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Rockin' All Night: The Very Best of Ritchie Valens


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  • Audio CD (January 17, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Del-Fi Records
  • ASIN: B000001JIP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. That's My Little Suzie
2. Cry Cry Cry
3. Ooh! My Head
4. La Bamba
5. We Belong Together
6. Framed
7. Bluebirds Over The Mountain
8. Come On Let's Go
9. Donna
10. Ritchie's Blues
11. Bony Maronie
12. Little Girl
13. Hi-Tone
14. Fast Freight
15. Stay Beside Me
16. Hurry Up
17. Paddi-Wack Song
18. Dooby Dooby Wah
19. In A Turkish Town
20. Rockin' All Night
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Wittman on May 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I purchased this CD primarily as an addition to my growing collection of rock & roll varieties, and also for the selection "Oh Donna" that I wanted for nostalgia purposes. Wow, did I ever have a surprise in store for me, and for anyone else who opts to buy this incredible CD! I was hooked from the first bars of the first tune, right through to the end; La Bamba, Let's Go!, Oh Donna, Hurry Up. Fantastic! Each time a song comes up you find your spirits lifting and your body starting to shake and move. It is clearly one of the "Happiest" pieces of music I've owned in a long time. Further, unlike other recordings from the 50's, the quality of this CD is very, very good. It's easy to close your eyes and imagine that you are in a large dance hall with the music vibrating through your head and couples rockin' and rollin.' This CD is as much for now as it was for listeners 41 years ago. Were it to be marketed to the degree that current music is advertized, it would be a best seller. If you are on the fence about buying this CD, do it. You won't regret your purchase.
Tim
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
One reviewer asks the question that has been debated since his tragic death at age 17, along with Buddy Holly and J. P. Richardson (The Bog Bopper) on February 3, 1959. And I suppose it will go on endlessly.

The fact is, you'd have to think he would at least have been more successful than his protege Chris Montez, whose own success was modest in the face of the changing times. By 1960 the original R&R, which had been a distinctive blending of Rockabilly/R&B, had begun to change with the arrival of the ubiquitous "Bobbies" (Rydell, Darin, Vee, Vinton, Curtola, Lewis, et al), followed in 1964 by the British Invasion.

Would Ritchie have been able to change at the same time? Gene Vincent couldn't and never had another hit after 1957, and Eddie Cochran was already fading from the scene when he died in that 1960 automobile accident. One thing Valens did have going for him was that he wrote most of his hits and it's nice to think that that combined talent would have seen him through the 1960s and beyond, much like it did for Paul Anka.

As to this release from Del-Fi, it has all five hits he registered in his young life in 1958/59 for that label, plus the three ubcharted B-sides, beginning with self-penned Come On, Let's Go which reached # 27 R&B/# 42 Billboard Pop Top 100 in the fall of 1958 b/w the Lieber & Stoller tune, Framed. Then came his biggest hit, a double-sided smash that was still climbing up the charts the day he died - Donna (# 2 Billboard Pop Hot 100/# 11 R&B) b/w La Bamba (# 22 Hot 100).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is just about the best album you can find of Ritchie Valens. If you're looking for the hits, start here! Of all my CDs, this is my favorite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vincent D. Guillen on September 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Of all the Bob Keen re-packaging of Ritchie Valens material this is the best single CD compiliation. The cuts are digitally remastered for the best sound to date, of all previous Valens re-issues, especially pay close attention to La Bamba. Carol Kays' Dan Electro Bass Intro will astound you, You have never heard La Bamba like this before. This package also includes "Fast Freight" by Arvee Allens (aka Ritchie Valens). All 5 charted hits are included, as is his movie (GO JOHNNY GO)entry "Ooh! My head." He was heavily enfluenced by Little Richard as is evidenced by his gravely shouting style on Bonie Maronie and Ooh my head, pay close attention to the background music on "We belong together" ,the Beatles lifted it ,note for note, for their recording of "That Boy". When listening to this CD remember he was only seventeen yrs old when he recorded this, what could he have accomplished had he lived. Bob Keene has to be credited with alot of the final Ritchie Valens sound. As a classically trained musician he was responsible for all the final arrangements, the originals were pretty rough. In closing remember Rithie Valens needs to be in the Rock n" Roll Hall of Fame!!!! Ritchie Valens lives, this CD sez it all, ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Zimmerman on March 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
More stampedes of genius came across in eight months then any hope of precocity in Rock and Roll's fifty year career. At least that's what I tell myself everytime this record is played. Valens and Holly's music are probably single handledly the most influential outside of Elvis' rebelliousness and its spirit still resonates in listeners. Del-Fi's recordings of Valens material had been long overdue when this set of gems was released in 1995. In it, you sense an essence of an artist at its peak with loads of ambition that was never followed due to Valens' untimely death. I almost feel irritated when it ends because this is all we have of Valens's dreams and aspirations. If you want to know where the roots of fervent Rock and Roll came from or integrity of culture; I demand you listen to this record and understand!
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