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You Heard It Here First! (Original Versions of Famous Songs) [Import]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 9, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B001CDF040
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tainted Love - GLORIA JONES
2. Suspicious Minds - MARK JAMES
3. Wild Thing - THE WILD ONES
4. I Fought The Law - THE CRICKETS
5. The Red Rooster - HOWLIN' WOLF
6. Hanky Panky - THE RAINDROPS
9. This Diamond Ring - SAMMY AMBROSE
10. Tobacco Road - JOHN D. LOUDERMILK
11. I Found You - YVONNE FAIR
12. Ain't That Loving You Baby - EDDIE RIFF
14. My Boy Lollipop - BARBIE GAYE
15. Little Bit O' Soul - THE LITTLE DARLINGS
16. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town - JOHNNY DARRELL
17. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand - HOAGY LANDS
18. You Need Love - MUDDY WATERS
19. A Groovy Kind Of Love - DIANE AND ANNITA
20. You Were On My Mind - IAN & SYLVIA
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Editorial Reviews

26 original versions of some of the most enduring classics of the 1950s and 1960s.

These tracks embrace some of the greatest country, soul, pop, rock 'n' roll and R&B tunes ever recorded. We may never know why these songs did not become hits first time around, but musical inferiority is certainly not among the reasons why they didn't.

Some of these originals are well known, others are hardly known at all. Most people with a passion for rock 'n' roll will know that Richard Berry wrote and recorded the original Louie Louie, but hardly anyone will know that the Kingston Trio and Mark James did Get Together and Suspicious Minds before the Youngbloods and Elvis Presley did.

Hear how Rock Around The Clock sounded three years before Bill Haley and the Comets got to it, or how the Crickets Fought The Law almost half a decade before the Bobby Fuller Four and 15 years before the Clash did. Find out where Led Zeppelin acquired the source material for Whole Lotta Love and the Animals got Baby Let Me Take You Home from. Marvel at how closely the later hit versions were often modeled on these originals, and wonder how come they weren't hits in their own right.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential For Music Historians/Collectors September 12, 2008
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Ace Records of London has come up with yet another winner in this volume which chronicles the origins of some of the biggest hit singles of the 1950s and 1960s, and in the 28-page booklet, Rob Finnis and Tony Rounce provide detailed track-by-track background information that reads like a history lesson on the development of popular music. Throughout the 28 pages are 45 rpm and poster reproductions related to the cuts, along with photographs of many of the artists. On the reverse, as is their norm, Ace shows the full label details and year of release for each track.

Understandably, without having had the luck which often make the difference between an also-ran and a hit (some were also handicapped by the "small label" curse - no funds for proper promotion or "payola" when that was rampant), most are so obscure that photos likely are just not available. But there are some that Ace was able to dig up which likely would never have come to light again but for their unmatched efforts in providing us with the unusual.

One such is Sunny Dae & The Knights, a four-piece Philadelphia group who actually recorded Max Freedman's now immortal Rock Around The Clock in the year preceding the Bill Haley version, which initially charted in 1954 (not "three years before" as intimated in the above blurb) and also released it in 1954 on the small Arcade label. It isn't surprising that this didn't make any charts. First, Arcade didn't have the resources to get it heard and besides, Sunny (real name Paschal Vennitti and actually an acquaintance of Bill's) had neither the voice nor the arrangement designed to grab anyone's attention, unlike the Haley version, released as (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential CD February 3, 2009
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This CD collects 26 very rare and hard to find tracks that no lover of Rock N' Roll music should be without.

"Wild Thing" by The Wild Ones is one of the hardest songs to find, and upon hearing it for the first time, I can only equate it to the wonder and awe I experienced watching Jimi Hendrix perform "Wild Thing" in the filmed version of the Monterey Pop music festival. After hearing the Troggs version all my life, with the occasional cover here and there of which could not match the Troggs rendition (Jimi Hendrix's rendition is more of a visual wonderment which will make his actual musical performance, which is superb no matter what he played, just an after thought!). Hearing the original was quite a liberating experience after having been "Trogged" down in one's standards of the song.

"I Found You" by Yvonne Fair is also quite a refreshing experience, for it is the first recorded version of the James Brown classic I Got You (I Feel Good!). Not only does the song groove as greatly as the James Brown staple does, but hearing a feminine voice tackle the song for a change with the same soulful ferocity makes it a true gem of a find.

"Hanky Panky" by The Raindrops is a curiosity though. This original version has lyrics quite different from the Tommy James hit, and it changes the song's meaning considerably. Of note the song is sung from the feminine perspective which adds some confusion while listening to the track (I have heard Joan Jett's rendition of "Hanky Panky", but being based off of the famous Tommy James version it's not as complicated to figure out story wise as the original is).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more please!! May 13, 2009
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Another ace from ACE. Excellent CD. It's hard to fathom why some of these weren't hits first time around. In many cases, some of the originals on this CD are better than the latter hit versions e.g. 'This Diamond Ring', 'California Sun', 'Go Now' & 'I just don't know what to do with myself'. The jewel in the crown here is 'Rock Arouind the Clock', while not exactly 'a great record', it is a 'must have' for any genuine record collector of the 'pop era'.
No doubt, there would be plenty more gems to follow-up this one, say for maybe, a vol 2 or vol 3. How about it ACE??
Thanks again for an excellent product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original versions of later pop hits March 8, 2009
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Ace Records scores another 5 star package. This time with the original versions of some famous 50's and 60's rock "n" roll hits. Outstanding cuts, in this package, of
non-misses, include Mark James own version of the song he wrote that Elvis took to #1, "Suspicious Minds". "A Rockin' Good Way" from Priscella Bowman & The Spaniels is equal to Brook and Dinah's hit. From way out in left field is Barbie Gaye's 1956 recording of "My Boy Lollipop" and the Carson & Gayle version of "Something Stupid". There are no real, honest to goodness, clunkers on this 26 cut CD, but there are 22 more tracks that will make you say "man, that's pretty cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Treat! November 26, 2009
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I heard about this on NPR and had to get it. An absolutely interesting mix. My favorite has to be Tainted Love. I was always under the impression that Soft Cell's version was the original. If you love music, or even just music history, you should definitely check this out.
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