collectors for collectors.
3 All the songs are the original 45 rpm single versions. 12 songs are in stereo. The highlight is “Surfin’ Bird” in DES Stereo. You have to hear it to believe how wonderful the original source could sound.
4 There is a 12-page booklet, with the usual indepth and informative essay by Greg Adams. 12 beautiful colour picture sleeves are featured on the booklet back cover, not overlapping each other. Thank you for the great job!
5 28 songs with many rare gems. Good value!

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I have many Novelty CDs in my collection. This current set, with good selections, especially many rare gems, plus great sound, is simply the BEST, and is highly recommended, especially for collectors.

Hard to Find Jukebox Classics 1960-64
Hard to Find Jukebox Classics 1960-64
Price: CDN$ 19.46
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Find Jukebox Classics 1960-64: 30 Amazing Stereo Hits; original single versions; heavenly sound; highly recommended!, March 8 2016
CONTENT:

“Hard to Find Jukebox Classics 1960 – 1964”, released by by the team at Hit Parade Records in 2016, contains 30 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, year of release, plus personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):

01 BE MY BABY – Ronettes (Philles 116)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(3)/1963)
02 HE’S SO FINE – Chiffons (Laurie 3152)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(4)/1963)
03 CHAPEL OF LOVE – Dixie Cups (Red Bird 001)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(3)/1964)
04 THE LOCO-MOTION – Little Eva (Dimension 1000)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(1)/1962)*DES Stereo
05 HEY PAULA – Paul & Paula (Philips 40084)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(3)/1962)*DES Stereo
06 HEY! BABY – Bruce Channel (Smash 1731)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(3)/1962)*DES Stereo
07 CALIFORNIA SUN – Rivieras (Riviera 1401)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1964)*DES Stereo
08 LOUIE LOUIE – Kingsmen (Wand 143)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(6)/1963)*DES Stereo
09 YOU REALLY GOT ME – Kinks (Reprise 0306)(a-side)(BB Pop 7/1964)*DES Stereo
10 SHE’S NOT THERE – Zombies (Parrot 9695)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(1)/1964)
11 HAVE I THE RIGHT? – Honeycombs (Interphon 7707)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1964)*DES Stereo
12 LITTLE CHILDREN – Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas (Imperial 66027)(a-side)(BB Pop 7/1964)*DES Stereo
13 AS TEARS GO BY – Marianne Faithful (London 9697)(a-side)(BB Pop 22/1964)*DES Stereo
14 DAWN (GO AWAY) – Four Seasons (Philips 40166)(a-side)(BB Pop 3(3)/1964)
15 HIT THE ROAD JACK – Ray Charles (ABC-Paramount 10244)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(2)/1961)
16 LIMBO ROCK - Chubby Checker (Parkway 849)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(2)/1962)
17 EL WATUSI – Ray Barretto (Tico 419)(a-side)(BB Pop 17/1963)
18 UPTOWN – Crystals (Philles 102)(a-side)(BB Pop 13/1962)*I personally would have preferred “He’s A Rebel”; probably no stereo version exists?
19 HARLEM NOCTURNE – Viscounts (Madison 123)(a-side)(BB Pop 52/1960)*DES Stereo
20 (GHOST) RIDERS IN THE SKY – Ramrods (Amy 813)(a-side)(BB Pop 30/1961)*DES Stereo
21 RINGO – Lorne Greene (RCA Victor 8444)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(1)/1964)
22 WALK RIGHT IN – Rooftop Singers (Vanguard 35017)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(2)/1963)
23 PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON – Peter, Paul & Mary (Warner 5348)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(1)/1963)
24 THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA – Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto (Verve 10323)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1964)
25 YEH YEH – Georgie Fame & the Blues Flames (Imperial 66086)(a-side)(BB Pop 21/1965; UK 1(2)/1964)
26 DANKE SCHOEN – Wayne Newton (Capitol 4989)(a-side)(BB Pop 13/1963)
27 IT’S UP TO YOU – Rick Nelson (Imperial 5901)(a-side)(BB Pop 6/1962)
28 WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM – Jackie DeShannon (Liberty 55645)(a-side)(BB Pop 99/1964)
29 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME – Sam Cooke (RCA Victor 8486)(b-side, 1965)(BB Pop 31/1965)
30 RUNNING SCARED – Roy Orbison (Monument 438)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(1)/1961)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is another wonderful release from Hit Parade Records. . As you can see from above, the choice of songs is flawless: all songs that we are very familiar with. I listed the chart positions so that one can appreciate that they are major charted hits.
2 The most outstanding aspect of this CD is the heavenly sound, with all the songs in stereo. Wait, there are 11 songs in DES Stereo. You have to hear it to truly appreciate the amazing final result of the good work by sound engineers Mark Mathews and Walt Weiskopf. You may have most of the songs, but you will not have them with such fantastic sound and IN STEREO. All the songs in this set have become my new reference standards.
3 All the songs are original 45 rpm single versions.
4 There is a 12-page booklet, with the usual indepth and informative essay by Greg Adams. 12 beautiful colour picture sleeves are featured on the booklet back cover, not overlapping each other. Thank you for the great job!
5 THIRTY songs. Great value!

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I have every release by these producers on various labels such as Eric Records, Hit Parade Records and Complete 60s Records, and treasure every one of them. In 2016, they’ve has reached their peak performance in both sound quality and song selections. This current set with 30 hits from 1960 – 1964 and top-rated sound is such example of excellence. Keep up the good work! All your fans look forward to every future release. This set naturally is very highly recommended.

Jerry Wallace: Complete Original Hits 1954-1964
Jerry Wallace: Complete Original Hits 1954-1964
Price: CDN$ 23.29
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Wallace Complete Original Hits 1954-64 (1CD): 25 songs; many rare gems CD debut; heavenly sound; definitive edition!, March 8 2016
CONTENT:

“The Complete Original Hits 1954-1964” by Jerry Wallace, released by the great production team at Hit Parade Records in 2016, contains 25 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; BB C&W=Billboard Country Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

01 LITTLE MISS ONE (with Eddie Oliver & the Oliver Twisters)(Allied ARS-5015)(a-side)(US 30/1954)(February 1954)*mono; rare gem; CD debut.
02 BLUE-JEAN BABY (Challenge 1003-45)(b-side, March 1957)*mono; rare gem; CD debut.
03 HOW THE TIME FLIES (Challenge 59013)(a-side)(BB Pop 11/1958; BB R&B 11/1958; CB Pop 19/1958; RW Pop 20/1958)(August 1958)*mono
04 DIAMOND RING (with Ev Freeman Singers)(Challenge 59027)(a-side)(BB Pop 78/1958)(October 1958)*stereo
05 A TOUCH OF PINK (Challenge 59040)(a-side)(BB Pop 92/1959; RW Pop 93/1959)(February 1959)*mono; rare gem; CD debut.
06 PRIMROSE LANE (with the Jewels)(Challenge 59047)(a-side)(BB Pop 8/1959; BB R&B 12/1959; CB Pop 5/1959; RW Pop 4/1959)(May 1959)*mono
07 LITTLE COCO PALM (Challenge 59060)(a-side)(BB Pop 36/1960; CB Pop 41/1960; RW Pop 29/1960)(December 1959)*mono; rare gem; CD debut.
08 YOU’RE SINGING OUR LOVE SONG TO SOMEBODY ELSE (Challenge 59072)(a-side)(BB Pop 115/1960; CB Pop 91/1960; RW Pop 86/1960)(March 1960)*mono; rare gem; CD debut.
09 SWINGIN’ DOWN THE LANE (Challenge 59082)(a-side)(BB Pop 79/1960; CB Pop 97/1960; RW Pop 87/1960)(July 1960)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut.
10 THERE SHE GOES (Challenge 59096)(a-side)(BB Pop 26/1960; CB Pop 20/1960; RW Pop 13/1960)(November 1960)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut.
11 ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER (Challenge 59096)(b-side, November 1960)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut.
12 LET’S A HOLIDAY (Challenge 9107)(a-side)(BB Pop 91/1961; CB Pop 90/1961; RW Pop 53/1961)(April 1961)*mono; rare gem; CD debut.
13 LONESOME (Challenge 9117)(a-side)(BB Pop 110/1961)(August 1961)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut.
14 YOU'LL NEVER KNOW (Challenge 9152)(a-side)(CB Pop 117/1962)(June 1962)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut.
15 SHUTTERS AND BOARDS (Challenge 9171)(a-side)(BB Pop 24/1962; CB Pop 20/1962; RW 22/1962)(October 1962)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut.
16 AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET (Challenge 9171)(b-side, October 1962)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut.
17 THAT’S ALL I WANT FROM YOU*from album “Shutters And Boards” (Challenge CH-616)(1962); stereo; rare gem; CD debut.
18 JUST WALKIN’ IN THE RAIN (Challenge 9195)(a-side)(CB 139/1963; RW Pop 139/1963)(April 1963)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut.
19 AUF WIEDERSEHEN (Challenge 59223)(a-side)(CB Pop 121/1963)(November 1963)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut.
20 IN THE MISTY MOONLIGHT (Challenge 59246)(a-side)(BB Pop 19/1964; BB AC 2(1)/1964; CB Pop 19/1964; RW Pop 23/1964)(April 1964)*stereo.
21 IT’S A COTTON CANDY WORLD (Mercury 72292)(a-side)(BB Pop 99/1964; CB Pop 83/1964; RW Pop 77/1964)(June 1964)*mono; rare gem; CD debut.
22 EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD (Challenge 59265)(a-side)(BB Pop 114/1964; RW Pop 89/1964)(October 1964)*stereo; originally released as (Challenge 59246)(b-side, April 1964), b-side to “In The Misty Moonlight”
23 SPANISH GUITARS (Challenge 59265)(b-side, October 1964)(BB Pop 132/1964; CB Pop 137/1964)*mono; rare gem; CD debut.
24 LIFE’S GONE AND SLIPPED AWAY (Mercury 72461)(a-side)(BB C&W 23/1965)(July 1965)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut.
25 RELEASE ME (Mercury 72619)(b-side, September 1966)*stereo; recorded in 1964

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 If you are a Jerry Wallace fan, rejoice. Finally, a definitive edition of Jerry Wallace is released with 25 wonderful songs from 1954 to 1964, many of the songs making their CD debut!
2 Besides thoroughness, the most outstanding feature of any release by producer, Bill Buster (Eric Records, Hit Parade Records) is the sound quality. In one word: HEAVENLY! Great care was taken in the remastering process by sound engineers Mark Mathews and Walt Weiskopf, resulting in top-rated sound. All the songs have become my new reference standards. Indeed, remastered BY Collectors FOR Collectors. Thank you.
3 The songs are stereo single versions, sequenced chronologically. A few mono mixes are indicated above.
4 As usual, there is an informative indepth essay by Greg Adams in the booklet. Thank you to Bill Buster for acknowledging my contributions to this project. I can tell you that it is truly a labour of love.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 It is true that one reviewer noted that Jerry’s only No. 1 C&W hit “If You Leave Me Tonight, I’ll Cry” is not included. However, this is a collection of Jerry’s early POP recordings only (1954-1964 as the title says)..

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Amazingly, Jerry Wallace has a combined Pop/C&W 53 charted entries in US, I have done a Complete Singles Discography, and found that he actually has 80 singles from 1953 to 1981 (only 143 songs, not 160 songs because 16 were repeated releases and his first release was a b-side “PS I Love You” (1953) with a-side belonging to Betty Ford “Vaya Con Dios.” His singles labels are (1) Tops (1953), (2) Allied (1954), (3) Mercury/Wing (1955 – 1956), (4) Challenge (1957 – 1965), (5) Mercury (1964 – 1966), (6) Liberty (1967 – 1970), (7) Decca (1971 – 1972), (8) United Artists (1972 – 1975), (9) MCA (1973 – 1974), (10) MGM (1975), (11) BMA (1977 – 1978), (12) 4 Star Nashville (1978 – 1979), (13) Door Knob (1979 – 1980) and (14) Gusto (1981).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

As you can see, Jerry Wallace has a long illustrious career. I hope someday, Bear Family Records will honour him with a box set, like those for Carl Perkins. In the meantime, this current set gives us a detailed look at his early career before he turned country, with many rare gems and fantastic sound. This set is very highly recommended.

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