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  • Audio CD (Jan. 26 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation
  • Label: Eric
  • ASIN: B000005HOU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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1. Wooden Heart - Joe Dowell
2. I Really Love You - The Stereos
3. Foot Stomping, Part I - The Flares
4. Lover Please - Clyde McPhatter
5. Dear One - Larry Finnegan
6. I Wish That We Were Married - Ronnie & The Hi-Lites
7. Theme From Dr. Kildare (3 Stars Will Shine Tonight) - Richard Chamberlain
8. Little Red Rented Rowboat - Joe Dowell
9. Patches - Dickey Lee
10. Bobby's Girl - Marcie Blane
11. I Saw Linda Yesterday - Dickey Lee
12. I Will Follow Him (Chariot) - Little Peggy March
13. Young Lovers - Paul & Paula
14. Sugar Shack - J. Gilmer & The Fireballs
15. You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry - The Caravelles
16. Dominique - Singing Nun
17. Popsicles And Icicles - The Murmaids
18. Navy Blue - Diane Renay
19. Diane - The Bachelors
20. LIttle Honda - The Hondells
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Includes You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry Caravelles; Wooden Heart; Little Red Rented Rowboat Joe Dowell; Dear One Larry Finnegan; Foot Stomping, Part 1 Flares; I Will Follow Him Little Peggy March; The Wedding Julie Rogers, and more.


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Volume two continues Eric Records' "Hard To Find 45s..." series culling non-British invasion (with the possibly arguable exception of the Irish Bachelors) charting singles from the early 60s. While all of these tunes were top-30 and about half have appeared at least occasionally in other CD reissues, there is a treasure of seldom- and never-found on CD 45's here. Among the more commonplace tracks are Clyde McPhatter's "Lover Please", Little Peggy March's "I Will Follow Him" and the Murmaids' "Popsicles and Icicles", all top-10 hits. Nestled in amongs these more familiar tracks however are lost gems such as Joe Dowell's "Wooden Heart", Richard Chamberlain's "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight", the theme from his Dr. Kildare show, Paul and Paula's "Young Lovers", their follow-up to the chart-topping "Hey Paula" and Julie Rogers, a British artist whose "The Wedding" is hardly the stuff of the "British Invasion". One truly obscure track, "Little Red Rented Rowboat", a top-30 tune from Joe Dowell whose above-mentioned number one hit is also here, makes its CD debut in this piece. While other CDs of rare 45's are available, Eric does it better than most with the highest quality sound quality and well-researched backround info on the included tracks and artists. Half of the songs here (tracks 1,2,4,7,10,12,13,19-21) appear in stereo with the remainder in clean mono. In every way, this is an outstanding collection of familiar yet not often found tunes interspersed with lots of true rarities from the more innocent golden era of early rock and roll. This piece is highly recommended for both the casual listener and avid collector. Eric records is rapidly setting the standard for such reissues.
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Contrary to the suggestion elsewhere that this contains some "regional" hits, allow me to point out that ALL 21 were Top 40 on the Billboard charts and, in fact, the LOWEST charter among the bunch was 1961's I Really Love You by The Stereos which settled at # 29 pop and # 15 R&B.
Admittedly, some among the 21 do not really fit the definition of "hard-to-find" - being readily available on any number of compilations or "best of" sets. But what you CAN be certain of in Bill Buster's Eric Records releases is that you are getting the ORIGINAL versions.
Among the truly "hard-to-find" in this volume are Joe Dowell's Little Red Rented Rowboat [# 23 in 1962], Dear One, a # 11 by Larry Finnegan in 1962, Paul & Paula's # 6 hit Young Lovers [1963], The Wedding by Julie Rodgers [# 10 in 1964], and You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry - # 3 by The Caravelles in 1963.
As usual in this series, the liner notes [6 pages of them] by Fred Bronson [author of The Billboard Book Of Number One Hits among others] are most comprehensive, and on the back you get the chart performances for all 21 selections.
The sound is just fine, and you can rest assured that this is among the very best series of CDs containing oldies on the market today.
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The purchase of this compilation is mandatory for the wonderful bonus of Diane Renay's 'Navy Blue' which is very, very hard to find on 45 or any where else for that matter. Eric/Polygram did a superb job in re-mastering these and they sound just fabulous turned up loud and in living stereo (most cuts). The mono cuts are just as good. The Stereos entry as well as Marcie Blane, Little Peggy March, Paul and Paula, The Bachelors (wow!) end off a wonderful visit to my favorite time in popular music, heard for the first time (for me) in true stereo. Hats off and Cudos for this one, I can't explain how nice it was to hear 'Navy Blue' again. If you are a fan of 'jet age' 60's popular music this is a must have for your collection. I want Volume 1 now from '61-'64! By the way, a second added bonus is 'Diane' (in stereo!) by the Bachelors, perhaps the last top 10 'group harmony' single to chart that high, being pushed aside by the new arriving British invasion, which by the summer of '64 was gathering steam.
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The 21 songs on this album range from those which are utterly indispensible to any oldies collection, to those which are completely forgettable (and almost completely forgotten, though some may have been regional hits). Some of the songs (e.g., "Popsicles and Icicles" by the Murmaids) are widely available on other, better collections. Check the track list before you buy to see if there are tracks you must have that aren't on a CD you already own.
Sound quality is good enough, but, for whatever reason, most of these tracks sound like stereo (or in some cases, mono) versions of the original AM radio mixes. More careful remastering (as Rhino does with its oldies collections) would have resulted in some selections sounding less shrill.
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By A Customer on Nov. 26 2001
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Back in the fall of -62 Larry Finnegan's "Dear one" was all over the airwaves in Scandinavia (#1 in Sweden, #2 in Finland, #1 in Norway). A truly great oldies collection is just like that, you find something you lost long ago. Which is also true for Dickey Lee's "I saw Linda yesterday", a huge hit in Scandinavia in 1963. Unfortunately the rest is just filler, at least for a Scandinavian audience. "Sugar shack"? Yes, the played it like once on the radio over here, but at that time the Liverpool four and the rest of the British bands had made American pop obsolete for the following 2 years (that is, until all those garage bands came around, check them on the splendid "Nuggets"-collection)
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