Your Hit Parade: The Fabulous '50s
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This Time-Life series CD has 24 tracks: (1) Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby - The Crew-Cuts; (2) Hey Joe! - Frankie Laine; (3) The Secret - Gordon MacRae; (4) I'm in Love Again - April Stevens; (5) I Understand - The Four Tunes; (6) The Breeze and I - Caterina Valente; (7) Gambler's Guitar - Rusty Draper; (8) Sway - Dean Martin; (9) Mambo Italiano - Rosemary Clooney; (10) From the Vine Came the Grape - The Gaylords; (11) Blue Velvet - Tony Bennett; (12) Endlessly - Brook Benton; (13) Just Born (To Be Your Baby) - Perry Como; (14) Sweet and Gentle - Alan Dale; (15) A Kiss to Build a Dream On - Louis Armstrong; (16) And So to Sleep Again - Patti Page; (17) Vanity - Don Cherry; (18) Bye Bye Blues - Les Paul and Mary Ford; (19) The Happy Whistler - Don Robertson; (20) Allez-Vous-En - Kay Starr; (21) Why Don't They Understand - George Hamilton IV; (22) Chain Gang - Bobby Scott; (23) Gotta Travel On - Billy Grammer; (24) Anywhere I Wander - Julius La Rosa.
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Since there was little real competition in terms of sound quality and program notes at the time, I suppose quite a few bought into the hype, although it was quite an expensive venture since they also charged considerably more for each disc than the normal going rate. Now here we are with options like Ace/Kent, Acrobat, Jasmine, Bear Family, Rhino, Varèse-Sarabande, Razor & Tie, etc., and suddenly these Time-Life releases are popping up for sale used all over the place, and often at prices considerably less than when they were first issued.
This one presents 24 of the bigger hits from the decade of the 1950s, in the Pop/R&B and C&W/Country fields, all of which are original renditions (only Billy Grammar’s Gotta Travel On made all three charts). In the fold-out insert are background notes written by noted music historian Charles K. Wolfe along with a sprinkling of photos of some of the performers involved. There is also a discography of the contents showing label and Pop chart details. Most have since been included in countless compilations, but none can claim to offer any better sound quality. Also, there are a few here that still require a bit of digging to find in a quality CD setting, and in that category I would include those preceded by an asterisk (*) in the repeat of the contents in the Comments below where I also show R&B label details where applicable, peak charting periods, and highest chart positions received.