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Hard to Find 45s on CD, Volume 9: 1957-1959


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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eric Records
  • ASIN: B000N69OYY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. High School U.S.A. (National Version) - Tommy Facenda (CD Debut In Stereo) - Tommy Facenda
2. Endless Sleep - Jody Reynolds - Jody Reynolds
3. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Jivin' Gene & The Jokers (Rare On CD) - Jivin' Gene & The Jokers
4. Rocking Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu - Huey "Piano" Smith - Huey 'Piano' Smith & The Clowns
5. Robbin' The Cradle - Tony Bellus (Rare On CD) - Tony Bellus
6. Click Clack - Dicky Doo & The Don'ts (Rare On CD) - Dicky Doo & The Don'ts
7. Lucky Ladybug - Billy & Lillie (Rare On CD) - Billie & Lillie
8. White Bucks & Saddle Shoes - Bobby Pedrick Jr. (CD Debut) - Bobby Pedrick Jr.
9. Sandy - Larry Hall (Rare On CD) - Larry Hall
10. Rockin' Little Angel - Ray Smith (Rare On CD) - Ray Smith
11. Mona Lisa - Carl Mann - Carl Mann
12. Honey Love - Narvel Felts (CD Debut In U.S.) - Narvel Felts
13. Everybody Out'ta The Pool - The Lifeguards (CD Debut) - The Lifeguards
14. Teenage Hayride - Tender Slim (CD Debut) - Tender Slim
15. The Happy Organ - Dave "Baby" Cortez - Dave 'Baby' Cortez
16. Philadelphia U.S.A. - The Nu Tornados (CD Debut) - The Nu Tornados
17. I Don't Know What It Is - The Bluenotes (CD Debut) - The Bluenotes
18. Alone (Why Must I Be Alone) - The Shepherd Sisters (Rare On CD) - The Shepherd Sisters
19. You - The Aquatones (Rare On CD)
20. Tear Drop - Santo & Johnny (CD Debut) - Santo & Johnny
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Editorial Reviews

23 tough-to-track-down tunes! Includes the CD debuts of White Bucks and Saddle Shoes Bobby Pedrick, Jr.; Everybody Outta the Pool Lifeguards; Teenage Hayride Tender Slim; Philadelphia U.S.A. Nu Tornados; Tear Drop Santo & Johnny; Hideaway Four Esquires; I Don't Know What It Is Bluenotes, and A String of Trumpets Trumpeteers, and more.

Customer Reviews

Bring back the good old days with class!
Jim Boy C
A must-have for the avid collector and a fun addition to the casual fan's collection as well.
Zub
The "Hard to Find" series is very valuable.
R. Berryman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
They are songs you just don't hear on the radio anymore. Even the weekend specialty shows that for many years featured the great rock 'n roll and doo wop sounds of the 1950's have now largely disappeared from the airwaves. Thankfully, the folks at Eric records have once again come to the rescue with a great new collection featuring an impressive variety of genres from this period. "Hard to Find 45's on CD, Vol. 9: 1957-1959" offers up 23 of the most distinctive and hard to find records of this period. Many of these songs were by artists who were one hit wonders while others were largely regional hits. In any case, this is a collection of songs you just won't find anywhere else.

If you are a big fan of the rockabilly sound you will certainly enjoy hearing Ray Smith's "Rockin' Little Angel" and Carl Mann's pulsating rendition of "Mona Lisa". Those who dig instrumentals can savor the great sound of Dave "Baby" Cortez's #1 hit "The Happy Organ" as well as Santo and Johnny's "Tear Drop" from 1959. It was fun to hear Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns classic New Orleans tune "Rockin' Pnuemonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" which is also included here. Fans of great group harmony will not be disappointed either. You will surely appreciate the lovingly remastered version of The Aquatones great hit "You". One song many people have probably forgotten about is the Four Esquires "Hideaway". If you are a fan of the Four Lads then you are certain to love this one. It is probably my favorite tune on this disc. And there are some songs here that just don't seem to fit into any particular category but are highly enjoyable nonetheless. Among them is the great Art and Dotty Todd recording of "Chanson D'amour" from 1957 and Jody Reynolds Top Ten smash "Endless Sleep".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TeeBee on May 24, 2007
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Whether due to tracking down original master tapes, or just plain old engineering skill, the tracks on this compilation have a warmth and vibrancy seldom encountered on similar reissues. The audio experience is similar to listening to mint 45s through a great system. If you have any interest at all in the material, don't hestitate to acquire this disc!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2007
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Vol. 9 of the "Hard to Find 45s On CD" series is an excellent anthology of singles from 1957-1959. The remastering makes these old track sound in top form technically, which is worth volumes. Jody Reynolds' spooky "Endless Sleep" has some of the era's best melodic melodrama. Glancing at the title, I was ready for a different version of the Neil Sedaka hit "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," but this song is different by Jivin' Gene & the Jokers. You're just not going to hear a song like Dicky Doo & the Don'ts' "Click Clack" anywhere you go, with the vintage smile you'll be wearing with the hokey beat. "Lucky Ladybug" is an excellent track by Billy & Lillie. Nat King Cole did a very different version of "Mona Lisa," compared to this rockabilly version by Carl Mann. "Philadelphia U.S.A." by the Nu Tornados is a joyful track. The Bluenotes' "I Don't Know What It Is" sounds like a happy hiking tune with the whistling chorus. The Shepherd Sisters' timepiece "Alone" is infectiously bubbly. "You" by the Aquatones is a track that was new to me, complete with doo-wop charm. "Hideaway" by the Four Esquires has a full-bodied 50s sound that brings a smile to my face like the Platters. Art & Dotty Todd's "Chanson D'Amour" is a joyful replay that I rarely hear anymore. "A String of Trumpets" is a great farewell to this excellent set. Enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tekwriter11 on July 26, 2007
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From High School USA to A String of Trumpets, this CD is packed with hit after hit that is geat to listen to all over again. Even those that weren't great hits are blended in at the right spots. If you buy only one of ERIC's Hard To Find 45's on CD (That are still in publication), Buy this one. You won't be disappointed. I haven't heard Philadelphia U.S.A, or High School USA in over 40 years! It's great to hear them anytime I want to now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Scott on August 8, 2007
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So far I have all of the CDs in the "Hard to Find 45s" series. This is a great addition. Nearly impossible to find most of these cuts on any other CD. This CD brought back memories of many recordings that I had completely forgotten and am now enjoying with every play. Only a few cuts like "Happy Organ" are arguably not all that hard to find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zub VINE VOICE on September 11, 2007
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After several years, Eric Records presents another two volumes in its sensational "Hard To Find 45's on CD" series. Focusing on the late '50's, this installment unearths a new wealth of seldom-found tunes from the era, a few more familiar top-10 hits and most invigorating of all, lots of new-to-CD tracks. Among the standouts here include Dicky Doo and the Don'ts' rarely found "Click Clack", the national version of Tommy Facenda's "High School U.S.A. and the CD debuts of the Nu Tornados' "Philadelphia U.S.A.", the Bluenotes' "I Don't Know What It Is" and "A String of Trumpets" from the Trumpeteers. If one had to push the envelope on the track selection here, substituting Dave "Baby" Cortez' top-ten "Rinky Dink" for the ubiquitous "Happy Organ" would have definitively earned this collection the "hard-to-find" moniker.

But without looking overseas to the U.K.'s Ace Records, nobody here in the U.S. can touch Eric's outstanding offerings of early rock-era 45's in digital. As with their previous volumes, sound quality here is top-notch and though some tracks have, by necessity, been taken from vinyl sources, these tracks sound exceptionally clean and crisp. All are mono versions with the exception of "High School U.S.A." Finishing up this exceptional package is a twelve-page liner notes booklet with backround on the included tracks and photos of some of the artists.

Eric has come to set the standard for these anxiously awaited collections and this one does not disappoint. A must-have for the avid collector and a fun addition to the casual fan's collection as well.
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