Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 7

Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 7


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Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 7 zig-zags inconsistently between classic oldies that are not hard to find on reissues (the Monotones' "Book of Love," the Miracles' "Shop Around," Frankie Ford's "Sea Cruise"), mid-level hits (Lee Andrews' "Tear Drops," the Flares' "Foot Stomping," the Mystics' "Hushabye," Barrett Strong's "Money"), and forgotten singles that only struggled up to the middle of the Top 100. Still, like the rest of the series, it's a worthwhile compilation of the gamut of rock sounds from rock's first decade, with a number of rarities, or even fairly big hits that don't get anthologized too often, like Barry & the Tamerlanes' "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" and the Five Keys' 1954 doo wop lark "Ling, Ting, Tong," one of the first rock songs to crossover into the pop Top 30. The ace rarity is Bobby Parker's 1961 single "Watch Your Step," a must-hear for anyone interested in the birth of soul, with a brash guitar and exuberant vocal that pointed the way out of R&B and into a more assertive style, sounding two or three years ahead of its time. It was covered by the Spencer Davis Group during the British Invasion, and its dynamite riff was part of the inspiration for the guitar licks used by the Beatles in "I Feel Fine."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/1998
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667170024
catalogNumber: 700
Rank: 45185

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emotions   Track Performer
Five Keys   Track Performer
Chris Kenner   Track Performer
Mystics   Track Performer
Pentagons   Track Performer
Chuck Willis   Track Performer
Frankie Ford   Track Performer
Addrisi Brothers   Track Performer
Cascades   Track Performer
Jimmy Clanton   Track Performer
Dale Hawkins   Track Performer
Barrett Strong   Track Performer
Barry & the Tamerlanes   Track Performer
Miracles   Track Performer
Viscounts   Track Performer
Monotones   Track Performer
Bobbettes   Track Performer
Bobby Parker   Track Performer
Cleveland Crochet   Track Performer
Ernie K-Doe   Track Performer
Sonny Knight   Track Performer
Ritchie Valens   Track Performer
Beau Marks   Track Performer
Eugene Church   Track Performer
Lee Andrews   Track Performer
Vito & the Salutations   Track Performer
Kendall Sisters   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Five Keys   Contributor
Chris Kenner   Contributor
Mekons   Composer
Chuck Willis   Arranger,Contributor
Frankie Ford   Contributor
Dale Hawkins   Contributor
Barrett Strong   Contributor
Bobby Parker   Composer,Contributor
Ernie K-Doe   Contributor
Berry Gordy   Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith   Composer
Ritchie Valens   Contributor
Alec Palao   Contributor
Galen Gart   Contributor
Rob Finnis   Liner Notes
Peter Gibbon   Contributor
Trevor Churchill   Tape Research
Janie Bradford   Composer
Eleanor Broadwater   Composer

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