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Western Movies And Private Eyes - The Singles As & Bs 1958-1961 [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] 2CD SET Import

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This super value 32 track CD from the hit R&B vocal group The Olympics features all of their 45s from 1958 through to 1961 plus six bonus tracks including the rock and roll classic "Western Movies". This is the most comprehensive Olympics yet! Includes fully detailed liner notes that cover the entire history of the group.

1. I Can Tell (Walter Ward & The Challengers)
2. The Mambo Beat
3. Western Movies
4. Well
5. (I Wanna) Dance With The Teacher
6. Ev'rybody Needs Love
7. Chicken
8. Your Love
9. (Baby) Hully Gully
10. Private Eye
11. Bog Boy Pete
12. The Slop
13. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
14. Workin' Hard
15. Dance By The Light Of The Moon
16. Dodge City
17. Little Pedro
18. Dooley
19. Stay Where You Are
20. The Stomp
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jasmine Music
  • ASIN: B007V1D4MM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 7, 2013
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The Olympics first formed up in 1954 as The Challengers while still high-schoolers in Compton, California, consisting of lead Walter "Sleepy" Ward, tenor Eddie Lewis, and baritones Charles Fizer and Walter Hammond. Performing whenever and wherever they could, including street corners, they were heard by local promoter Joe Fornis, who owned the small Melatone Records, and in 1956 they cut I Can Tell/The Mambo Beat billed as Walter Ward & The Challengers (Melatone 1002). Predictably, given the limited promotional resources available to Fornis, it went nowhere. Then, after discovering that there was another group calling themselves The Challengers, and in light of the fact the Summer Olympic Games were under way in Melbourne, Australia, they changed to The Olympics. They finally latched onto a manager, John Criner, in 1958 thanks to one of their idols, Jesse Belvin, and through Criner's efforts they landed a contract with another small label, Demon Records, owned by Joe Greene, Sy Aronson and George Brown. Howevcer, Demon had one advantage over Melatone and that was a distribution arrangement with the much larger Liberty Records. The new association was fortuitous for the quartet since the label's A&R men, Cliff Goldsmith and Fred Smith, had been looking for a vehicle for a tune they had written called Western Movies, inspired by the plethora of western themes both on TV and in the movies.

Released as Demon 1508, Western Movies, complete with rifle ricochets and references to such popular TV shows/movies as Broken Arrow, Cheyenne, Wyatt Earp, Maverick, Sugarfoot and Jim Bowie, shot up the charts to # 7 R&B and # 8 Billboard Pop Top 100 in August/September 1958 b/w Well! written by Ward.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wolfman on August 4, 2012
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This cd was good although I expected more songs of the group as the marathons. The selection of the songs were ok and quality was excellent.
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As the first review in the catalog goes into such detail, I will only say I bought this for the song "Well (Baby Please Don't Go)" which I had been looking for a long time. Covers of this song credit this to Walter Ward, which is how I figured out that The Olympics did the original version. But this release credits nearly every song to Smith & Goldsmith, which was probably a disservice to Walter Ward, who does not get the credit he deserves. Often I can't quite catch the lyrics, the sound seems murky to me, such as "Western Movies." Other songs, especially late in the disc seem to be of poor quality. Yet overall I would rate this very good. Quite enjoyable. I am disappointed that it does not include their Tri-Disc recordings, as I have two of them on an anthology of soul music. Yet it is a good to excellent sampling of a significant musical group that should have more famous.
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