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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  2. Runaway - Del Shannon
  3. Blue Moon - The Marcels
  4. Runaround Sue - Dion
  5. Quarter To Three - U.S. Bonds
  6. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
  7. I Like It Like That, Part 1 - Chris Kenner
  8. Daddy's Home - Shep & The Limelites
  9. Stand By Me - Ben E. King
  10. Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032IW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1961 gives you a budget priced CD with ten great rock and roll hits from 1961. The quality of the sound is rather good and I like the artwork.

Bobby Lewis gets things started with his "Tossin' And Turnin'." This awesome little number rocks well and the key modulations are great! Bobby never misses a beat and the backup vocalists harmonize very well. Del Shannon's "Runaway" also rocks but somewhat slower right after "Tossin' And Turnin'." Del Shannon sings this out like a belter and the interesting musical interlude adds to the number quite a bit.

The Marcels weigh in with their hit entitled "Blue Moon;" this has a distinct doo wop flavor to it that was a bit more popular a few years prior to 1961 but it all works very well. The backup vocalists are very strong on "Blue Moon."

Dion's "Runaround Sue" has a sound and a beat that always makes me smile despite the serious lyrics of the song. The men in the background harmonize and Dion's voice is quite strong. His excellent diction bolsters his performance and they never sing a superfluous note!

The Shirelles perform "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow;" this number always pulls at my heartstrings and the melody benefits from the strings in the arrangement. Shep & The Limelites do their sweet tune entitled "Daddy's Home;" and listen also for Ben E. King to do his huge hit "Stand By Me." "Stand By Me" still sounds as fresh as the first time I ever heard it!

Overall, this CD gives you some rather strong hits from 1961 for a lower price perfect for those of us on a budget. I highly recommend this CD for people who like music from the very early 1960s; and newcomers to this genre will enjoy this album, too.
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The early 60's may have been the best years of the rock and roll era, and this album shows you why.
"Tossin' and Turnin'" became the number 1 song of the year and made Bobby Lewis a one-hit wonder. If you were ever young and in love you can easily relate to the lyrics about a guy who can't sleep for thinking about his new girl. Unless you are old enough to remember home delivered milk you may not understand the line "I heard the milkman at the door....". The rest of the lyrics, though, will probably bring back a memory or two.
"Runaway" was Del Shannon's first and biggest hit, and is one of my all time favorites. You can almost picture Del "... a walkin' in the rain, tear drops fall and I feel the pain...". A true classic from 1961.
"Blue Moon" was a hopped up remake of an old ballad and made the Marcels a household name,...at least for a few months. It was the juiced up beat that made this one a big hit.
"Runaround Sue" was probably Dion's biggest hit and the first of his "you done me wrong, girl" hits. (Remember "Donna, the Prima Donna" and "Little Diane"?) I can only imagine how many times "Here's my story, it's sad but true..." has been paraphrased over the years.
When "Quarter to Three" first hit the airwaves it caused a bit of a stir. The one review I can remember back then was by a reviewer who called it "150 seconds of raw, raucous rock and roll". And it cetainly was, turning out to be (Gary) U.S. Bonds' biggest hit.
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" was a nice ballad by The Shirelles that is easy on the ears and always sounds good.
"Please, Mr. Postman" launched the career of The Marvalettes.
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In 1988/9 Rhino introduced its superb "Top Rock'n'Roll Hits" (1955-1974) series featuring 20 years of music on 20 CDs at 10 songs per year / per disc. (Hey, neat-o!)

Then in 1993 Rhino reissued the discs in the subset spanning 1960-1969 thus creating two different versions of each in the process. Because these discs are available via Amazon Marketplace, who knows which ones you'll get if you buy them used! If this is important to you, be sure to ask the seller(s) before placing your order(s).

The most obvious visual differences between the two editions are the song titles on both the front covers and the actual CDs. The 1988/9 editions feature mixed-case titles. The 1993 editions feature uppercase titles.

The 1993 editions also have the songs listed on the covers in the same order in which they appear on the discs. The 1988/9 editions list the songs in an almost random order which can be very frustrating while the disc is being played.

The song selections are also different; some moreso than others. For 1961 tracks 7 through 10 were changed!

1988 (7) Bobby Vee, "Take Good Care Of My Baby"

1993 (7) Chris Kenner, "I Like It Like That, Part 1"

1988 (8) The Marvelettes, "Please Mr. Postman"

1993 (8) Shep & The Limelites, "Daddy's Home"

1988 (9) Ernie K-Doe, "Mother-In-Law"

1993 (9) Ben E.
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