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1. Pure 80's
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3. Concert for Bangla Desh
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1. Pure 80's
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best overall 80's compilations available
When it comes to 80's compilations, the majority of them have mostly filler 'hits' that most people either don't care about or don't even know, along with a few great hits that people actually like and want.

Pure 80's is a major exception. It provides a great overall track list that almost any 80's enthusiast will know by heart and want to own, but it's an even greater choice for mediocre fans and newbies who are looking for a single-CD collection to give them an overview of what 80's music was like.

This album, Pure 80's, almost has it all when it comes to great 80's music. It has essential hits that should be owned by any fan of the 80's ("Everybody Have Fun Tonight", "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", "Tainted Love", etc.), other great unforgettable masterpieces ("Centerfold", "Addicted To Love", "Our House", "Higher Love", etc.), and even some one-hit wonders that caused quite a stir back in the day ("Relax" and "Come on Eileen").

The only genres (of the ones I can think of right now) that are nowhere to be seen in Pure 80's is hair metal, heavy metal, instrumentals, and rap.

As an added bonus for REAL 80's fans, the booklet includes what year the song was made, and what position each song climbed to on the pop charts.

To sum it all up, Pure 80's doesn't have ALL the great 80's songs (that's an impossibilty for a single CD), but it provides a great, well-rounded lineup that is well worth owning to say the least. If you love great 80's music, or if you're looking for an album to give you a sampling of what the decade's tunes were like, Pure 80's is a must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars 80's Fans will love this
This CD really has some great cuts -- It spans one hit wonders and includes several more durable great bands too. No collection on one disc would ever be complete, but the great thing about this CD is that you get many of the songs you might want without having to spend on each album (what else did the Buggles do?). Starting with Video Killed the Radio Star, (the song first played on MTV), and ending with one of Squeeze's strongest "Tempted", the disc is entirely playable all the way through. You won't be skipping songs (unless you can't stand Culture Club, but yes they happened in the 80's) -you'll be singing along to the tunes if you love 80's music. Hungry like the Wolf, Come on Eileen, etc, Madness's Our House, all of these just catch your ears and heart and offer a really solid collection. There are 20 songs, and I just wish some of them were longer -- Tainted Love is not the extended version (not the "Where did Our Love Go" remix). This CD is a great 80's collection -- one of the best I could find.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dexy's Midnight Runners F'ing Rule
I love "Come On Eileen" as if it were my child.

5-0 out of 5 stars DO IT!! DO IT!! DO IT!! DO IT!!
Oh, go on! Buy it! You know you want too! And why not? This CD has an excellent cross section of the 80's. From the first video ever played on MTV to an alternative rock band that was truly under appreciated in their day. Every time I pop this CD in my car player it ends up staying there for weeks. It really does represent the ratio of electronic to acoustic sounds of that time. I'm very pleased that "Something About You" was included in this collection. Level 42 only had two hits ("Lessons in Love" being the other) and including them as the example of the 'easy listening' sect of 80's music (think Johnny Hates Jazz) was a great idea. No one ever includes the long version of "Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go" when they make a collection. You'll just have to buy Soft Cell's "Non Stop Erotic Cabaret" to that - darn it! So go ahead! You'd pay well over $200.00 to get all the albums these songs came off of and you'd hate the rest of Madness', Soft Cell's, Dexy's Midnight Runners', Frankie Goes to Hollywood's, Level 42's, and The Buggles' albums.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure 80's
This is a FANTASTIC CD. It showcases all the hits that I loved from the 80's. I really can't stop listening to it! ... Read more

2. 41 Original Hits From The Soundtrack Of American Graffiti
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For those of us who grew up in the '70s, this drive-in compilation of'50s and '60s rock and doo-wop, complete with Wolfman Jack introductions, wasour introduction to this music.There are 41 jukebox hits here, and every oneof them is a classic of its time (although two tracks--"At the Hop"and "She's so Fine" are covers by the revival band Flash Cadillac &the Continental Kids). In his 1973 movie, director George Lucas used the music(and the presence of mysterious deejay Wolfman) as the AM-radio soundtrack toone night in suburban California, 1962.The idea was to capture and sustain anend-of-summer, end-of-innocence mood that's in the air throughout the picture-- not as a shortcut to establishing a period (as in Robert Zemeckis'ForrestGump). There's an awful lot of spontaneous energy in these tunes--from ChuckBerry and Buddy Holly, to the Platters and the Clovers and the Del-Vikings, tothe Crests and the Beach Boys--and also just a hint of melancholy that goes downvery nicely with a burger, shake, and fries. --Jim Emerson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is maybe the BEST soundtrack of all time!
This is one of the best soundtracks that I have ever heard! It captures every thing about the way life was before the war! The cd is a wonderful colaberation of music that is the best i have ever heard! The songs are so good and all of these ledgeans on this cd make it worth buying!

The movie is also a real treat Mackenzie Phillips is asome so are the rest!!SO BUY THIS CD and im only 14 years old and I think its a classic!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The quintessential soundtrack album
The soundtrack for this film is quite possibly the greatest soundtrack of all time! The 1950's and early '60s were nearly identical, which is obvious in the movie, and all of the best music of that era is here on 2 CD's. Some of the songs in the movie don't appear here (i.e., "Louie Louie" by Flash Cadillac), but they won't be too missed. Even though Elvis and Little Richard are notably absent, they are almost forgotten in the myriad of music present here. Also, if you have a relative or friend who isn't a fan of "oldies", let them listen to this, they will rebuke their opinion 99% GUARANTEED!

5-0 out of 5 stars My personal introduction to the oldies
Until hearing this album at a party in 1984 I had never considered a movie soundtrack as a serious art form. After that night my life was never the same. This is a great collection and merits a five star rating in my book as much for the fact that they were able to license all of it as for the music itself. This set opened new musical worlds for me and I can't recommend it enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic rock of '50s, early '60s shine in this album!
Of all the categories of music available on compact discs (or cassettes), one of my favorites has always been the movie soundtrack. Not only does a good soundtrack album helps listeners remember favorite scenes from the movies, but it also may inspire them to explore musical styles they would have otherwise never listened to.

Just as John Williams Romantic-era stylings of his Star Wars scores opened my ears and mind to classical music at the age of 14, the songs of various artists featured in the soundtrack for 1973's George Lucas nostalgia-laced American Graffiti opened my heart and soul to the early rock 'n' roll and doo-wop of the late 1950s and early '60s. Having been born in 1963 into a household where only my older sister listened to such artists as The Beatles, Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck, it was only in the days of "Happy Days" (a TV sitcom that was inspired by the success of Lucas' first real successful movie) that I got a taste of early rock 'n' roll songs in the vein of "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock," the song that kicks off this 2-CD, 41-song album.

The songs presented here were not only chosen by director George Lucas because they fit the time period (no song here was released after 1962), but also because the songs themselves were like a Greek chorus commenting on the on-screen doings of Steve, Laurie, Curt, John, Carol, Debbie and Toad. If the mood is upbeat, then songs like "Rock Around The Clock" are featured. For more emotionally charged sequences (Steve and Laurie's heart-rending argument at the school dance, for instance), The Platters' famous cover of Kerns' "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "Only You" are perfect accompaniment.

From that first track by Bill Haley and the Comets (such a whimsical and punny band name) to the surfin' crowd-pleasing Beach Boys' "All Summer Long," the original soundtrack album of American Graffiti will not only have listeners who saw the movie remembering the film's various characters and situations, it will also evoke the seemingly more innocent era of that pre-Cuban Missile Crisis summer of '62, with its cruising teenagers, drive-in diners with roller skating waitresses and the optimism of the Kennedy years.

This is a fun soundtrack album to listen to. If you're old enough to remember the era, it will be a personal musical portal to the past. If you're like me, born after 1962 and more familiar with Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Usher, and Britney Spears, give it a listen. It may open your heart and soul to older, yet still wonderful styles of early rock 'n' roll.

5-0 out of 5 stars Be careful
This CD is a gateway drug. It started me on a whole different road of record collecting back in the 70s. If you love this, you'll want more and more and more. ... Read more

3. Concert for Bangla Desh
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George Harrison's social and spiritual conscience had been an increasingly dominant force in the Beatles' final years, and his landmark 1970 solo album, All Things Must Pass, wasted little time giving it a remarkable, Phil Spector-produced forum. Harrison took the spotlight that album's success afforded and next turned it on the dire circumstances then afflicting the young nation of Bangladesh. Gathering most of the sidemen from the All Things album, and a lineup of stellar friends (Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar) and former Apple cronies (Ringo Starr, Badfinger, Billy Preston), Harrison set about staging some hastily organized benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden. This album resulted, and while its sonic imperfections sometimes belie the show's haphazard organization, it's nonetheless still the one of the greatest efforts of its genre. The All Things material gets a lively live workout, while Russell very nearly steals the show. The occasion also marked Dylan's return to live performance after a long absence. Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A classic concert
In 1971, following the break up of the Beatles, George Harrison organized the Concert For Bangladesh - one of the most famous live rock and roll performances of all time. Uniting several other popular musicians of the day, he and them put on a show that has remained wildly popular for years. Read on for my review of Concert For Bangladesh.

-The most obvious pro about this album is the all-star cast that was brought together for it. In addition to just George Harrison, we have his former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr, former Beatles guest pianist Billy Preston, Badfinger, and even Bob Dylan! Hell, even Ravi Shankar, the sitar legend who greatly inspired George in his latter Beatles years, is present! Where else are you going to find all of these musicians playing together?
-The musicians present here play all of their big hits, as well as a number of underrated masterpieces. How can you not love that?
-George unveils a new song of his on this recording - the appropriately-entitled Bangladesh.

-Sound quality. This is a rather old concert, so needless to say, the sound quality isn't up to that of a modern concert on compact disc.
-Some of the versions of these songs are flat-out pathetic! Ringo's It Don't Come Easy is one of my favorite songs of all time, but here he just BUTCHERS it! HOW COULD HE FORGET THE LYRICS TO HIS MOST FAMOUS SOLO SONG OF ALL TIME!?
-It's two disc, so it costs more than most single-disc live albums. Also, stores tend to mark up the prices of George Harrison and other Beatle-related compact discs, so don't expect to be able to get this for very cheap.

Overall, George Harrison succeeded in organizing a rather excellent show. All these years later, it remains popular. If you're a fan of classic rock, or any of the artists who appear on this recording, you'll be doing yourself a real favor picking this up.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Classic Band-Aid of The Times
The artist's are terrific. This album brought George Harrison out to center stage in his career. It also brought Eric Clapton out of a self-imposed alcohol stupor, and launched the career of the relatively unknown "Brit," to Americans - Leon Russell. The music is great, but better if you know the songs they're performing from the individual artists before hearing these renditions. Some of the highlights include Clapton and Harrison sharing lead guitar's on Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and Leon Russell's lead vocals on Harrison's "Beware of Darkness." One of my all time favorites is "Wah-Wah," a great rendering considering all the talent available on the stage at this time. I've rated this (4) stars due to the limitations of the recording of this "live" benefit concert. This was the first of what would become many "Aid" type concerts and really began the whole genre of this type of selfless benefit concerts long before "We Are The World," or "Farm-Aid." Really a classic in its own right. Too bad the proceeds don't still go to Bangladesh. Just wondered who profits from these album sales now? A must have for any serious 60's / 70's collector.

4-0 out of 5 stars Harrison and Dylan headline this historic benefit concert
In 1971, tens of thousands of refugees were fleeing into India from Bangla Desh, as the government in West Pakistan was attempting to assert its complete dominion over the eastern half of the nation. Pakistan had been created in 1947, following the withdrawal of the British from the Indian subcontinent, into two distinct land areas separated by over one thousand miles of Indian territory. The acclaimed Ravi Shankar, as a Bengali, was naturally concerned with the humanitarian crisis and hoped to arrange some sort of benefit for the cause. After seeking help and advice from his friend George Harrison, the whole project started coming together, eventually raising many times the amount of money Shankar had initially dreamed of. Under the leadership of Harrison, the Concert for Bangla Desh was planned and staged over the course of only some five or six weeks. Not only did the concert benefit a worthy cause, it gave us all an incredible concert performance to enjoy featuring some of the biggest stars of the day.

The show starts with an introduction by Harrison and a performance by Ravi Shankar and crew. Bangla Dhun is an incredibly long track that displays all of the mystical beauty and, to many listeners, wholly unknown sound of the sitar and other Asian instruments. The crowd showed a lot of appreciation for the performance, despite the fact that most of them came to see and hear Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Bob Dylan. Such an appearance by the reclusive Dylan was certainly an event in 1971, and he gave by far the strongest performance of the evening, singing five of his classic recordings: A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall; It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry; Blowin' in the Wind; Mr. Tambourine Man; and Just Like a Woman.

George Harrison, naturally, performed a good number of his own songs - including Beatles tracks alongside songs from his relatively young solo career. Harrison's delivery of Wah-Wah and My Sweet Lord are just terrific. Awaiting On You All, Beware of Darkness, and Something are also fine performances. His voice seemed to let him down a bit as the concert wore on, though, and this took a little something (but not much) away from his renditions of the immortal tracks Here Comes the Sun and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

There were other noteworthy contributions on this night. Ringo Starr stepped out from behind the drums to sing It Don't Come Easy - apparently, remembering the words to the song is one of those things that "don't come easy." He does give an energetic performance, though. Billy Preston emerged to deliver one of the concert's best songs: That's the Way God Planned It, doing his career a lot of good through this one 1971 performance. Leon Russell excited the crowd with a forceful rendition of the Stones' Jumpin' Jack Flash and the song Youngblood. The group Badfinger added their talents to the mix, as did guitarist extraordinaire Eric Clapton. One of the most memorable moments of the night must surely have come when both Clapton and Harrison teamed up on the classic While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

I actually think the sound quality is pretty good on this CD, especially taking in mind the fact that this concert took place on August 1, 1971. The concert was a great success, raising almost two hundred fifty thousand dollars for the cause, and fans of George Harrison and Bob Dylan will definitely want to add this two-disc album to their CD collections if possible.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best live albums ever!!!
This is one of the best live albums I have ever heard, and it was for charity, I mean how cool is George Harrison, and how brilliant. Many artist play on this album including The great Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Mick Jagger, and another former Beatle Ringo Starr but George made the album!

When george plays thats what makes this album, his song writing and guitar playing are not matchable on this album with classics like 'My Sweet Lord' 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and 'Something' among many others this is a must have for any fan of George Harrison.

You wount be let down by buying this classic live album it is truly one of the top 5 live albums I have ever baught and I have like 50 live albums so that is saying something!

4-0 out of 5 stars George Harrison & Friends "The Concert for Bangladesh" 1971
Now that George Harrison has left this world, will people begin to recognize the influence that he has had on rock & roll? "Live Aid," "Farm Aid," even the "Concert for New York city," would not have been possible if George Harrison had not started it all with the "Concert for Bangladesh."

In an attempt to help the dying people of Bangladesh, George and friend Ravi Shankar enlisted the help of Billy Preston, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Badfinger and Bob Dylan for this ground breaking concert.

George performs a mixture of songs from his later Beatles catalogue and hits from his groundbreaking "All Things Must Pass." Ringo Starr attempts to perform his hit "It Don't Come Easy" but forgets many of the words, even the chorus. Bob Dylan plays a few of his older songs including "Blowin' in The Wind" in a comeback since his near death motorcycle accident.

A fantastic album that still sounds good, and consists of a super lineup that is only matched today by old men trying to still capture the moment of the time they were considered gods. ... Read more

4. Monster Ballads
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2-0 out of 5 stars Good to mediocre
This abbreviated version of the "Monster Ballads" double-disc (a television only offer) is a decent nostalgia trip back to the days of spandex, big hair and swaying lighters. Most of the songs on this compliation would be obscure to anybody born between 1985 and 1991. If this is you, your only exposure to this kind of music would be 20 second clips on Beavis & Butthead. You missed all the fun or were too young to appreciate it! On the other hand, if the soundtrack to your formulative years was Warrant and Stinger and you lost your virginity to Whitesnake, this CD might be worth checking out. The "highlight" here is Cinderella's "Don't Know What You Got", which is a pretty darn good song after all these years. What is Mike Reno's "Almost Paradise" doing here though? Wasn't that on the "Footloose" soundtrack? And I don't even remember a band called Sherrif! Still, "More Than Words" and Whitesnake's "Is This Love" are worth checking out as is the soaring "High Enough" by the Damn Yankees (perhaps the only hair-metal supergroup in history?

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! But where are the missing monsters?
Compilations, whether by a certain artist or various artists, are usually hit and miss. It's a lot like a gold miner's life. Sometimes you dig up nothing, or unearth fool's gold. But every now and then, you'll get lucky and dig up a great treasure.

Monster Ballads is one of these great treasures. Originally released as a double CD on TV, it has now been split into two and distributed through hundreds of stores, both in real life and on the computer. There are some real gems here, such as "High Enough" (my favorite!), "Don't Know What You Got Til It's Gone", "Wind of Change", and "When I See You Smile". There are also some other nice finds (most of the other songs).

This is where the 'hit and miss' comes into focus, though. If you're real familiar with hair metal and late 80s/early 90s rock, you'll probably find yourself wondering why certain tracks are on here instead of others. Why is "Something To Believe In" on here in place of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"? Why not include something like Journey's "Open Arms", Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer", or a Def Leppard song? Or maybe you just like other ballads by certain represented artists better than the one that was included. I know I would've rather had Extreme's "Hole Hearted" instead of "More Than Words," even though I know the latter was their biggest hit.

That's just the way it goes though; unless you create a compilation of songs yourself, you're likely to be dissatisfied with some of the picks. There shouldn't be any argument, however, that Monster Ballads is a really good collection of those old anthems that you used to live by--and now we can call them classics. If you see some songs that you're dying to have on this album, don't think twice about making the purchase. Don't forget to check out Monster Ballads, Vol. 2 while you're at it. It's not as spectacular as this one, but it has some great songs as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Collection of Rock Ballads
When I bought this CD 4 years ago, I was in for a good time cause it was the first time I've heard half of the years in many years and they're hard to find on FM Radio, The CD begins with Warrant's Heaven which was a Top 5 hit in 1989 and the boys in Warrant have a range for ballads, mid tempo rockers and party anthems as well, Poison scored a Top 10 hit in 1991 with Something to Believe In, vocalist Brett Michaels claims that this song was the hardest song he's ever written, Damn Yankess scored a huge hit in late 1990 with High Enough and it ended up being Ted Nugent's biggest hit of alltime, Ann Wilson and Mike Reno (of Heart and Loverboy, respectively) scored a big hit in 1984 with Almost Paradise and it's now a soft rock staple, Whitesnake scored a #2 hit in 1987 with Is This Love and vocalist David Coverdale was also in Deep Purple replacing Ian Gillan, Mr. Big scored their biggest hit in 1992 with To Be With You, Europe scored their biggest hit in 1987 with Carrie which went #3, Cinderella scored a Top 20 hit in late 1988 with Don't Know What You Got Till It's Gone and it was the first time that I've heard of that song in years, Extreme scored a #1 hit in 1991 with More Than Words and it still gets timeless airplay today, Winger scored their first Top 20 hit in 1989 with Headed For a Heartbreak, Firehouse had a hit in 1992 with When I Look Into Your Eyes and it was the first time that I have ever heard of that song, Scorpions reached their biggest hit in 1991 with Wind of Change and it goes to show you that bad boys have their soft side, Steelheart had their only hit in 1991 with I'll Never Let You Go and in my opinion, I actually don't care for that song due to highly emotional vocals, Bad English was a supergroup of Journey and Baby's with a #2 hit in late 1989 with When I See You Smile, Kix had a #11 hit in 1989 with Don't Close Your Eyes, Sheriff had a hit in 1988 with When I'm With You and that tops it off with the collection.

If you loved the power ballad era of the mid 1980's to the early 1990's, then look no further, Monster Ballads is finally at your nearby department store and the whole CD well take you back to those glory days.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the double cd
There used to be a double cd that was jam packed with hits. What happened. Why did they condense it? A lot of my faves were on the other set. Oh well :(

5-0 out of 5 stars The songlist is not hiding!
I read the songlist, bought the CD, and love most of it. I totally dont understand some of these other reviews...people keep saying they were disappointed that this is the shortened version of the TV offered CD. Dont they read the description and songlist?? Geez! ... Read more

5. Goin' South
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If your idea of the South is a place where white boys rock the blues all night long, then Goin' South will most definitely take you there. From the Allman Brothers' "Ramblin' Man" to the Georgia Satellites' "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," this 17-track collection of '70s and '80s hits is the next best thing to 24-hour Southern rock radio. Like a convoy of golden eight-track memories, the signature songs of rebel rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Thorogood, and Charlie Daniels are accompanied by a handful of lesser offerings (that Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, Marshall Tucker stretch is slow goin') and north-of-the-Mason-Dixon-line ringers such as Mountain and the Band. Sure, the vibe is strictly good ole boy (unless you count Ram Jam's version of Leadbelly's "Black Betty"), but any compilation that can segue from the pop strains of Pure Prairie League's "Aime" to the crunchy goodness of Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way" can't be all bad. --Bill Forman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Collection Of Southern Rock Hits
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1.Lynyrd Skynard- Sweet Home Alabama- Classic- 5 out of 5 stars
2.Allman Brothers- Ramblin Man-4 stars
3.George Thorogood and the Destroyers- Bad to the Bone-3.9 stars
4.Molly Hatchett- Flirtin with disaster-4 stars
5.38 Special- Hold on Loosely- 3.5 stars
6.Marshall Tucker Band- Heard it in a love song- 4 stars
7.Mountain- Mississippi Queen- 4.3 stars
8.Georgia Satellites- Keep your hands to yourself-4.5 stars
9.Doobie Brothers- Black Water- 4.5 stars
10.Fabulous Thunderbirds-Tuff Enuff- 3.9 stars
11.Little Feat- Dixie Chicken-4 stars
12.Ram Jam- Black Betty- 3.8 stars
13.Amie- 4.4 stars
14.Joe Walsh- Rocky Mountain Way-4 stars
15.B.W. Stevenson- My Maria -3.5 stars
16.The Band- The night they drove old Dixie Down-4 stars
17.Charlie Daniels Band- The Devil Went Down To Georgia-4.5 stars
Overall 4 star album/ buy if fan of southern rock

4-0 out of 5 stars Southern Rock Extravaganza
You can't get any further south than "Goin' South". Seventeen tracks of classic hits from the greatest Southern Rockers found anywhere. The gang is all here, Marshall Tucker, Molly Hatchet, Georgia Satellites, Little Feet, The Allman Brothers, Lynard Skynyrd, and the Charlie Daniels Band. This is one of the better Southern Rock collections that I've seen. The music is good, even though I would have picked a few different songs to represent the bands on this album. Overall, I like the songs, and the bands. This is one of those CDs you plug in and let it rip for a good ol' time. This is a good compilation, no doubt. You'll be in the south in no time.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS CD SOUTHERN ROCKS!...
This cd is sweet as hell. I bought the two disk-set, which has more songs, but the songs on the one disk set are enough. I live in Michigan, but the first time I heard of this cd I was in the south watching TV. Later that year, I said I gotta get that. It is perfect for driving down south in a car trip. You really get in a mood. Every song is awesome, my favorites are "Sweet Home Alabama", "Devil Went Down To Georgia" "Amie" and Pretty Much everything. if you don't have this cd, I am crying for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Love the CD
Probably would have like the 2CD set from the tv commerical better but I just love most of the songs. Good rock.

If you really enjoy classic southern rock tunes such as in this fun collection-then I'm sure you will agree with me that there's enough great material left over from not only the bands listed here but from many others as well. I hope someday in the very near future to find at least 3 or 4 more volumes. Whether at home, at the office, in the car or at your next party, this is one CD that once you put it on you & your friends will enjoy. Very highly recommended. ... Read more

6. The Best Of The Girl Groups, Vol. 1
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Time Of Innocence
This volume (and its companion, volume 2) offers a terrific if incomplete overview of the girl group phenomenon of the eary-Sixties. By incomplete, I mean there are no Motown groups (Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, Marvelettes), nothing from Philles (Crystals, Ronettes, Darlene Love) or Cameo/Parkway (Orlons, Dee Dee Sharp). Essentially this Rhino package focuses almost exclusively on Caucasion artists--but I suppose that would have sounded politically incorrect on the album title. But even with those glaring omissions, there are enough amazing songs here to make this an indipensable collection of girl group classics.

Most of these songs were huge hits. All but five went Top Ten, and four of them ("Leader of the Pack," "He's So Fine," "Chapel of Love" and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow") reached No. 1.

Many of these artists were one-hit wonders (Ad Libs, Jaynetts, Claudine Clark, Jelly Beans), so this collection provides you with the hits and no filler. [A couple of exceptions: Cher doesn't really fit the category and "Dream Baby" never cracked the Top 40; the Exciter's "He's Got the Power" and Evie Sands' "I Can't Let Go" didn't chart either. While it's interesting to compare the latter song with the Hollies' version, I would have rather seen other hits by the Shirelles or the Shangri-Las instead that didn't make it onto either volume of this series.)

While they don't show up as performers, Ellie Greenwich/Jeff Barry and Carole King/Gerry Goffin wrote six of these tracks, including the good girl/bad girl anthem "Leader of the Pack" and the song that begs the question "should I or shouldn't I?"--"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." The latter by the Shirelles is considered the first girl group hit from 1961.

Most of these songs are classics and they all harken back to a more innocent time in the history of rock. Whether you lived through this time period or simply wished you did, this is required listening. ESSENTIAL

4-0 out of 5 stars We've Got The Beat!
Rhino has put together a nice collection chronicling the Rock N' Roll phenomenon of the early to mid sixties known as The Girl Groups. If this is your first foray into the sound of the Girl Groups this is quite a fine start. This collection which is more of a hit orientated set, includes the songs you'll most remember because of their exposure on the radio. What makes the set worth it though are the more obcure songs sprinkled throughout the collection.(See Vol 2) Songs like "Party Lights", "I Can't Stay Mad At You" and "I Can't Let Go" (on Vol 1) to name a few. Included in the booklet are pictures of the groups and great liner notes about each individual song. The only flaw that I can find with this collection is the admittance of a Cher track "Dream Baby", that faded fast into obscurity upon it's release but which has been resurrected here as a throwaway track. This song should have been saved for a Cher anthology set. I pray that one day a box set chronicling the Girl Groups will be released (believe me, there is enough material to make several box sets!)that will further and more wholey reinstate the powerful force these women have had on popular music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Memories of Junior High!
Each one of these songs bring back sharp memories of riding my bike down to the Arlington Record Store to get the latest 45 played on WLS. The songs are the originals and have been very carefully selected. Along with the top hits of the time, this includes gems like the haunting and unusual "Sally Go Round the Roses", the mesmerizing "I Can't Stay Mad at You" and Evie Sands "I Can't Let Go." This CD is a must for any baby boomer who grew up listening to AM radio.

5-0 out of 5 stars Go girls!
*sighs* I love this era. I'd be rhetorical of me to say I don't enjoy listening to these girl groups. Personally, my favourite would be "Chapel of Love." As a romantic, this CD just made my day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yummy!
I really enjoyed this album because I'm a romantic and love hearing love songs. The album is long and has all the good songs. ... Read more

7. Songs of Protest
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4-0 out of 5 stars Jammed with the politics and poetry of the sixties
This cd is everything you want in a specialized anthology. "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" is pure art and poetry. It takes you full circle and makes your heart sink. "Eve Of Destruction" is full of rage and insight and truth. It's atomic in its message and presentation. "With God On Our Side" is one of Dylan's best songs (best version is by Baez). Pure poetry again. And the whole cd goes on like that. Great sound. The somber "Society's Child" and the hauntingly barefoot on shards of glass "Abraham, Martin And John" slices you in two. "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)" is Motown exploding. "War" keeps the message movin'. "Signs" was always one of my favorite radio songs. This is a must for anyone who lived through the late sixties and early seventies and felt the rage and fear at the destruction and insanity from sea to sea. This collections serves as both great music and powerful inspiration. Buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and educational!
This excellent album combines some of the greatest protest songs of the sixties in one very listenable package. One might quibble about the song selection (what, no Dylan?) but one cannot argue with the excellence of the music presented. It's a wonderful collection, perfect for a sixties enthusiast, even the tracks you don't recognize (and I knew almost all) are excellent. Many are the best tracks by the artist. Standouts include (but are not limited to) 'Sky Pilot', 'Signs' 'War' and 'Eve Of Destruction'. This album is a true relic of the period, and expresses many of the political concerns of the hippie movement. Highly recommended, especially for fans of the era.

1-0 out of 5 stars A complete waste of time and money
One star is far too generous. This CD obviously was cobbled together from someone's old tapes, complete with audible hiss. The selections are all downhill after Eve of Destruction and Universal Soldier. Sonny without Cher? Who ever heard of that? Who can listen to that?

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost Good
My main complaint about this disk is that Hedgehoppers Anonymous song "It's Good News Week" is an abridged version. I haven't heard the long version since the WVVX (a Chicago-area FM station) dropped its "oldies" format in the early 1980s. Surely Rhino could have tracked down the long version.

Otherwise, this is a nice period piece

4-0 out of 5 stars The Sixties Weren't Just About Peace And Love
As a child of the Sixties, I have a very strong emotional connection to these songs and as such find this a very enjoyable collection. If, however, you were to unearth these songs from a time capsule and listen to them for the first time thirty-plus years after they were first recorded, you might wonder what the fuss is all about. Certainly some of these songs were of the moment. To use an old cliche: You had to be there. After all, at age 30, Sonny Bono was a bit long in the tooth to play the angry young man. And "It's Good News Week" sounds more comical than biting satire.

But many of these songs retain their potency. Certainly, the carnival sound of "The 'Fish' Cheer/I Feel Like I'm Fixin'-To-Die Rag" is the perfect antithesis of the brutality of the Vietnam War. The Rascal's "People Got To Be Free" evokes John Lennon's sentiment that "All You Need Is Love." The Kingston Trio's version of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" is a sad reminder of the price to be paid for war. Dion's "Abraham, Martin And John" still gives me chills. The one really glaring omission from this set is Dylan's "Masters of War." Only Edwin Starr's "War" comes close to matching Dylan's outrage.

If you need to remind yourself that the Sixties weren't all peace and love, this collection does a more than adequate job of showcasing the protest genre. RECOMMENDED ... Read more

8. Vol. 1-60's One Hit Wonders
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5-0 out of 5 stars Super CD
This CD is great. I am always in search of an oldies compilation containing original recordings by the original artists. Unfortunately there are lots out there that are original artists but remakes and not clearly advertised as such. You can take this one to the bank. It's the songs we listened to when we were kids!

5-0 out of 5 stars One Hit Wonder'ful'
I've sometimes purchased CDs just to get one cut. In this case, two of the entries made the price of the disc worth the cost. I had not heard 'Do it Again, Just a Little Bit Slower' by Jon and Robin since it was on the top 40 radio station WHLO in Cleveland when I was a teen, so I was surprised to see it available on CD. It's one of those songs that you can listen to over and over again without tiring of it. Also, 'Midnight Mary' was one of my favorites back then, though I thought the full title was 'Meet Me at Midnight Mary', which is probably why I hadn't found it before. The mastering job done by Rhino is commendable. Most of the cuts are in true stereo. A very worthwhile purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly hard-to-find classics that will appeal to baby boomers
I never thought I'd hear "Do It Again Just a Little Bit Slower" on my own CD player! Jon and Robin and the In Crowd created a masterpiece when they recorded this quirky little pop tune. I had long sought "Midnight Mary," too, and here they are on the same collection. Technically speaking, each song has a terrific sound, too. Rhino really knows how to pick 'em!

4-0 out of 5 stars A collection of perky and instrument hits by one hit wonders
This is a rather odd collection of One Hit Wonders from the Sixites, but then again, I suppose it is impossible to have anything else. On the one hand you have perky little numbers like "You Were on My Mind" (my favorite on this album) and "Walk Right in" (perhaps the epitome of Sixties perkiness). On the other hand you have some notable instrumentals from "The Stripper" to "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" and "More." (everybody who was shown "Mondo Cane" in school, raise your hands). Throw in "The Girl from Ipanema" for a little bit of mellow jazz courtesy of Stan Getz, and dollars to donuts you might find five tracks on this album you would like to add to your music collection. There is a Volume 2 of this particular collection, but this is definitely the better album of the pair. But the best of both together and you would have a pretty good little collection here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection of "Hard to Find" tunes!
The Dick Bartley "One Hit Wonders" series has a lot more than one thing going for it. These discs feature a wide variety of music that placed on the Top 100 Charts during the 1960s. Volume One features classic vocals like the Wee Five's "You Were On My Mind", the lesser known but much better Barry & the Tamerlanes "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" (as opposed to the Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart single of the same name), and Joey Powers' "Meet Me At Midnight, Mary." There are also popular instrumentals like David Rose's "The Stripper", Kai Winding's "More" and the beautiful "Cast Your Fate to the Wind."

As with any Rhino collection, the mastering is superb and the sound magnificent. Yes, I only gave it five stars, but this disc (and the one's that followed in the series) rates enough stars to fill a small galaxy. Don't miss it! ... Read more

9. Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin
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4-0 out of 5 stars Generally terrific, but some real clinkers
"Tribute" albums tend to be a chancy proposition, but this one is generally a winner, mostly, I think, because the songs are so strong. Bruce Hornsby cut his teeth on Elton John's piano playing, and his "Madman Across the Water" is stunning. Kate Bush gives "Rocket Man" a lively edge without losing its poignancy; Sting's "Come Down in Time" is sophisticated and a little ironic, but still touching. Phil Collins' "Burn Down the Mission" is as good as the original, and Clapton and Stewart impart their own distinctive flavor to their selections. On the other hand, Bon Jovi and the Who are too cautious, Wilson Phillips' "Daniel" and Hall and Oates' "Philadelphia Freedom" are downright syrupy, and Sinead O'Connor sounds unrehearsed. My personal favorite remains Oleta Adams' "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," a passionate rendition that brings out the Gospel roots of the song. Still, most of the album is a treat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Two rooms, sixteen songs, one great album
When it comes to tribute albums, some questions come to mind. One, do they actually do tribute to an artist, two, are they just retreads of the originals, a.k.a. karaoke versions, and three, do they differ significantly and be still innovative at the same time? Two Rooms, which is a tribute to both Elton John and his songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin, sports a plethora of high-calibre artists.

The piano blues of the anti-racist "Border Song" from Elton's self-titled album is Eric Clapton's selection, and the horn section and Reverend Timothy Wright Washington Temple Concert Choir brings new life to this early EJ tune.

Kate Bush goes to the Honky Chateau for "Rocket Man", incorporating a more reggae-type tempo than the original. It's a nice one, but that's nothing compared to the B-side single of this song, a tear-inducing rendition of "Candle In The Wind", unfortunately not included here.

The melancholy and melodic piano ballad "Come Down In Time" from Tumbleweed Collection is covered by Sting. The emotion of the original is enhanced by the piano, but Sting's lower register vocals don't top Elton's rendition. However, Phil Collins does a superb and tight version of "Burn Down The Mission", also from that album, with Steve Winwood helping out on organ and a great brass ensemble in that energetic midsection.

The Who, minus Keith Moon of course, go to the Yellow Brick Road, or should I stay stomp down the YBR for "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" with Roger Daltrey's vocals and Pete Townshend's guitar solo "giving us none of yer aggravation." One alteration is when they also sing a few lines from "Take Me To The Pilot."

Don't Shoot Me, I'm The Surfboarder? The Beach Boys' take on "Crocodile Rock" incorporates their usual doo-wop harmonies, and lead vocalist Alan Jardine doing a passing interpretation of EJ's voice.

Wilson Phillips does "Daniel" and straight off, I feel very uncomfortable on first-name songs that have my name on it. Their sweet harmonies really enhance the original, but as in the original, I'm not too crazy about it. Also from Don't Shoot Me I'm The Girl Trio... I mean Piano Player.

Joe Cocker has often been maligned by Beatles purists for shredding "With A Little Help From My Friends." Here though, his rough soulful voice does good enough justice to Blue Moves' "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word," that song about a sad sad situation, when people can't talk it over. "Tonight", also from Blue Moves, is done live at Wembley by George Michael, who did vocals on Ice On Fire's "Nikita" and "Wrap Her Up" brings out the emotional melancholy of that song.

Jon Bon Jovi's take on "Levon" from Madman Across The Water, shows that the vocal power he uses on such Bon Jovi songs like "I'll Be There For You" and "Wanted Dead Or Alive" fits here. His voice and the accompanying instruments fit here. Tico Torres from Bon Jovi helps out on drums. In contrast, Bruce Hornsby does a passable version of the title track.

Tina Turner originally did "The B-tch Is Back" on Rough, her no-longer available solo album from 1978, and her attitude really fits this energetic remake. However, the famous guitar solo inbetween chorus and verse remains the same, meaning that's it's probably one of those immortal things that shouldn't be messed with.
Hall and Oates incorporate their white Philly soul on "Philadelphia Freedom" because they felt it reflected the way they felt about their city.

OK, whether or not one likes Rod Stewart will determine whether or not you'll like him doing one of the hallowed EJ songs. However, the violin and mandolin is a unique addition to "Your Song" which still retains its lyrical sweetness.

Oleta Adams made a name by covering Brenda Russell's "Get Here." Here, she and her backing vocalists make a rich gospel rendition of one of my favourite Elton John tunes, "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me." Producer guitarist and a backing vocalist: Roland Orzabal of Tears For Fears (!!)

Sinead O'Connor's selection comes from one of EJ's later albums, "Sacrifice" from Sleeping In The Past. It's a more muted version, with O'Connor singing quietly, but rising in intensity after singing the first chorus.

Now this is the real way to do tribute albums, but maybe it was easier here because Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote so many memorable songs and that the artists involved who were deeply touched by these songs were able to give it the love they deserved. Two rooms, sixteen songs, one great album.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Tribute!
It is impossible to beat Elton's quality of singing, or even match it. So how do this very talented artists pay homage to him? They don't try to match it, instead they keep their own style of music, and match it to the songs. Case in point: The Beach Boys, while singing the Crocodile Rock, they keep their surf boy sound to the song. This CD is worth buying, whether you're an Elton fan or not.

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful
I am a diehard Elton John fan and to say the least, this album is awful. In their own right, these artists are very talented, but there was not one who did justice to Elton's songs. There was only one track I could somewhat listen to and that was the rendition Wilson Phillips made of Daniel. All artists belong in their own circle of signature songs and should stay there. If you are new to Elton's music, do not buy this album. I suggest you look elsewhere to find his orginal recordings.

3-0 out of 5 stars Where Are The Two Rooms?
The music of Elton John has been the most universal of any artist from England. His music throughout the years has inspired newer generations to tend to his delightful sounds.

The 1991 Two Rooms album, compiled Elton John's music and Bernie Taupin's lyrics from several different voices that endure the classics. Some of the artists have some stand outs, like George Michael with Tonight, and Oleta Adams with Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me. Others like Phil Collins and Burn Down The Mission, and Joe Cocker on Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, reflect true soul singers that shadow in to Elton's dynamic music.

Although many people don't buy tribute records, Two Rooms is a simple reflection behind the music of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. ... Read more

10. Whistle Bait: 25 Rockabilly Rave-Ups
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5-0 out of 5 stars Must buy for Rockabilly fans
I highly recommend both this CD and the companion piece "Ain't I a dog" for you rockabilly fans. I was listening to the Classic Rockabilly pioneers - Perkins, Cochran, Vincent, etc. quite a bit so other than Perkins and Johnny Cash, who had a few songs on these, I didn't recognize any of the other artists. It took a few listenings and some close attention to the lyrics for me to really appreciate the music on here. I now really enjoy listening to these CDs and agree with the other reviewers on here. I strongly recommend you buy both of them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best & most unique rockabilly single disc comp. out there!
This sigle disc rockabilly sampler is unique for it doesn't feature just typical hits by Jerry Lee Lewis or Elvis, but the less common greats. This cd features many Country & Western artists making a go at crossing over into rockabilyl and hillbilly boogie. Some highlight include performances by the Queen of Hillbilly Boogie Rose Maddox, as well as Lefty Fritzell, a western honky Tonger who really rocks and swings hard on a rockabilly tune. There are some perfomences also by rockabily legends like Carl Perkins, but not the typical Blue Suade shoes, this unique comp. offers a deeper look into rockabilly it's roots and the variety of artists who covered the genere in the mid to late 50's. Classic rockabilly that often borders on hillbilly boogie and western swing. Great cd for any collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun hillbilly swing, western swing, and rockabilly...
This cd is mixed with gems and a couple forgettable tracks, but it's still a classic set of rocabilly, as long as you've got a dance partner to jitterbug with and one free hand to hold the martini, you'll be set. A perfect cd for dancing, drinking wine, brandy, martinis, and for parties... what a fun cd by a lot of forgotten artists(and there's a reason for taht). Good music, and good times are what you can expect if you invest in thsi delightful cd...

5-0 out of 5 stars Rockabilly, the punk rock of the 50's.
It's as I've said time and time again: Punk was to the eighties what rockabilly was to the fifties, and this compilation proves it. True, punk was more politically fueled and the social mores of the two decades are in stark contrast to one another, but rebellion is rebellion no matter what label you put on it.

In actuality "Whistle Bait" covers the 50's through the 60's and in so doing represents some of the finest artists in this genre as well as encompassing the changing attitudes from one generation to the next. In the course of one CD you hear from such household names as Carl Perkins, and Ronnie Self to slightly lesser knows like Larry Collins. Crossover artists such as country legends Johnny Cash, Joe Maphis, and Werly Fairburn are also fairly represented here.

In total "Whistle Bait" is the most comprehensive collection of Rockabilly tracks on one CD. There's something here for everybody, from the edgy and rebellious to poppy and upbeat. This CD is so complete in its focus I almost thought Rhino Records was responsible for it.

If you love, or even like, 50's rock you absolutely must buy this CD. Also make a note to check out the companion piece, "Ain't I'm a Dog".

5-0 out of 5 stars Rockabilly rave-ups with a hillbilly bent .
This is a classic collection of fierce rockabilly tunes from the vaults of Columbia records that were recorded between 1955 and 1959 . Well known names like Carl Perkins , Johnny Cash , and Link Wray ( whose sound was years ahead of its time ) sit side by side with lesser known artists but the quality of the music remains consistently high .

This may have been the new music that rebellious teenagers were listening to at the time but you can still smell the country in all of these performers . This collection of songs would not have sounded out of place in the honkytonks let alone on the billboard charts in the late fifties . If you have any interest in this type of music this compilation is a must ! ... Read more

11. Folkways: A Vision Shared - A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly
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One of the more creative, successful tribute albums, A Vision Shared was originally released to coincide with a PBS program that premiered in 1988. Packing some serious heavyweights onto one CD, the record features covers of Guthrie and Leadbelly tunes by, among others, Little Richard, Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and U2. The 14 tracks consist of mostly well known tunes, and it's fascinating to hear what the artists have done to them. Particularly exciting is a supercharged version of Leadbelly's "Rock Island Line" by Little Richard with Fishbone and U2's take on Guthrie's "Jesus Christ." --Ian Landau ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A vision to the past! Wonderful
I can't think of many tribute albums that work great, but I thoroughly enjoy this tribute to Woody Gutherie and Leadbelly aka Huddie Ledbetter. If you aren't familiar with their music, just listen, you will feel the presence of these musical greats. They had powerful lyrical ballads. And what they had to say is clearly from different cultural backgrounds. Woody Gutherie's folk ballads told of the depression and the journeys traveling across the country heading west to escape the Dust Bowl, while Leadbelly's music reflected on the work songs of poor farmers and immigrants.

Musical superstars are featured here, recorded in 1988, and featured are some wonderful music and captivating stories like the a capella rendition of Leadbelly's "Sylvie" by the beautiful harmonies of Sweet Honey in the Rock. Dylan's "Pretty Boy Floyd"; John Mellencamp "Do Re Mi"; Bruce Springsteen sings "I Ain't Got No Home". Equally entertaining are Willie Nelson singing "Philadelphia Lawyers" and Arlo Guterie's "East Texas Red". Emmylou Harris with her perfect sweet voice is mesmerizing in "Hobo's Lullaby" ....can't you hear the steel rails humming?"

A booklet comes with this CD, and read about Bob Dylan's encounter with Woody Gutherie. Dylan passionately studied who Gutherie was and learned the songs. Dylan said when Gutherie's health was failing he met him and sang Gutherie's own songs to him. Dylan called himself a "Woody Gutherie jukebox."

This is a tribute album that is very entertaining with informative historic storytelling songs and music you can sing along with. I love it. MzRizz

4-0 out of 5 stars A rare breed: the quality tribute album.
Can't stand tribute albums. Hate 'em! But this little beauty really shines. The secret is in the wide-open, folksy nature of Woody Guthrie's and Ledbelly's work--they wrote songs that are *made* to be sung by other folks, made to be reinterpreted and resung by new generations. The other secret is in the line-up here: great talents, from top to bottom.

When this lp came out in the late 1980s I bought it on a whim. I was in my late teens, and didn't know much about the music. I don't even know why I bought the album. But time and time again, I played it instead of my rock and punk albums. I really endured for a couple of years. I don't play it so often anymore, so I had to give it four stars.

Not much to criticize here: Little Richard//Fishbone's tune is out of place--it's kind of a sour moment in an otherwise sweet ensemble. Willie and Emmylou shine, as do U2. But the album's true gem is by Bruce: "Vigilante Man." It's one of the best recordings the Boss has ever set to vinyl.

Fans of folk, folk-rock, country-rock, southern-fried rock, and should line up for this one, but even a teen like me who was into punk rock can saddle this horse up for a good long ride.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Must Buy This...
This is one of my all-time favorite recordings. Much of the music is truly timeless, and they're many wonderful performances. Highlights for me include Springsteen (I Ain't Got No Home), U2 (Hallelujah...not the Cohen/Buckley/Cale version either) and best of all, John Mellancamp (Do Re Mi). I could have done without Arlo Guthrie (heck, I can barely stand to listen to Woody either) and most especially the Brian Wilson cut. God is he awful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Compilation
To my mind, the problem with many 'tribute' albums revolves around the selection of particular musicians to perform particular songs. They often do not match well. In this case, the selections were excellent. The result is a wonderful CD that brings out not only the best of Guthrie and Leadbelly but also of the artists covering their songs. Sweet Honey in the Rock open with a warm, evocative rendition of Sylvie. Bob Dylan's Pretty Boy Floyd is as good as Dylan has ever sounded. It is reminiscent in tone and content to his own Hurricane Carter. Little Richard's Rock Island Line was terrific as was U2's Jesus Christ. Springsteen, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Arlo Guthrie round out the CD with other excellent tracks. It evokes the era in which the songs were written. The CD is well worth buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Had to have it...
I borrowed this album from my Father-in-Law for a Folk music show I was preparing. After raving about how much I enjoyed it I shouldn't have been surprised when my own copy showed up at Christmas.

This album pays tribute to two great pioneers who truly paved the way for Rock and R&B. The blending of Folk and Blues is easy to listen to and the stories are tremendously compelling.

If you have any interest in Folk or Blues, pick this up. ... Read more

12. Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films
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5-0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time
I taped this album off of vinyl from the college radio station where I spun tunes in 1988, and while I preferred much more rough-around-the-edges grunge music at the time, I had a soft spot for the whole album.

My tastes mellowed out in the following 15 years (just a bit) but still this cassette keeps coming out of the drawer year. The subtle, talented and completely original takes on the Disney movie songs manage to imprint the artists' vision while still retaining the original magic of the movies (you can picture in your mind a group of seven dwarves who all look like Tom Waits chanting Heigh-Ho). Then last year, I found myself singing "Blue Shadows" in the manner of Syd Straw and "Stay Awake" in the manner of Suzanne Vega as lullabies to my daughter at bedtime. This album stands the test of time, so of course I finally have to have it on CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Mouse never roared like this ...
Disney Music can sometimes seem a little too ... well ... Disney. Neat, catchy little tunes sung by voices that you just KNOW have never seen a zit in their lives. Subject matter that is trite at best, portraying characters so cute that they're almost embarrassing.

Embarrassing, because even at thirty years old, you still whistle Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah from "Song of the South" when you're happy.

Don't you?

Fear not, closet Disney-phile. This album takes all those songs from your favorite movies, and gives them an adult twist. This album will serve a two-fold purpose. First, you can get your fix of Disney anytime your middleaged-child heart desires. But most importantly, if you get "caught" by your friends, you can pass it off as serious music.

Whether a mere fresh coat of paint (as with "I Wanna Be Like You" from Jungle Book) to a slight sarcastic tone on old favorites (Sinead O'Conner singing "Someday My Prince Will Come" -- 'nuff said there!), to downright spooky versions of bettime songs (Suzanne Vega's acapella version of "Stay Awake"), to absolutely twisted rehashes of formerly tired standby's (Tom Waite rebuilds "Heigh Ho" in his own graven image), this album is a fantastic work. It not only transforms these scores into wonderful new pieces of art, but it also remains true to the basic spirit of Disney. Perhaps it is irreverent in places. Yes, it may even poke a little fun at our favorite childhood icon. But it is still a respectful tribute to the original artists who put these tunes in our heads in the first place.

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't close your eyes
This album features various types of performers doing Disney songs. It is a pretty uneven album. Some of them are good, some of them are not so good. Different people will like different performances, depending on their taste. My favorites are by Tom Waits, Buster Poindexter, Aaron Neville, Sinead O'Conner, Sun Ra and Harry Nilsson. There were some performances I didn't really care for, but I won't mention what they are. One problem that I had with this CD is that many of the songs are connected together as "medleys". So that makes it hard to skip around and just listen to your favorite songs. You may have to sit through something you don't like to get to something you do like.

5-0 out of 5 stars Disney's dark side
One of the things that's easy to forget about the original wave of Disney films is that they were dark, both in terms of story elements and animation. Its been a long time since I was a little kid, but I can still vaguely remember being slightly creeped out by moments in those magical old films.

That's why this record was such a joy to me when I first discovered it (in a cut out bin in a supermarket checkout lane, believe it or not) a dozen years ago. It instantly became one of my favorite records, not for any individual performance, but for the overall mood which recalls the dark, dreamlike feel that permeated the films.

Not that the performances aren't great. Its hard to pick a favorite, although I've always had a soft spot for the Ken Nordine stuff, Syd Straw's take on Blue Shadows and, especially, Sun Ra's Arkestra cutting loose on "Pink Elephants on Parade." There's really not a weak one in the batch though. Ask me again tomorrow and I'd probably pick something else.

Its someone surprising to me that this is still in print. I can't imagine it selling much and its certainly not the good time nostalgia one might expect from such a compilation. At any rate, its well worth purchasing and will make an interesting addition for fans of the acts contained as well as the original wave of Disney films.

5-0 out of 5 stars A strange and wonderful little disc!
Seldom have I ever heard a more eclectic compilation album. I first came to know this disc in the early 90's thanks specifically to the Ken Nordine bit on track 11, and the Suzanne Vega bit on track 4; each of which got a fair amount of air time on "Variables" heard Sunday nights in Salt Lake City. Structurally, the 11-track disc actually contains many more pieces than one might first assume, as each track is usually composed of two or more sub-works, each blending into the next. Sometimes the blends work smoothly, other times they can be jarring. All in all you wouldn't believe this to be Disney unless you already knew some of the songs beforehand. Some of them, like the Tom Waits dwarf march, are almost the antithesis of Disney, which is appreciated. In addition to the Vega and Nordine standouts, I also adore part b of track 1, and track 2. But really, if the pool of your musical taste is wide, and you don't mind surprises, this is a gem of a disc that I highly recommend. ... Read more

13. 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you like Dylan, you'll love this!
Growing up being a big fan of the Bryds, how could one not enjoy listening to Dylan played by some of the worlds finest musicians. There has never been a better rendition of Mr. Tambourine Man. My Back Pages with Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, George Harrison is also something special.

Stevie Wonder gets carried away with his intro to Blowing in the Wind, but fast forward 2&1/2 minutes and you will miss the only misery of this CD. The end of this double CD has Dylan singing. It makes you appreciate how special his music is when sung by these top performers. It also shows off what Dylan does best - song writing.

Wanna hear Dylan with an Irish accent? Buy the CD. I can't think of a better way to spend 2 hours in the car. I own over 500 CD's and this one is my favorite.

4-0 out of 5 stars Something For Everyone
I'd give this 5 stars, but there are a bunch of tracks that force me to hit the "skip" button on my CD player. The rest is good enough to boost the rating back up to 4 stars.

Perhaps the best thing about this grouping of performances is the fact that everyone has a different favorite part. After reading all the other reviews, I'm left amazed that nobody has pointed to the Eddie Veder/Mike McReady rendition of "Masters of War" as the highlight of the set. To me, this is hands-down the reason to own this set. The amount of feeling poured into the words and the preformance is astounding and a true credit to the genius of Bob Dylan. It provides a case in point that any and all Dylan songs can be made into the performer's own heart-felt masterpiece. Sure the performances by Neil Young, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, etc. are outstanding, but one likes to think that would go without saying by now. If after listening to this you can't feel the anger, emotion and scathing attack behind the lyrics to a song like "Masters of War," you simply never will. The lyrics ring just as true today as they did the day they were written --- if not for knowing better, one might think this song was written for George W. Bush and Dick Chaney. Only the Vedder version delivers the anger and emotion that are conveyed in the words themselves...this is what a protest song is meant to be!

3-0 out of 5 stars Uneven Dylan
Sorry, but the best performance is Johnny Winters ripping through Highway 61 (revisited)- a lot of the other performers (including George Harrison and Ronnie Wood pale by comparison). Why can't I get it on DVD?

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
"Archie M" seems to have rather missed the point of this album, when he complains that many of the song versions here "have no resemblence to the original". That's the WHOLE IDEA OF INTERPRETATIONS! He seems to like McGuinn's "Tambourine Man" because it sounds just like the record. What's the point of that?

Sure, nobody is going to like *everything* here (I could do without Mellencamp for example), but there are a few absolute stormers - Lou Reed, Richie Havens, Tracy Chapman, and - especially - Eric Clapton. I'd go so far as to say that EC's performance of "Don't Think Twice" is not only the high point of this show, it's the high point of his *career*. If you're a fan of the "Layla" album, and have been disappointed with the mostly soporific stuff he's done since then, listen to this - it's *blistering* - right up there with "Have You Ever Loved A Woman". Great, great music.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Fine Tribute Set
I really liked this double CD, found it worth every penny, would recommend it highly. There is some stuff on these two discs that is just simply too good to describe. Tracy Chapman's rendition of the "Times They are A-Changin'" shoots straight to your soul. Richie Havens version of "Just Like a Woman" gives the song a whole new dimension. Eric Clapton's two songs are eerie. Mr. D performs admirably on "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," and surpasses himself on "Girl from the North Country." But the real outstanding song on this set is the version of "Absolutely Sweet Marie," performed by the late George Harrison.

Reviewed by Stephanie Sane

Unlike a lot of live compilation albums, this one really works. All I can say is that I think you should own it. Five Stars. ... Read more

14. Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very impressive!
A lot of tribute albums seem to really stray from the original songs and become more about the person doing the cover. On this one, however, you can tell that everyone was very serious about what they did. Every song is done very tastefully and you can tell that all the artists probably had a great time in making these songs. I love the Spin Doctors rendition of "Spanish Castle Magic." It has their signature style and TONS of energy. A definite standout. Buddy Guy's take on "Red House" is also good. It is done in old blues fashion with just a hint of Buddy's wildness. "Hey Joe" done by Ice T's band Body Count is very intense. Very tight band and heartfelt vocals. Nice job! Seal and Jeff Beck come together for a very cool version of "Manic Depression." Seal's silky-smooth voice sounds great and so does Jeff's tone. Nigel Kennedy does one of the instrumentals on this one; "Fire." Pat Matheny does the other ("Third Stone From the Sun") and both sound great. Jimi would no doubt be very proud of the work by these two masters. The last, and in my opinion, best track on this album is "Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun)" done by M.A.C.C., which stands for McCready (Mike, guitarist from Pearl Jam), Ament (Jeff, bassist from Pearl Jam), Cameron (Matt, drummer from Soundgarden) and Cornell (Chris, singer from Soundgarden). This is unbelievable. It has the moody feel of these two bands and the amazing vocals of Chris "Leatherlungs" Cornell. This is a very powerful song and must be heard to be believed! Overall, this is a very, very, very good album. I didn't know what to expect when I bought this one a few years ago, but boy am I glad I did! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

2-0 out of 5 stars Defiles the legacy of one of history's great guitarists
Stone Free, a collection of Jimi Hendrix covers, attempts to celebrate Hendrix's legacy and fails miserably.

The album's newer artists seem daunted by the task of covering God's gift to the guitar, and end up only adding to the misconception that Hendrix's songs are a calculated mixture of screeching guitars and drugged-out vocals.

The guity parties range from the Cure, with their dancefloor destruction (and I mean that in a bad way) of "Purple Haze" to Belly with a lethargic "Are you Experienced?"

P.M. Dawn is its wimpy worst on "You Got Me Floatin'", Pearl Jam and Soundgarden members collaborate on an especially pretentious version of "Hey Baby", and does anybody really care what the Spin Doctors sound like on "Spanish Castle Magic"? Didn't think so!

The CD's few "mature" artists fare reasonably better. Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy turns in a blistering performance of "Red House" and Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck actually have the guitar chops to justify their appearance on a Hendrix tribute. Come to think of it, this CD could have benefited from more of the same: Where are Hendrix fans and guitar greats Pete Townshend, Prince, and Eddie Van Halen when you need them?

In the end, Stone Free only proves what Hendrix fans already know: the best versions of Hendrix's songs are by Hendrix himself.

1-0 out of 5 stars Tribute albums SUCK
Tribute albums SUCK Buy the originals dammit, don't be a complete loser.

4-0 out of 5 stars Funky rendition of Purple Haze by The Cure
I bought this album for the funky rendition of Purple Haze by The Cure. I love that rendition. In this tribute album, the artists give their own renditions to the songs, not trying to imitate Hendrix. I like it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Cruddier than a backed up septic tank.
I'm really sorry, but this is simply a bad cd. While there are some good songs(never anything close to the original, of course), the "various artists" who added their versions of Hendrix's genuis to this cd shouldv'e put them on one of their own cds. With this and that Pepsi commercial, i wonder more and more if Hendrix's relatives aren't just whoring his image out for cash(which is cruelly ironic, if you know how Hendrix was milked to death by his management and those around him while he was alive). ... Read more

15. Hard Rock Cafe: Classic Rock
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5-0 out of 5 stars Super Compilation!
Absolutely A Must Have for any Classic Rock Fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good collection
Almost every song on this is worth listing to a bunch of times. If you like classic rock you should own this CD ... Read more

16. Harley-Davidson Cycles: Road Songs
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wrecking Opinions
Awesome CD! That outta the way, this CD is the best compilation of songs I've seen in thirteen and a half years. There's nothing quite as good as listening to Radar Love, I Can't Drive 55, and On The Road Again all on the same disc set! And the songs on this album, even the mistitled Devil Went Down To Georgia (As I remember it it's called Deuling Fiddles), every single one of them, beats anything you could hear on "Today's Hit Music Station". Now, this is my personal opinion, and actually has to deal with a post on the reviews, but Mean Streak needs a life and a few spelling lessons. Sounds to me like Mean Streak is a disgruntled rice-burner boozer with a taste for music about as deep and broad as my pinkie toe. Just my opinion. Oh, and this album is a must-buy.

3-0 out of 5 stars So-So
I ride a Harley and love music so I thought this was a good buy. It was disappointing. Some may rave about it but I personally didn't care for many of the songs on this (and Vol. 2 and the Country version). It's a matter of personal taste, of course. I'm not saying the CD is bad, just that not all the songs were appealing to me. This is often the case in any anthology collection. If you want tunes to ride with or just like hard driving biker music, make a tape of your own favorites. If you want to buy this or the others in the series, look over the songs first to be sure there are enough you like.

4-0 out of 5 stars This Rocks!
This is a great CD! My only complaints are "Sacred Ground," which doesn't rock, and "Ridin' the Storm Out," which would be ok if it was the live version. But it's not. Other than that, it's the perfect CD for a road trip.

5-0 out of 5 stars Crank up the volume.
This C.D. is great, and I don't even ride a Harley-Davidson.
I ride a 1974 Honda CB360, I don't even like Harley-Davidson but this C.D. is wonderful, especialy Steppenwolf, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugant

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Compilation Of 60s, 70s And 80s Hard Rock
This two-disc/two-cassette, 30-song compilation features some of the best rock of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. There are over 20 highlights, including the Outlaws, Bob Seger, Marshall Tucker, and
many others. The low point is Craig Chaquico's "Sacred Ground", which doesn't belong here to begin with, but almost all of the rest is top-drawer rock & roll that could teach bands like Pearl Jam a few things about rocking and rolling. ... Read more

17. Early Girls, Vol. 1: Popsicles And Icicles
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5-0 out of 5 stars Yet another gem from England's Ace Records
In 1995 Ace Records released the first in a series of three discs entitled "Early Girls". As with just about every other Ace disc I have ever purchased this is a top quality compilation. There are great big hits everyone has heard of as well as some lesser known tracks just waiting to be rediscovered. Likewise you will find familiar artists and some you have probably never heard of.
Perhaps the biggest hit among the 28 songs on this disc is 1963's "Easier Said Than Done" by the Essex featuring the great lead voice of Anita Humes. Other chartbusters include "The Name Game" from Shirley Ellis and the Murmaids gigantic hit "Popsicles and Icicles" written by one David Gates who would eventually go one to write a bunch of hits for his own group. Has anyone heard of Bread? Among some of the hit records you might not be as familiar with are the 1956 hit "Eddie My Love" by the Teen Queens and the great Linda Scott with "I've Told Every Little Star". Other tunes you are sure to enjoy are Robin Ward's "Wonderful Summer" and the Aquatones memorable recording of "You". Then there are the real hard-to-find tunes like Carole King's "It Might As Well Rain Until September" and Little Peggy March with "I Wish I Were A Princess." My vote for biggest discovery on this disc was Betty Everett's 1964 recording of "You're No Good" which of course was made famous a decade later by Linda Ronstadt.
As we have come to expect Ace has included an extremely informative 16 page booklet. And the remastering job is absolutely top drawer. Give this one a try and don't be surprised if you go back for more---Volume 2 or 3 that is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Old gems from the fifties and sixties
Old gems from the fifties and sixties

This impressive collection of recordings by female singers, laid down between 1957 and 1963, is the first of three volumes. Few of the ladies featured here had a lot of hits. Skeeter Davis, successful for several years on the country charts, is represented here by I can't stay mad at you, but is best remembered for End of the world.

The set begins with Do wah diddy, a minor American hit for the Exciters which later became a number one hit in Britain and America via Manfred Mann's version. Betty Everett's version of You're no good helped launch her career, but the song became much more successful when covered by the Swinging blue jeans in Britain and (later) Linda Ronstadt in America. Completing an unlucky trio is Earl Jean, who had a top forty American hit with I'm into something good, only to see Herman's hermits cover the song and make it their own. There is nothing wrong with any of the original versions of these songs, leaving us to wonder why they did not have more success.

There are big hits here - It might as well rain until September (Carole King) and I love how you love me (Paris Sisters) were huge hits in both Britain and America. Other huge American hits include The name game (Shirley Ellis, best known in Britain for the clapping song), Dark moon (Bonnie Guitar) and Dedicated to the one I love (Shirelles, best remembered everywhere for Will you love me tomorrow).

There are many other great songs, mostly sung by long-forgotten one-hit wonders. Anybody interested in female singers of the era and looking for less obvious material should check this out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Chosen by someone with wonderful taste
Some of my alltime favorite songs from the pre-Beatles era found their way onto this cd, so I had to buy it: "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis, "Easier Said than Done" by the Essex, "It Might as Well Rain Until September" by Carol King, "I Wish I Were a Princess" by Little Peggy March (how many song titles can you name use the subjunctive mood correctly?).... This is a fantastic selection, and the choices sound clear and sharp--well-done.

5-0 out of 5 stars 6 stars deserved
Ace, THE premier reissue label (sorry Bear Family but Ace does get more done) blasts into the girl group compilation genre with this first in a series. "Popsicles and Icicles" gathers up a massive 28 tracks of girl- and girl-oriented group tunes from the pre-British invasion era. While including many familiar hits to keep the casual collector humming along, the wealth of this collection is also found in the number of seldom-found gems. "I'm Into Something Good", the pre-Herman Hermits Earl Jean domestic version, Janie Grant's "Triangle", Toni Fisher's "West Of The Wall" and Reparata and the Delrons' "Whenever A Teenager Cries" in stereo(!) give this collection a variety not found in the many other bland girl group compilations floating around. As one would expect from Ace, these vintage recordings have been taken from the best available sources, sometimes British tapes that have survived better than those available domestically. Most cuts are in mono but there are several (2,3,7-9,12,15,17,28) appearing in stereo. The 16-page liner notes booklet gives lots of interesting backround on the included performers. As often done, Ace has set the highest standard for yet another genre of compilations.

5-0 out of 5 stars These were the divas of their times.
I bought this one in 1996 because I was looking for some of the "one hits" recorded thereon. If you were listening to Top 100, not just Top Ten or Top 40 in the early '60's, you know there were lots of releases that should have been better rated than they were. This CD has many of them. Some were relased by other artists later and became the hits they should have been. Insofar as the one hits, listen to "Triangle" by Janie Grant. Indicative of the times, it would seem corny today;however, Grant wss one of the most beautiful girls of the day, and her voice was not that bad. Another landmark was "West of the Wall" by Miss Toni Fisher, having to do with the then recently erected Berlin Wall. It caught the mood of the times as did Ivo Robic's "Morgen" which you'll have to find elsewhere. If you are a veteran of those times or just an aficienado, this is for you. ... Read more

18. The Golden Age Of American Rock & Roll, Vol. 1
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Another great series!!!You can't go wrong with anything on the Ace label.NO MATTER WHAT YOU BUY!!! All songs are the original
cuts that you remember.So if you're a fan of the oldies this series is for you!!! *WARNING* *WARNING* Stay away from:HEY LOOK WHAT I FOUND SERIES!!! This stuff is junk...

5-0 out of 5 stars Six stars deserved
Ten years ago Ace records, the premier reissue label in the U.K., initiated their "Golden Age of American Rock and Roll" series. The intent behind this new series of compilations was to present a fully-packed CD of early American rock and roll tunes that goes well beyond the usual repackaging of the same hit titles using the best available tape sources along with interesting backround material on the tracks included all at a reasonable price! Is this really possible from a major music company? Ace has proved it unquestionably. The entire series has become the benchmark for all other reissues from labels around the world and has been phenomenally successful in the process. Here in the first volume emphasis is on top-10 hits with a few charting rarities seldom, if ever, found on CD and certainly not of this sound quality. Two of these tracks ("Cindy's Birthday" and "Since I Fell For You") appear in true stereo with the remainder in mono. While some of these songs have surfaced in stereo since, the quality of most of these tracks holds up even today. Completing the package is a twelve-page booklet with backround notes on the tracks presented. An extraordinary production that is essential to any CD collection of pre-British invasion American rock and roll.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Impeccable Collection of Pre-British Invasion Rock & Roll
ACE Records bills itself as "Kings of the Reissue Market," and after listening to this first volume of their ever-expanding Golden Age of American Rock and Roll Music series (eight volumes so far) it's hard to argue with their claim. They do an impeccable job of covering pre-British Invasion American rock and roll during the years 1954 to 1963. All the more amazing is that ACE is a British label.

All tracks are mastered from "the finest tapes still surviving" and rather than recycle the hits that everyone hears over and over, ACE chooses to focus on the small independent record labels. The first five songs are from the Rust, Tuff, Soma, Coed and Dunes labels--not exactly household names. But these are terrific songs. All but one (the Genies' "Who's That Knocking") made it to the Top 30, and over half went Top Ten. But these are not artists with a long track record of chart success. More than half of these were one-hit wonders, and only five of these acts placed more than two songs in the Top 40. However, all this really means is that these were hugely popular songs, but most of them don't get played on Classic Rock radio stations.

Sure, there are some exceptions--the Kingsmen's garage band classic "Louie Louie" (the only real rock song here), the Penguins' "Earth Angel" and Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin" (both of which sold over a million copies), but when was the last time you heard Ron Holden's "Love You So" or the Safari's "Image of a Girl" on the radio? These were Top Ten songs. As were "Cindy's Birthday" by Johnny Crawford (the kid actor from "The Rifleman"), "When We Get Married" by the Dreamlovers, and "My True Story" by the Jive Five.

In addition to the excellent song selection, each volume in this series has a 20 page-plus booklet with photos and information on the songs and the artists. Plus you get 30 songs. (That's less than 50 cents a song!) This series is truly a delight. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Start to a Must-have Series
This is the first of the best Oldies compilation series I have ever seen. The sound is great, only the best sources were used, and the research in the liner notes reflects great dedication on the crew at Ace Records. Seems ironic that a U.K. company does the best job with U.S. music history. You are guaranteed to know at least half of the songs here, the rest will probably be a revelation. For related material, check out the "Teenage Crush" Series on this label, as well as "Chartbusters Usa", taking the music thru the 60s. A good buy, as are all the volumes. ... Read more

19. Doo Wop Box
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The unwritten rules for doo-wop groups were deceptively simple: name your group after a bird (the Wrens, the Flamingos) or a car (the Cadillacs, the El Dorados), practice your two-, three-, or four-part harmonies on a neighborhood street corner or in the back of a candy store, and sing songs about how much you love your baby. It might have seemed like an obvious formula, but getting it just right was never easy. When it worked, that formula created some of the most joyful and unforgettable music of the 20th century. From the Orioles ("It's Too Soon to Know") to Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers ("I Want You to Be My Girl"), this four-CD collection is without a doubt the definitive introduction to the rock & roll vocal music of the 1950s and early '60s. --Percy Keegan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Maligned Music Finally Get Its Due...Wop
Mention rock n' roll's founders and hear the equivalent of Mount Rushmore: Elvis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard, etc. Hundreds of vocal groups filed under the category "doo wop" rate little mention. Their music is relegated to late-night informercials (usually starring somebody in a black leather jacket), run behind period movies and TV shows, played on Sunday night oldies shows, and shoved to "various artists" shelves in the back of record shops.

"The Doo Wop Box," from the archivists at Rhino Records, gives this musical style the scholarly treatment it long deserved. Rare photographs, essays, and artist profiles comprise a booklet making the music more enjoyable musically and understandable historically.

Even at its length (101 songs over four CDs) the set has its omissions for contractual and other reasons. (Being originally from the Philadelphia area, it would've been nice to have heard anything from The Four J's "By Love Possessed" to the Safari's "Image of A Girl" to the Harlem Globetrotters doo-wop single "Rainy Day Bells.") But what is here serves as rock n' roll's alternate universe, filled with gorgeous melodies (The Elegants, Danleers, Flamingos, Five Satins) intricate group interplay (the Silouettes #1 "Get A Job," the Clovers, the Orioles), wild novelty songs "Rama Lama Ding Dong," the Cadillacs' "Speedo," the Boss Tones' hard-to-believe-even-after-you've-heard-it "Mope-Itty-Mope") jump-starts to long careers (the Belmonts, Dells, Crests) and one-hit wonders (practically the rest of the set). This box, and its companion volume only hinted at in the booklet, is THE essential purchase for fans of this genre; despite its length and cost, it covers every inch of ground on the subject scholarly and lovingly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Doo Wop Fever
I have purchased both boxes of this Doo Wop set and I am truly amazed at what I've bought. I am 50 years old, so I vaguely remember some of the songs and others I had never heard. This is some of the best music in the world. I grew up in the 60s with Motown, etc. and love that music to death. This is different and lets me know that I was a generation behind the truly great music. The way the vocalists use their voices to mimic instruments is truly amazing. I am not musically inclined - I just love good music and I rate these two box sets at the top of my list.

What actually surprised me most of all was how high the quality was on these recordings. They are original recordings and I think they sound fuller than some of the recordings that are out today. If your age is fifty or older, I know you will enjoy these cd's. I can't stop listening to them. My old motto used to be "I'm stuck in the 60s" but for now I have to change it to "I'm back in the 50s".


5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless Music, and Rare Treasures!!!
WOW! Well, after reading the reviews written here for this set, I went out yesterday and bought it, pretty much on a whim! But this was one of those rare occasions where my whim has actually paid off in spades! First of all, I should say that I'm 19 years old (okay, I'll be twenty in eleven days, but I'm still a teenager at heart!) so, needless to say, I never had the opportunity to sit at a Bronx apartment stoop, harmonizing with four other guys about lost love and moonlit nights. But sometimes, when I listen to this music, I feel like I could very well have been there in a past life! And as far as this set goes, well, it's pure magic! From the first note 'til the last, this box takes a thorough and enjoyable look at the entire doo-wop genre. I learned more about doo-wop's history from the amazing companion booklet than I ever have from any other source. I always used to think that all doo-wop was pretty much the same no matter what year it was released in. Not so! In fact, as it turns out, the doo-wop sound changed so rapidly that you can hear subtle changes in the musical approach from YEAR to YEAR! And in fact, doo-wop falls into three distinct sub-eras; the initial R&B movement of the late forties when groups like The Ravens splintered off from more traditional black vocal groups of earlier years, the acceptance of the music by white America in the mid-fifties and its fusion with rock & roll, and the early 60's doo-wop revival, due in large amount to Italian groups like Dion & the Belmonts, and conscientious record collectors who brought doormant singles to deejays, who made hits out of them YEARS after they were recorded! That means that doo-wop, in some form or another, existed actively in three decades! That's a lot of great music, and this set tackles all of it with outstanding gusto! As a bit of an early-rock historian myself (at least in my own mind ;-), I do have a small bone to pick with the head compiler of this set, who asserts that while groups like the Ink Spots were catering to a mostly white pop audience in the 30's and 40's, the Orioles recorded the first "real" doo-wop tune "It's Too Soon to Know" in 1948. As popular as that theory is and as widely-held as it is among doo-wop aficianados, I'm afraid I just don't see it. The Orioles don't sound any more "doo-wop" than the Ink Spots themselves did! In fact, in my mind, the Ink Spots have just as much doo-wop street cred as the Orioles do, and they started all the way back in 1939 with their countrified, harmonically-satisfying ballad "If I Didn't Care". The Orioles didn't really have any quality to distinguish them from the Ink Spots, so I'd have to say that the first "real" full-fledged doo wop tune was the SECOND song on this set "Count Every Star" by the Ravens, from all the way back in 1950! A beautiful song that gives me goosebumps every time I hear it, especially when I hear that soaring falsetto doing vocal loop-de-loops at the beginning! While this whole set is pure gold, I'd have to say that the first disc is my favorite because it encompasses the spirit of pure black streetcorner music, before it became commercialized and before it was fodder for novelty tunes. My favorites of this set are the really obscure old gems from the days when this was the stuff you REALLY didn't want your parents to hear, some of these that I had never even heard before, like "Gee" by The Crows, "Why Don't You Write Me?" by The Jacks (I wish to Heaven that I could find out who that lead vocalist is, he's fantastic!), "Mary Lee" by The Rainbows, "Come Back My Love" by the Wrens, "I" by The Velvets, "Hearts of Stone" by the Jewels, "Sh-Boom" by the Chords, "A Sunday Kind of Love" by the Harp-Tones, "Story Untold" by the Nutmegs, and OF COURSE "Count Every Star" by the Ravens! The later days of doo-wop are just as great to listen to and maybe even more developed stylistically, but never again was it at its purest, most emotionally tormented form. The later discs in this set are fabulous also, with all the feverish and fun doo-wop rockers that were to come along in the rock era and some truly classic and well-known tunes by the Skyliners, the Cadillacs, the Dell Vikings, the Capris, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers etc. as well as some of the great white and Italian streetcorner groups that picked up and carried the torch of doo-wop in the revival period, but I think the last two discs are brought down just a TAD by one or two not-so-great novelty tunes that wouldn't have been missed if they had stayed in the doo-wop vaults (did we REALLY need "Pizza Pie" by Norman Fox & the Rob-Roys?! Uggh!). All criticisms aside, this is still THE set to buy! And even though it's a bit pricey, the informative and lovingly rendered booklet alone is worth half of the price tag just for what you'll learn from reading it, and you get some really rare songs here (from all three eras) that you WON'T find in other collections and, probably, many that you've never heard before and that you'll be glad you met! If you lived through this period, you'll relive some priceless memories, and if you're like me and you didn't see this music's heyday, now is the perfect chance to get it and create some priceless memories of your own!

Keep rockin'!

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible, Pure Gold.
I first bought the Doo Wop Box in 1994, as a teenager. To this day, it still moves me. It is simply incredible, the best box set ever. Thank you God, for the Doo Wop Box!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Doo Wop Box
Complete collection of the doo-wop sound. High quality of digital transfer makes the songs better than some of the original recordings I have heard in the past.
You could run a radio show for a year combining these 100 songs and the information contained in the booklet that is included in the box.
Totally exceeded my expectations. ... Read more

20. 1996 Grammy Nominees
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5-0 out of 5 stars Flashback to Nineteen Nine Five
...I normally do not review "old" albums, but I will make an exception with this masterpiece. The Grammy series has seen both ends of the spectrum and this editon is conpletely flawless. There is not one song on this album that I disapprove of. I did not listen to music back in 1995, this album makes me wish that I did. An analysis of these classic tracks:
1.Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men"One Sweet Day"A-.Beautiful,that is the only word to describe the powerful and masterful work.No wonder it was #1 for 16 Weeks in that year.
2.Coolio feat. L.V."Gangsta's Paradise"A+.This bangin' summer track was THE best song of 1995.Right from the chilling beat to the deep lyrics,this song is what rap should be.Surprising that the Academy was bold enough to give this a Record Of The Year nod.
3.Joan Osborne"One Of Us"A-.She may have been forgotten,but this song is easily a classic.Everyone knows the words to this inventive and inspired theological track.It does pose a very good idea about God.
4.Seal"Kiss From A Rose"A.The song may be ungainly in construction,but it is graceful in delivery.It is one of those songs that just plain resounds with you and uses some brilliant "images".
5.TLC"Waterfalls"A.Since Lisa Lopez has passed a way the group is in danger.The is one the best R&B songs of the '90s.The message seems verey heartfelt whlie the lyrics and horn arangments provide a perfect vehicle for it.
6.All-4-One"I Can Love You Like That"A.They may have been second compared to Boyz II Men, but this a superb and perfect slow dance song.Very well done.
7.Michael Jackson"You Are Not Alone"A-.In the midst of all his legal troubles,here is reminder of his talent.MJ singing R.Kelly's emotional lyrics make this a terrific song choice.
8.Alanis Morissette"You Oughta Know"A.It's no mystery why Alanis was such a huge hit with everyone.This song shows the kind of rage and straight forward attitude most females don't have. Truly a one of a kind song.
9.Brandy"Baby"A-.The song shrinks in comparison to "The Boy Is Mine" and "What About Us?",still it is very catchy and slick in it's production.
10.Hootie & The Blowfish"Let Her Cry"B.When "Cracked Rear View" sold 12 Million copies,no one predicted them to be on the bottom of the bargain bin now.This song is not original or spectacular,but it delivers what it promises to.

11.Shania Twain"Any Man Of Mine"A-.This early track from Shania may not have been her best,but it shows true talent and a lot of potential as an artist.
Bottom Line:****.A perfect album, shows that sometimes less can be more(it only has 11 songs). Grammy got it right way back in 1995!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Year
This was a good year at the Grammy's. Alanis, Mariah, and other created a good mix of music for this album, and I was glad to actually see some diversity at the award show. "One Sweet Day" "You Are Not Alone" "Any Man of Mine" "You Oughta Know" and "One of Us" are the sweet spots on the album. A good year for the Grammy's.

5-0 out of 5 stars Memories Come to Life
my step sister would always come over to my house and play this CD non stop. i grew up on this CD, literally. I developed my ear for hip hop, my first true love. i remember rapping to Left Eye's rap from Waterfall in my living room. i still know every lyric to this CD even today. "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal and "One Sweet Day" by Boyz II Men feat. Mariah Carey are my favorite romantic songs ever. And "One of Us" literally changed my life. It made me think philosophically at such a young age. i was such a hip hop baby. I remember rapping in the car to "Gangsta's Paradise" over and over again until my mom yelled at me. This CD is magical in my opinion. its the ultimate CD for any collection and i advise everyone to have it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Trip down memory lane 1996
This collection is full of nostalgic treats for those of you who cherish every year of your life, and this is somewhat a soundtrack to the year 1996, in my opinion. It was my freshman year of college when these songs were popular and each track brings back so many memories. 1996 was a very musically exciting year and this collection alone just doesn't cover it all. We had the alternative and grunge explosion, killer hip hop beats and the euro scene was arising, where it would become dominant in 1997. From Alanis to Coolio to Joan Osbourne to Hootie & The Blowfish and so many excellent artists of that year, this is a must-have for a sampling of what was great in 1996.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good compilation.
Another great Grammy album. 11 good songs from the Grammy nominated songs of 1996. The categories are "Record of the year", "Song of the year" and "Best new artist". Featuring artists as diverse as Coolio and Shania Twain, it makes for a good mix. Something for most tastes. ... Read more

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