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

Cameo Parkway Story Audio CD
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  • 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 (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 31 tracks on this disc
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
See all 30 tracks on this disc
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
See all 28 tracks on this disc
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
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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Product Description

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.

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

Customer Reviews

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does anybody remember FUN? October 9, 2005
By Ed Kaz
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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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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally ! SENATOR BOBBY on CD May 22, 2005
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
Nice. Recommend this product. Very enjoyable
Published 12 days ago by Rae Jean Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I hoped for
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 16 months ago by Linda Byerley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great coverage of the dacade of early rock n roll
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 19 months ago by Harold V. Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars I guess you had to be there....
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Midwest Oldies and Very, Very Goodies
I grew up with a fair number of these songs, but didn't even remember them until I heard them again. Cameo Parkway was big in central and southern Michigan. Read more
Published on August 2, 2010 by LitTeacher
4.0 out of 5 stars The mood and the magic is here
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 more
Published on January 28, 2009 by Jersey Kid
1.0 out of 5 stars Muffled tunes
Talk about lousy mastering, this compilation would of been in better hands with either Ace UK or Bear Family!
Buy it used! Read more
Published on October 17, 2008 by Lawrence Paul Guidry III
3.0 out of 5 stars Allen B. Klein waited too long
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 more
Published on December 6, 2007 by Timothy P. Molthan
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's twist they did years ago.
Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Dee Dee Sharp, the Orlons and the Dovells became major stars on "American Bandstand" in the early '60s. What did they all have in common? Read more
Published on July 16, 2007 by Josh P.
5.0 out of 5 stars The (early) Sound Of Philadelphia
CAMEO/PARKWAY/WYNCOTE records will forever be associated with Philadelphia, Dick Clark's American Bandstand (which popularized so many of the company's early 45s), and teen dances... Read more
Published on March 1, 2007 by Annie Van Auken
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