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The Olympics - All-Time Greatest Hits!

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(DUNHILL US) 26 tracks (Demon & Arvee)

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Good Lovin'
Western Movies
Big Boy Pete
Private Eye
Dance With The Teacher
Hully Gully
Dance By The Light Of The Moon
Shimmy Like Kate
Baby It's Hot
The Slop
Ain't No Big Thing
Big Chief Little Foot
Dooley
Stay Away From Joe
Workin' Hard
I'll Never Fall In Love
Scotch
Bye Bye Baby
Little Pedro
Boo-Dee Green
Shame, Shame, Shame
Dodge City
Big Chief Little Foot
How Long Will It Take
Peanut Butter
El Pizza

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Good Lovin
  2. Western Movies
  3. Big Boy Pete
  4. Private Eye
  5. (Baby) Hully Gully
  6. Dance By The Light Of The Moon
  7. Shimmy Like That
  8. Baby It's Hot
  9. The Slop
  10. Ain't No Big Thing
  11. Big Chief Little Foot
  12. Dooley
  13. Stay Away From Joe
  14. Workin' Hard
  15. I'll Never Fall In Love
  16. Scotch
  17. Bye Bye Baby
  18. Little Pedro
  19. Boo-Dee Green
  20. Shame, Shame, Shame
  21. Dodge City
  22. Big Chief Little Foot
  23. How Long Will It Take
  24. Peanut Butter
  25. El Pizza


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dcc Compact Classics
  • ASIN: B00000019F
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Twenty-three Olympics recordings, plus two by other artists. I may not be an impartial judge of this CD, because the Olympics may be my all-time favorite vocal group. From 1960-1963 there was no group that could match the chilling excitement of the Olympics' R&B-rock recordings. Of the 14 songs they had on Billboard's top 100, this CD has 9, with The Bounce being the biggest hit lacking on the CD. I played original 45 singles of Big Boy Pete, Shimmy Like Kate, and Dance By the Light of the Moon (plus their flip sides) along with the CD, and the CD has all exact reproductions of the originals, same length, same mix, exact, complete with Arvee label's hits' missing most of the "S", "C" and "T" sounds. The liner notes are excellent, including notes on audio quality, and that to preserve the original sound, only two of the songs are presented in stereo. "Western Movies" (the only song on the CD from the Demon label) has the "S" etc. sounds, but interestingly it sounds like the CD was made from vinyl as you hear a bit of popping at the start. All-in-all, the producers of this CD (and, of course, the Olympics, too) deserve a lot of tribute, undoubtedly more than they get.
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The Olympics, an L.A. based group fashioned after the Coasters, had a couple of national and quite a few regional hits on several small labels. Titles like Good Lovin' and Big Boy Pete were either directly covered by or inspired hits recorded later by others. I wore out my vinyl versions of their albums before the 60's ended. As you rarely hear their music played, this well remastered collection was a welcomed fine. A bonus are extensive and well researched liner notes. I was disappointed that the extended album version of Hully Gully (one of their bigger hits) was not selected along with their outstanding rendition of What'd I Say (one of the best recordings - except for Ray Charles original - of this classic). Why El Pizza (not an Olympics record) was included I have not a clue - but I had forgotten this great send up of El Paso and it was fun hearing it again. Alternate versions and unreleased material will add appeal to any die hard fans, but there is plenty here to interest anyone who loves classic R&B.
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If one searches for this under the album title "Doin' The Hully Gully" it takes you to this same volume, but where there are no contents showing and no previous reviews. Even the track listing above is off as track 5 is (I Wanna) Dance With The Teacher. The rest are numbered one up accordingly to 26 tracks - not 25. Amazon may wish to rectify that.

The Olympics first formed up as The Challengers while still high schoolers in Compton, California, consisting of lead Walter Ward, tenor Eddie Lewis, and baritones Charles Fizer and Walter Hammond. They actually cut some sides for Melatone in 1956, none of which charted. After changing their name to The Olympics (the summer games that year were in Melbourne, Australia) they got their first big break in summer 1958 when the catchy novelty tune Western Movies, complete with rifle ricochets, climbed to # 8 Billboard Pop Hot 100/# 7 R&B by September b/w Well! for the small Demon label. It was also in 1958 that Melvin King replaced Fizer in time for their next hit, (I Wanna) Dance With The Teacher which made it to # 71 Hot 100 in January 1959 b/w Ev'rybody Needs Love (neither B-side is included in this 1991 release by DCC Compact Classics/Arvee).

Fizer then returned to take Hammond's place by which time they had moved to Arvee Records where Private Eye, a B-side, made it to # 95 Hot 100 in September 1959. The A-side, (Baby) Hully Gully, did not peak until February 1960 when it settled at # 72 Hot 100. Neither could crack the R&B Top 100, but Big Boy Pete did when it climbed to # 10 R&B/# 50 Hot 100 in September 1960 b/w The Slop.
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It was sampled in Fatboy Slims "Soul Surfing" which was in his top selling album "Youve Come Along Way Baby". Lets face it we all new Norman Cook wasn't the one playing the guitar.
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