Teenage Crush, Vol. 5

Teenage Crush, Vol. 5


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Ace is a pretty hip reissue label, but the Teenage Crush must be one of the least hip reissue series going. No series can get up to five volumes, however, without getting at least some form of consumer support, so these extensive compilations of the fluffiest sort of rock music from the late 1950s and early '60s must be filling a need for somebody. And, hard as it might be to believe when listening to this fifth volume, all of these 28 tracks found some sort of national audience in their day, each one of them charting (albeit mostly lower than the Top 40). It's not all teen idol pap, but much of it is, to be blunt, and though there was a lot of great rock music made during this time, you'd certainly suspect otherwise if this was your intro to the era. There are actually a few fine performers here, most notably Dion (whose "Donna the Prima Donna" is a bona fide ear-burner in this company) and Dale Hawkins (whose "A House, A Car and a Wedding Ring," alas, is not). Also pretty respectable is Johnny Dee's (aka John D. Loudermilk's) original version of "Sittin' in the Balcony," though it's not as good as Eddie Cochran's higher-charting cover; there's Dean & Marc's quite decent Everly Brothers imitation "Tell Him No," though the original by Travis & Bob charted much higher; and a poppier Everly Brothers soundalike in "Love or Money" by the Blackwells. But most of the rest is pretty forgettable, innocuous whitebread pop
ock of the mildest shade, most of the songs failing to find a later home on oldies radio playlists, though a few (most notably Steve Lawrence's "Footsteps," Frankie Avalon's "Just Ask Your Heart," and Paul & Paula's "Young Lovers," both Top Ten singles) were pretty big hits. For serious pop scholars, a few interesting oddities are on board, particularly "The Search" by Dean Reed, the sole single to sneak into the Top 100 by a singer noted for having subsequently become a star in South America and Communist countries (though the song itself is eminently disposable). But on the whole, the CD could only be enthusiastically recommended to those collectors looking to collect every single from the era that made the national charts, regardless of quality.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2007
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667027120
catalogNumber: 1145
Rank: 67341

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Barry Mann   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Roy Bennett   Composer
Peter DeAngelis   Composer
Dion DiMucci   Composer
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer   Composer
Richard Glasser   Composer
Bob Hamilton   Composer
Tony Hatch   Composer
Dickey Lee   Composer
Jerry Lordan   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Stephen Schlaks   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Paul Dino   Composer,Photo Courtesy
Ray Hildebrand   Composer
Travis Pritchett   Composer
Rob Finnis   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Sid Wayne   Composer
Robert Marcucci   Composer
Clifford Rhodes   Composer
Joe Ricci   Composer
DeWayne Blackwell   Composer
Pete Damato   Composer
Diane DeNota   Composer
Larry Kolber   Composer
Jimmy Krondes   Composer,Producer
Dean Reed   Composer
Michael Pratt   Composer
Hank Hunter   Composer

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