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The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Volume 12
by Various Artists

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  • Released: January 31, 2011
  • Originally Released: 2010
  • Label: Ace Records Uk

Entertainment Reviews:

Record Collector (magazine) - p.97
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's an eclectic mixture of well-known and rarer tracks dawn from a variety of genres....This one grooves all the way through."


  • 1.Road Runner - Bo Diddley
  • 2.Bad Motorcycle - The Storey Sisters
  • 3.Raunchy - Bill Justis
  • 4.Silhouettes - Rays
  • 5.Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
  • 6.If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody - James Ray
  • 7.Bristol Stomp - The Dovells
  • 8.Rainin' in My Heart - Slim Harpo
  • 9.Short Fat Fannie - Larry Williams
  • 10.Dinner with Drac (Part I) - John Zacherle
  • 11.Back to School Again - Timmie Rogers
  • 12.Little Latin Lupe Lu - The Righteous Brothers
  • 13.If I Can't Have You - Etta & Harvey
  • 14.Think - The "5" Royales
  • 15.Lonely Blue Boy - Conway Twitty
  • 16.Butterfly - Charlie Gracie
  • 17.Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
  • 18.Let the Four Winds Blow - Roy Brown
  • 19.Whole Lotta Woman - Marvin Rainwater
  • 20.Let's Go Trippin' - Dick Dale & the Del-Tones
  • 21.He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler
  • 22.Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
  • 23.You Better Move On - Arthur Alexander
  • 24.Saved - LaVern Baker
  • 25.There's No Other (Like My Baby) - The Crystals
  • 26.Roll Over Beethoven - The Velaires
  • 27.Dedicated (To the Songs I Love) - Three Friends
  • 28.Jam, The (Part I) - Bobby Gregg
  • 29.Come to Me - Mary Johnson
  • 30.Every Day I Have to Cry - Steve Alaimo

Product Description:

The best series of compilation albums devoted to the first decade of rock & roll didn't run out of steam at all upon reaching a dozen volumes, even though this installment has nothing by early rock's top superstars. The 30 tracks cover all facets of rock & roll between 1956 and 1963, from rockabilly and Bo Diddley to electric blues that crossed over into the pop charts (Slim Harpo and John Lee Hooker), novelties (John Zacherle's "Dinner with Drac, Pt. 1"), surf (Dick Dale), early Motown, early girl group, an early Phil Spector production, instrumentals, doo wop, and more. Yet this wide swath doesn't come at the expense of quality, and in fact, quite a few of these tracks were big classic hits, like the Rays' "Silhouettes," Bill Justis' "Raunchy," Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man," Larry Williams' "Short Fat Fannie," the Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman," the Dovells' "Bristol Stomp," Conway Twitty's "Lonely Blue Boy," and Jerry Butler's "He Will Break Your Heart." Some of the not-so-big hits were classics, too, like Diddley's "Roadrunner," Arthur Alexander's early soul heartbreaker "You Better Move On," LaVern Baker's "Saved," the "5" Royales' "Think," the Righteous Brothers' "Little Latin Lupe Lu," and James Ray's "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody." For the fans who have everything, or think they have everything, there are some singles that didn't make much of a mark but carry some historical interest, like Etta & Harvey's "If I Can't Have You" (a duet between Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows and Etta James); the Velaires' adequately energetic 1961 version of "Roll Over Beethoven," the first Chuck Berry cover to make the Top 100; Marvin Rainwater's "Whole Lotta Woman," a huge hit in the U.K. even though it peaked at a mere number 60 in the singer's native U.S., and Bobby Gregg & His Friends' "The Jam, Pt. 1," featuring stinging guitar by a young Roy Buchanan. It's true the most obscure cuts don't tend to be close to the same level of quality as the big hits and classics, but they don't seriously impair the listenability of another fine volume of this excellent series, which is supplemented by superbly detailed liner notes. ~ Richie Unterberger

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