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4.0 out of 5 stars The Title Of This Series Sums Up My Feelings About This Volume
When, in September of 2007, I submitted my review of Volume 11, I mentioned that, since it wouldn't be "neat" to end a series with an odd number like that, we might hopefully see a Volume 12. Well, lo and behold, here it is. As with all volumes, audiophiles will probably not like this series from Mavis of Canada as the sound quality is certainly not up to the standards of...
Published on January 30, 2009 by AvidOldiesCollector

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wearing thinner...
After a rapid-fire string of CD's issued as part of this series, volume 12 appears after a bit of a respite. Perhaps the slowdown in the CD market or the difficulty in finding suitable source material explains this latest volume's greater proportion of fringe material.

While there are a number of previously unavailable-on-CD "lost hit" singles such as the Four...
Published on May 29, 2009 by Zub


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Title Of This Series Sums Up My Feelings About This Volume, January 30, 2009
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This review is from: Hey! Look What I Found, Vol. 12 (Audio CD)
When, in September of 2007, I submitted my review of Volume 11, I mentioned that, since it wouldn't be "neat" to end a series with an odd number like that, we might hopefully see a Volume 12. Well, lo and behold, here it is. As with all volumes, audiophiles will probably not like this series from Mavis of Canada as the sound quality is certainly not up to the standards of anything to emanate from the likes of Ace of London, Rhino, Varese-Sarabande, Eric Records, Jasmine or Acrobat. In fact, it tends to waver from barely adequate to satisfactory here and there in the series.

Even so, for those of us who grew up with the hiss and pop of the 78- and then the 45-rpm this is tolerable, and more than augmented by the fact that some cuts you simply won't find anywhere else, especially those by bone-fide One-Hit Wonders, or releases by prominent artists which, while not hits in the U.S., did make the Canadian and U.K. charts in their day. It is also important to note that there are no liner notes whatsoever, although the insert does contain a re-listing of the tracks showing both the artist and tune's writer/composer.

Because each volume is just a random continuance of the releases before it, and ranges from 1955 to the late 1980s/early 1990s, I will repeat this opening blurb in each, followed by some information you may find useful on every track, themselves a mix of tunes that made the Billboard charts (Pop, Pop "Bubble Under," R&B, Country or Adult Contemporary) with failed singles and album cuts.

Here are the non-Billboard hits that did score on the Canadian and/or U.K. charts: Beaver - The Mills Brothers - Dot 15909 - 1959; In the Mood - The Hawk - Phillips 3559 - 1960/61 (really an instrumental by Jerry Lee Lewis released by Sun on their Phillips affiliate in a desperate attempt to get around the black-balling by the mainstream DJs over his marriage to his young cousin Myra); The Ballad Of The One Eyed Jacks - Johnny Burnette - Liberty 55318 (uncharted flip of the hit Big Big World in May 1961); Mary Jane - Ernie Maresca - Seville 119 - 1962; Gonna Get Some Records - Sandy Selsie - Columbia 42594 - 1962; I've Got A Secret - The Shepherd Sisters - 20th Century Fox 468/ZTSP 91423 - 1964; Splendor In The Grass - Jackie deShannon - Imperial 66171 - 1966 (flip of the hit Come And Get Me); When I Saw You - Billy Dawn - from MGM LP SE "We Wrote 'Em And We Sing 'Em" - 1961 (Billy Dawn Smith who founded Hull Records); She's A Rebel - Gene Pitney - circa 1962 (a tune he wrote for The Crystals as He's A Rebel); Mathematics Of Love -The Love Notes - Wilshire 203 - 1964; Mr. Sandman - The Osmonds - from MGM LP E/SE 4291 "The New Sound Of The Osmonds" - 1965; Looking Through The Eyes Of Love - Barry Mann circa 1965; One More Sunrise - Petula Clark - circa 1965/66 ((better remembered as Morgen by Ivo Robic in 1959); Max - Barbara Feldon - corca 1966 ("torch song" by Agent 99 to Maxwell Smart); To Sir With Love - Lulu - 1967 soundtrack version; These Boots Are Made For Walkin' - Lee Hazelwood - circa 1967; Substitute - The Righteous Brothers circa 1975; Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart) - Ottawan - 1988 (huge hit in New Zealand for this French group); The National Anthem Of Rock `N' Roll - Jack Scott - circa 1991.

Those that made the Billboard charts are: Dancing With My Shadow - The Four Voices with the Ray Conniff Orchestra - Columbia 41076 - # 50 Pop - April 1958; I Looked At Heaven - Tommy Edwards with the Leroy Holmes Orchestra - MGM 12814 - # 100 Pop August 1959 (flip of I've Been There); The Old Payola Roll Blues - Parts 1 & 2 - Stan Freberg with the original Maytag man, Jesse White and the Billy May Orchestra - Capitol 4329 - # 99 Pop - March 1960 (thinly-disguied backhanded slap at Fabian and Little Richard); Gidget Goes Hawaiian - Duane Eddy - Jamie 1183 - # 101 Pop Bubble Under - April 1961 (flip of The Theme From Dixie. Bobby - Neil Scott with The Clint Ballard, Jr. Orchestra Portrait 102 - # 58 Pop June 1961 (One-Hit Wonder); China Nights (Shina No Yoru) - Kyu Sakamoto - Capitol 5016 - # 19 Adult Contemporary and # 58 Hot 100 - September 1963; Lullaby From "Rosemary's Baby" - Mia Farrow - Dot 17126 - # 33 AC - August 1968 ("vocal" confined to "la-la's").
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wearing thinner..., May 29, 2009
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After a rapid-fire string of CD's issued as part of this series, volume 12 appears after a bit of a respite. Perhaps the slowdown in the CD market or the difficulty in finding suitable source material explains this latest volume's greater proportion of fringe material.

While there are a number of previously unavailable-on-CD "lost hit" singles such as the Four Voices' "Dancing With My Shadow" and "Bobby" from Neil Scott, most of what's found here consists of b-sides, album cuts or tunes that never made the top-100 pop charts. The time frame covered here also pushes the envelope with two songs from the late 80's and early 90's. All told, this piece is of generally less interest to those hoping to find more of those elusive top-100 hits that have yet to see the light of digital day.

As has been the case with previous volumes, the sound quality here varies greatly, mostly decent to middling with about half of the tracks in stereo (3,7,10,12,17,20,22,23,25-27). Ancillary information is also rather scarce as with previous volumes. The insert provides a track listing and nothing more about the songs or artists represented.

While not the caliber of Ace Records, Bear Family or Eric Records products, for the insatiable appetite of the collectors of lost hits from the earlier days of rock and roll, Mavis does again provide a few scraps and keeps us searching for more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of Canada's great LOST hits., August 13, 2010
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This review is from: Hey! Look What I Found, Vol. 12 (Audio CD)
Although many songs on this series of CDs were never US Billboard hits or big hits, many of those same songs were Top 40 hits in Canada from whence comes this series. Of great interest to me, an avid former DJ, radio program director and collector of vinyl is the fact that many of my favorite songs apparently were much more popular north of the US border. For instance: Scarlett O'Hara/Lawrence Welk made the bottom rungs of Billboard's Hot 100 but was Top 10 in Canada.
There are many songs in these collections that shared the same fate.

So please remember that although you may not remember some of these, listeners to Canadian Top 40 radio probably do.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very tame cd, January 8, 2013
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This review is from: Hey! Look What I Found, Vol. 12 (Audio CD)
17 songs i like out of 27

I especially like 9 songs from this cd

Here are my findings for this volume

Beaver/The Mills Brothers)Makes you think of and visualize-Leave It To Beaver,the old b&w tv show
The Old Payola Roll Blues-Parts 1 & 2/Stan Freberg-With the voice of veteran comic actor Jesse White
Mr.Sandman/The Osmonds-with a dash of sounding a little bit like The Beach Boys,but The Chordettes version is better
Looking Through The Eyes of Love/Barry Mann-Believe it or not,the David Cassidy And Partridge Family version better than this
Max/Barbara Feldon-Sexy voice
These Boots Are Made For Walkin'/Lee Hazelwood-Naturally the version by Nancy Sinatra is better than this

This cd is not bad but also not good either.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Top 40 Collectors Can Pass On This One !!!, January 23, 2011
This review is from: Hey! Look What I Found, Vol. 12 (Audio CD)
Positively the WORST Volume in the Series of "Hey! Look What I Found". If your a collector of Top Pop 40, you can totally skip this Volume. The Only (And This Is a Stretch) Top Pop 40 Hit here is "To Sir With Love" By Lulu which charted #1, but this is the soundtrack version & NOT the charting single. Otherwise, there are two Top 40 Adult Contemporary Hits, "China Nights" by Kyu Sakamoto (#19 A/C) & are you ready for this..???? Mia Farrow's "Lullabye From Rosemary's Baby" Film (#33 A/C).
Out of 27 tracks only 5 SONGS charted in Top 100.

If your a collector of the offbeat or obscure, Then there's Gene Pitney's version of She's A Rebel (Crystal's Had the Hit with "He's A Rebel"). "One More Sunrise" by Petula Clark, which is a rework of Ivo Robik's Hit Version of "Morgen". "Max" by Barbara Feldon, a terrible song trying to cash in on the TV series "Get Smart".
Lee Hazelwood had to butcher Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", or was he tryin' to go for a parody of the song???? Finally, Sixties Male crooner Jack Scott tries for a 1991 comeback, with a "live" recording of "National Anthem Of Rock 'N' Roll, which is his vocal in front of Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser".

I hope my review saves some people their hard earned cash, If Mavis Records puts out anymore volumes like this, they might as well hang it up & call it quits.
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