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Boom Boom Rock 'N' Roll: The Best Of Freddy Cannon
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RATING: FIVE WHOO!'S
give it a shot but it's not what I thought. It's a little to
poppy and silly for me and doesn't rock enough. I'm sure people
who grew up listen to him would love it cause it's not bad.
Cannon came closest to R `n' R with his first two releases in 1959, Tallahassee Lassie and Okefenokee. It wasn't just the arranging that made him "pop", it was the material, too; what other chart-topper of the day recorded vintage songs from bygone eras such as Muskrat Ramble, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans and Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy? It says some fascinating things about late 50s and early 60s hit music that one of the three (Chattanooga) made Top Ten and the other two made Top Forty, something that rockin' Okefenokee didn't do.
So, this collection is misnamed. But, I can shrug that off. As a kid, I was really fascinated by the SOUND of these records more than the material--Okefenokee really pumps, and Palisades Park--barely 2 minutes long--exists in a sonic world of its own. But Freddy's not responsible for this.
Song writer-arrangers Frank Slay and Bob Crewe (who went on to greater fame via The Four Seasons) deserve the credit for much of what you hear and--if you're my age-- still fondly remember. They get no accolades here, though: Freddy thanks everybody from his parents and DJs to his fans...but not these two guys. Curious, that.
I hunch that Crewe, perhaps especially, was having a good time exploring music styles. It's these explorations that make lesser-known tunes such as Humdinger (#59 ) and The Urge (#60) such a delight. Crewe digs a band and back-up singers and, therefore, allows us to dig them as well. Oh, yeah: Freddy's there, too! So thanks to Frank, Bob and the Indefatigable Freddy Cannon. It ain't (totally) Rock and Roll--but I like it.
It contained all tehe songs that I remember and it is nice to listen to. Thank you very much
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is just fabulous! If Freddy's music doesn't make you move your feet, and SMILE...you have a major problem!! I wish he was still TOURING... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Terry Carey
The Best of Freddy Cannon was an excellent purchase for me. Most of these songs I have not heard in many years. These songs bring back a lot of good memories.Published 19 months ago by Robert B. Green