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Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 [4 CD Box Set] Box set, Original recording remastered
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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!
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Many lost Cameo/Parkway tunes in this box set, just Great! Larry MarshallPublished 10 months ago by Larry Marshall Meadors
I have been listening to the cable music channel and seeing so many of these songs playing. It is so good and convenient to have them all together in one place.Published on June 18, 2013 by Linda Byerley
This has a great coverage of the early rock n roll era. A great diversity in artist and songs, can be enjoyed by many generations.Published on March 3, 2013 by Harold V. Baker
This really only about 2 songs that stand the test of time. Twist and 96 Tears... so unless you just really have to re-live the moment I would save the money and move on.Published on May 30, 2011 by D. Floyd
There are a lot of CD box sets available that present the "history" of a genre or record label...God knows I have reviewed a number of them. Read morePublished on January 28, 2009 by Jersey Kid
Talk about lousy mastering, this compilation would of been in better hands with either Ace UK or Bear Family!
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Allen B. Klein, owner of ABKCO, and former manager of Sam Cooke and The Rolling Stones, kept the master tapes unavailable from the public for decades. Read morePublished on December 6, 2007 by Timothy P. Molthan