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Tracklist

CD 1

1)

Blue Bayou (02:32) Orbison, Roy

2)

Reminiscing (02:00) Holly, Buddy

3)

Giddy-up-a ding dong (01:59) Bell, Freddie & The Bellboys

4)

Swinging on a star (02:39) Irwin, Big Dee

5)

Multiplication (02:17) Darin, Bobby

6)

My Little Girl (01:59) Crickets, The

7)

Welcome To My World (02:36) Reeves, Jim

8)

When Mexico gave up the Rhumba (02:22) Torok, Mitchell

9)

My Way (02:16) Cochran, Eddie

10)

Here Comes That Feeling (02:06) Lee, Brenda

11)

Rockin' Through The Rye (02:11) Haley, Bill & His Comets

12)

Mountain Greenery (02:29) Tormé, Mel

13)

Two Kinds Of Teardrops (02:29) Shannon, Del

14)

Pistol packin' mama (02:10) Vincent, Gene & The Beat Boys

15)

I'm not a juvenile delinquent (02:43) Lymon, Frankie & The Teenagers

16)

Johnny Will (02:27) Boone, Pat

17)

The folk singer (02:56) Roe, Tommy

18)

I Dig You Baby (01:42) Rainwater, Marvin

19)

The Ballad Of Paladin (01:56) Eddy, Duane

20)

English Country Garden (02:44) Rodgers, Jimmie

21)

Mona Lisa (02:27) Twitty, Conway

22)

How Many Tears (02:04) Vee, Bobby

23)

Love Makes The World Go 'Round (Yeah Yeah) (02:53) Como, Perry

24)

Rawhide (02:05) Laine, Frankie

Review

The idea behind Radio Gold: Special Bigger in Britain Edition is specific but good: round up songs by American artists that wound up being bigger smashes in the United Kingdom than they were in their homeland. The 24 songs here are from a very specific period -- 1956-1963, aka the years after Elvis and before the Beatles. During this time, rock & roll sat side by side with sock-hop pop, and the 24 selections here ever so slightly lean toward the latter, favoring novelties, pieces of exaggerated Americana, and cloying pop over straight-up rock & roll or R&B. Perhaps not so coincidentally, there aren't many straight-up classics here -- the album-opening "Blue Bayou" by Roy Orbison and Jim Reeves' "Welcome to My World" are the closest, followed by Eddie Cochran's "My Way" (a staple of British rock & roll groups), then Buddy Holly's "Reminiscing" and Frankie Laine's "Rawhide," although much of its appeal is down to the Blues Brothers -- but it's certainly fascinating to hear the songs that wound up climbing the U.K. charts. This is a time capsule of pre-Beatles British pop, sometimes surprisingly swinging (Gene Vincent's "Pistol Packin' Mama"), sometimes quite sweet (Del Shannon's "Two Kinds of Teardrops"), but often kind of corny...which doesn't mean it's not a good time, of course. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Contributors

Artist Various

Label Ace

Product Details

DUIN P0RVAPK5196

GTIN 0029667053525

Release Date 15.03.2013

Amount of Discs 1

Product type CD

Track Count 24

Radio Gold: Special Bigger in Britain Edition

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Seller: Dodax EU

Delivery date: between Thursday, November 21 and Monday, November 25

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