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LONDON AMERICAN LABEL:YEAR BY YEAR

London American Label:Year By Year


In the early years of rock & roll, the London American label licensed a lot of material from U.S. companies for release in the U.K. market, most of which was pretty commercially successful (sometimes enormously so). This CD brings together 28 such tracks from the year 1960, in a way offering a snapshot of where rock & roll was heading as the new decade got underway. It's not exactly a "best of 1960 rock & roll," however, as the pool from which it draws would be too limited for that. Instead, it's a grab bag of out-and-out classics (Roy Orbison's "Blue Angel," the Drifters' "Save the Last Dance for Me," Bo Diddley's "Road Runner"); teen idol pop (Johnny Burnette's "You're Sixteen," Donnie Brooks' "Doll House," Johnny Tillotson's "Poetry in Motion"); instrumental rock (Johnny & the Hurricanes' "Beatnik Fly," Duane Eddy's "Kommotion," the Ventures' "Perfidia"); and somewhat lesser-known tracks by early rock & roll greats like Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, the Coasters, and the Everly Brothers. A few rarities by non-stars are thrown in, as well as the odd honky tonker (Wynn Stewart's "Wishful Thinking"), early soul hit (Marv Johnson's "I Love the Way You Love"), and even a death disc (Lee Hazlewood's weird "The Girl on Death Row," with Eddy on guitar). Yes, there is a good amount of good to great music here, and if nothing else it's evidence that rock & roll, contrary to a stereotypical party line that's been perpetuated for decades, was still in many senses vibrant in 1960. Yet it's also evidence that 1960 wasn't one of rock & roll's better years either, with a number of the cuts showing the drift of much mainstream rock & roll toward softer poppier styles and production (though this wasn't always a terrible thing, as Donnie Brooks' undeniably catchy orchestrated teen idol pop hit demonstrates). And the restriction of the selection to tracks that were licensed by London American robs the set of any real identity -- they weren't even all done for the same label or group of labels originally, making it a somewhat arbitrary grouping of singles. The lack of thematic consistency or universally high quality makes even the stronger tracks items that sound much better on single-artist anthologies or various-artists collections, where the standards are higher and the connecting threads far more resonant. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

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    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: PHANTASM IMPORTS INC.
  • UPC: 029667037921
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
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