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Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 [4 CD Box Set] Box set, Original recording remastered

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The Cameo Parkway boxed set that we all have been dreaming of, 115 tracks including 74 chart hits! Painstakingly assembled from the best sources possible (98% from the original tapes), and all in original mono, the tracks include performances by all of the label's stars and its one-hit wonders. A booklet tells the fascinating story of this label. Includes Butterfly; Charlie Gracie; The Twist Chubby Checker; Wild One Bobby Rydell; Mashed Potato Time Dee Dee Sharp; The Wah Watusi Orlons; Bristol Stomp Dovells; So Much in Love Tymes; 96 Tears ? & the Mysterians; Silhouettes Rays; Dinner with Drac Part 1 John Zacherle (The Cool Ghoul); The 81 Candy & the Kisses; Heavy Music Part 1 Bob Seger & the Last Heard; I (Who Have Nothing) Terry Knight & the Pack, and more.

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Nervous and retiring, Bernie Lowe hardly seemed the stuff of an indie-label pioneer. But when the musician and former music-school teacher teamed up with former student/struggling comedy writer Kal Mann in a fledgling songwriting partnership that eventually saw Elvis score with their "Teddy Bear," the die was cast. The pair had launched Cameo the previous year in Lowe's Philadelphia basement, showing a quick knack for scoring chart success with MOR pop (Charlie Grace's "Butterfly"), novelty kitsch (Zacherle's "Cool Ghoul"), and teen-idol rock (Bobby Rydell and others)--the latter thanks largely to serving as talent farm/bullpen for Dick Clark's then Philly-based American Bandstand. But it was Chubby Checker's era-defining dance smash "The Twist" that saw the label's fortunes soar (still the only record to claw its way to the top of the charts in two different years). This generous, 115-track, four-disc anthology of the label's long out-of-print catalog details those highlights and more, wending its way through even unlikelier novelty fare (Clint Eastwood's rasping tribute to his Rawhide TV character, "Rowdy"; RFK impersonator "Senator Bobby" orating a dizzy cover of the Troggs' "Wild Thing") to such '60s garage-rock staples as ? and the Mysterians' classic "96 Tears," the first American release by the Kinks, and promising early sides by Bob Seger. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Butterfly - Charlie Gracie
  2. Fabulous - Charlie Gracie
  3. Race For Time - Jerry Arnold & The Rhythm Captains
  4. Sing Sing Sing - Benie Lowe Orchestra
  5. You're The Greatest - Billy Scott
  6. Over The Weekend - The Playboys
  7. Night Time Pete Antell
  8. Memory Lane - The Hippies (Formerly The Tams)
  9. Silhouettes - The Rays
  10. Daddy Cool - The Rays
  11. Back To School Again - Timmie Rogers
  12. The Class - Chubby Checker
  13. Bad Motorcycle - The Storey Sisters
  14. Shake A Hand - Mike Pedicin Quintet
  15. Dinner With Drac Part 1 - John Zacherle
  16. Mexican Hat Rock - The Applejacks
  17. Nine More Miles - Georgie Young and The Rockin' Bocs
  18. Birds And Bees - The Temptations
  19. Two Weeks With Pay - Georgie Young and The Rockin' Bocs
  20. Rocka-Conga - The Applejacks
  21. Kissin' Time - Bobby Rydell
  22. We've Got Love - Bobby Rydell
  23. The Twist - Chubby Checker
  24. Wild One - Bobby Rydell
  25. Swingin' School - Bobby Rydell
  26. Pony Time - Chubby Checker
  27. Teach Me To Twist - Chubby Checker & Bobby Rydell
  28. Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker
  29. Bristol Stomp - The Dovells
  30. The Wah Watusi - The Orlons
  31. Merry Christmas - The Cameos

Disc: 2

  1. Slow Twistin' - Chubby Checker (with Dee Dee Sharp)
  2. Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp
  3. Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) - Dee Dee Sharp
  4. Don't Hang Up - The Orlons
  5. Ride - Dee Dee Sharp
  6. Do The New Continental - The Dovells
  7. The Popeye Waddle - Don Covay
  8. Limbo Rock - Chubby Checker
  9. The Cha Cha Cha - Bobby Rydell
  10. Volare - Bobby Rydell
  11. Sweet Georgia Brown - Carroll Bros.
  12. Back To School One More Time - Jerry Blavat
  13. (I'm The Girl From) Wolverton Mountain - Jo Ann Campbell
  14. Rowdy - Clint Eastwood
  15. Forget Him - Bobby Rydell
  16. Mother Please! - Jo Ann Campbell
  17. Come On And Dance With Me - Billy Abbott and The Jewels
  18. Groovy Baby - Billy Abbott and The Jewels
  19. The Jam Part 1 - Bobby Gregg and His Friends
  20. You Can't Sit Down - The Dovells
  21. South Street - The Orlons
  22. Everybody South Street - The Taffys
  23. Do The Bird - Dee Dee Sharp
  24. Not Me - The Orlons
  25. Cross Fire! - The Orlons
  26. (Everybody Do) The Swim - The Marlins
  27. The 81 - Candy and The Kisses
  28. Daydreamin' Of You - The Dreamers
  29. Swans
  30. Jingle Bell Rock - Chubby Checker & Bobby Rydell

Disc: 3

  1. So Much In Love - The Tymes
  2. Wonderful! Wonderful! - The Tymes
  3. Just One Chance - The Sparklettones
  4. I'll Be True - Johnny Maestro
  5. Hey Good Lookin' - Billy Abbott and The Jewels
  6. Somewhere - The Tymes
  7. You'll Never Walk Alone - Patti LaBelle and Her Blue Belles
  8. Danny Boy - Patti LaBelle and Her Blue Belles
  9. Cast Your Fate To The Wind - Sounds Orchstral
  10. It Only Took A Minute - Joe Brown and The Bruvvers
  11. Long Tall Sally - The Kinks
  12. Boys - Pete Best
  13. You Still Want Me - The Kinks
  14. League
  15. Tossing & Turning - The Ivy League
  16. She's Fallen In Love With The Monster Man - Screamin' Lord Sutch
  17. Wild Thing - Senator Bobby
  18. Little White House - Len Barry
  19. Fool, Fool, Fool - Joey and The Flips
  20. Gilr From New York City - The GTOs
  21. Society Girl - The Rag Dolls
  22. Soldier Baby Of Mine - Candy and The Kisses
  23. S.O.S. (Heart In Distress) - Christine Cooper
  24. Because of My Heart - Frankie Beverly and The Butlers
  25. Heartaches Away My Boy - Christine Cooper
  26. Got To Run - Vickie Baines
  27. My Boy - The Stylettes
  28. White Christmas (3 O'Clock Weather Report) - Bobby The Poet

Disc: 4

  1. Agel Of The Morning - Evie Sands
  2. The Love Of A Boy - Evie Sands
  3. This Can't Be True - Eddie Holman
  4. World Of Fantasy - The Five Stairsteps
  5. Come Back - The Five Stairsteps
  6. Am I A Loser - Eddie Holman
  7. Danger! She's A Stranger - The Five Stairsteps
  8. Meet Me In The Church - Bobby Marchan
  9. You've Been Untrue - The Delfonics
  10. Get A Hold Of Yourself - The Persians
  11. He Don't Really Love You - The Delfonics
  12. The Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven - Chris Bartley
  13. The Grass Will Sing For You - Lonnie Youngblood
  14. I (Who Have Nothing) - Terry Knight and The Pack
  15. Beg, Borrow And Steal - Ohio Express
  16. 96 Tears - ? & The Mysterians
  17. I Need Somebody - ? & The Mysterians
  18. East Side Story - Bob Seger and The Last Heard
  19. Can't Get Enough Of You, Baby - ? & The Mysterians
  20. Respect - The Rationals
  21. Marchan
  22. Let The Good Times Roll & Feel So Good - Bunny Sigler
  23. Heavy Music Part 1 - Bob Seger and The Last Heard
  24. Lovey Dovey/You're So Fine - Bunny Sigler
  25. Sock It To Me Santa - Bob Seger and The Last Heard


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: ABKCO
  • ASIN: B00081U6IW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After at least 10 years of internet rumors, scuttlebutt, and teeth-gnashing, oldies collectors finally got what they wanted: well over 100 of the best of the Cameo & Parkway Records labels' hits of the late 1950s and early 1960s. None of these songs have been legitimately available until now, and they're a welcome addition to die hard collectors and 1960s fans alike, including over 50 major Top 40 hits of the era.

The set is smaller than I had imagined -- just a 5" cardboard box with four CDs and a color booklet -- but at least it exists, and it's real. Abkco pressed these discs very much like they did with the Rolling Stones SINGLES box set, on black "45RPM" CDs in retro-cardboard sleeves, which was a stylish touch. Also, most discs have a very generous 30+ songs, which is very unusual for a U.S. compilation.

Jeff Tamarkin's liner notes are very entertaining and well-written, and the sound quality of nearly every song is a revelation. Every song is mono, save for Patti LaBelle's "You'll Never Walk Alone," but some will prefer the "single authenticity" of the time. Most collectors have never heard songs like "96 Tears" or "You Can't Sit Down" without any distortion; some tracks sound so good, you'd swear you were right in the Philadelphia studio as they were being recorded.

The set omits nearly a dozen hits by major C-P artists like Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell, but one hopes we'll get individual greatest hits packages for these artists before the end of 2005. My kudos and profound thanks to Mr. Klein & company for finally getting this out. It's about time!
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Wow.

Who said that rock 'n' roll was dormant dull and ordinary between the time Buddy Holly crashed and the Beatles landed? Strap your ears onto this collection and find out that rock 'n' roll was very much alive and thriving, courtesy of those crazy cats running the Philadelphia-based Cameo Parkway record label.

Oh sure, Cameo Parkway released albums, but for them, the single was the bull market. The kids were flush with cash and they knew how to separate them from it.

Gloriously unfocused, they tried to sell America every sort of dance trend possible. Let's all do the Wah-Watusi. The Popeye Waddle. The New Continental. The Bristol Stomp. Mashed Potatoes? How about some gravy on it? No problem, Dee Dee Sharp!

There's Bobby Rydell! Not only did he possess one heck of a head of hair, he rocked in his own sort of smooth teeny-bopper way. Ya gotta love him.

Chubby Checker! Finally The Twist is available for real on a CD! Digital respectability at last! I will overlook (for the moment) that you ripped off my man Hank Ballard.

Three tracks from ? and the Mysterians, the fellows who set the blueprint for the garage movement (and unfortunately, also Smashmouth).

The Dovells! You Can't Sit Down! You're right! I can't!

The beautiful pop, rock (even some jazz) sounds go on and on and on. So much familiar and so much obscure and all of it great fun. Witness the last gasp of rock 'n' roll innocence before those four Liverpudlians touched down and made everything suddenly respectable.

I don't care what your age is, you need to listen to this astonishing collection. Too bad we can't run this through an old transistor radio.

Then I'd surely be in Heaven.
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As the other reviewers have noted, finally these recordings appear on domestic release, rather than the expensive Record to CD copies you see in Europe.

Best cuts? (To me anyway)

Dinner With Drac Part One: EXCELLENT. I have been looking for this one for a while, (He has a TV show in the 50's, 60's, and had a top ten wih this one).

? And The Mysterians "Can't Get Enough Of You Baby": Smashmouth did a cover of this a few years ago, and the original is great! Also, "96 Tears" finally on CD in its original form.

Senator Bobby (Kennedy) singing "Wild Thing" is one of THE highlights. This originally issued in 1967 at the time he was assassinated. Needless to say, it was pulled from the airwaves almost immediately. The flip side, (I wish they issued!), was the late Senator Everitt Dirksen singing the same song. (They are both impersators not the real deal). At the time, they were priceless and are historical artifacts of their time.

"I (Who Have Nothing" By Grand Funk Railroad Manager Terry Knight is included. The original Bob Seger tune "Heavy Music" before he signed with Capitol is a real find. Early Kinks (Long Tall Sally) and Peter Best singing "Boys" (Former Original Beatle) are other great selections. The Tymes "Wonderful Wonderful" and "So Much In Love" are finally to be had.

As stated by others, its great to see Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell on CD. "Limbo Rock" and "Volare" respectively are favorites.

With the hits of Dee Dee Sharpe (Mashed Potato), The Orlons (Don't Hang Up) and Len Berry's Dovells (Brisol Stomp) and more songs now available, many collections will now be complete.

This is simply a MUST for any DJ or music affectionado. These include some of the biggest hits of all time that cannot be gotten elsewhere. (The Twist for example)

Sound quality, liner notes, and economical packaging is a plus. Here's hoping that they start issuing catalog albums too!
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